Monarch Butterfly Biosphere: The Real Gem of Mexico

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere: The Real Gem of Mexico

Seeing the butterfly migration should be AT THE TOP of anyone’s bucketlist. It is truly a sight to behold. The monarch butterflies are swarming and flying in masses in the enchanted forest and through the trees. It is something you will never forget and it will find a special place in your heart and stay there forever. They make their way thousands of miles from Canada to Mexico for the winter, and it takes several generations to make this journey. These little…

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Zamora: A small town next to Lake Camecuaro

Zamora: A small town next to Lake Camecuaro

Zamora is a quaint little town and there are some nice things to see here. Go visit the Santuario de Nuestra Sra de Guadalupe and Catedral de Zamora and Plaza de Armas. The zocalos and surrounding parks are nice to walk around and there is shopping, restaurants, street artists and street shows, and it’s a nice place to hang out. A must-see is Lago de Camecuaro which is really the true highlight of Zamora. Go see it and spend the day there. Rent a…

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Cabo San Lucas: A Beautiful Beach in Mexico

Cabo San Lucas: A Beautiful Beach in Mexico

Cabo San Lucas is a great vacation destination. I happened to be there during the International Film Festival and saw Jared Leto, and that was awesome. You must do the all-inclusive boat tour to El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, Lovers Beach and Divorce Beach. Also snorkeling along the main beach is fun and there is a ton of shopping and lots of restaurants and bars along the marina with night shows and street artists. Pretty cool and worth checking out. Day Trips If you…

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San Miguel Allende: Art, Chocolate & Charm in Mexico

San Miguel Allende: Art, Chocolate & Charm in Mexico

San Miguel Allende is, first of all, beautiful. It is welcoming, filled with art galleries and art schools, chocolate shops, cobble-stone streets, colorful buildings, lovely churches and warm and friendly people. Its eclectic mix of beauty and European charm coupled with its affordability, safety, nice people and Latin culture make it an especially attraction option for retirement. What a lovely place to just stroll and lose yourself for a little while. Head to the Instituto Allende, an art school with beautiful architecture…

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Uruapan: A Green Gem in Mexico

Uruapan: A Green Gem in Mexico

Being in Uruapan is like being in the rainforest. It is sunny in the morning and rains in the afternoon, and the place is like a green gem less than a day’s drive from Mexico City. Go see the Barranca del Cupatitzio National Park, a beautiful lush green national park in the heart of Uuruapan. It’s like walking through a rainforest and is replete with waterfalls, lakes, flowers and butterflies. Also head to Tzararacua which is a beautiful hike through the woods to a…

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Morelia: A Pink Rose in the Heart of Mexico

Morelia: A Pink Rose in the Heart of Mexico

Morelia is like a beautiful pink rose in the center of Mexico. The downtown area is a UNESCO world heritage site known for the colonial pink cantera stone buildings constructed during the 1500’s which have been preserved into present day. Check out the musical conservatory here called the Conservatorio de las Rosas built during the 1700’s which houses a rose garden inside and where musicians still play today. If you’re lucky you can catch the International Guitar Festival when it visits Morelia. Something…

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Guadalajara: Charm, Culture & Chocolate Croissants

Guadalajara: Charm, Culture & Chocolate Croissants

I came to Guadalajara and stuffed my face with chocolate croissants until I couldn’t fit anymore. This place is amazing. You have the Cathedral of Guadalajara at the center of the downtown area and the Plaza de Armas where you can catch local street artists and vendors and there are surrounding shops and restaurants. To note is the pizza restaurant at the corner across from the Cathedral where they sell the most amazing chocolate croissants that I think they fill with nutella….

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San Luis Potosi: History, Science & Culture in Mexico

San Luis Potosi: History, Science & Culture in Mexico

San Luis Potosi stole my heart for a little while. I came upon the University near the downtown area where I met some very nice students and befriended them hopefully for life. The city has a very old feel to it and it’s quite lovely. Definitely check out the Museo de Mascaras, Museo Regional de Potosi and stroll the nearby Plaza Aranzazu for Indigenous performances. Find the Metropolitan Cathedral and step into the many cathedrals and churches of the beautiful…

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Mexico City: The Day of the Dead

Mexico City: The Day of the Dead

For anyone who saw 007 Spectre, which was thought to be one of the best James Bond movies of all time, they did a fake Day of the Dead parade at the beginning of the movie. As I was watching I thought ‘Oh I want to go to one of those Day of the Dead parades so badly.‘ I found out recently that Mexico City doesn’t actually do those parades, but this year for the first time ever, they are…

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Mexico City: The Heart of Mexico

Mexico City: The Heart of Mexico

Mexico City is an amazing cultural experience. The annual Day of the Dead celebration and offerings are something to see. They did a parade for the first time ever this year, 2016, inspired by the 007 film Spectre. (See my post here about the amazing parade!). At the center of the city is Downtown with the impressive Metropolitan cathedral. Across the street is the zocalo, national palace, and Templo Mayor (rich archaeological site). Between the Angel of Independence, a gorgeous statue on the Reforma de Independencia, and the…

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