By John Mitchell
I recently had a chat with geographer and author Tony Burton about his latest book Mexican Kaleidoscope: myths, mysteries, and mystique (Sombrero Books, 2016, 165 pages), a wide-ranging collection of informative and often surprising vignettes gathered from Mexico’s rich history and culture. Tony’s unique book brings to light many little-known facts about this fascinating country and its people. A copy belongs on the bookshelf of every serious Mexicophile.
JM: You have been writing about Mexico for many years, what first got you interested in the country?
Tony: Necessity! I was teaching geography in the Caribbean and the examination syllabus required a study of Mexico. The Mexican chapters in Robert West and John P. Augelli’s wonderful book Middle America: Its Lands and Peoples were familiar friends by the time I spent the summer of 1977 touring the southern half of Mexico. Two years later, I returned to teach geography in Mexico City. The complexity of Mexico’s geography kept me hooked, which is why I jumped at the opportunity a few years ago to collaborate with Dr. Richard Rhoda to write Geo-Mexico, the Geography and Dynamics of Modern Mexico. Amazingly, that book (published to coincide with Mexico’s bicentenary celebrations in 2010) turned out to be the first ever English-language, college-level book devoted to Mexico’s geography. (For more details, see geo-mexico.com) Continue reading MEXICAN KALEIDOSCOPE: AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR TONY BURTON
by Ron Mader
From one of the new favorite podcasts of the year comes the must-listen podcast of the week: Trumpaggedon (you can listen online linkis.com).
This week the Mexico Explained pod crew sit in their virtual studio to discuss the post real world of a Trump election victory that has changed the present and the future of Mexico almost as much as it has changed the United States. This episode looks at possible impacts and searches in vain for signs of optimism as the president elect names his cabinet.
Continue reading Favorite Podcast of the Week: Trumpaggedon #MexicoExplained
Taking place on the stunning beaches of Costa Careyes, Mexico from October 27-30, Ondalinda is a boutique music and lifestyle festival embarking on its first journey this year with the goal of awakening the senses of those that attend. On the grounds of one of the world’s most coveted travel destinations will arise a community bound by alluring music, captivating activities alongside the waters of Mexico’s coastline, and a deep dive into the local Huichol culture during Dia de los Muertos weekend. Continue reading Ondalinda To Bring an International Music Lineup to Mexico
by Ron Mader
On the road toward the World Forum on Mexican Gastronomy, aka el Foro Mundial de la Gastronomía Mexicana (FMGM), November 24-27 in Mexico City.
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New restaurant and bar complement new room fittings
LOS CABOS, MEXICO – Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive, Golf and Spa has upped the ante on guest services by adding a brand new restaurant and bar, along with extensive upgrades to rooms. The renovations put an extra gloss on the resort’s already outstanding amenities that include access to two championship golf courses, unique wine spa, and private beach where guests can snorkel and take in the underwater beauty of the Sea of Cortes.
The upgrades include a complete makeover of all 249 rooms. All standard guest rooms now reflect the latest in design that complements the natural splendor of Los Cabos. Here, the desert rolls down into the sea, a combination that creates a special atmosphere and beauty found nowhere else in the world with strong blues juxtaposed against the desert’s neutral tones. The new décor takes its cues from the local environment with splashes of color contrasting a cool white background. Continue reading GRAND FIESTA AMERICANA LOS CABOS UPGRADES GUEST SERVICES
MexicoPremiere contributor Greg Custer, a Mexico expert in his own right, sent us his thoughts on his latest visit to this magical country: a trip through Chiapas, one of the country’s many hidden gems. ¡Gracias for sharing, Greg!
A recent visit to Mexico’s southernmost State reinforces why Chiapas is one of this hemisphere’s grandest nature + culture experiences. Bordered by Veracruz, Tabasco, Oaxaca and Guatemala and spanning Mexico’s narrow southern waist, Chiapas combines pine forest highlands, steamy jungle lowlands, wild rivers, alpine lakes, deep canyons, and a slice of little-explored Pacific Coast. It’s also the heartland of Mexico’s Mayan patrimony. Continue reading Destination Dispatch: Chiapas
The destination of Acapulco recently announced the recognition of two local hotels for their quality, safety and service. Representing the destination’s continued evolution as a leading touristic destination, the latest honors were awarded to Mundo Imperial Resort, a AAA Four Diamond property. Two of Acapulco’s beaches were also recognized for their appeal and cleanliness with the prestigious Blue Flag eco-award. Continue reading Good News For Acapulco’s Hotels and Beaches