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Guelaguetza(s) 2014

by Ron Mader

The Guelaguetza is one of Mexico’s premier celebrations of dance and music and has roots that date back to ancient times and in the “dance” genre since 1932. Also known as Lunes del Cerro (“Mondays of the Hill”), this is the largest folklore festival in the Americas.

2014 celebrations are scheduled July 21 and 28.


Dates for Guelaguetza 2014: July 21 and 28 #rtyear14

Mexico Monday Hangout May 5

by Ron Mader

Google+ Hangout
May 5, 1030am Mexico City Mexico Monday

On Monday, May 5 please join us for a lively conversation in English, Spanish and a bit of Zapotec as we talk about travel, culture and conservation. We’ll share insights and practical tips from friends who live in Mexico in a candid hangout streamed live via YouTube. Comments and questions are welcome via our Google+ event page.

#MexMonday Hangout Cinco de Mayo

Leaving Mexico

by Ron Mader

On a personal note, I will be leaving México in November 2013. I’ve talked about exit strategies before, but now the time seems perfect to make the leap.

Que te vas y te vas y te vas y no te has ido.

So to make the move, here are a couple of things you should be on the look out for:

October 5: Worldwide Photo Walk Oaxaca

February 2014: Responsible Travel Week

September 2014: Las Vegas Mezcal Festival

While I change my 10 months in México, two months travel routine to far less time in México, I cannot imagine not using the social web and physical networking to connect my paisanos to the México I’ve come to know and love. So one of the ideas kicking around is creating a brand new series of events that connect food and drink, tours and crafts and allow the stars of Mexican travel experiences to shine. The culmination would be a festival in a year’s time.

Those interested in connecting and collaborating, please let me know.

#LeavingMX

All Travel is Local: Oaxaca’s Social Web Travel Workshop

by Ron Mader

Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca – Planeta.com is organizing its most ambitious, innovative social web workshop March 19-22 titled All Travel is Local (Todos Viajes Son Locales).

The workshop will contribute toward the movement toward local travel in all its forms — conscious travel, indigenous travel, cultural travel, eco travel, responsible travel — using the social web and face-to-face encounters.

The workshop coincides with two important events: the anniversary of Benito Juárez’s birthday (March 21) and the Lent celebration of Friday of Sorrows (Viernes de Dolores) which rivals Muertos in the construction of elaborate altars.

No sit-down classroom seminar can rival the success of learning in a more stimulating environment with hands-on training. Participants receive practical tips for using the social web and an opportunity to meet locals in a World Heritage city.

We showcase good practices in Oaxaca’s public parks, traditional markets and world heritage sites which will be of interest to locals, Mexican nationals and foreigners. By structuring the event as a series of games and rallies, participants will learn how to make practical and responsible use of their smartphones.

Participants are asked to create accounts on the following sites: Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Google, Twitter, YouTube and WikiVoyage. Those with smartphones are asked to download the apps.

The workshop builds on a 10-year-plus history Ron Mader has in Oaxaca and nearly 20 years in Mexico. It also builds on the momentum generated in February during the fifth annual Responsible Travel Week.

Ron Mader has offered web workshops in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Oaxaca in Mexico as well as international clinics in Quito, Ecuador and Hyderabad, India, site of the recent Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and Global Workshop for Indigenous and Local Communities organized by the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The workshop agenda reflects the values of Open Space Technology in which participants have ample opportunity to move their two feet toward a variety of local events. This is a mobile training session in more ways than one. The workshop manifests Open Space’s Law of Two Feet which states: “If people find themselves in situations where they are neither learning nor contributing, they are responsible for moving to another place — using their two feet to find a place where their participation is more meaningful.”

The agenda and registration information is updated on the Oaxaca Wiki: oaxaca.wikispaces.com/local.

Circle the Dates! All Travel is Local Workshop March 18-22

The Law of Two Feet #openspace


Mexico’s best tourism fair of the year is #ExpoFONAES2012

by Ron Mader

Mexico’s best tourism fair of the year is … not a tourism event per se but rather a ginormous expo of local folk and craft. Hosted by FONAES, the eponymous Expo FONAES is taking place now and over the weekend at Mexico City’s Palacio de los Deportes.

Check out the developing story on Storify!

Elephants and other Folk Art in Mexico City 03.2012 #ExpoFONAES2012

Exploring the Maya World in 2012

by Ron Mader

There are an estimated 7 million indigenous Maya living in southern Mexico and northern Central America at the start of the 21st century.

Look for an increase in tours and events focusing on the Maya in the coming year. Why? The Maya calendar is said to conclude its current cycle on December 21, 2012. The period leading up to the winter solstice in 2012, as well as this particular day, we reckon will be more of the same, bringing what Rob Brezsny says will be the “usual rate of breakdowns and breakthroughs that has characterized the last two decades.”

The breakthrough we would like to see is one in which we learn more from the Maya themselves. We’d like to see tourism that benefits the indigenous communities and in which locals have a greater voice. Please no more replica villages created and funded by outsiders. It would be great to see authentic collaboration among Maya leaders, communities and the national and international tourism players. Instead of performing in shows written about them, if the Maya wanted, they could engage visitors face-to-face. Visitors just need to know where they are invited.

Planeta.com will be updating regional guides. Suggestions are welcome.

Editors of the Planeta Wiki are invited to update the Exploring the Maya World. Let us know what events are taking place within the region and outside.

We would like to extend a cordial invitation to Maya tour operators and tour operators working with Maya communities to share what you are doing online Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.

If funding permits, we will roll out a new call for nominees for the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award. 2012 could be a pivotal year indeed.

Buzzword Bingo: Maya