Mexico’s Forests and Notable Trees

Photo: Sierra Juárez, Oaxaca Mexico is rich in temperate and tropical forests. The country possesses 1.3 percent of the world’s total forest resource, with one-quarter of Mexico’s total land area classified as forest lands. This guide is an introduction to Mexico’s forests and notable trees. The country boasts the highest number of pine and oak …

Cuernavaca

Photo: Arches The city of Cuernavaca (elevation: 1,548 meters, 4,856 feet) boasts one of the most agreeable climates in the country and is adorned with colorful flowers year-round, earning the moniker “land of eternal spring.” Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/BHUgXfGgkC7DMNvu7 HistoryCapital of the state of Morelos, Cuernavaca has a storied past. What is today the state of Morelos …

Responsible Travel and Ecotourism in Mexico

Photo: Grutas de Cacahuamilpa Mexico boasts a well-established system of ground, air, and sea-based transportation, allowing easy access to and within country. Of note is the world-famous cuisine noted for its diversity and sophisticated flavors. Like potato dishes in Peru, Mexico’s corn dishes number in the thousands. Slow food (and innovative agriculture … Mexico was …

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Photo: Valerie Hukalo, 2006 South of tourism hotspots Cancún and Tulum lies the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Sian Ka’an is Mayan for ‘where the sky is born.’ Such poetic language perfectly suits this lovely reserve, which comprises tropical forests, wetlands, reefs and a beautiful Caribbean coast. Most travelers head to Punta Allen for sportfishing and …

Baja Links

Seals of Baja California and Baja California Sur This page features links related to the Baja California Peninsula, presented in somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesConoce los pueblos originarios de Baja California a través de su ecoturismo – @TJ_NoticiasLongtime Baja ecotourism operator and conservationist dies at 75Tim Means, Baja California ecotourism pioneer, dies at the age of …

Easter in Mexico

Photo: Boris’ altar for Viernes de Dolores (2005) Mexico celebrates Easter with great passion. In 2021 Easter Sunday is April 4. In 2022 Easter Sunday will be April 17. TranslatiingHoly Week = Semana SantaEaster Week = Semana de Pascua CarnivalEaster season traditionally begins with Carnival, a holiday that can begin up to two weeks before …

Huichol (Wixáritari)

Indigenous Peoples The Huichol or Wixáritari are Indigenous people, living in the Sierra Madre Occidental range in the Mexican states of Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco, San Luis Potosi, and Zacatecas. Questions = Preguntas Who are the Wixáritari voices online? = ¿Quiénes son las voces wixáritari online? HeadlinesFire devastates 500 hectares of sacred Wixárika territory in San Luis …

Teocintle

Photo: Melissa Biggs, Teosintle Teocinte is the wild ancestor plant from which corn was domesticated as a crop by the Indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica. Elsewhere on the WebUn recorrido por la historia del teocintle, el antepasado del maízBiodiversidad.gob.mx Embedded Tweets Videos CONABIO Teocintle, el grano de los dioses WikipediaZea perennisZea Planeta.com

Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve

Photo: SEMARNAT, Fish Located at the southeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve encompasses more than 144,000 hectares of coral reefs, mangroves, beds of sea grass beds and sand beache. Banco Chinchorro is the largest platform type reef complex system in Mexico and because of its isolated position, it represents well-preserved natural …

Sinaloa

Photo: Turismo Sinaloa Mexico – The state of Sinaloa is bordered to the north by Sonora and Chihuahua; to the south, by Nayarit; to the east by Durango, and to the west, across the Gulf of California, Baja California. Google Maps Cities Planeta.com