Mexico-USA Borderlands

Photo: Votive EssayWe need a better understanding of where the United States and Mexico meet. We are standing at the front door of one another’s country. This year look for an expansion on Planeta.com of regional coverage. If there is a way to arrange an old-school roadtrip or meetup, we are happy to oblige. There …

La Ciudadela Crafts Market

Photo: Parking Mexico City – La Ciudadela Crafts Market (Mercado de Artesanías de La Ciudadela) features curiosities and crafts handmade in Mexico, such as embroidery, glassware, onyx figures, and jewelry. The market was created to compliment the 1968 Olympics in Mexico when the government called artisans from across the country to showcase their work for …

Mexico Parks Explained

Photo: Hotel Xixim, Flamingos in Celestún Mexico – When is a national park a national park and a biosphere reserve a biosphere reserve? There are some big difference among parks and reserves in Mexico, and it is important to review how Mexico classifies these protected areas. BackgroundIn Mexico there are tk protected areas cover tk …

Milpa

Buzzwords As part of our series of global vocabulary, we would like to start a cheer for the milpa. Milpa = TranslatingMaya: koolMazahua: tjööMixteca: itzzuOtomí: huähiPurépecha: tarhetaTotonaco: takuxtuTzotzil: yaxcolTarahuma: ichírariZapoteco: guela or cue DefinitionsMilpa is a crop-growing system used throughout Mesoamerica. It has been most extensively described in the Yucatán peninsula area of Mexico. The …

Campeche

Photo: Luca Penati, Campeche Campeche is bordered by the states of Tabasco to the southwest, Yucatán to the northeast, and Quintana Roo to the east; to the southeast by the Orange Walk district of Belize, and by the Petén department of Guatemala to the south. It has a coastline to the west with the Gulf …

Tamales

Photo: Biulú What’s a tamale? Tamales are self-contained meals using corn mixture to envelop goodness of meaty and vegy varieties. These are wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and then steamed. Varieties served with chicken include verde, amarillo, mole and rajas. Veggie options include frijoles (beans), dulce (sweet) and chepil (a local herb). On the Pacific coast of …

Mexico City’s Historic Center

Photo: Regia, Calle Donceles Updating a 20+ year old guide. Corrections and suggestions are welcome. Spotlight on the historic center of Mexico City Google Maps Where to eatLos Girasoles, Tacuba #8A. Adjacent to the National Art Museum and the Carlos IV statue, this restaurant offers a new take a traditional cuisine. Valet parking is available. …

Aztecs

Photo: Mexico City Museum The Aztecs, also known as Mixecas or Nahuas, founded their capital, Tenochitlán, in 1325. In only two centuries, the Aztecs rose from a wandering tribe to the rulers of an enormous empire. Throughout their history, they conceived of their destiny as one of cosmic significance. In the 14th and 15th centuries, …

Guadalajara Links

Guadalajara flag Links related to Guajalajara, Jalisco presented in somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesCan Chivas handle wounded Aguilas in Liga MX derby?5 formas de nombrar a Guadalajara y su significado – Zona Guadalajara Where to eat: XokolCalle Herrera y Cairo 1392, Santa Terehttps://www.facebook.com/Xokol-120996271859334https://www.instagram.com/nejayotemolinohttps://www.instagram.com/xokolantojeriaDining at Guadalajara’s New Restaurant, Xokol – CoolhuntingExtienden misión con Nejayote Molino Recommended ListeningUDGTV …