Magical Town of Izamal, Mexico

Monastery, Izamal

  Izamal is an officially designated “Magical Town”, one of 35 in Mexico, and one of only two in the State of Yucatan (the other being Valladolid). An official Magical Town has to be small (at least small by Mexican standards), rich in historic tradition, and be well preserved. Izamal certainly fits the bill, with […]

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Why Campeche, Mexico is a photographer’s dream

Cathedral, Campeche

Nothing gets photographers more excited than a photogenic place with rampant colours, something that the city of Campeche, Mexico provides in grand style. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic centre of this magnificently restored colonial city is mostly surrounded by walls with fortified ramparts and bastions. Inside, the narrow cobblestone streets are lined […]

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How to visit Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserves

Monarch Butterflies at El Rosario, Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Mexico.

In the last post we talked about visiting Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, home to one of nature’s great wildlife spectacles. This time we’ll get into the logistics of how to go about it. Guided excursions operate from Mexico City, Morelia, and other places around Mexico, but it is also fairly easy and economical to […]

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The Marvelous Monarchs of Mexico

Monarch butterflies

  We just got back from witnessing one of nature’s most breathtaking spectacles. High in the Sierra Madre Mountains west of Mexico City is the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where migrating Monarchs from east of the Rockies throughout North America overwinter in a mountaintop forest of oyamel fir trees. Arriving […]

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