Punta de Mita

By Cindy Bouchard

puntademita 300x207 Punta de MitaOn first blush Punta de Mita has 3 distinct areas. There is the behind the wall, Four Seasons & St. Regis, properties where movie stars and the rich and famous spend their vacations. As I write Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are celebrating their honeymoon on the posh property. Then the tourist centre of town with its restaurants, shops and boutique hotels and the town proper where expats and locals live side-by-side.

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Puerto Vallarta, a Walkers Paradise

By VeviGuillen

I’m originally from Puerto Vallarta, and I come from a family of eight children. My father was a doctor and the founder of the Health Center in Puerto Vallarta. My mother dedicated herself to her home and family and was very involved in working for the betterment community welfare here in Vallarta. Both of my parents were the primary force behind the construction of the local Health Center.I love Vallarta and I consider it one of the best places in the world to live.

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Tlaquepaque

photo 5 300x225 TlaquepaqueTlaquepaque has grown from a small colonial village on the edge of Guadalajara into a trendy neighbourhood accessorized with chic arts and crafts boutiques, posh galleries and upscale restaurants. Visitors are mesmerized by the colonial streets, plazas and impressive doorways that quietly emanate a distinctly Mexican flair.

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Int’l Mariachi festival in Guadalajara

Culture, color and tradition combine each year to bring one of the most festive events of Mexico to the forefront in a gala celebration of Mexico’s flamboyant Mariachis…

mariachi 1 Int’l Mariachi festival in Guadalajara

There are those that say the very spirit of Mexico’s rich culture runs hot in the veins of her Mariachis, those musical icons that serenade the boulevards, public squares and sidewalks of a nation with a brand and style of music that is both unique and legendary.

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Finally! A comprehensive field guide to Western Mexico

Viva Natura Field Guide By Petr Myska

Many Canadians travel to Mexico with the intent of exploring the natural world. Hiking through the jungle, on or under the water, Mexico is the fifth most diverse country in the world for flora and fauna.

Difficult to find in English, the first edition of Viva Natura field guide was coveted by nature enthusiasts with an eye for Mexico’s lush West-coast. Long out of print, it was high time a second more comprehensive guide was published.

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WHERE TO PINCH PESOS & SPLURGE IN MAZATLAN: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE

BY ANITA DRAYCOTT

Mazatlán is perennial favourite with Canadian sunbirds and snowbirds alike. Long before this “Pearl of the Pacific” became a tourist destination, it was a thriving fishing village and agricultural centre. Sure Mazatlán has gorgeous beaches, but it also boasts a thriving historical centre and much more. For those of you who want to venture off the beaten tourist track, here are some insider tips. By the way, the official word for the locals is Mazatlecos, but once you get to know them they’ll invite you to call them patas saladas (salty feet).

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Make It, Bake It, Grow It: Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town Farmers Market

It is the international rhythms and the aroma of fresh Mexican coffee that greet visitors long before stepping through the entry way of Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town Farmers Market – Tianguis Cultural. The sights and sounds will draw you in, but it’s the sense of community that will invite visitors to stay.

bickels 300x198 Make It, Bake It, Grow It: Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town Farmers MarketThe Old Town Farmers’ Market lives by a “Make it, Bake It, Grow It” philosophy. From the first Saturday in November to the last in May, the Market offers aisles of colorful produce, aromatic flowers, handmade soaps, wooden toys, delicately wrapped chocolates, freshly baked artisan bread, and handcrafted jewelry. Over ninety vendors share their products and produce with travelers from all over the world, making the Farmers Market one of Vallarta’s must-see attractions.

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Patzcuaro: Pueblo Magico

pueblos magicos mapa 300x224 Patzcuaro: Pueblo MagicoWith the romantic and intriguing description of Pueblos Mágicos (Magic Villages), the Mexican government is promoting the preservation of the natural beauty, cultural richness and historical relevance of many of its towns and villages. Along with the right to a Pueblo Mágicos designation comes government funding that can be used to develop discrete tourism initiatives and help protect the authentic qualities that have made these communities so special. To date fifty-four Pueblos Mágicos has been recognized, not surprising from a country so blessed in history, beauty and tradition.

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Hidden Treasures

Mexico is famous for its beaches and resorts, but my fondest memories are the hidden treasures that are off-the-beaten-track.  The trip to San Joaquin is one of those!

san joaquin queretaro Hidden Treasures

We set off early in the morning, not realizing how slow-going our journey would be into the Sierra Gorda biosphere, with its steep mountain roads and deep canyons.  The road is decorated with remarkable flora and fauna that make the 135 km trek northeast of Queretaro to San Joaquin worthwhile.  

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Buying a Fixer-Upper: Home Renovation

New lifestyles engage retired investors in more than just lounging on the beach

By: Victoria Leigh Pratt

la cruz de huanacaxtle Buying a Fixer Upper: Home Renovation

I learned one of my favourite Spanish words, “desarmador”, while finishing the details of our little home in the Pacific coastal town of Bucerias. Our charming contractor had left us with a few unfinished surprises but it was nothing that a few local handymen and my broken Spanish couldn’t fix.

In my English-thinking brain, this tongue twister of a word sounded closest to “disarmed”. Hmm, where had I heard that before? Aha, that was the translation for Screwdriver on the local cocktail menus. Well, I wasn’t far off: disarm=undo=unscrew. Oh, I love languages!

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