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Some of the Best Festivals in Mexico

29 Feb
  • Son Jarocho Music Festival: Taking place in Tlacotalpan in February, this festival celebrates the religious customs ofMexicowith music, art, and lots of fun.
  • Festival de México: This festival includes dance, music, and opera and is held in March in the downtown Historic Center of Mexico.
  • MoreliaInternational Film Festival: This festival takes place in October and features documentaries by up and coming visionary filmmakers.
  • Guelaguetza Festival: This festival takes place inOaxacaCityand features dance, folklore, and music from all overMexico. It’s a Mexican tradition not to be missed.

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Video: Google Earth 3D Map of Maya Ruins

14 Feb

Together, Google Earth and the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) created a 3-D Google Earth tour of the Maya Ruins, including Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan, Uxmal, and Guanajuato in Mexico. Great to be able to see the ruins in 3-D!

Dos and Don’ts for Mexico City

19 Dec

National Geographic Traveler compiled a list of dos and don’ts for travelers/expats alike to learn about cultural etiquette in Mexico City.

Here are some of the dos and don’ts:

 Lunch Etiquette: Don’t show up too early for lunch. Arrive after 1 p.m. and before 3 p.m., when restaurants really fill up. Expensive restaurants like reservations, so it’s preferable if you have one. At lunch, try comidas corridas (set lunches).

Basic Knowledge: Do make an effort to be informed on some basics of Mexican geography (for example that it is North and not Central or South America) and history (that there were Aztecs here, as well as many other groups, but not Incas).

Taxis: Don’t hail taxis from the street unless you know your way around.

Don’t look too much like a gringo/gringa! 🙂 The National Geographic Traveler website includes more cultural etiquette in Mexico.

Holiday – 2011 Dia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

30 Nov

El Dia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (or the Virgin of Guadalupe Fiesta) is coming up on December 12th in Mexico. This holiday features parades, fireworks, and religious masses all around Mexico in celebration of Mexico’s patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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