Mexico Earthquake

The largest earthquake in almost a century struck Mexico off the Pacific coast of Chiapas on Thursday night, September 7th. This massive earthquake registered 8.2 and set off Tsunami warnings. Southern states like Oaxaca and Chiapas seem to have taken the brunt of it. As damage reports come in, we will add images and videos of what we find on the internet so you can find this all in one place. #MexicoEarthquake #PrayforMexico Last Update 9/8 1:51pm


58 Confirmed Dead so far in Mexico's 8.1 Earthquake! Details and video at 🙏— 99.1 KGGI (@991KGGI) September 8, 2017

Enrique Peña Nieto viajará a Oaxaca para supervisar daños; se contabilizan 45 muertos en la zona.— El Heraldo de MĂ©xico (@elheraldo_mx) September 8, 2017

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Mezcal distillery tour in Oaxaca

Our good friend Rene Cabrera from Las Bugambilias Tours in Oaxaca has sent us this set up photos from a recent Mezcal distillery tour in Santiago Matatlán.


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The Madonna and the Serpent

Story by Lawrence H. Freeman

I happened to mention to someone that I was writing an article about the myths of Quetzalcoatl and the Virgin of Guadalupe.
My Mexican friend became immediately incensed. "Myths? He yelped. Myths? Are you one of those people who don't believe in the Bible?".

Bible? I thought as my jaw dropped open. What has the Virgin of Guadalupe have to do with the Bible? Instead, both the Virgin and the legend of Quetzalcoatl have to do with the effect of euro-centrism on the Mexican culture.

Beginning with the landing of Cortez in 1519, alien Catholicism, with a white god and a white panoply of saints had been forcibly impressed on a confused people with a deeply religious background.

In 1531, Juan Diego made a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Aztec goddess Tonantzin (Our Mother), when the vision later called the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to him and miraculously impressed her image on Juan's cloak, and image that exists to this ver…

Top 10 Events in the Riviera Nayarit in 2017

The Riviera Nayarit is and always will be a destination offering a great variety of cultural, sports and artistic events. This year the destination celebrates its 10th anniversary and in order to kick off the party we’d like to share with you a chronological list of the Top 10 Events of 2017:
XIII International San Blas Festival of Migratory Birds (January 29 to February 5): San Blas is celebrating this festival with workshops, conferences, and observation routes.4th Festival Sayulita (February 1-5): The hottest party of the year is in the Riviera Nayarit’s Surfing Capital: Concert, Movies, Drinks and a celebration of life!7th Open Water Swim Tournament: This sporting event takes place at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and it’s been recently admitted into the Global Swim Series. Wind Festival (May 19-21): BucerĂ­as, the Wind Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, is celebrating its top sports competition with this event, considered one of the top five most important of its kind in the world. VI …

Birding Magic in San Jose del Pacifico, Oaxaca

By Suzanne Staples
While spending time in Oaxaca city in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, we decided to explore the mountainous areas surrounding the city.  Oaxaca rests in a valley between three mountain ranges.  The Majestic Sierra Madre del Sur rises to the south, climbing to about nine thousand feet. At the top, a dense pine-oak forest is interspersed with tree ferns, brilliant orchids and meters-long climbing vines. Tiny red salvia flowers and orange paintbrush generously dot the road that is carved from the steep mountain.  Many of the simple homes along the road at the higher elevations have plant nurseries.  Colorful pots of flowers line up in neat rows against the steep hill.  Pink and red begonias flourish here, as do rich blue Nile lillies and white calla lillies.  The people carry baskets of these blooms into Oaxaca city to sell in the many markets.

The small hamlet of San Jose del Pacifico perches along the highway near the summit of the mountain range.  The land dro…