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Mexico Earthquake

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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

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58 Confirmed Dead so far in Mexico's 8.1 Earthquake! Details and video at https://t.co/ATZoEAxNaJ. ­čÖĆ #MexicoEarthquake#PrayForMexicopic.twitter.com/InOU1N9k04— 99.1 KGGI (@991KGGI) September 8, 2017
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Enrique Pe├▒a Nieto viajar├í a Oaxaca para supervisar da├▒os; se contabilizan 45 muertos en la zona.https://t.co/eIzwGCgLGipic.twitter.com/jjWHb8qBWz— El Heraldo de M├ęxico (@elheraldo_mx) September 8, 2017
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Photo from Oaxaca website: http://matutinazo.com/2017/09/08/preven-replica-7-2-grados-terremoto-ayer/

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Mezcal distillery tour in Oaxaca

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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.








Tours

Las Bugambilias Tours by Rene Cabrera - http://www.lasbugambiliastours.com/

Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca by Alvin Starkman - http://www.mexonline.com/oaxacaculinarytours.htm

The Madonna and the Serpent

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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

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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): Bucer├şas, 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

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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…

Restaurant Review: Entre Tierras in Puebla

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Our blogs usually consist of stories and information about Mexico, but as we travel around the country we think it's important to begin to point out the great hotels, restaurants, tours, etc. that we have experienced.

And a great place to start is a wonderful restaurant in Puebla; Entre Tierras.


Puebla, as many of you know, is possibly the heart of colonial Mexico cuisine. There are numerous choices throughout the city from excellent taco stands to fine dining and of course Mole Poblano. However on this trip I decided to try a fine dining establishment just outside the colonial center.

Entre Tierras is located across the street from Hotel Se├▒orial and about a 4-5 block walk from the Zocalo in Puebla's historic center. I had actually read about the restaurant in a magazine on my flight from Los Angeles to Puebla.

As mentioned above Puebla is famous for it's cuisine and there are many famous dishes and restaurants to try. Institutions such as El Mural de los Poblanos and F…

Hurricane Patricia - Strongest Hurricane on Record - Updated Information - Mexico

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Hurricane Patricia is the strongest hurricane on record with over 200 MPH winds. It is on a direct path to the Costalegre, Mexico between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. We will update this blog post with any news we receive. Please come back and refresh often.

Assistance and some ways to help:

U.S. State Department - You can alert us to U.S. citizens affected by the storm, including yourself, by calling us at 1-888-407-4747 (From the United States and Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (From all other countries), and email PatriciaEmergencyUSC@state.gov if you have additional questions or concerns.

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/hurricane-patricia-travel-alert.html

Embassies & consulates in Mexico - http://www.mexonline.com/embassy.htm

American Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/

International Red Cross - https://www.ifrc.org/en/

Direct Relief - http://www.directrelief.org/emergency/hurricane-patricia-mexico/


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