Mexico Archive

Maestro Taquilero Tequila From Cuervo

“They make that brand too?” It’s a common refrain in the gift shop of the Jose Cuervo distillery in the town of Tequila. The world’s biggest producer of the spirit is known for its worst brand, but it also produced 1800, Centenario, Reserva de la Familia, and now Maestro Tequilero. From my sampling from three […]

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The Best Chocolate Festivals Across Latin America

There’s a chocolate belt across the Americas and perhaps appropriately, it’s a wide belt. It stretches from Tabasco state on the Gulf Coast of Mexico—the birthplace of the bean in the B.C. era—down to Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. Just as introduced crops like bananas and coffee spread quickly across countries where the conditions were right, […]

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Mexico Celebrates a Record Year for Tourism

It looks like Mexico is back in the groove. At the Tianguis Turistico conference I attended last week, government officials and the private sector were celebrating impressive growth numbers and a new record for the number of foreign visitors. It’s one thing when a tiny country with less than a million annual visitors posts double-digit […]

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Good News/Bad News in the Airline World

We’ve been watching announcements about new air routes opening up to the countries we cover with joy, but that’s been tempered by a general devaluation among the frequent flyer programs. So those U.S. airlines adding more routes are generally the ones treating you the worst in terms of perks. For the good news, we’re seeing […]

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Playing with Baby Gray Whales in Baja Sur, Mexico

There are plenty of places to go whale watching in the Baja Sur section of the peninsula off the west coast of Mexico. This is, after all, the Mexican state with the most coastline and there are multiple bays and migration channels loved by whales of all kinds. If you travel to San Ignacio Lagoon, […]

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Cruising the Baja Coast the Right Way

Picture a small ship that has premium tequila, craft beer, and a variety of wine flowing freely, then imagine it has kayaks and paddleboards at the ready and you’ll use them regularly. Then imagine that when you go on deck, there’s a good chance you’ll see a breaching whale or a flying ray coming out […]

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