Travel life Archive

The Great Guelaguetza Festival in Oaxaca

If you happen to be planning a summer trip to Oaxaca for next year, you might as well go all out and hit the Guelaguetza Festival at the end of July. Held each year in the colonial capital city, the centerpiece is a spectacular dance performance in an outdoor amphitheater that features colorful dances from [...]

Sampling Mezcal in Oaxaca

I’m currently in the city of Oaxaca in Mexico and was fortunate enough to be here the week of the Guelaguetza Festival. That big dance performance is the main event, but there are all kinds of events happening around town at the same time, including a big Mezcal Fair. So in one place I was [...]

Touring Puebla: the Capital, Cuetzalan, & Cholula

We just posted a tour story on an area of Mexico that you probably haven’t read much about: Puebla. The capital city is Mexico’s fourth-largest, but it only gets a trickle of foreign tourists. Once you head out of their to the “Pueblos Magicos” scattered around Puebla state, there are even fewer of them. That’s [...]

Oaxaca City’s Cuisine, Crafts, and Zapotec History

Our latest travel tour feature from Mexico focuses on the fascinating city of Oaxaca. It takes all the elements of a historic colonial city, with its grand churches and plazas, but that’s just the starting point. You’ve got impressive ruins just outside of town, craft villages dotted around like orbiting planets, and craft mezcal distilleries [...]

Getting to La Selva Jungle Lodge in Ecuador

By design, a jungle lodge is going to be remote. If you’re really going to be out where the wildlife is, you’re not going to be able to just hop in a taxi and be there ten minutes later. The ones in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador require less of an arduous trek than many [...]