Tequila’s Evolution

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Tequila is rich in a history far beyond the margarita and in recent years has transcended a quality that could not have been imagined a decade ago. The story of tequila begins not with the famous spirit we know today but rather with a little known drink called pulque. Pulque is tequila’s ancestral drink and dates back to 200… Read more »

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Building a Day of the Dead altar

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Sarah Gilbert celebrates the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca with an altar-building Despite its name, Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is far from a macabre festival. Combining pre-Hispanic traditions with Spanish Catholic influence, the Zapotec Indians believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living once a year… Read more »

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The Teotihuacan Pyramids

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The Teotihuacan Pyramids are the remains of an ancient city that was suddenly deserted by a civilisation around 500 AD. Today it is the most visited archaeological site in Mexico, yet it still remains the least understood. Re-discovered 700 years after its collapse by the Aztecs, the scale of the city impressed the Aztecs so… Read more »

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Mexico’s Day of the Dead

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It may seem morbid to the outsider but Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is anything but this to Mexicans. Taking place at the start of November, the Day of the Dead is a celebration where the dead can come alive again; something particularly fascinating for those who understand death differently. Today… Read more »

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Children dressed for the Day of the dead festival

Day of the Dead Altar in Mexico

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Despite its name, Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is far from a macabre festival. Combining pre-Hispanic traditions with Spanish Catholic influence, the Zapotec Indians believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living once a year to eat, drink and be merry. The spirits of children are thought to… Read more »

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Zapotecan Village Trek 5

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[Part 5] An incredible insight into our Mexican Zapotecan Village Trek tour in its early stages of discovery.   After a quick breakfast we said goodbye to Claudia who gave us our picnic (even eating time was at a premium today!) of ham and cheese sandwiches, yoghurt and an apple. Carlos, our guide for the first half… Read more »

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Zapotecan Village Trek 4

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[Part 4] An incredible insight into our Mexican Zapotecan Village Trek tour in its early stages of discovery.   Today after a quick breakfast started with the famous “tirolesa” that I had missed out on in Benito Juarez (see Day 2). Also known as flying fox and zip-line amongst other things, we walked up above the… Read more »

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Zapotecan Village Trek 3

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[Part 3]  An incredible insight into our Mexican Zapotecan Village Trek tour in its early stages of discovery.   We joined Emilia for breakfast and she made us some fried eggs and some delicious bread (we were beginning to tire somewhat of tortillas at every meal) and a banana. We said goodbye to Daniel met with Manuel,… Read more »

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Zapotecan Village Trek 2

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[Part 2] An incredible insight into our Mexican Zapotecan Village Trek tour in its early stages of discovery.   After Maria made us a final meal of omelette and bread with a pear to finish it was time to say goodbye. We met up with Walter again and headed off for Benito Juarez, a village named after… Read more »

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