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Archive for February, 2007

El Tule - The Biggest Tree

While in Oaxaca we paid a visit to what was once thought to have been the largest bio-mass in existence.  The tree stands next to (actually, dwarfs) a church in the small town of El Tule.

Statistically speaking, the tree is between 3000 and 2000 years old, 42 meters high, 58 meters around and requires a […]

Zaachila and Lord Nine Flowers

While in Oaxaca we visited the village of Zaachila, a village with a mixed Aztec and Mixtec population.  On the day we visited, the weekly market was on. 

The morning before we left for the village, we were lucky to meet a couple from Illinois (Sarah and Ben), who we visited the village with.    The trip […]

Chocolate and Cheese!

What is better than the mole I hear you say?  Well chocolate and cheese is (of course).  As it turns out, Oaxaca is also famous for chocolate and cheese.
Chocolate (which you can buy by the Kilo) is mixed with almonds, chili and cinnamon then it is boiled with milk and served either hot or cold….. […]

The Lost Mole - Found

Well, I have finally found what I think is the 7th mole of Oaxaca:  the amarillo mole!  Not that I know what it is. 
While I originally thought that mole was a stu-ish dish I have since found that the mole sauce can be found on everything from tortilla based pizzas to cheese with mole negro […]

2 Bus Tickets, 30 Machetes and an “El Che” Tee-shirt

Now I am scared at the best of times, but the bus ride from Tuxtla in Chaipas to Oaxaca city in Oaxaca was enough to raise sheer terror for about 30 minutes (unnecessary terror as it turns out).
Basically we (our bus) came across a large section of stopped traffic on the highway.  The bus driver (in […]

Chaipas 3: Tuxtla and Cañon Del Sumidero

Our last two days in Chiapas were spent in the state’s capital (Tuxtla Gutierrez).  The guide-book’s description of the city is not particularly appealing, but on the contray, we found a lively and vibrant city.  At night the town’s squares were filled with people dancing to live salsa music, socialising and generally enjoying the pleasant […]

Chaipas 2: San Cristobal and San Juan Chamula

San Cristobal
After a somewhat winding, weaving and sickening journey thought the mountains from Palenque, we arrived in San Cristobal de Las Casas.
San Cristobal is a beautiful relic of Mexico’s colonial era.  Largely built and governed independently of the rest of the region, San Cristobal has a unique charm. 

In addition to having a fantastic street-scape, the […]

Chiapas 1: More Ruins in a Spot of Jungle

We´ve been in Chiapas for about a week now, having a most enjoyable time. Chiapas is a largely rural state in the south of Mexico bordering Guatemala, with diverse natural environments and wildlife. It is also where the Zapatista movement was spawned, in response to the economic and political inequalities between the state´s […]

The Pink Flamingos

While in Merida we made a short side trip to a bird sanctuary that lies on the Gulf of Mexico coastline. The park is famous for a local flamingo population and its beautiful mangrove setting.

Interestingly, you can see the exact point at which the nutrient rich mangrove run-off meets with the ocean:

As for the […]

Tasty Mexican Recipe

Check out the tasty tortilla soup recipe (among many others) on Cindy and Michael’s Vege food blog. Check it out here…