El Tule

Today we ventured east of the city to the pueblo of Santa Maria del Tule, the famed home of El Tule, a 2000 year old cypress tree that many say is the oldest and largest tree in Latin America. It has a trunk the width of a house and limbs that climb several stories high. A…

Monte Albán and the Not So Historically Correct Tour Guide

Today we ventured to the ancient city of the Zapotec Indians… Monte Albán.  It is perched high above the city of Oaxaca on a hilltop and offers spectacular views of the city and the surrounding pueblitos.  At one time, Monte Albán had upwards of 40,000 inhabitants and reigned for at least 1,200 years between 500 B.C. and 750…

Mi Nueva Rutina Diaria

Another day comes to a close and I often think my family and I are losing our edge as travelers. Either that, or we are simply evolving in our traveling ways. When I was younger, I would land in a place, take out the guidebook, and make a list of all the things there were to…

Bienvenidos a Oaxaca

Bienvenidos a Oaxaca. After twelve hours in airports and on airplanes, we finally landed in Oaxaca last night around 8:00. I think I have decided that I really don’t like airport layovers. Sitting in an airport for upwards of seven hours straight is simply grueling. But then again, I suppose it depends on the airport….

And we’re off….

¡Hola y feliz verano! This summer my family and I are off to Oaxaca, Mexico for a month.  We have waited until the last possible moment to pack, but I must say, it is certainly easier when everyone fends for themselves.  Two backpacks for four people… not too shabby. I am using my teacher website to…

Akumal and Chichen Itza

A couple of days ago we decided to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. In 1988 UNESCO declared it World Heritage Site… One of the NEW seven wonders of the world. So… how could we pass it up? After all, it was only 176 kilometers away and Marty is quite enamored with Mayan culture….

Ahhhh….. Akumal!

There is something simply magical about staying at the beach for multiple days at a time. Time ceases to exist, you forget what day it is, and major accomplishments of the day include eating breakfast and possibly walking to town. You wear the same thing each day… a bathing suit. You forget to look in…

Cancun Wake up Call

Over the past 20 or so years I have been all over Mexico, from Guanajuato to Mexico City, from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas. Up to this point, I have yet to visit the Mayan Riviera, which is apparently the main tourist destination in Mexico. To be fair, I haven’t even made it…

El Festival de Los Locos

The other day on our way to La Gruta hot springs, our taxi driver asked us if we were going to go to El Festival de Los Locos. I asked him if he meant Locos as in ‘Borrachos’ or locos as in, well ‘Locos.’ He said it was a parade similar to Carnival in Brazil…

El Bautismo de La Gruta

Up until today, I was under the misleading impression that I was relaxed. You know, I am on vacation and despite the bustle of Mexico City and the heart-wrenching pain my children cause me each time they cough, I felt that I was as relaxed as I could be. I was wrong. This morning we…