Why Winter in Mexico?

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Why Winter in Mexico?

Why Winter in Mexico?   First, it offers great “winter’ weather:  dry days in the 75-85 degree  range.  Benito Juarez Park, pictured to the left, overflows with flowers on Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas Day) which is celebrated on February 2.  In the northeastern US, we are watching the groundhog and speculating about snow storms at this time of year.  The dry, warm climate encourages outdoor activity:  walking, shopping at outdoor markets, celebrating at outdoor festivals, and dining at outdoor cafes.  Not surprisingly, the...

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World Heritage City

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World Heritage City

 A City Reborn   San Miguel de Allende, established in the sixteenth century, once a prosperous city on the Spanish silver trade route and later a significant site in the Mexican War of Independence, nearly became a ghost town in the early twentieth century during a period of economic decline.  Fortunately, the town has experienced a renaissance by protecting its outstanding colonial architecture and by developing and promoting itself as a center of art, culture, and learning.  This transformation began in 1926 when the Mexican...

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Branching Out

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Branching Out

Rounding Out the Experience   The traveler who is a seasonal resident of Mexico can enrich his or her experience by taking archaeological and environmental tours in the surrounding area. One outstanding option near San Miguel de Allende is the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve which is about 100 kilometers northwest of Mexico City. The reserve, which is set in an mountainous region of pine and oyamel fir forest, protects over half of the overwintering colonies of monarchs. Butterflies from the fourth generation of the year migrate from...

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Coastal Beauty

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Coastal Beauty

 La Paz   Capital of  the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, La Paz is situated on a protected bay along the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez).  Located on one of the world’s most biologically rich bodies of water, La Paz is well situated for eco-tourism.  Indeed, UNESCO has declared “244 islands, islets and coastal areas” of the Gulf to be a World Heritage site, one that possesses extraordinary natural beauty and exceptional diversity of both marine and terrestrial species.  The islands and/or surrounding waters...

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Home Sweet Home

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Home Sweet Home

 Home Sweet Home   San Miguel de Allende and La Paz, the two cities where Mary traveled, offer a variety of attractive accommodations including hotels, bed and breakfasts and house rentals.  Obviously, the most luxurious homes are more costly, but very pleasant, well-equipped, affordable options can easily be found.  Rentals often include WIFI, television and laundry rooms.  Services such as cooking, cleaning and caretaking are readily available as well.  For options, consult Vacation Rentals by Owner,  Home Away, and The Insider’s...

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