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Oaxacan Villages and the World’s Largest Tree

Why do people rave so much about Oaxaca? Sure, it’s a nice colonial city with some beautiful buildings and a shady zocolo central square. You can say this about a whole slew of cities in Mexico though. What makes this one
Guelaguetza Oaxaca

When High Season is the Right Season

When dishing out budget travel advice, I usually tell people to avoid going somewhere when it’s high season. There’s a whole chapter on timing in Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune about finding the sweet spot of shoulder season where
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(Smart) People Aren’t So Scared of Traveling Anymore

The Mexican gangs may not be busted, but Mexican tourism is going gangbusters. Apparently 23.7 million tourists came to Mexico last year, up 3.5% from their previous record year in 2008. Yes, that was six years ago, so it’s been a
Cuetzalan

A Great Backpacker Town With No Backpackers: Cuetzalan, Mexico

It’s a strange feeling when you get to a destination that seems perfect for backpackers and there are none of them there. After a few days in Cuetzalan, a Pueblo Magico in the northern part of Puebla state in Mexico, I
Puebla at night

Popping Around Puebla, Mexico

Puebla is Mexico’s 4th-largest city, but it only gets a trickle of even the non-beach tourists visiting Mexico. Those that do pass through are usually on some kind of culinary tour. This is, after all, the land of mole poblano—that luscious