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 Discovering Costalegre

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Discovering Costalegre, or ‘happy coast’
Travel north from Manzanillo on Mexico’s Pacific coast – to the central coastal area of the country- and you’ll discover Costalegre. This stretch of coastline located between Costa Majahuas and Cihuatlán is named Costalegre or “happy coast.” Others describe the Costalegre as the area between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Either way it is still “the happy coast”..

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 Diamond in the Rough

Hotel La Posada – Manzanillo

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Off the beaten path in Mexico – Manzanillo
Manzanillo is one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets, and one thing that keeps the area virtually untouched and unexplored, is that it’s a little hard to get to. There are many small hotels and motels, with room rates ranging from $15 a night to typical 5-star rates for hotels such as the Karmina Palace, Las Hadas and the Hotel Sierra.

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 On the road again: Lake Chapala – Manzanillo

Leaving Lake Chapala

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Off the beaten path in Mexico: Town of Manzanillo
Three days spent in Lake Chapala region went by way too fast and it was time to leave. Ajijic already felt like place that we know very well and it was little sad that we had to leave. But, at the same time we were excited about all the new places we are planning to see today.

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 Mexico, Lake Chapala

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Arriving in Mexico – Lake Chapala
We landed in Guadalajara just before dusk in the early evening (18.5º C, sunny skies, sigh), after a comfortable five hour flight from Edmonton with one stop at Mexico City.

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 Barefoot on the beach in Mexico

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By: Anita & Michael’s travels portal

Barefoot on the beach in Mexico
We prepared ourselves from the journey from Oaxaca over the mountains and down to Puerto Escondido on infamous highway 175 or the “vomit” road. Numerous people told us the road was the worse road they had driven on. I laughed. I’m from California where we have real mountain roads so I wasn’t really bothered about some flatlander’s anguish of “bad roads.”

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 Ignoring the Warnings

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By: Mark Sundeen

Personal Journeys
Here is a great story of a couples travels driving into Mexico. Safety in Mexico is always a topic of conversation in our circles. It doesn’t matter that a police officer was shot dead in Edmonton just few days ago, Mexico is always a concern for everyone. It seems the propaganda is turning more positive lately.

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 Oaxaca new highways

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By: Brent May

Oaxaca Highway Update
The new highway project in Oaxaca (Wa-Ha-Ka) state has been at the tip of our tongues for some time now. This new highway will connect the inland state capital, Oaxaca City to the coastal cities of Puerto Escondido and Huatulco. Stated for completion at the end of 2015, the highway will decrease travel times and increase coastal real estate values.

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 Mazunte, turtle center

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

The relaxed beach town of Mazunte
So, we left beautiful Huatulco early in the morning. Today we drove west to Puerto Escondido. After Pochutla driving west on a coastal highway 200, there was a turnoff for small beach town Mazunte at San Antonio intersection. Vera wanted to see the turtles, so I made the left turn.

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 Journey to the Centre of the Earth

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Source: Charlotte, at Cropcycle portal

Journey to the central Oaxaca (Mexico) coast…
5th – 8th March: After about seven weeks of traveling through semi-arid central Mexico we were extremely excited to get going on the next leg of our journey – down to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. That’s an understatement; in fact I was visibly drooling with anticipation of a swim in the sea. We’d also spent seven weeks toiling up and down mountains at or above 1,500 meters in altitude. We could hardly contain ourselves at the prospect of the descent to sea level!

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 Conquering Sierra Madre del Sur

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains by bike!
This winter I Climbed the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains in Mexico on my bike! It was 20 (!) kilometers all uphill! That day, that ride… that weather… it was all unforgettable! But if someone asks me to do it again I would do it in a flush!!

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 Cycling Snowbirds

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Reflections on my bike riding in Mexico
Living in Canada means no road biking for at least six months during the winter. When February arrived I couldn’t wait any longer to escape the Canadian cold and become a snowbird… again! So, it was time to get off of the rollers and treadmill in my basement and do some road biking in the small-town of Huatulco, one of my favorite holiday escape destinations in Mexico.

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 A room with the view of paradise!

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Princess Mayev hotel in Huatulco: Cheap and Easy Getaway
We booked our stay at the Princess Mayev hotel in Chahue area, Huatulco (Bahia de Santa Cruz). This area is very close to the small town of Santa Cruz and La Crucecita. It is also very close to the Chahue beach, Marina Chahue and Santa Cruz beach. Nearby, but not on a walking distance, are La Entrega and Margue beaches.

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 Puerto Angel, Oaxaca

Traveling Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Puerto Angel Mexico – Defines the Beauty of Oaxaca!
While spending our vacation in the village of Santa Cruz, Huatulco, one day we decided to drive all the way to Puerto Angel, which was 52 km away, or just around 1 hour of driving.

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 Huatulco Sunbirds

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Self-Guided Getaways for snowbirds in Mexico
It is winter time in Canada and it’s the time to escape Canadian cold and time for some snowbirding… or maybe I should call it ‘sunbirding’. Vera and I love to travel and dislike winters and cold weather. Ideal combination to hit the road… and travel!

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 La Crucecita, charming

Traveling Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Charming Mexican town in Huatulco area
La Crucecita is a marvelous small town which you have to visit if you’re visiting the bays of Huatulco. From the coastal highway 200, beautiful wide Boulevard with 3 lanes in each direction and a green grass median, lead us to La Crucecita. This is charming Mexican town with a traditional central square bounded by shops and patio restaurants.

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 Huatulco, Oaxaca

Traveling Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The best-kept secret in Mexico
So, after crossing Sierra Madre Del Sur Mountains by car, we are finally here on the Pacific coast, in place that’s called Huatulco. And the best part is we’ll stay here for ten days! Yippy! Only sun, sandy beaches and cerveza for next ten days… that’s what I call life!! Even the “commercial” beaches with palapa (palm thatch) restaurants, such as La Entrega, are rarely crowded at this time of a year (before Christmas holidays).

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 Mexican Mariachis

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

History of the Mariachi – Excerpts from — Mexico
The only thing more Mexican than tequila is mariachi and it seems a shame to have one without the other.

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 Beaches of Oaxaca

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Source: Own Mexico portal

Spoiled by Oaxaca Coast
You will be spoiled with an abundance of things to do and see along the Oaxaca coast. There are so many beaches to explore, each with it’s own personality and charm. From Huatulco to Puerto Escondido, be amazed at the fascinating eco-tourism, beautiful landscape, delicious and fresh seafood, and warm Mexican culture the Oaxaca coast has to offer. Let’s take a tour…

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 Safety in Mexico

Traveling Mexico

By: Cathy Brown

Reality vs. Sensationalist Media Hype
In the last few months, I have had the good fortune to visit Mexico a couple of times. For a single mom whose family and friends have no problem with me romping around Buenos Aires, taking my young kids to the Amazon, or climbing mountains in Africa, I cannot say that I was sufficiently prepared for the distinct reaction I got when people heard I was going to Mexico.

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 Haven of Zipolite

Traveling Mexico

By: Jody Kurash

Mexico’s hippie haven of Zipolite
Laid-back beach, lost in time, in carefree hippie haven of Zipolite, Mexico. Vera and I were there on a day trip, while vacationing in the near by Huatulco area. With the rented car we drove around to visit several places among them Puerto Angel and Zipolite – both small fisherman villages in Oaxaca province of Mexico.

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 Driving down to Mexico

Traveling Mexico

By: Brent & Erin May

Our Mexico Adventure: TRAVELING TO MEXICO with the CAR
From Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada to Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico. We traveled from Saskatoon, Canada and spent 3 days in the U.S. using the interstates, which were fast and easy to navigate.

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 Todos Santos – Mexican Flavors

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Day trip to Todos Santos
Todos Santos is approximately 112km from San Jose. The time it takes to get there depends on whether there is construction on the highway. When we went, the construction was just completed couple of weeks before and there is now a fast four lane highway almost all the way to Todos Santos. It changes to two lane highway about 2 km before Todos Santos.

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 The El Arco

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Exploring El Arco – So stunning!
At the very tip of the cape, and of the Baja California Peninsula, is Baja’s most famous landmark, El Arco, the exclamation point at the end of the Baja Peninsula.

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 Biking around Los Cabos

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Cycling in Baja California, Mexico
I was reading some travel reports about people who cycled from California all the way down south to Cabo San Lucas, most of them on mountain bikes. Still, I haven’t heard about someone’s experience riding a road bike in Los Cabos area. That’s exactly what I did in December and I wanted to share my experience with you!

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 San Jose del Cabo by foot

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Welcome to paradise!
Here we are… in Mexico again. This time we are in Baja California and old town of San Jose del Cabo. We wake up with the sound of birds singing in the cactus garden, and another warm and sunny day in front of us. If this is not paradise I don’t know what it is! At home in Edmonton it is snowing and my son is shoveling the snow (I hope he does it!). Just thinking about it makes us to appreciate this weather even more.

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