Zipolete, Mexico

Skinny-Dipping or Snorkeling in Zipolite, Mexico

I chose it because the beach was of a clothing-optional variety, and coming from a fairly purist Southern family, I’d not seen a lot of that sort of thing: strangers’ boobs set free in nature and whatnot. I couldn’t very well tell my girlfriend at Read More

Coba Cover Photo

Climbing Mexico’s Tallest Mayan Pyramid at Coba

Chichen Itza may be the most famous ancient Mayan city in the Yucatan Pennisula. It may have garnered all the big titles, like New World Wonder, but that doesn’t change the fact that the older Mayan site of Coba, the region’s capital before Chichen Read More

Chac Mool Waiting for the Sun

Calling Quetzals at Chichen Itza in Mexico

We are standing at the foot at El Castillo, near the bottom of the staircase famous for producing a snake-like shadow on the equinox, and taking turns clapping, looking satisfied at one another, and inviting the next person to take a turn. Through Read More

New dawn ceremony begins

Celebrating the New Dawn on a Sacred Maya Journey in Mexico’s Yucatan

It's 4:30 a.m. in this ancient port of Ppolé (modern-day Xcaret on the Riviera Maya). As I trudge through the pelting rain along dark jungle paths, slipping and sliding across the occasional stone walkway, I can't help but question my sanity. My Read More

Fishing in Baja Mexico

Retreating Into The Las Animas Wilderness in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

"How would you like," I asked my seven-year-old grandson Sam, "to go to a place that you can't get to by road?" "I would like," he answered. "And how would you like to go fishing in a place that has so many hungry fish that you only stop Read More

Maya Masks

What to Buy in Mexico: Souvenir Shopping in Riviera Maya and the Yucatan

"Sombreros, blankets, and tequilla," says Pablo, without even thinking, in response to my question about the most popular souvenirs in Mexico. But, he hastens to add, here in the heavily Mayan Yucatan Peninsula, tourists can buy some interesting Read More

Cooking classes in Riviera Maya

Eating Riviera Maya in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

To once and for all satisfy my ever-crave for Mexican food autentica: Es posible? I was salivating to give it a try as I made my recent plans for the Riviera Maya, a slice of Yucatan coastline where seafood and rich Maya tradition stir up an Read More

Gray Whale in Laguna Ojo de Liebre, Baja California (photo by Bob Bowers)

Petting Baby Whales in Baja California, Mexico

A two-thousand pound newly-born gray whale lifted her head a foot from our panga, presenting an irresistible petting opportunity.  I was one of six passengers on that side of the shallow boat, and together with the other five, reached out and stroked Read More

baby whale shark

Swimming With Whale Sharks in Mexico’s Yucatan

Glimpsing the cluster of huge, spotted heads in the water, I peer closer. I'm not sure if I'm hallucinating after slouching under the intense sun and sitting on a boat for an hour. But as our guide yells out and slings on his snorkel mask, I realize Read More

Mexico's Wintering Monarchs will Land on your Hand (photo by Bob Bowers)

The Monarchs of Mexico’s El Rosario Biosphere Preserve

My wife and I had just finished a simple breakfast of juice, pan dulce and coffee in Angangueo, a small village in Mexico’s central mountains.  The early February air at 8,300 feet is chilled, suggesting we add a layer or two before heading to El Read More