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Mexico Featured Articles: Travel & Adventure

Welcome to the Feature Stories, a collection of articles and photographs that highlight the unique treasure that is Mexico. If you would like to contribute your story or feature article, please take a look at our Writers Guidelines - we are always looking for good stories to share with everyone here.

We also now have a directory of Mexico Blogs if you would like to read about the experiences of bloggers who visit or live in the country.

Los Voladores de Papantala
In colorful thousand year old costumes, Los Voladores of Papantla in Veracruz appeal to the gods by performing a traditional, highly symbolic dance.
First Aid Tips & Suggestions
If you've ever been concerned about your health in Mexico or some of the critters that abound, then read this informative article.
What's To Do In Manzanillo
Shipping Port, Quiet Resort, or Both? Local resident Susan Dearing gives us a historical background and insider's tour through the west coast city of Manzanillo.
The Madonna and the Serpent
Author Lawrence H. Freeman's thoughts on the "myths/legends" of Quetzalcoatl and the Virgin of Guadalupe which are central to the life of Mexicans today and in the past.
Zona Sabrosa - Mexico City's Zona Rosa
During the day, the Zona Rosa may be one of Mexico City's most popular shopping and restaurants districts, but during the night the area can feel a somewhat seedy and a little dangerous. Read why author Charles Dews has re-entered the Zone, but only during the day.
A Road Trip in November
A request to drive some visiting friends around in Mexico creates an opportunity and an adventure, through Acapulco, Toluca & Morelia.
A Day at El Panteon de Belen
Take a walk through this museum in Guadalajara, formerly a cemetery complete with mysterious figures and curious history, all in a peaceful setting worth the visit.
Where did the Mariachi come from?
Jorge Tamayo, who helps run a Spanish language school in Guadalajara, provides us with a look into the origins of Mariachi music and where the word came from.
Baja Whale Rescue
Mary Harter, who runs a kayak and adventure tour company, shares her experience in rescuing a baby whale along the shores of Baja California.
Catemaco, Veracruz
MexOnline frequent visitor, Gene Gaudi, writes about his new hometown in southern Veracruz.
Your Oaxacan Day of the Dead Altar
A story on the culture of the Oaxacan and Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos, specifically on the altars. This is brought to us by Brian and Liz Pharr.
Tejate, a traditional Oaxacan drink
Experience a bit of Mexican cuisine as Brian and Liz Pharr write about a this traditional Oaxacan drink.
Train Ride To Tecate
Join the MexOnline staff for a pictorial train ride from the border in San Diego, through the gates (something not done in nearly twenty years), into Tijuana and up to the mountain village of Tecate.
The Guadalajara Experience
Mexico For NorteAmericanos - writer Lawrence Freeman gives us his unique "locals" perspective of daily life in modern day Guadalajara. It's not the sleepy little town you thought it was.
Going To The Circus In Mexico
Everyone loves a circus, and the people of Mexico are no different. Read this feature story and take a unique and intimate tour of the family run Olguin Hermanos Circus, and find out what it's like to live the life of a "cirquero".
Getting Ready For Your Next Fishing Trip
The cooler winter and spring season is a great time to start preparing for your next fishing trip to Mexico. Get a few pointers on getting your gear ready from professional fishing guide Jonathan Roldan.
The Rosarito to Ensenada 50K Fun Bike Ride
Join Rolf Metzger of, and about 8,000 other cyclists, for the Fall 2004 Rosarito to Ensenada Bike Ride. Big turnout, crazy costumes and lots of riding adventure make this one of the largest events of it's kind.
Chiapas Para Mochileros
Backpacking through the jungles and small villages of Chiapas has become very popular with travelers.
Guadalajara: Mexico's Silicon Valley
Capital of the state of Jalisco, Guadalajara is now Mexico's high tech capital also.
Paradise and Sailfish
The story of fishing the Pacific coast of Mexico for sailfish.
Ten Reasons to Love Baja
Author Ann Hazard shares with us ten reasons to love, visit & protect the Baja peninsula.
Happy Day of the Dead!
Thomas Whittingslow shares the history and event that honors the deceased loved ones in Mexico each year.
Culinary Fossils and Fusion Food, South of the Border
Read Rhonda M. Tranks account of the culinary traditions and delights that are the makeup of today's Mexican cuisine.
The Silent Cries of Alamos
Read Thomas Whittingslow account of the famous silver mining town of Alamos, Sonora. Once the capital of Sonora, and home to one of the wealthiest silver deposits in Mexico, it is now one of Mexico's showcase colonial gems.
Road Log: Isla Mujeres.
On this trip, take a photo journey to lovely Isla Mujeres, off the coast of Cancun. Just a few miles from the famous resort, Isla Mujures offers a relaxed atmosphere and an easy getaway full of beautiful views.
Day of the Dead Issue.
Learn about Mexico's Dia de los Muertos holiday, when the souls of dead relatives are allowed to visit with their mortal family members on earth on November 1st and 2nd, plus links to other educational resources on the Web.
The Three Men of Oaxaca
In the spirit of the Mexican Revolution and Mexican history, writer Marvin H. Perton tells us of three men, all from the region of Oaxaca, who have had a pivotal part in shaping their country's history.
Chiapas Through The Lens
Noted photographer Craig Cisco Dietz lives in San Cristobal de las Casas, and shares with us his view of Chiapas. The photos show the natural beauty that is Chiapas... be patient as these pictures may take a few minutes to download, well worth the wait.
Photos and Postcards Of 1950's Mexico City
A unique photo pictorial visit back in time to the famous landmarks of Mexico City in the 1940's and 1950's.
Riding the Bus in Mexico
Straight talk on the ins and outs of riding the bus in Mexico. An excellent primer for the vacation traveler who is planning to take this popular and inexpensive way to get around the country. By Bruce McGovern.
Business (and opportunity in Puebla)
Bruce McGovern continues to share his observations of daily life in Mexico, and he spends much of each year in the city of Puebla. Bruce's stories can sometimes be a little direct and spicy, so be sure to take each story with a grain of salt... this one even has a little inspiration.
Highlights of Puebla
Bruce is forced to visit a tourist site near Puebla, against his natural unwillingness, only to discover it might be worth seeing after all. By Bruce McGovern
Hidden Beauty of the Gulf
Our latest correspondent learns to discover the wonders of Tampico, in the gulf state of Tamaulipas. The first in a series of installments, it's a world away from the American experience. By Tampico John.
Tales from Tampico - Hidden Beauty Part II
Correspondent Tampico John continues his series of correspondence, highlighting the time he spent (and is spending) in the busy port city of Tampico, on the northern gulf coast of Mexico.
Xun God and Temazcal
Take a spiritual trip to beautiful and mysterious San Cristobal de las Casas in the southern-most state of Chiapas, through the eyes (and mind) of noted photographer Cisco Dietz.
Tales of the Heart
Puerto Escondido / Puerto Angel by Kenneth Richard. Ken takes us on a memorable journey to mythical Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico.
El Pipila
Hero of the Mexican Independence, by Susana Bouquet-Chester. New light on some little known facts.
Liliana, Mi Corazoncita
How the charm of a one eleven year old girl causes writer Bruce McGovern to fall in love with the people of Mexico.
Road Trip To Catavina
Photo essay of a trip into the Catavina Rock Garden of Baja California. Known for its beautiful rock and cactus desert landscape.
Ever lost your Bank?
Just another crazy day in Mexico, by "Jerezano".

Catemaco Waterfalls

Train ride from San Diego to Tijuana and Tecate

Guadalajara Arches

Knife thrower at Circus

Quetzal Drawing

sugar calacas

Zihuatanejo sport fishing marfin

Cubanerias restaurant and bar

The Rosarito to Ensenada 50K fun bike ride

Baja Whale at sunset
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