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The Monarch Butterflies in Mexico

Topics: Travel Experiences

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Thursday, September 25, 2014

From November to March each year, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena can be observed in the forested mountains west of Mexico City: Monarch butterflies over-wintering in Mexico. The very special ‘Methuselah’ generations of butterflies migrate each year, leaving the colder northern climes of the US and Canada to take winter refuge and breed in Mexico . . .

Hurricane Season in Mexico

Topics: Climate and Environment | Travel Essentials

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Monday, September 22, 2014

Hurricanes in Mexico

In the late summer months, when temperatures reach their peak in the northern hemisphere, Mexico can be host to hurricanes: powerful storms which are born over the oceans, gather strength, and eventually make landfall – most usually along Mexico’s Pacific coast, and less often along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico or Yucatan peninsula . . .

Famous Street Names in Mexico

Topics: Culture & History | Festivals and Events

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Miguel Hidalgo Mural

Every now and again, Mexico’s National Statistics Institute publishes off-beat snippets of information that have no bearing on the country’s current economic situation, like marriage statistics on Valentine’s day, education data on Teachers Day, birth and death rates on Day of the Dead, and a host of other trivia . . .

Insuring Your Property in Mexico

Topics: Living | Real Estate

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Property Protection

Property ownership in Mexico carries all of the same responsibilities of property ownership elsewhere, and protecting your valuable physical assets against unforeseen events is an essential consideration as you formulate your annual budget. It’s worth noting that home insurance is distinct from Title Insurance, which covers you in the event that the title deed of the property you purchase turns out to be invalid causing your title to the property to be brought into question, and paying out compensation in the event that you lose title to the asset…

Celebrating Sovereignty in Mexico

Topics: Culture & History | Festivals and Events

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Monday, September 15, 2014

Selling Flags for Independence Day in Mexico

Independence Day on September 16 is the most widely celebrated of Mexico’s four political national holidays. It’s no wonder this is so as it marks the events that led to the creation of the Mexican Republic following three centuries of Spanish colonial rule . . .

The Value of Old Mexican Banknotes

Topics: Markets and Trade | Travel Essentials

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Sunday, September 14, 2014

You’re planning another visit to Mexico and, after rummaging through the drawers to find your passport, hey presto! …some notes appear with “Banco de Mexico” printed on them. You glance at the value ($1000 pesos, $50,000 pesos, $100,000 pesos) and your mind goes into mathematical over-drive: so what is $100,000 divided by today’s peso exchange rate?

September – Month of Flags and Parties

Topics: Festivals and Events | Travel Essentials

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mexican Flag

Walk around almost any town or city in Mexico during the month of September and you’ll see streets, town squares, schools, shops and commercial centers being dressed in patriotic decorations showing off a display of reds whites and greens – Mexico’s official colors . . .

Terremoto or Temblor? Well, It Depends

Topics: Learning Spanish

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Monday, September 1, 2014

Earthquake Illustration

Mexicans have three words for earthquake. The choice of word can depend on where the person was at the time of the quake, and under what conditions . . .

A Tale of Two Airport Exchange Rates

Topics: Money | Travel Essentials

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Exchange Rates in Mexico City, August 2014

Seasoned readers of these pages may know that we have often extolled the virtues of exchanging your foreign currency in cash when you get to Mexico, and not before. Having just taken note of the exchange rates offered at two airports, our advice remains unchanged . . .

The Mystery of the Modern-Day Mexican Diet

Topics: Food and Drink | Health Care

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Friday, August 22, 2014

Modern-Day Mexican Diet

In a minute we’re going to play detective. Above is a photo from a wonderful book entitled Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, authored by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio. In the book are profiles and photos of 30 families from around the world including detailed descriptions of their weekly food purchases and a photo of each family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. This photo represents an average Mexican family and their week’s groceries . . .