Discover Mexico A-to-Z
Day of the Dead to Durango
DAY OF THE DEAD
One of Mexico’s most important religious holidays is celebrated on All Saint’s Day (Nov 1) and All Soul’s Day (Nov 2): Día de los Muertos (sometimes called Día de los Fieles Difuntos) – Day of the Dead. Traditionally, November 1st honors deceased children and November 2nd honors deceased adults. Far from being a morbid event, Day of Dead emphasizes remembrance of past lives and celebration of the continuity of life. Day of the Dead is celebrated passionately throughout Mexico, and especially so in smaller provincial towns and cities.
Mexperience: Day of the Dead
See Also: Public Holidays
DÍA DEL NIÑO
Diego Rivera (1886 – 1957) was a famous Mexican painter whose frescoes helped establish the Mural Movement in Mexican art in the early part of the 20th Century. His murals can be seen in Mexico City, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City, and other places. Rivera shared a house and a tumultuous relationship with fellow Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
Online: Diego Rivera (Wikipedia)
See Also: Frida Kahlo, Mexican Art
See: Food Diners
If you are disabled or have low mobility, Mexico can be a challenging place to get around in. In recent years, some improvements have been made to help disabled people get-around more easily in public places, and while progress is being made, you cannot expect to see accessibility levels like those in the US and Canada.
Mexperience: Traveling with Disabilities
DOLPHINS, SWIMMING WITH
It’s possible to swim with dolphins at many dolphin centers situated at beach towns and resorts across Mexico. Mexican laws make it illegal to capture dolphins from the wild, so all the dolphins you swim with in Mexico are born in captivity and trained for swimming with humans.
See Also: Outdoors Activities
Drivers in Mexico enjoy an extensive infrastructure of roads and intercity highways. Mexico has invested heavily in road infrastructure in recent times and getting around Mexico by road today is easier and safer than it ever has been.
Mexperience: Driving in Mexico
See Also: Transport
The illicit drug trade in Mexico, which is controlled by several regionally-organized cartels, has been the cause of drug-related violence in recent years. Although news stories tend to present drug-violence as a “Mexico wide” issue, statistics show that most homicides take place in only a small fraction of the country’s 2,438 municipalities.
Mexperience: Illegal Drugs
See Also: Law & Order
The Mexican State of Durango is situated in northwest Mexico. It is a landlocked, mountainous, State situated at an average of elevation of c.6000 feet above sea-level. Durango is Mexico’s fourth largest State with one of the lowest population densities in the country. Parts of the State are heavily forested, and the topography is characterized by mountainous terrain, deep ravines and rivers; the mountains are also a source of silver, which first brought the Spanish to this region during the colonial era.
Online: Durango State (Wikipedia)
See Also: Silver