A Travellerspoint blog

April 2012

The coast of Oaxaca in southern Mexico

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Last weekend, Cristina, Marc and I got back from a trip to the coast of Oaxaca (pronounced "waháka") in the south of Mexico. I'm still reeling from the abundance of natural beauty, amazing wildlife, uncrowded beaches, laid-back atmosphere and indigenous flavour that we saw and experienced. It was definitely my kind of holiday. Simple accommodation, outdoor activities, heaps of exploring, and plenty of photographic opportunities.

These are some of the things we discovered:

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Local beaches

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Rereshing spots

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Fishing villages

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Ecological bungalows

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Big waves

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Pelicans in action

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Stunning sunsets

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Empty beaches

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Palm-fringed coasts

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Dolphin spotting

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Simple living

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Friendly locals

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Dreamy beaches

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Pacific breakers

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Interesting flora

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Swimming with large sea turtles

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Mexican villages

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Mangrove tours

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Peaceful lagoons

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Sleeping crocodiles

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Mexican colour

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Incredible views

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Endless white sands

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Boys with boats

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Local refreshment

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Beach rides

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Churches in squares

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Small ports

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Surfers

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Adrenalin-packed activities

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Rainbow colours

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Jungly forests

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Amazing waterfalls

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Tasty food

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Close encounters with iguanas

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Oaxacan crafts

... and many more Oaxacan delights!

Posted by margaretm 08:42 Archived in Mexico Tagged beaches sea turtles coast nature dolphins palms mangroves Comments (2)

The volcano Popocatépetl is stirring

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Over the last few days, the nearby volcano, Popocatépetl, has been making sure everyone remembers he's not dead, or asleep, or in a coma. He's been fuming and spitting out ash and glowing at night. Yesterday ash started falling on some of the towns in the area and today some of the schools remained closed. The authorities have increased the Alert Level to Yellow Phase 3, which among other things, means that people have to be ready to evacuate if necessary.

Here are some photos of the volcano (taken from newspapers):

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Now, I wonder whether Popocatépetl's stirrings have had anything to do with the earthquakes we've been having in the last month or whether it's the tremors which are waking him up? Maybe neither.

Posted by margaretm 16:09 Archived in Mexico Tagged volcanoes popocatépetl Comments (1)

Yellow... in all its shades

To me, Easter is yellow. It's the colour I always associate with Pascua or Semana Santa. It reminds me of the golden sun rays shining bright early on Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day. Or the sunny daffodils nodding their heads in the breeze and golden crocuses crouching in pots or dotting lawns. It's the fluffy canary-coloured chicks nestling up to coloured Easter eggs, or the creamy butter icing on the Easter cake. It's even the honey-coloured crosses on hoft cross buns, my favourite at this time of year, but which I will have to do without yet another year since you can't get them in Mexico.

So to keep in this mood, I decided to find photos of Mexico with a yellow tinge to them.

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Mariachi playing

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The inside of the Palacio de Correos (the Post Office) is spectacular

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Bird cages on the balconies of a yellow building]

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Blue and yellow tiles

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The colourful flat-bottomed boats which ply the canals in Xochimilco

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Perfumes and essences

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Most school buses here are yellow

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House in Malinalco

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Masks at the Ruth Lechuga museum

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The yellow room at Robert Brady's house in Cuernavaca

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Painted cat curled up with a bottle of Sol beer

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Young coconuts on the coast

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Yellow bird seen in Akumal, Yucatán

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Bright yellow chairs

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A lizard sunbathing next to a yellow wall

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Day of the Dead offering at the Dolores Olmeda Museum

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Bright yellow lichen on the rocks - near Jilotepec

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frida Kahlo's cheerul kitchen

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Some varieties of chillis are yellow

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Arched courtyard in Zona Rosa

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Lemons fresh off the tree in Mazamitla, Jalisco

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New leaf

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Colour in Coyoacán

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The Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Ornate lamp

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yellow butterfly

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Sunrise in the Centro Histórico

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Cactus flower

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Swallowtail on flower

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Typical Mexican breakast

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Bright yellow Beetle

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The famous Caballito

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Building in the Centro Histórico

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frijoles!

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Inside the Modern Art Museum

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A big smiley balloon

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Autumn leaves in Chapultepec Park

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Corn or maiz is the staple diet here in Mexico

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Lady making tortillas

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Restaurant specialising in food from Yucatán - in Coyoacán

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Policewoman on her bicycle

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The domes at the Basilica de Guadalupe

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Cycling is my favourite activity

Posted by margaretm 18:52 Archived in Mexico Comments (3)

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