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Puebla, Mexico: talavera and azulejos

Puebla in Mexico is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks largely to its unusual architecture, characterised by the azulejos (painted tiles) that decorate the facades of the buildings in its historic centre. It is one of those cities that encourage…

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Mexico North America

What not to miss in Mexico City

Mexico’s capital city requires mental and physical preparation. You have to be tough on the ground and in spirit to handle the hordes that frequent the streets. Mexico City, more commonly referred to by locals and travellers as DF…

Mexico North America

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas. The name sounds like church bells chiming on a brisk Sunday morning (although more commonly whilst I was there it was constant festive cannons and fireworks that woke me up). It oozes charm and…

Mexico North America

Valladolid: Swimming in cenotes

Richly pink orchid petals fell from a tree overhead, decorating the surface of the water and attracting dragonflies that hummed close to my head. High above, a flock of swallows flew in synchronised circles beneath the cavern roof. Catfish…

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Mexico North America

The mysteries of Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, one of the most famous and popular Mayan sites in Mexico, is a short day-trip from Valladolid, and I made sure I went there early to avoid the crowds. I expected to be wowed, and indeed the…

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Mexico North America

Valladolid and the Mayan ruins of Ek’Balam

Valladolid is a small but historically important pueblo located in the middle of the upright thumb that is the peninsula of southeastern Mexico. It is a city of low pastel-coloured villas and wide streets fielding one-way traffic. Valladolid boasts…