Top Ten at the Museo Nacional de Antropología

In my mind, a great way to spend a rainy afternoon, especially when travelling, is to visit a museum. One museum I have particularly enjoyed wandering around was the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City. There was so much to see and as someone who has probably seen one too many Eurocentric museums, it was fantastic to be in a place where I was seeing things about cultures I didn’t know much about. If anthropology and/or history are of interest to you, it is very easy to lose track of time in this place. This is why a...

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Two Reasons to Visit Taxco

When visiting Mexico City, you’re pretty much spoilt for choice. There are a million and one things to do within the city as well as outside. In terms of good day trips, if you enjoy the ancient historical, Teotihuacan is a good option. If you want something a little more modern yet still historical, I suggest the town of Taxco. Taxco is a former mining town in the state of Guerrero yet it doesn’t have the appearance of what one normally conjures up in the imagination for a mining town. It’s so pretty that it is considered to be...

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Unfinished Ex-Monastery of Cuilapan, Oaxaca

In my mind, Oaxaca is a gift that keeps on giving. I barely even touched the surface of the state and but in the time I was there, I found so many different things to see and do. I experienced traditional ceremonies, did some hiking, saw pyramids, played in mineral water, and admired a two-thousand year old tree. I also got to visit an unfinished monastery. Okay, okay – that may not have sounded as cool as an ancient tree or some pyramids but I loved this place because I enjoy architecture and photography. The Cuilapan de Guerrero Santiago...

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A Limpia in the Sierra Norte

Travellers tend to enjoy random experiences and I’m no exception. The more random (but connected to the country or culture) it is, the more I want to try it. For example, in Oaxaca, Mexico, I decided I wanted to do a limpia. Beyond it being some sort of indigenous cleansing ceremony, I knew nothing about it but hey – by doing, I’d learn, right? After all, I did learn what a temazcal was… In Sierra Norte, there is a community of villages called Los Pueblos Mancomunados. One of these villages is Capulalpam de Mendez. It was a pretty deserted...

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A Temazcal in Sierra Norte, Oaxaca

One of the things that I think enhances travel is finding an opportunity to participate in something local and/or traditional. During my short stay in the Sierra Norte mountains of Oaxaca, I was able to experience a temazcal ceremony. It was…quite the experience, that’s for sure. I was spending the night in a village called San Miguel Amatlan after a hike along the Camino Real. After dropping my backpack off in my cabin, which had phenomenal views of the valleys and mountains, it was off to get cleansed. A temazcal ceremony is similar to a sweat lodge ceremony practiced...

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Sierra Norte – The Camino Real

Sometimes when traveling, I do too much or am over stimulated by the masses of humanity in which I’ve immersed myself. In such cases, the only way to regain my equilibrium, to get my second wind to be able continue what still is a fantastic trip, I need to escape. During my trip to Mexico, I spent several days in the region of Oaxaca. While there, I decided at the last minute to take a side-trip to the Sierra Norte for some much needed quiet and nature. The Sierra Norte is a mountainous wooded region and it holds a...

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Convento de San José (Oaxaca)

One day, while wandering around the city of Oaxaca, I accidently walked into a building that probably was supposed to have been closed. In fact, it was empty due to the Christmas holidays, but I think someone forgot to lock the door. Little ole me saw this cool looking building, tried the door, found it unlocked, and determined that it must be okay to take a look. As I explored, I wondered more and more…where was everybody? It was dead quiet. I couldn’t quite figure out what this place was – it was a colonial building that seemed vaguely...

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Mitla of Oaxaca

Oaxaca has a number of interesting archeological sites scattered around the state. While some may not be grand and exciting, they do make for a pleasant couple hours of exploring. One such place is Mitla. This site is a little bit further away from Oaxaca City than Monte Alban as it is about 44km away from the city. Mitla was the main religious center of the Zapotec culture (Monte Alban was the main political center) – even its name denotes the ultimate reason why religions exist: death. Mitla comes from the word Mictlán which means place of the dead....

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The Pyramids of Monte Alban

One of the awesome things about Mexico is that there really isn’t a shortage of pyramids. While backpacking solo through the central-ish part of the country, I saw some in Mexico City, Cholula, and in Oaxaca. They’re all remarkable for different reasons – I liked Monte Albán of Oaxaca because it was pretty much fully excavated (compared to the one in Cholula) but not overwhelming huge (compared to the one near Mexico City). Between these three sites, Monte Albán was pretty much my Goldilocks moment. Monte Albán (which means White Mountain) can be visited as a morning or afternoon...

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In Honor of Random Trees – El Árbol del Tule

One of the things I love about travel is the sheer number of randomness you can find all over the world. And how those random things just seem so much cooler overseas than they do at home. Take El Árbol del Tule for example. At face value, it’s a tree. Whoo. But this isn’t just any tree – it’s THE Tree of Tule! See how the capitalization makes all the difference? Ta-dah: El Árbol is located in Oaxaca, in a town called Santa María del Tule. There isn’t a whole lot to see here other than the tree which...

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My name is Kendra and I am a cubicle escape artist: I try to find ways to keep my job which is in a cubicle while also trying to escape it as often as possible.

When I travel, I’m generally that solo female you see wandering with a camera firmly clutched to her face as she traipses around while narrowly avoiding being hit by some form of local transportation.

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