Monthly Archive: April 2016

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Indigenous yarn painting

The Huichol people living in the Sierra Madre Occidental range of Mexico are not only well known for their beadwork, but also their yarn paintings. Using colored yarn, they make elaborate “paintings”, incorporating  sacred...

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Waterfalls of Copalitilla

  Hidden in the mountains along a bumpy dirt road which snakes inland from Huatulco in southern Oaxaca are the “Cascadas de Copalitilla”, an impressive series of little-visited waterfalls. You may need a guide...

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Photo Walk Nº12 – Coyoacán

Our 12th Photo Walk took us to Coyoacán, a beautiful neighborhood with leafy cobbled streets lined with large Colonial style mansions and lots of color. When walking through the old town, it’s easy to...

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Ornate fountain in Queretaro

The Old Convent of San Agustín in Queretaro, founded in 1728, is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Mexico. The fountain in the centre or the courtyard is as elaborate as...

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Photo Walk at the Basilica de Guadalupe

Early on Sunday morning I met Kate and Alex, from Texas, in the Centro Histórico and took them up to the Basilica de Guadalupe. Fortunately, the wet weather we had been having disappeared and...

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Mexican chillies

A stand selling chillies in the Mercado San Juan, in Mexico City. Many different varieties of chilli peppers are used in in Mexican cooking. Dried chillies often have a different name from the fresh...

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Queretaro aqueduct

Sunset over one of Queretaro’s most prominent landmarks, the aqueduct. It has 74 arches, and is well over a kilometer long. The average height is 23 meters. It was built between 1726 and 1738...

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Cleaning the Pyramid of the Sun

Workers clean the surface of the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacán, getting rid of plants and other debris. This pyramid is the third largest one in the world, and stands 71 meters (233 ft)...

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Horses and riders

Horses and riders of all ages gather during the festivities of Mexican Independence in the “pueblo mágico” of Malinalco, Estado de México. Even young girls and boys can be seen on horses, like this...

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Two volcanoes and a city

The two volcanoes, Iztaccihuatl on the left and Popocatépetl on the right, watch over Mexico City as dawn breaks. “Popo”, or “Don Goya” as it is affectionately known, is an active volcano and on...

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Mexican colors

Wherever you go in Mexico, you will see bright colors… in the clothes, houses, food and crafts. And, of course, the striped blankets that are typical of this country. This photo shows one of...

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Tip Nº9 – Photographing markets

Fruit and vegetable stall in Tepotzlán, Estado de México Mexican markets are amazing places to photograph. Whether street markets, known as “tianguis”, or indoor markets, they are vibrant places, full of color, people, products...

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Mexican mounted police

Probably Mexico’s best loved police force, the mounted police can be seen mainly in the parks. This photo was taken in the Alameda Park in the Centro Histórico a few years ago, but since...

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The colors of Mexico

Color is intrinsic to Mexico, whether in the food, crafts, buildings or fiestas. This house in Coyoacán (Mexico City) has been painted in the three primary colors, brightening up the corner of a small...

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Mexican masks

Mexican “lucha libre” or wrestling is characterized by colorful masks. Many stands in Chapultepec Park sell these popular masks.