Photo Friday: El Castillo, Chichen Itza

by Mary Jo Manzanares on January 17, 2014

Pyramid at Chichen Itza Yucatan Peninsula Mexico

Located in the Riviera Maya, Chichen Itza was one of the largest ancient Maya cities in Mexico. Today, Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. Dominating the ruin site is a pyramid Temple of Kukulkan (a serpent deity), often called El Castillo, or the […]


you don’t know mexico

by Juan on May 19, 2009

If you’ve been to Cancun, Vallarta, Los Cabos, Ixtapa, Acapulco, Mazatlan or Huatulco chances are you don’t know Mexico. Yes, you’ve enjoyed the privileged beaches, the top-notch hotels, a first-class experience and you fell in love with these places and the people that live in them. But you are probably missing the …


“i could live here”

by Juan on May 14, 2009

In The Art of Travel, De Botton suggested there are no more places left to discover. With the overwhelming amount of information available on each and every major destination around the world it is likely that I could discover the major landmarks just as well from my computer than walking through them. …


coyoacan, mexico

by Juan on May 9, 2009

Courtesy of Hector Garcia @ Flickr

To support my last post about reinventing tourism in Mexico here is a shot of a small church in the south of the city. La Conchita is located in the Coyoacan area, but it is a few blocks away from the popular square, but it is a most sought-after location for weddings. …

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reinventing tourism in mexico

by Juan on May 8, 2009

Travelling to Mexico in the wake of one of the worst tourism declines in recent memory, has been an eery experience: the occasional masked traveller, the non-existent line ups to check-in and a 319 with perhaps 20 passengers. But it isn’t the feeling of crossing some imaginary boundary to a forbidden land or …


emerging destination index

by Juan on January 25, 2009

Using the Emerging Markets Index released by Mastercard back in October, I’ve created something I’m going to call the Emerging Destination Index as a tool to provide clues as to which non-traditional tourist destinations may provide the fundamental infrastructure to sustain the type of travellers that I’ve been discussing over the last little while in […]


2009 hub culture’s zeitgeist

by Juan on January 22, 2009

As we struggle to find ways to survive the current crisis and look at the leaders of the world to provide guidance, the latest Hub Culture 2009 Zeitgeist Ranking will come in handy as a tour of the cities that are better positioned to sustain an acceptable quality of life while providing plenty of opportunities […]


best cities to get some culture

by Juan on November 19, 2008

Further to my post on the 2008 Global Cities Index, here is another snippet from the report ranking the best cities to get some culture based on things like sporting events, concurrence of travellers, variety of their culinary offerings, art installations and performances. London Paris New York Toronto Los Angeles Moscow Tokyo Berlin Mexico City […]


2008 hub culture’s zeitgeist

by Juan on January 27, 2008

Every year Stan Stalnaker and his team of global citizens gather their experiences around the world and summarize in this, their now famous Hub Culture’s Zeitgeist Ranking, the cities that for a variety of reasons seem to be at the center of the Universe. An elusive classification that doesn’t get impressed with economic power, …