2010 Travels: Worst Experience

by Chris on December 30, 2010

Getting sick in Mexico – by projectile vomiting in the Cancun airport – wins as my worst travel experience of 2010. What’s yours?
Cancun airport

2010 may always be remembered as the year I couldn’t stop getting sick on the road. There was the ER visit for altitude sickness in Aspen, where a blood oxygen level of 84% required me to sleep with a tank by my side. I saw Berlin’s Festival of Lights through a haze of cold medicine […]


Interested in participating in a temazcal or sweat lodge ceremony in Mexico? Here’s a few things you might want to know before you go.
Temezcal, Hacienda Tres Rios, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

There’s a part of me that’s always been curious about Native American rituals, dating back to when I spent part of my junior year of college interning at a newspaper in Tucson, Arizona. When I came back to campus, I decorated my apartment with cacti, read way too much Carlos Castenada, and even signed up […]


Should you go all inclusive or not? It all depends on what you want out of your vacation. Here’s a few tips to help you decide.
Hacienda Tres Rios, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

I spent last weekend at the Hacienda Tres Rios, one of the many all-inclusive beach resorts on the Riviera Maya that line Mexico’s Caribbean coast, from Cancun south toward Tulum. One of the biggest travel questions I get from friends is whether or not they should choose an all-inclusive resort when they travel to Mexico […]


Cenotes, essentially sinkholes filled with fresh water, are one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s best natural attributes where you can swim, dive, cave or – in this case – snorkel to the Caribbean Sea.
Snorkeling in the Cenote, Hacienda Tres Rios, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

I’m now convinced: A trip to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where Cancun and the Riviera Maya are located, is not complete without a swim in a refreshing cenote. Say what? I’m talking about cenotes (pronounced say-NOH-tay), essentially sinkholes filled with water that go deep into the ground. Most contain fresh water and were used by the […]


Swine flu may be so 2009, but occupancy at hotels and resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya are still down from last year. The reason could be consumer confidence.
Playa del Carmen, 5th Avenue

I traveled to Mexico this past weekend, as a guest of Hacienda Tres Rios, an award-winning, eco-oriented all-inclusive resort north of Playa del Carmen. The trip marked my first time back on the Riviera Maya (the stretch of resorts running south of Cancun toward Tulum) since last year’s swine flu warnings did a number of […]


2009 Travel in Review: Best Surprise

by Chris on December 29, 2009

The best travel surprise of 2009? Guanajuato, a Colonial city in central Mexico

“Omigod. It’s gorgeous!” Such was the tenor of comments uttered by our group of normally jaded travel writers as we viewed the colorful rooftops of colonial Guanajuato.a university town in central Mexico, for the first time this October. Comparisons were thrown out: Portofino. San Francisco. Nah. Just the absolute best of what Mexico has to offer. Over the next few […]


San Miguel de Allende

by Chris on December 13, 2009

Planning a trip to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico? Check out this trip report from my 2009 visit first.
La Parroquia, San Miguel de Allende

                            With everything that’s been on my plate, it’s taken forever to write up the final notes from my October trip to Colonial Mexico. For our last stop on our four-day tour through central Mexico highlands, we spent two days in San […]


Mexico trip reports

by Chris on November 1, 2009

Trip reports from Guadalajara and Guanajuato, Mexico
Guanajuato, Mexico

I’ve put together two trip reports so far from my week in Mexico: Guadalajara and Guanajuato. San Miguel de Allende is still to come (and may have to wait until I get back from the Caribbean). I really loved this region of Mexico, Guanajuato in particular. I would love to go back and study Spanish […]


Mexico: Pilgrimage Towns

by Chris on October 22, 2009

A visit to the Mexican pilgrimage towns of San Juan de los Lagos and Atotonilco
Faithful in Catedral , San Juan de los Lagos church, Mexico

My recent trip to Mexico encompassed several towns that are known for their religious fervor, including San Juan de los Lagos and Atotonilco. San Juan de los Lagos, about two hours outside Guadalajara, is famous for its Virgin – one of three in Mexico that rank just behind the Virgin of Guadalupe. (The other two are […]


A Mexican temazcal: Mud, sweat & tears

by Chris on October 21, 2009

A first-hand report from a temazcalli ceremony outside Guadalajara in Mexico
Our sweat lodge leader, Rosalio - aka Charles Manson

The following is a guest post, written by fellow SATW member Amy Weirick. The day that I went to Tequila, she visited a traditional Huichol temazcal, or sweat lodge, located outside Guadalajara. I asked her to write something about the experience – especially after our group discovered that two people (now three) had died in a similar […]