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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Oaxacan pickup truck & taxi
01/24/2010

On the road between Oaxaca and the Pacific coast, a donkey powered pickup truck and the ubiquitous three wheeled Mexican taxi.

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Chapulines
01/23/2010, Oaxaca, Oaxaca State, Mexico

Chapulines (cha-poo-LEE-ness) are a Oaxaca specialty. Fried grasshoppers. I'm not kidding. Here they are on a restaurant menu.

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Zapotec temple at Mitla
01/23/2010, Oaxaca

Pascale and Francois climb the beautiful 7th century Zapotec temple at Mitla, near Oaxaca.

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Oaxaca
01/22/2010, Oaxaca, Oaxaca State, Mexico

We drove a couple hundred miles south to the historic city of Oaxaca. This ancient city has pre-Columbian history and architecture dating back to 600 A.D. We toured the grounds of Monte Alban, a 7th century mountaintop city, and the nearby village of Mitla, where the Zapotec temple ruins are in such good condition they look brand new. The photo of us here is at Mitla with its exquisitely well preserved stone walls.

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Popocatépetl
01/20/2010, near Puebla, Puebla Mexico

Along the road to Puebla, we have magnificent views of snow capped volcanoes, including this one, Popocatépetl.

Popocatépetl is an active volcano and, at 5,426 m (17,800 ft), the second highest peak in Mexico after the Pico de Orizaba (5,636 m/18,490 ft). Popocatépetl is linked to the Iztaccíhuatl volcano to the north by the high saddle known as the Paso de Cortés, and lies in the eastern half of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt.



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01/20/2010 | Jolea
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Video tour of Puebla
01/20/2010, Puebla, Mexico


We visited Puebla, Mexico's 4th largest city, whose historic center is filled with 16th century Spanish and French architecture. Due to its history and architectural styles ranging from Renaissance to Mexican Baroque, the city was named a World Heritage Site. The city was founded in 1531 in an area called Cuetlaxcoapan which means "where serpents change their skin." The city was originally called "Los Angeles". The original name of the city was "Puebla de Los Angeles".

Besides its architecture, the city is famous for its cuisine, including "mole poblano", (which means, Puebla style mole), a sauce made of 50 different ingredients including chili peppers, peanuts, chocolate, and cinnamon. Chicken prepared with mole poblano is considered the Mexican national dish.

The city is at 2200 m (7000 ft), so daytime temperatures are moderate year round and cool at night. It is surrounded by snow capped volcanoes, with elevations of 5500 m (18,000 ft).

We stayed at a very nice hotel near the town center called Real Santander. We would recommend the excellent restaurant, "Mural Poblano", located near the town square. Exquisite food and reasonable prices.

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Tepoztlan
01/19/2010

The main street in Tepoztlan with its rustic church and the majestic mountain backdrop.

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Hike to Tepozteco (video)
01/18/2010


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