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Recommended Links for Information about Mexico

Recommneded Links

Hotel Las Olas, Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido. Hotel Las Olas is a small hotel owned by a friend of mine. It is located just across the street from the beach. The hotel has a swimming pool, clean rooms, hot water, cable t.v. and wifi. Pets are welcomed. The rooms cost around 350 pesos.

TomZap.com, The Pacific Coast of Mexico. "This website features information on the Pacific Coasts of Oaxaca, Jalisco, and Colima Mexico, including the towns of Huatulco, Puerto Angel, Zipolite, Puerto Escondido, Barra de Navidad, Melaque, and Manzanillo. There is information about hotels, travel, food, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fish, turtles, history, native dances, and the Spanish language. There are maps and aerial photos. Travelers and residents share their knowledge and experiences in the Visitors' Comments sections. There you will find advice from many sources on what to enjoy and what to avoid." I particularly like the visitors comments section and recommend reading it if you are planning an extended vacation.

Mexconnect.com. Mexconnect.com promotes Mexico and tourism to Mexico. The site has excellent information on the history of Mexico, Mexican cuisine, recipes and tourist destinations. There is a well moderated forum section where you can log in and ask and answer questions or seek and give advice.

¡Viva Puerto!. ¡Viva Puerto! is a print and an on-line bilingual magazine that reflects "the interests and concerns of residents and visitors alike - whether it be real estate development, eco-adventures, local communities, or art and poetry". ¡Viva Puerto! often has articles about interesting locals, events and near by communities. And sometimes it has information useful to the expat community such as this one: If A Foreigner Dies In Puerto Escondido.

The Eye, Beach, Village & Urban Living in Oaxaca. The Eye frequently has articles relating to coastal Oaxaca. Try this link for a story about Cockfighting in Mexico: Preserving Tradition.

Gina Machorro

Gina Machorro, the “Information Goddess” of Puerto Escondido. Gina can be found at the tourist office on the western side of the Adoquín. She is a gold mine of information about Puerto Escondido and Mexico. She can help you find a great restaurant, tell you how to get to Playa Carrizalillo or how to plan wedding. She offers agricultural, archaeological, walking tours of Puerto Escondido and more.

Restaurante Las Margaritas. This is my favorite restaurant in Puerto Escondido. The food is typical Oaxacan and mainly caters to middle class locals. A breakfast of Huevos Rancheros will cost around 60 pesos or U.S. $3.(Jan 2018) A Comida Corrida is similarly priced. Meals come with home made tortillas and salsa.

Mechanics of Puerto Escondido, Up Close and Intimate With The Mexican Pipeline. This article posted on July 1, 2015, in Surfline.com explains the mechanisms; swells, winds and bathymetry that create the waves that Puerto is famous for in an easy to understand way.

Booking.com. This site offers, or tries too, honest evaluations and accurate prices of hotels. There are also "guests reviews" posted on Booking.com by customers of booking.com.

Tripadvisor.com. This site offers evaluations of hotels and restaurants but to be blunt, I do not trust the reviews. What I do like are the reviews on the "Things to do" and I use this when planning out a vacation to areas I am not familiar with. It is a gold mine of information.

INAH Virtual Tours. INAH, the (Mexican) National Institute of Anthropology and History has over 100 museum and archeological site virtual tours. Some of the archaeological tours offer viewing of areas not normally open to the public. The tour of Monte Albán is one of the better tours. The site is mostly in Spanish, but it hardly matters since the tours are in photos. Click on the museum or archaeological site you are interested in. Hold the left side of the mouse down to rotate the picture. Click the arrow on the right to go to the next picture.

Rollins (Rolly) Brook, My Life in México. Ever dreamed of retiring and moving to Mexico? This site has all sorts of useful information. Rolly Brook passed away in 2015 but this site is loaded with useful information.

The Storm That Swept Mexico, a PBS documentary. This two hour documentary tells the gripping story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The first hour, tells of the struggle of Francisco I. Madero and his followers to end the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz, and traces the emergence of two rebel leaders: Emiliano Zapata and General Francisco “Pancho” Villa. I really enjoyed this documentary and highly recommend viewing it.

Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn. "Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn tells the story of the genetic changes involved in the transformation of a wild grass called teosinte into corn. Evidence from genetics supports archeological findings pinpointing corn's origins to a very particular time and place in Mexico."