Mexico Websites & Internet Resources
Mexico Links: Best of the Web
Thanks largely to La Red (the Web), Mexico is no longer the tierra incognita it used to be. On the other hand, sorting the best websites and online resources from the chaff can be a frustrating, time-consuming task. For example, enter the term Mexico in the average search engine, and youll have to sort through at least 234,876 hits, some offering real estate in the state of New Mexico.
MexConnect, <http://www.mexconnect.com>. This site and @migo (Mexico OnLine) <http://www.mexonline.com> are among the oldest and most reliable sources of information on Mexico.
Excite Travel, Mexico, <http://city.net/countries/mexico/>. Enough travel and information resource links on Mexico and Latin America to overload a Cray Super Computer. Open the institutional size bag of tortilla chips before you visit this one....
WeatherPost, <http://www.weatherpost.com/>. Weather reports for thousands of cities worldwide. (Tom Rodriguez)
Weather Underground: Mexico: <http://www.wunderground.com/global/MX.html>
The Copper Canyon & Northern Mexico
Copper Canyon Trekking & Exploration, <http://www.peoplesguide.com/1pages/copper-canyon/1ccindex.html> Burro assisted pack trips into the remote depths of the Copper Canyon. Guided by Carl Franz and friends you'll have the kind of adventure that most people can only dream about.
Baja California Information Pages, <http://math.ucr.edu/~ftm/baja.html#TOP>. This is my kind of site: straightforward, no frills, with lots of well organized, well researched information. Includes road, weather, gas station reports, bus info, hotels, books, tides and so forth. The site is heroically maintained as a non-commercial public service by Fred Metcalf. Well done!
Mazatlan, <http://www.mazcity.com.mx/> and another Mazatlan site <http://www.maztravel.com/>.
Mexico's Lake Chapala & Ajijic: The Insiders guide to the Northshore for International Travelers. With contributions from experts in anthropology, natural history, language and culture, author and Ajijic resident Teresa Kendrick presents a description of Lake Chapala and its popular tourist and retirement communities that is broad in scope yet also quite detailed.... (Full Review) by Carl Franz
Dave's Puerto Vallarta Site: http://www.mts.net/~dcdonahu/
Oaxaca, Pacific Coast of Mexico, <http://www.eden.com/~tomzap/> Tom Penick covers hotels, travel, food, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fish, turtles, history, native dances and the Spanish language. Information is also available on the beach towns of Jalisco.
Oaxaca, State Tourist Guide, < http://oaxaca-travel.com/>. This tourist-oriented site manages to overcome its official nature and provides some interesting and useful information as well as a good link list: mezcal distillers, folk art, tours, articles, orphanage, museums and more.
San Cristobal Las Casas, Chiapas, <http://www.sancristobal.podernet.com/>. A good community resource site with info on schools, hotels, local newspapers, services, cybercafes, tour operators, airlines, etc.
Archaeology of Mesoamerica, <http://www.criscenzo.com/jaguar/>. Jeeni Criscenzo, author of Place Of Mirrors, a self-published, new-age style novel about the ancient Maya, has created a visually striking website on the Maya region of mesoamerica: maps, Mayan glossary, history and more.
Corozal: A Belizian Web Site, <http://www.corozal.com>. According to the Bill & Claire Gray, authors of the Belize Retirement Guide, "Most websites in Belize are really tourist brochures, but the "Corozal" site is a true community website." It is the home of Corozal Community College / Corozal Junior College and people, culture, Mayan archaeology, tourism, attractions, schools, business, and other things of Corozal District, Belize.
Virtual Lost Cities:El Pilar, Belize, <http://alishaw.sscf.ucsb.edu/~ford/>. If the Mayan ruins of Belize are beyond your reach, take a mosquito-free, online jungle bashing tour of El Pilar. Follow ongoing research at this archaeological site through video clips, scholarly papers, maps and animation.
Guatemala Living and Retirement Newsletter, PO Box 669004, A-192, Miami Springs, FL 33266. This excellent bimonthly newsletter promises articles, encouragement and tips for retirees and wannabe expats." Their booklet, The Guatemala Bus Traveler's Little Helper is crammed full of bus routes, schedules, travel tips and even hotel information. Email: email@example.com, and a website at <http://www.goguatemala.com>.
Honduras This Week Online, <http://www.marrder.com/htw/>. An online weekly magazine of Honduran news, travel, business, environment and culture.
Havanatour: <http://www.cuba.tc/Havanatur/Havanatur.html> General infomation in both English and Spanish: Air schedules and fares, tours, car rentals, accomodations.
The Cuban Connection: Information and Reservation Centre: <http://www.cuba.tc/Havana/> Map of Cuba, Tips for tourists, Advice for U.S. Citizens, Information on various Cuban Cities.
Global Exchange: <http://www.globalexchange.org/tours/cubaTravelQuestion.html> Global Exchange does "reality tours" to Cuba. This page has travel info, including how to travel to Cuba 'Legally'.
Virtual Voyages: Cuba: <http://www.virtualvoyages.com/carib/cuba/cuba.sht> Lots of practical travel information, extensive links and many articles incuding; "Bicycle Touring in Cuba and Two weeks of Music and Dance. Also TravNet! Bulletin Board and newsgroup: soc.culture.cuba
Mexicana Airlines to Cuba, in English: <http://www.mexicana.com.mx/mx2/english/destinos/internacional/lahabana/lahabana.asp>
Mexico Health Profile, <http://www.paho.org/english/mexico.htm>. Information and statistics of special interest to health professionals and traveling hypochondriacs.
In a similar vein: ProMED, <http://www.healthnet.org/programs/promed-hma/9706/>.
Mexico: Live & Retire Forum at Mexico Connect: <http://www.mexconnect.com/liveboard/wwwboard.shtml.>
Belize: http://www.belizeretire.com. Sometime in the 1980's, Bill and Claire Gray pulled the plug and escaped from California to the Central American country of Belize. You can probably guess the rest: Fleeing the land of smog and gridlock, they were soon hiding out on the beach.
The Teach English in Mexico Employment Guide, <http://www.employnow.com/Mexico.htm>. Teachers, this site sells a book that will tell you how to teach in Mexico and what you will get paid. This site also sells many good maps of Mexico. (Ron Mader)
Magic Bus, <http://www.magic-bus.com/> Mexico & Central America, Bus & Travel Information. A fun home grown site on bus travel in Mexico by Steve... with lots of little tips that he's obviously picked up while traveling the back roads of Mexico by bus.
RV'ers Online, <http://www.rversonline.org/index.shtml> Rv'ers Online is a treasure house of information about the RV'ing lifestyle. Hundreds of pages of information list how-to projects, free camping places, and just about every conceivable aspect of owning and enjoying an RV (Peoples Guide correspondent David Eidell has a mini-series on RV'ing in Mexico at RV'ers Online), and enthusiatically endorses this non-profit site.
Mexicos National Parks (GORP), <http://www.gorp.com/gorp/location/latamer/Mexico/pks_intr.htm>.
Trekking in the Copper Canyon, <http://www.peoplesguide.com/1pages/cc/1ccindex.html> Burro assisted treks into the remote Copper Canyon of northwestern Mexico. Guided by Carl Franz and friends, this is the adventure most people only dream about.
Eco Travels in Latin America, <http://www2.planeta.com/mader/>. Ron Mader's Eco Travels ranks near the top of my personal WWW favorites. ...the Internet's foremost clearinghouse of environmental news and ecotourism information for the Americas. You'll find short articles and in-depth reports, book reviews, lists of travel providers and Spanish language schools. The best news - all of this is free. Includes the Planeta Platica environmental newsletter, an excellent Directory of Spanish Language Schools and other education resources, as well as one of the most interesting eco-oriented travel archives on the Web.
Green-Travel, <http://www.green-travel.com>. Marcus Endicott introduced me to the amazing world of internet travel several years ago when he suggested that I subscribe to an email list that discussed eco-travel. Marcus offers an exceptionally rich website with an almost overwhelming link list.
Volcano World, <http://volcano.und.nodak.edu>. Eruption alerts and good things for children. Everything you ever wanted to know about volcanoes. (Kay Rafool)
Did You Feel Anything? <http://www.ssn.unam.mx/> Servicio Sismologico Nacional, Instituto De Geofisica, Unam. Its entirely in Spanish, but if youre interested in earthquakes, check it out. Ive translated their main index below. With a dictionary at hand, you should be able to quickly get an idea of whats happening. If nothing else, you can check the bottom of the home page to learn the location, time and severity of Mexicos most recent quake. (more)
Fishing Reports from Mexico Online: Regularly updated fish reports from Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. If you like fishing in Mexico, they've got you covered. Mazatlan Report: http://www.mexonline.com/mazfish.htm Puerto Vallarta: http://www.mexonline.com/pvfish.htm. Los Cabos Report: http://www.mexonline.com/cabofish.htm. Ixtapa- Zihuatanejo: http://www.mexonline.com/ixtapafish.htm
Mexican Art Sale, <http://www.folkart.com/~latitude/home/mex.htm>. Mexican folk art and crafts for sale. The colorful online catalog gives a great preview of some of Mexicos fine artesania.
The Spanish Language Home Page, <http://www.el-castellano.com/>. A treasure trove for Spanish students, educators, translators and travelers, with links to online dictionaries, language courses, newspapers and literature.
Language Link, <http://www.langlink.com/>, (800) 552-2051. A very reliable broker for academic Spanish programs and language schools in Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Spain. Kay Rafool is also an enthusiastic Peoples Guide reader and has given us many valuable suggestions.
Encuentros, <http://cuernavaca.infosel.com.mx/encuentros/spanish.htm> This is Lorena's favorite language school. She says "As a results of years of learning a bit here and a bit there, my Spanish is a real mishmash. Jeannie designed a study program for me that improved my Spanish very rapidly"
Experiencia: The winner of The People's Guide to Mexico 25th anniversay contest studied spanish at Experiencia
El Jovel: High quality, one-on-one, Spanish classes while living with a Mexican family.
Walkabout Travel Gear, <http://www.walkabouttravelgear.com>, (800) 852-7085. Essential gear and information for independent travelers.
Action Without Borders, <http://www.idealist.org/>. A site for those seriously interested in volunteer work, humanitarian organizations and social action projects. Action Without Borders is a nonprofit organization that promotes the sharing of ideas, information and resources to help build a world where all people can live free, dignified and productive lives. For general questions and information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact at: Action Without Borders, Inc., 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6614, New York, NY 10118, (212) 843-3973, fax: (212) 564-3377.
Parrot Papers, <http://www.aphis.usda.gov/oa/petbird.html>. The official rules and procedures for importing a pet bird into the US from APHIS, the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture.
Plant Protection and Quarantine Permits, <http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/ppqpermits.html>. Download USDA permits to legally import plants into the US. Information on regulations, plant pests, etc.
Indigenous Peoples of Mexico, <http://www.indians.org/welker/mex_main.htm>. Native American traditions, history, art and literature presented by tribe as well as by geographical region.