Subject: Re: ZINE Going to Mexico
Hola Graciela! Planning a trip to Mexico? Wonderful news. A ten day trip entering and exiting from Mexico City?

There are two itineraries that come to mind. Both involve a few days in DF (Distrito Federal-Mexico City) and then heading out by bus to some of the old colonial cities of Central Mexico. One area you could visit is to the west in the state of Michoacán. This trip combines seeing the old colonial city of Morelia (the state capital) with a visit to Pátzcuaro on the shores of Lake Pátzcuaro. The lake is surrounded by upland forests and is home to communities of Purépecha Indians.

The other itinerary involves heading north to el Bajío, the birthplace of Mexico's independance from Spain. The two cities I'd recommend visiting are Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Guanajuato is one of the most charming cities to be encountered in Mexico. Its Spanish colonial architecture set amidst the twisting canyons where the city was built are a memorable sight.

Both of these trips are ideal for bus travel. And believe me Graciela I've never seen nicer buses tan the first-class and luxury class buses in Mexico. It is the most comfortable way to travel intracity while there (provided its not too long distance).

As for my favorite guide books for Mexico I prefer Moon Publications. They have a variety of books each highlighting a different region.

Of course, Graciela, there are many more options than the two I mentioned above. The Yucatan Peninsula (with its Mayan ruins) is a quick trip from Miami. Or if you'd like to immerse yourself in a much more indigenous area you could head to Oaxaca or San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas.

Tell me what piques your interest and I'll give you some specifics,

John in San Diego