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Releasing sea turtles at Campamento Tortuguero: Volunteers work hard to save turtles and educate kids

Jalisco’s famed Río Caliente boils to the surface in the Primavera Forest and flows into La Vega Dam. It then flows back out as the Ameca River and meanders all the way to Puerto Vallarta (230 kilometers away), entering the Pacific Ocean at a place called Boca de Tomates, or “The Mouth of the River, Where the Tomatillos Grow.” (The tomatillo, by the way, is a green-purple member of the tomato family and important for making green salsa in Mexico.)


Trekking along the Path of a Thousand Rocks

My friend Jorge Monroy, one of Mexico’s best-known watercolorists, grew up in the town of Ejutla, located about 100 kilometers southwest of Guadalajara. “In the area,” he told me, “there’s a small mountain called El Narigón, The Big Nose, on top of which they have found a great many beautiful rocks.

The Cow Palace, an urban jewel

The Palace of the Cows is one of Guadalajara’s most venerable old mansions. It was closed to the public for some time but now it’s accepting visitors again.

Cannabis seminar explains why 400 children with epilepsy now have a new lease on life

Last week I attended a seminar called Hemp & Learn in Ajijic. I was persuaded to go by Juan Álvaro Cortés, who, it seems, runs a Guadalajara  belt-manufacturing company on weekdays and spends his weekends transforming the lives of epileptic children through the Fundación Mexicana de Cannabis Medicinal, a non-profit that advises parents of children with epilepsy.

Organizing a hike outside Monterrey for 133 ‘townies’

In previous articles I have mentioned Bakpak, an excellent magazine for hikers and campers published in Mexico, which costs nothing and is full of information about the great outdoors (but entirely in Spanish).

In addition to publishing a magazine, the Bakpak team organizes excursions for people living in and around Monterrey and Guadalajara. Recently, they told me their new season of activities for 2020 would start with a hike in La Huasteca, an area just outside Monterrey filled with limestone mountains, many of which are long, thin and high, running in parallel lines like giant knife blades. Cañon la Huasteca, they told me, is actually the beginning of the Sierra Madre Oriental, which extends south for 1,000 kilometers.