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Product Details

  • Series: People's Guide to Mexico
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 13th edition (October 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566917115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566917117
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I never get tired of reading this wonderful blessing of a book.
Amazon User
"The People's Guide to Mexico" transcends the normal limitations of the travel guide to offer deeper truths about life itself to those who wish to experience them.
Benjamin R. Greene
Definately a "must-have" for anyone really interested in Mexico.
C. Laird

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By T. Gibbs on March 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have been in many places in Mexico, most often traveling alone. I've gone into the Tapo bus station in Mexico City and chosen my destination based on what bus was leaving soonest (Chiapas). I've eaten in Maya, Zapotec, Totonac, and Mixe village kitchens. One Holy Thursday I happened into a Mixe curing ceremony (which included a turkey sacrifice) on the peak of a remote mountain, then joined the indigenous speaking curandera, her client, and the client's mother in a drink of pulque afterwards. I've traveled by every class of bus, top to bottom, day and night. In every case, I have always had a sense of what was happening culturally thanks to Carl and Lorena's book, The People's Guide to Mexico. It is the only book I know of that could prepare one for Mexico. When the men are slaughtering a pig behind the house, while women are kneading masa and washing banana leaves to make tamales for a fiesta; from banana trees to eating cactus paddles; during impromptu living room sing-alongs; or drinking homemade capolin wine; you will not be unprepared. With Carl's illustrated discussion of Mexican hand signals, his introduction to Mexican cooking, and references to Mexican music you will be an insider.

None of my adventures duplicates any of Carl's accounts. Like the best kind of education, Carl and Lorena teach one how to understand Mexican culture in order to use the understanding in new or unusual circumstances, of which Mexico has an endless supply.

Even if you have a Mexican spouse, you need this book. The truth is that one even needs this book to understand what is going on in Postville, Iowa these days.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. Benson on December 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Seriously Folks, No One Does It Better

IMAGINE traveling through one of the most diverse, unexpected, richly "other worldly", impossibly deliciously colorful ancient lands over a period of decades, meeting countless interesting people, tasting the exquisite complexity of the subtle, nuanced and flavorful true Mexican food, being swept away by the powerful Mexican culture, history, customs and all from the comfort of your own reading chair.

Carl and Lorena do just that in this, their 13th revised and updated edition as they share a life-long love relationship with Mexico and its people. You are served an insider's vision and experience of Mexico that is authoritative, practical, adventurous, beyond helpful, exciting and above all else, REAL. No superficial tourist hype or rigid travel itinerary, "The People's Guide To Mexico" is rather a vicarious total immersion experience that has earned them a huge and loyal following. I have six previous editions of this work and have shared countless copies with friends over the last 30 years...THIS BOOK IS THAT GOOD!

[...]

I recall laying in a sleeping bag in a tent in 1981 after a day of trout fishing on the Cache Le Poudre River in Colorado with my father reading out loud for hours many of the human, delightful and sometimes HYSTERICAL, anecdotes from this book. He too had traveled in Mexico extensively and appreciated PGM's eye and voice and the gentle, deft sometimes wry imagery Carl's writing evokes.

Also check out their other excellent titles: "The People's Guide to Backpacking, Boating & Camping in Mexico", "The People's Guide to RV Camping in Mexico", "The Tour Express Insider's Guide to Mexico", "The On & Off the Road Cookbook".

So forget every cliché you have heard about our neighbor to the south and discover why they say, ""WHEREVER YOU GO, THERE YOU ARE!!"

Bravo, Carl & Lorena y que le vaya bien!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin R. Greene on January 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Sometimes a book can go beyond the limitations of the genre, much as a comedy can reveal deeper truths or music can inspire you to reflect on your life. "The People's Guide to Mexico" transcends the normal limitations of the travel guide to offer deeper truths about life itself to those who wish to experience them.

Few books are so meaningful that one can read them several times and always remain entertained, challenged, and inspired. The cooking section alone is worth the price of the book. I refer to it frequently when cooking Mexican food dishes. But the author's perspective on life, experiences, and advice continue to provide new truths every time I read it.

Some of you are probably thinking I must be nuts to rant and rave about how brilliant a travel guide to Mexico is. I can hear you thinking, "Dude, it's not the Bible. Chill." Just read it. Seriously, give it a shot. I think at worst you will find it a series of entertaining stories about some hippies who lived in Mexico. But I think if you open your mind to the deeper truths it offers, it will be worth it.

I try when I write reviews to give readers the positive and negatives of whatever I'm reviewing to make the review as helpful, accurate, and balanced as possible. Of this particular book, I can't think of any criticism of it at all. That says a lot.
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132 of 172 people found the following review helpful By John on June 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Having traveled around Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Baja by bus, camioneta, bicycle, and foot, I was amused by the authors' insight.

But Mexico is DANGEROUS, and this book wishfully and flatly denies it. I and other Mexiphiles that I traveled/consorted with are survivors of violent muggings. One, a Mexican-American who went to Mexico City for back surgery, was kidnapped (and miraculously, released alive after three harrowing days). YMMV. Thugs know you're unarmed and carrying what to them is serious cash, or that you are a woman with no recourse.

This book has a strong following among those who have yet to meet with danger. There is just no getting through to these industrial-strength deniers. I stayed with some in an expat colony (read "trailer park") in south Baja. They vaunt this book for telling it like it is but they rarely venture beyond their fortified perimeter.

For a realistic, balanced perspective, at least glance at the country info sheet for Mexico on the State Department's travel site. Try The Daughters of Juarez for insight about the police, if you don't have enough of your own already. Google for "CNN kidnappings."

And Mexico is no longer as cheap as the authors pretend: Mexico's economy has reached the trillion-dollar mark due to trade opening up via customs unions such as NAFTA. Prices are generally rising because more of the people are prosperous and are spending more. Some were left behind, and here's hoping you don't encounter any of those at gunpoint. (In Guadalajara, expect high U.S. prices on everything.
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