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Travelers' Tales Mexico (Country Guides) Paperback – August, 1994

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Travelers' Tales is a new kind of travel anthology, marrying the best of the guidebook and travel literature. Mexico is the second book in this series: a wonderful collection of place-specific tales previously scattered far and wide. Veteran travel writers James O'Reilly and Larry Habegger read hundreds of stories to select those that best capture the experience of Mexico. Mexico, so prone to stereotyping, is one of the most deceptively complex countries in the world. "Melting pot," a phrase most often applied to the U.S., is applicable in a deeper way to Mexico's towering and ancient layering of civilizations, which continues to this day in a swirling crosscurrent of indigenous peoples, multiple languages, dialects, riotous art and music, religions behind religions, hidden cosmologies, uncounted ruins, and secret knowledge. We forget just how old Mexico is. As the editors write in the Preface: "The world is not our private zoo or theme park; we need to be better prepared before we go, so that we might become honored guests and not vilified intruders." To give readers a taste of this country and its people, the book is organized into five sections: "Essence of Mexico" contains stories that reflect some essential character of the landscape, the people, or the traveler's experience of the country. "Some Things to Do" has accounts of particular places and activities that previous travelers have found worthwhile. "Going Your Own Way" contains experiences that are farther off the tourist track, relayed by an author who interacted more intimately with the local people or was willing to travel farther afield. "In the Shadows" explores the darker side of Mexico, so that visitors might be aware of the complexities beyond the cheerful face presented to tourists. "The Last Word" has one last magical moment, to remind the reader just why Mexico is worth visiting. There is perhaps no better way to prepare for a trip, or to vicariously experience another country and its culture, than to listen to those who have gone before; Travelers' Tales Mexico brings the best of those voices together for the first time. Selected as one of the Top Five Travel Books for 1994 by the San Francisco Examiner.
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Product Details

  • Series: Country Guides
  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Inc; New Ed edition (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885211007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885211002
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,152,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you love Mexico and love to travel, you will probably love these stories. Wonderful insights into the places and the people. These adventures all took place before parts of Mexico got so violent and was safer for gringos. I recommend this book. I gave a copy to a friend who had done a lot of traveling in Mexico, and he said he had been to most of these places and the stories brought back wonderful memories. This is a good one. (I reserve five stars for classics, usually.)
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'Traveler's Tales Mexico' is a delightful excursion into the many faces and cultures of our neighbor south of the Rio Grande. Discovering this book after my third visit to Mexico gave me even more inspiration to return and to venture beyond the traditional tourist sites and activities. The pyramids at Teotihuacan, Mexico City's Chapultepec Park and Archeologicial Museum are a must for the first time visitor, but to get a real feeling for the variety and richness of Mexican culture, one needs to go beyond the traditional venues. Spend a week in San Miguel de Allende or Oxaxca, venture out beyond the zocalo and shops; and you will connect with the 'real' Mexico and gain an appreciation for all that Mexico and it's people have to offer. The tales in this book are inspired by such insights, gained through very personal adventures (and misadventures!)that brought the writers into intimate contact with the people and enabled them to experience the land, traditions and culture of Mexico in new ways. Contributions from teachers, writers and just plain folks, offer an entertaining and enlightening view into the essence of a vast country that has so much more to offer the serious traveler. From a hilarious tale of a gringo getting a shave from a traditional Mexican barber, to a recounting of the 'Day of the Dead' observances in Patzcuro; 'Tales' will whet your appetite for more and make you think more carefully about new destinations for your next trip to Mexico.
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The wonders of the world and its people were once revealed to inquiring souls through the tales of travelers. Stories that coke the fire of the imagination and inspired others to get up and go. James O'Reilly & Larry Habegger have done us all a great service in collecting these stories on Mexico's culture, history and wonders.
The book is logically organized into five single parts. Starting with chosen stories that reflect the ethos of Mexico. Followed by stories about places and activities that fellow travelers have found worthwhile. The third part is comprised of stories by people who have made a special connection between their lives and interests and the people and places in Mexico. Fourth is the struggle and challenges facing the country and concluding with "The Last Word" to remind you of the book as a whole. This is recommended pre-departure reading for all those going to Mexico.
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It's easy to have good stories to tell about travel to such a fun place as Mexico, and this book is full of them. Published in '94, some descriptions and observations are no longer valid, but this does not generally detract from the power of the stories.
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