Mexico’s El Cielo Cloud Forest

Story & Photos by Emily Grey Last fall, 10 Americans drove 350 miles from McAllen, Texas into Tamaulipas, Mexico. Our weekend mission was to explore El Cielo, an International Biosphere Reserve per UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) guidelines. Like Virginia Eastern Shore’s Barrier Islands, this cloud forest exemplifies how humans and nature …

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Mexico Shortly after arriving in the small Western Mexican state of Colima I met a lovely young woman by the name of Lupita in the lobby of my hotel, the exquisite, Mayan-inspired Karmina Palace. She asked me what I would like to see, and do in the little-known Pacific Coast resort of Manzanillo. I told …

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Mexican Magic

Ixtapan de la Sal Washington’s comings and goings can take their toll, so where better to “take the waters” than a lovely colonial mineral spring resort scant hours from Mexico City? Ixtapan de la Sal, “place over the salt,” was the coveted refuge of Aztec Emperors. Hotel Spa Ixtapan, long known as “America’s Shangri-La,” today …

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