journalist Tim Lezard and now Chief Editor of the Big Issue joined the all-destination.com
team for a brief while
Casting his roving eye inwardly over his own travels he settled upon the ancient land
of the Aztecs and Mayans, of carnivals and religion, of salsa and chillies and
tequila sunrises to bring you his run-down on Mexico in this issue.
Welcome to Tim's
the lowdown on Mexico
do you think of when you think of Mexico?
golden sands and warm seas of Acapulco? Cocktails on the terrace (Tequila Sunrise,
of course)? Or the bustling metropolis of Mexico City - its roads jammed with
more VW Beetles and camper vans than in any surfer's dreams?
the first thought is of the remains of an ancient civilisation dotted across the
The stepped pyramids of the Incas whose mysteries were burnt on the zealous
fires of the conquering Spaniards?
treasured memories include sitting in a restaurant on the Zoccolo in Oaxaca listening
to a band busking from table to table, whilst tucking into chicken in chocolate
sauce - the local speciality eaten off the region's distinctive black earthenware.
of bus rides through the night over mountain ranges whose roads have more S bends
than any Alpine scene and not a crash barrier in sight.
when day breaks, the mountains change to arid plains, seemingly endless, punctuated
with cacti and aloe vera, shining green amongst the sand
of finding that small beach town at the end of a long journey where life
changes down several gears and almost grinds to a halt and you can buy a night's
sleep in a hammock slung beneath a palm shelter for a lot less than a pound, with
the soundtrack of waves lulling you to sleep thrown in for free.
waking up to a sunrise far more mind-blowing than the Tequila version and walking
down to the sea for a swim to find the shallows crammed with baby turtles that
hatched the night before.'
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