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Beat the heat with classic Mexican coolers

Is May’s brutal heat getting you down? It’s the perfect time to follow the lead of your Mexican neighbors by sampling the wide array of typical hot season coolers featuring the nation’s cornucopia of natural produce.

Political season subterfuge perseveres

The intense election rivalry between the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Citizens Movement (MC) has turned ugly in recent weeks, as both sides look for ways to discredit the other. 

Street newspaper offers employment, voice to homeless

Following a model that has met with huge success in the United Kingdom, a new magazine is offering homeless people in Mexico City the opportunity to work as street vendors. The first edition of Mi Valedor (My Supporter) was released last month, with the aim of lending a voice to the homeless and assisting in their reintegration into the community. 

A menagerie of mythical creatures

Mexican folklore, mythology and local gossip are full of stories of cryptids, animals or plants whose existence has been suggested but has not been scientifically proven. Many of them have their origins in Aztec legend, still more were created when the Spanish arrived and some appeared in more recent times. 

Construction workers get green light to let off steam on Holy Cross Day

A dramatic volley of joyful cohetes shatters the predawn calm in most Mexican villages on May 3. The barrage of booming skyrockets sounds just like a full-blown revolution to tourists; the initiated know it as the traditional announcement of the beginning of the Day of the Holy Cross, which is also the feast day of the Mexico’s abañiles (brick masons) and their apprentices and co-workers.