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Photographer’s Guide to Birds in Mexico

Mexico, Nature

Mountains, desserts, plains, jungles, beaches. The variety of Mexican landscape and climate makes it a paradise for biodiversity. It is believed, that there is over 200,000 different species in this country, that covers between 10 % and 12 % of all the species of the planet. Mexico is  home for 1026 different bird species, and is 15th in World’s birdwatchers paradises list. “Photographer’s Guide to Birds” is now exploring  Mexico. With stunningly beautiful photos, discover 25 most common bird species in Mexico. All of them you can spot easily, no need to sit in the jungle with binoculars for weeks or have a very experienced and professional birdwatcher’s eye.

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Aztecs: 3 Must-see links to stir up curiosity

Mexico

Places are just places, if you don’t put a meaning to them. The cultural or historical context of the places I visit always fascinates me. Before visiting Mexico and its’ capital, I was looking for something to stir up my curiosity. Aztecs were the ones which caught my attention. This tribe lived in the humid valley, where the modern giant capital is. They made history with their cruel rituals of human sacrifice. Too bad. Because there was much more to this complex and mysterious civilization. Here are 3 links for seeing, listening and imagining what was happening, when the world was 1000 years younger.

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When the Turkey Dance: Story from Traditional Mexican Weddings

Culture, Mexico

One woman proudly placed a turkey into my arms. Afraid to hurt the poor animal, I carefully took it like a baby into my arms and started dancing gently. But I was doing something seriously wrong and I felt it really hard. The woman grabbed the turkey out of my hands, bent back the wings and started cruelly shaking the bird. The crowd went wild while watching the woman do that. Probably, that was the way to do it. The dance itself started to look more like a tribal ritual. The more the turkey was tortured, the higher levels of ecstasy were reached. I was puzzled. Why do Mexicans danced with the live turkey during their weddings? Well, this is what happened.

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The Crying Tree of Life: Arbol de Tule

Culture, Mexico

The bus was speeding. From Mexico City to Oaxaca de Juárez was a long way around 500 km or 6 hours in Mexican time, which means that it could extend to infinity. The road was strewn with car parts and crashed metal corpses left along the roadside to rot. The bus was heading to the capital of Oaxaca State. The state, famous for the variety of indigenous cultures, witches, mushrooms and magic. However, the only magic that I was looking for, was the magic of a decent sleep. Soon afterwards, the creaky hostel doors opened and heavy unventilated air filled the lungs falling asleep was inevitable. I was sleeping, when he came at night…

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