Taste out the World! This is point number one on my bucketlist. While wandering the streets of Mexico City, I found quite unusual snack to taste – a fried grasshopper called chapulines. Sounds quite repulsive. But only at first. This snack has very ancient roots. Aztecs used to enjoy this protein-rich food in their swampy city ages ago.
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.
This tropical Carribean island is known as “Queen of the Caribbean” for its rich biodiversity. Cuba is home for 368 different bird species. 25 of them is only possible to see in Cuba and no other part of the World. Also Cuba is home to the World’s smallest bird and smallest owl. “Photographer’s Guide to Birds” is now moving to Cuba. In 17 photos most common Cuban birds come to life, including a Cuban national bird – Cuban Trogon, which only exist on this island, and wild Flamingos. That are not in a zoo or in a frontyard and made out of plastic. Most of the birds, presented here are easy to spot, even without any background in birdwatching.
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.