Travel

Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca: Laguna de Manialtepec

Laguna de Manialtepec is a coastal lagoon near Puerto Escondido in Mexico’s beautiful state of Oaxaca. These photos are from a birdwatching trip organized by Mi Casa es Su Casa blogger event I had the pleasure of sharing with lovely new friends Bettina Guisa, Cherry Chris, and Itzel Garrido who writes for alexjumper.com.             


Return of the Machiguenga

In March-April, 2015, we traveled to Manú National Park biosphere reserve in Peru to begin filming a documentary about isolated indigenous communities of Machiguenga (Matsiguenga) people living in the Amazon rainforest along Manú and Madre de Dios rivers. Guided by two local shamans, we visited several native communities and spoke to their elders about ongoing […]


Copper Town: Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacán

In this story I’m switching gears to Central Mexico. Two months ago while traveling through Pátzcuaro region in the state of Michoacán I visited a magic little town called Santa Clara del Cobre. Since the Pátzcuaro region is mostly populated by the Tarascan or P’urhépecha people whose ancestors originally settled here in the 12th century, […]


Quick Dip in Grand Cenote

Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and truly unique phenomena in Yucatan are cenotes. A multitude of these fresh water sinkholes can be found throughout the area exposed as a result of limestone cave roof collapse. To the ancient Maya cenotes were sacred points of entrance to Xibalba, the underworld inhabited by death gods and spirits whose […]


On Maya Space and Time

The much hyped about date of December 21, 2012, is a couple of days away. Since I live on Yucatan peninsula, land of the Maya, many people ask me what I think about the Mayan calendar and its prediction of the end of the world. The truth is, since I make the choice to live […]


Day of the Dead 2012: Night at the Cemeteries

Day of the Dead

During the Night of November 1-2 is Noche de los Muertos. In central Mexico’s state of Michoacan, local residents of towns around lake Pátzcuaro with fun-to-pronounce ancestral Tarascan names like Tzintzuntzan, Ihuatzio, and Chucuchucho, take their Day of the Dead traditions very seriously. With great curiosity I joined their annual pilgrimage to nearby cemeteries for all-night vigils in order to […]


Liège-Guillemins: Train Station by Santiago Calatrava

To visit any space designed by the famed architect Santiago Calatrava for me is always a spiritual experience. His train station in Belgium’s third largest city of Liége was no different. Expansive, soaring and brilliantly light, the building sent shivers down my spine as I literally had to contain myself from dissolving into the structure […]


Ireland: West Kerry Landscapes

When life offered me an opportunity to visit Ireland last month, I jumped at the chance because I knew I would witness some incredible scenery. From our home base of Castlegregory, located in Kerry county on Ireland’s southwest coast and long popular among wind sports enthusiasts, we were able to freely explore the local turf […]


Don’t Say Cheese, Say Belize

Finding myself recently on the island of Caye Caulker in Belize, I spent a perfectly active Caribbean day in great company doing some sailing, snorkeling and exploring a small section of the Belize Barrier Reef. Located slightly offshore, the entire length of this coral reef system is roughly one-third of the 900-kilometer-long (560 miles) Mesoamerican […]


Chiapas: San Cristobal de las Casas

Last week I complained profusely on Facebook about being robbed during my recent trip to Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. Upon arrival to Palenque, my very first stop, I discovered I was targeted in transit and consequently left without any money and without my most valuable possession – my camera! Two weeks later I still […]


Mayan City Calakmul

Mayan City Calakmul

In the south of Mexican state of Campeche, only 35 kilometers from the border with Guatemala, there sits buried in the jungle an enormous and forgotten Mayan capital city Calakmul. It’s difficult to get to because of the thick surrounding jungle and only one dirt road leading through it to the ruins. But the hours […]


San Felipe: Yucatán, Mexico

What always strikes me when traveling around Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, is that often a tiny, seemingly insignificant place or village, somehow ends up revealing to you the biggest, most magnificent display of natural phenomena in the most matter-of-factly way. San Felipe on the Gulf Coast of Mexico is one perfect example.


Venice Reflections

In September, the ancient and beautiful city of Venice, Italy, inspired me to begin including cityscapes to my blog’s current photography repertoire. It often seems like another life, but before relocating to a small town of Tulum on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, I had always been an urban dweller. As such, the experience of […]


Market of Mérida: Yucatán, Mexico

Merchant Market of Merida

Mérida is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatán and the Yucatan Peninsula. Founded in 1542, it is a cultural and financial center of the region, as well as a time capsule containing rich history of both the indigenous Maya and Spanish colonial times. During late 19th and early 20th centuries, […]


Under the Weather: Isla Holbox, Mexico

During my recent trip to Isla Holbox, in Quintana Roo, Mexico, I was reminded just how extremely the weather and consequent mood fluctuations can tint perception of reality. From seemingly endless rain of the trip’s first half, then brilliant sunlight of the second, my time on this mysterious, hurricane-beaten island was marked by an emotional […]


Lost Cities: Mexico

The indigenous heritage of contemporary Mexico tells an incredibly complex story. Jumpstarted 9,000 years ago by the ancient people’s domestication of corn and the subsequent agricultural revolution, the story’s plotline curves through nearly 4,000 years of occupancy by advanced Mesoamerican civilizations. The Olmec, the Teotihuacan, the Maya, the Zapotec, the Mixtec, the Toltec and the […]


Karuna Sky: Nayarit, Mexico

While staying true to my beloved photo-tradition of observing daily changes in the sky, I approached this project much more rigorously than my previous ‘Tulum Sunsets’ series. Namely, I treated it like a scientist would treat an experiment, controlling for all variables except my main subject – the sky. Depending on weather conditions, I narrowed […]


Cactus Land: Baja California Sur, Mexico

Cactus = Cactuses = Cacti. All for one and one for all, in my imagination cactus plants are like infantrymen. They live in the most difficult and desolate environments and make due with whatever scarse water resources the desert provides. In the Mexican state of Baja California Sur there’s virtually no rain fall throughout the […]


Peaks and Valleys: Chihuahua, Mexico

In the city of Chihuahua, we boarded the 6am El Chepe train. During the next several days it would take us along Mexico’s legendary, vast and tunnel-ridden Chihuahua-Pacific Railway (‘Ferrocarril Chihuahua-Pacífico’ or simply ‘El Chepe’ in Spanish,) cutting through peaks and valleys of Sierra Madre Occidental mountains to the Pacific coast. Thus I would come […]