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Western Mexico: a Traveller's Treasury2001 [Paperback]

Tony Burton , Mark Eager

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Book Description

Feb. 1 2001
This is the 3rd edition of the well-known guide to western Mexico. This delightful, well-written book contains dozens of suggestions for daytrips and longer excursions in western Mexico. Burton avoids destinations on the beaten tourist track such as Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta or Morelia, to concentrate on lesser-known places. In western Mexico, Tony Burton has discovered a region that has retained the ancient culture and traditions, the Mexico behind the mask. This guide to the magic of western Mexico includes suggestions for day trips and longer overnight routes, all within three hours driving time of Guadalajara, Chapala or Ajijic, as well as three- and four-day trips. Eight original maps and 35 charming pen and ink illustrations by Canadian artist Mark Eager. The front cover painting is an original watercolor by internationally-renowned Austrian artist Georg Rauch. This guide to the magic of western Mexico includes suggestions for day trips and longer overnight routes, all within three hours driving time of Guadalajara, Chapala or Ajijic, as well as three- and four-day trips. Included are historical places such as Lagos de Moreno and San Blas, artistic colonies such as Ajijic, lakeside communities like Chapala, ecological wonders including Manantlán, Paricutin volcano and the monarch butterflies, coastal regions such as Barra de Navidad, Indian villages like Angahuan, and a host of others. The author provides all the details needed to find and enjoy the art, architecture and archeology of the region, fiestas and folklore, and unusual sights and natural wonders. Annotated bibliography and full index.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Perception Press; 3rd edition (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893518019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893518018
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,850,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Traveler's Treasury" is an apt subtitle for this guidebook to the Western Mexico that lies beyond tourist cities like Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara. Burton has good credentials--a geographer who's lived in Mexico for 17 years, he's done a lot of back-road traveling in search of hidden Mexico. He's also fond of history, geology, archeology, and ecology, so each of the places covered in this personal and idiosyncratic collection of favorites is exceedingly well described. Take the Island of Mezcala, the "scene of a glorious episode in Mexican history." Burton gives a lengthy history of the significance of the place in Mexico's fight for independence, as well as the nearly-extinct local delicacy whitefish, then points to the best bird watching in the area and suggests a hike for the adventurous, none of which you'll find in the typical travel guide. Burton knows where to find a golf course with a panoramic view in the Riviera communities around Lake Chapala and where to soothe those aching after-exercise muscles in a warm thermal pool. He can tell you where you can still mine for gold, enter a chili cook-off (no beans allowed), see folkloric spectacles like the Dance of the Old Men, and discover the sort of small villages which "refuse to give up their secrets to travelers in a hurry." His eclectic list of day and overnight excursions includes historical and archeological sites, artistic colonies, lakeside communities, coastal resorts, Indian villages, and ecological wonders. In the latter category are the nesting grounds of monarch butterflies and the Manantlan Biosphere Reserve. Not covered by most guidebooks, Manantlan is an ecotourist wonderland. The cloud forest is home to an astonishing variety of flora and fauna and is so remote it can only be reached by four-wheel drive vehicle or mule, depending on the weather. Burton does assume that you are traveling by car; if you're not you'll have to research other transportation options elsewhere. That quibble aside, like the places it describes, this guidebook is truly a gem. --Lesley Reed


"A must in the library of every Mexican or foreigner with intellectual curiosity about Mexico" -- Rosamaria Casas in Ojo del Lago

"A sensitive, amusing, clearly written book, filled with interesting facts about history, geography and folklore" -- TravelMexico

"In Mexico, if you want to know what you're seeing, what it means ... you need this book" -- Mexico File (July 1998)

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5.0 out of 5 stars For more than a casual visit to the mid-western parts . . . April 9 2001
By David McLaughlin - Published on Amazon.com
The area of Mexico covered by Mr. Burton's book is filled with historical, cultural and geographical/geological riches. The problem for me as a resident of this area has been where to find them, and where to learn about them, once you have heard about them. This book has been a god-send as it has allowed us to learn and explore our "neighbourhood" with confidence and always rewarding experiences. If you are interested in more than beach, babes, and beer, then this is a wonderful book to use, or just to read, learn and dream. It is truly a "Mexico" book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the Mexico traveller Sept. 28 2011
By Wilma R. Bodrak - Published on Amazon.com
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We have used this book until it is now dog-eared and have found the information to be accurate, concise and not at all misleading! All of our friends that now live in Mexico want to borrow our copy but I'm not letting it out of my sight. His maps are spot on and the illustrations quite charming very well executed. We just wish he could/would do another one this time on the Central Highlands. You will not be sorry to have this in your "Mexican" library!

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