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Magical Monarch Migration in the State of Mexico
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Magical Monarch Migration in the State of Mexico

The Piedra Herrada Butterfly Sanctuary near Valle de Bravo in the State of Mexico is a brief home to millions of monarch butterflies every autumn. Monarch migration takes around eight months, and during that time four consecutive generations of butterflies are born and die.

An Insider Look at Culture and Art in Mexico State
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An Insider Look at Culture and Art in Mexico State

While everyone knows that Mexico is a country,  not everyone knows that Mexico is also a state. The State of Mexico is deep in the heart of the country.  It’s… Read More…

Artisans & Authentic Crafts in the State of Mexico
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Artisans & Authentic Crafts in the State of Mexico

If you’re looking for art, there’s more to the State of Mexico than Aztec architecture. The state is full of traditional handicrafts, and some are as old as the pyramids.

It’s one thing to go to a local market and bring home a souvenir, but it’s another to learn about the process behind it. In the State of Mexico, many local artisans will not only show you their work, but they will give you a hands-on experience you’ll never forget.

Ancient Aztec Ruins in the State of Mexico
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Ancient Aztec Ruins in the State of Mexico

The State of Mexico may be modern on the surface, but its roots are deeply tied to ancient civilizations like Olmecs, the Toltecs and the Aztecs. Those old ruins are still standing and some are even accessible to the public.

Some visitors to the state of Mexico will often stop at the pyramids of Teotihuacan. But if you really want to avoid the crowds and still get a great experience, then head to Malinalco—with an ancient, surprising Aztec site that’s truly stunning.

Aqueduct Zip Lining in the State of Mexico
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Aqueduct Zip Lining in the State of Mexico

In the State of Mexico’s “Pueblo Magico,” otherwise known as Tepotzotlán, you’ll find candy markets, fortune-telling canaries, and bubble-blowing grandmothers dancing to live music in the town square. Just a… Read More…

Stained Glass Beauty in the State of Mexico
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Stained Glass Beauty in the State of Mexico

The most unexpected work of art is the Cosmovitral, an enormous stained glass conservatory. Created by artist Leopoldo Flores Valeds, it is made up of nearly 9,000 feet of glass brought in from around the world.

How to Make Fireworks in the State of Mexico
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How to Make Fireworks in the State of Mexico

The State of Mexico is known for its traditional handicrafts. But there’s a region within it called Almoloya that is known for something else. This is where you can learn… Read More…

Street Food Surprises in the State of Mexico
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Street Food Surprises in the State of Mexico

La Marquesa is a combination of wildlife park and street food stop, where you’ll get to taste some of the most authentic Mexican street food.

To Jump or Not Jump? Paragliding in the State of Mexico
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To Jump or Not Jump? Paragliding in the State of Mexico

In the State of Mexico, Valle de Bravo has the perfect landscape and ideal atmospheric conditions for paragliding.

Hidden Gems of Panama: The Complete Experience
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Hidden Gems of Panama: The Complete Experience

It splits the Americas and connects two of the world’s great oceans. Where else can you surf the Pacific and sail in the Caribbean on the same day? Imagine a… Read More…

Why I Don’t Bargain with the Embera: Hidden Gems of Panama
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Why I Don’t Bargain with the Embera: Hidden Gems of Panama

If you go just an hour outside Panama City, you’ll get a chance to meet a very special group of people: the indigenous Embera tribe. The tribe is committed to… Read More…

The Biggest Surprise in Bocas del Toro: Hidden Gems of Panama
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The Biggest Surprise in Bocas del Toro: Hidden Gems of Panama

You don’t expect Panama’s most famous beaches to push you out of your comfort zone, but that’s entirely possible in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Step away from the water… Read More…

One of the World’s Greatest Train Rides: Hidden Gems of Panama
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One of the World’s Greatest Train Rides: Hidden Gems of Panama

Most people know that you can sail through the Panama Canal, but not everyone knows you can take the same trip by train. The train tracks were once used to… Read More…

The Wild Side of the Panama Canal: Hidden Gems of Panama
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The Wild Side of the Panama Canal: Hidden Gems of Panama

The Panama Canal does not just connect the Atlantic with Pacific. Between these two oceans and the famous locks is a culture unique to the canal. And the Gatun Lake… Read More…

Panama’s Underground Craft Breweries: Hidden Gems of Panama
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Panama’s Underground Craft Breweries: Hidden Gems of Panama

Starting with the original locks of the Panama Canal, Panama City has been a home to innovation. And lately, some of the city’s biggest innovations can be found at the… Read More…

Behind the Scenes of Hidden Gems: Panama
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Behind the Scenes of Hidden Gems: Panama

This May we’re gearing up for the launch of Peter’s Hidden Gems of 2013. This original web series has broken ground by highlighting some of the world’s most unexpected and often… Read More…

Travel Contest: Peter’s 2012 Hidden Gems Scavenger Hunt, Week 2
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Travel Contest: Peter’s 2012 Hidden Gems Scavenger Hunt, Week 2

The (first) end of the world came in went, but our Hidden Gems Scavenger Hunt is still going strong. It’s week two of the challenge but it’s a triple threat…. Read More…

Travel Contest: Peter’s 2012 Hidden Gems Scavenger Hunt
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Travel Contest: Peter’s 2012 Hidden Gems Scavenger Hunt

Every year the the Hidden Gems series takes Peter all over the map, and 2012 was no exception. From the wilds of Australia to tribal lands in Wisconsin to the… Read More…

Hidden Gems: Australia–Complete Aussie Adventure
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Hidden Gems: Australia–Complete Aussie Adventure

For the past five weeks, we’ve been sharing the short snapshots of Peter’s Hidden Gems adventures in Australia. You’ve seen Peter soar over Sydney on a seaplane to share one… Read More…