Reading list inspiration for travel
City and region specific
Books & eBooks
- 2666: A NovelView on Amazon The superstar Chilean author's final complex and multi-layered work culminates in hundreds of largely unsolved murders of women in the desert borderlands in northern Mexico. By Roberto Bolaño; translated by Natasha Wimmer.
- An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the MayaView on Amazon Dictionary of Mesoamerican mythology and religion. By Mary Ellen Miller and Karl Taube.
- Approach Guides: Maya Ruins of MexicoView on ApproachGuides.com* Our guidebook profiles the top Maya sites in Mexico, as well as the Maya-connected civilizations. Featured sites include Chichen Itza, Tulum, Teotihuacan, Palenque, and more.
- Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability and SurvivalView on Amazon Examines the relationships and ethics embedded in fair trade coffee, evaluating the impact on growers in Mexico. By Daniel Jaffee.
- Conquest: Cortez, Montezuma and the Fall of Old MexicoView on Amazon The historian-author chronicles the epic history of the fall of the Aztec empire to Spain. By Hugh Thomas.
- Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and El SalvadorView on Amazon Covering more than 850 species, this practical guide provides practical information and tips for identifying birds seen throughout your travels. By Ernest Preston Edwards.
- Fiesta: Days of the Dead & Other Mexican FestivalsView on Amazon A look at the country's colorful annual celebrations and how these festivities are uniquely Mexican. By Chloe Sayer.
- Frida: A Biography of Frida KahloView on Amazon Vivid biography of the artist Frida Kahlo, written by an art historian. By Hayden Herrera.
- Like Water for ChocolateView on Amazon Magical tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico. By Laura Esquivel
- Mexico: From the Olmecs to the AztecsView on Amazon Informative book on Mexico's earliest civilizations and companion to The Maya. By Michael D Coe.
- Mexico: The CookbookView on Amazon 700 authentic Mexican recipes that showcase the diverse flavors of Mexican cuisine. By Margarita Carrillo Arronte.
- Signs Preceding the End of the WorldView on Amazon One of the country's emerging literary talents, the author explores the adjustments people must make in their minds and language as they move from Mexico to the US, especially when there’s no going back. By Yuri Herrera; translated by Lisa Dillman.
- The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom BookView on Amazon Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs, the author — a shamanic teacher and healer — gives his four essential steps on the path to personal freedom. By Don Miguel Ruiz.
- The Labyrinth of SolitudeView on Amazon Generally acknowledged as Mexico's foremost writer and critic, Paz (1914-1998) has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its people, character, and culture. By Octavio Paz.
- The MayaView on Amazon An excellent book on ancient Maya civilization by one of the world's leading scholars. By Michael D. Coe.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Olmec Bloodletting: An Iconographic Study”View on mesoweb.com An Olmec tradition passed along to the Maya. By Rosemary A. Joyce, Richard Edging, Karl Lorenz and Susan D Gillespie.
- “Popol Vuh”View on mesoweb.com The sacred book of the Quiché Maya, a corpus of mytho-historical narratives key to understanding the civilization. Translation and commentary by Allen J. Christenson.
- “Rock Art of Latin America and the Caribbean”View on icomos.org A high-level, yet comprehensive region-by-region review of the primary sites, their dating and their distinctive stylistic features.
- “Standardization and Canonization in Mexican Mariachi Music”Visit Academia.edu A historical analysis of the Son de la Negra. By Sydney Hutchinson.
- “The Deaths Map”View on London Review of Books website The war on America's southern border. By Jeremy Harding.
- “The Hunt for El Chapo”View on NewYorker.com How the world's most notorious drug lord was captured. By Patrick Radden Keefe.
- “The Kingpins”View on NewYorker.com The fight for Guadalajara. By William Finnegan.
- “Witnessing the Border Crisis”View on NYTimes.com A on-location look at the situation. By Julia Preston.
Online Sources & Blogs
- Festivals & Events in MexicoVisit VisitMexico.com Information on all of the country's festivals and events, provided in the "calendar" section for each state.
- Foods in the Maya WorldVisit nationalgeographic.com A quick run-down on typical foods.
- MesowebVisit mesoweb.com Unrivaled source for scholarly articles on Mesoamerican cultures.
- Mexico Public HolidaysVisit worldtravelguide.net List of Mexico's public holidays.
- Travelers’ Health | MexicoVisit CDC.gov Get the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for vaccines and medicines.
- World Bank | MexicoVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
Just for Kids
- Hola! JalapenoView on Amazon Fun rhymes to introduce children to the cuisine of Mexico. By Amy Wilson Sanger.
- My 1st Spanish Word Book / Mi Primer Libro De PalabrasView on Amazon A bilingual word book that presents pictures labeled in both Spanish and English. By Angela Wilkes.
- The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden StirredView on Amazon Cute story of how the farm maiden and all the farm animals worked together to make the rice pudding that they serve at the fiesta. By Samantha R. Vamos.
Who to Follow
- Twitter: Arte MexicoFollow @ArteMexico Covers Mexican artists and their exhibitions in Mexico and throughout the world. ArteM
- Twitter: Carrie KahnFollow @ckahn NPR International Correspondent based in Mexico City.
- Twitter: INAHFollow @INAHmx Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) investigates, conserves and runs all of the country's cultural monuments. In Spanish only.
- Twitter: Ioan GrilloFollow @ioangrillo Journalist in Mexico focusing on crime. Senior Correspondent GlobalPost. Also Time, Letras Libres +. Author of El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency
- Twitter: Peter OrsiFollow @Peter_Orsi Associated Press correspondent in Mexico City.
- Twitter: The Economist AmericasFollow @EconAmericas Official account for The Economist on the Americas.
- Twitter: Tim JohnsonFollow @TimJohnson4 Mexico bureau chief for McClatchyDC, author of book on Tibet (Tragedy in Crimson), frmr correspondent in China, Central America, Andean region, Chile.