Hotel Taselotzin: All female-run Mexico-based hotel “with an indigenous heart” empowering Nahua women

Hotel Taselotzin, located in the Sierra Norte mountain range of Puebla in Mexico, is a sustainable hotel run by indigenous Nahua women. Taselotzin, which in Nahuatl means “small plant or shoot”, started life as a hotel “with an indigenous heart” in 1995 as a result of the collective effort of the female-led organisation Masehual Siunamej Mosenyolchiacuani (“Indigenous women who support one another”). Masehual Siunamej Mosenyolchiacuani … Continue reading Hotel Taselotzin: All female-run Mexico-based hotel “with an indigenous heart” empowering Nahua women

Eva Bracamontes: Female street artist empowering women in her native Mexico through symbolic murals

Mexican artist Eva Bracamontes creates eye-catching murals of women and young girls – who know exactly who they are and are proud of who they are – powerfully rich in colour, symbology, nature, wildlife and divine feminine energy. The graphic designer and street artist’s colourful artworks sees characters of native Mexican, African, Caribbean, Indian and Mixed-race descent in their element among the elements, nature and … Continue reading Eva Bracamontes: Female street artist empowering women in her native Mexico through symbolic murals

Vía Orgánica: Teaching local farmers in Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende how to farm without chemicals and encourage biodiversity

Vía Orgánica – a regenerative farm in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – is on a mission to promote good nutrition through organic agriculture, fair trade, a healthy way of life and protecting the planet. The non-profit organisation, which was established in 2009, not only grows and sells fresh, organic produce to the local community, but it also runs an educational centre, restaurant, weekly street … Continue reading Vía Orgánica: Teaching local farmers in Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende how to farm without chemicals and encourage biodiversity

Chinampas: Aztec-style coastal protection being deployed in Mexico’s Veracruz

Famers in Mexico’s Veracruz have cleared large areas of mangroves in recent years that used to protect the coast, making the region defenseless against storms. Now an ancient Aztec invention known as Chinampas – artificial islands made from mud and reeds – could save the area. Local environmental group, Pro Natura Sur hopes planting mangroves on the chinampas will help revive the area’s old ecosystem. … Continue reading Chinampas: Aztec-style coastal protection being deployed in Mexico’s Veracruz

Zapotec chef Abigail Mendoza Ruiz keeping the culinary techniques and traditions of Ancient Mexico alive

Zapotec chef Abigail Mendoza Ruiz has become well-known for her indigenous Oaxacan cuisine made using ancient techniques from recipes passed down through the generations. Mexico’s Zapotecs are an indigenous community living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before Spanish colonisation, Zapotecan civilisation was a thriving epicentre of food, culture and tradition. At Abigail Mendoza Ruiz’s Oaxaca-based restaurant, Tlamanalli, she serves exclusively Zapotec food prepared with recipes from her … Continue reading Zapotec chef Abigail Mendoza Ruiz keeping the culinary techniques and traditions of Ancient Mexico alive

Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa, Mexico

Life & Soul Magazine’s Travel Guide to Eco Spas will whet your appetite for a vacation that brings healing to holidaymakers in accommodations that work in harmony with the planet. 13. Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa, Mexico Finding a sustainable resort is a real treat at the best of times and to experience one nestled at the foot of the world-famous Chichen Itza’s Mayan ruins … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa, Mexico

The race to rescue Mexico’s ancient floating farms, chinampas

Chinampas are floating farms whose history pre-dates the Aztecs even. Early Mesoamericans built the floating farms, which provided fertile land for crops, near modern-day Mexico City. Xochimilco, on the far southern edge of Mexico City, is best-known as the “Mexican Venice” for its canals and brightly colored boats where locals and tourists gather. It is also home to the remaining chinampas. To this day, the … Continue reading The race to rescue Mexico’s ancient floating farms, chinampas

EcoCasa: Creating low-carbon housing in Mexico

EcoCasa is a sustainable housing initiative creating energy-efficient and social housing in Mexico, while contributing to climate protection and improving the quality of life for low-income residents. Mexico has a significant housing shortage with an estimated deficit of 9.6 million homes. Many of these are needed by families on low incomes. The country is addressing the urgent need to make its cities more sustainable, having made a … Continue reading EcoCasa: Creating low-carbon housing in Mexico

WILD Tulum restaurant opens this weekend

WILD Tulum is a new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant to reach the Tulum jungle lending its support to everything local – from fresh sustainably sourced produce from the Yucatan and Caribbean, artisans to charities. Set to open its doors on 17 December, WILD Tulum was conceived as a “unique experience that pays tribute to Mexico’s diverse habitats of tropical rain forests, lagoons and mangroves”. Owner Karen Young … Continue reading WILD Tulum restaurant opens this weekend