Rutopía: Helping preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Mexico and its rural, indigenous communities by revolutionising tourism

Mexico City-based social enterprise Rutopía is helping travellers seeking authentic experiences outside the conventional routes, to access rural, indigenous communities who want to share the cultural and natural richness of their land. Rutopía preserves the natural and cultural heritage of Mexico and its rural communities by revolutionising tourism so that the earnings really gets to where it is needed the most. The travel agency, which … Continue reading Rutopía: Helping preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Mexico and its rural, indigenous communities by revolutionising tourism

Mexico creates nearly 150 urban gardens to attract hummingbirds

Nearly 150 urban gardens have been created in Mexico to attract hummingbirds that have seen their natural habitat gradually destroyed due to human settlements and climate change. The country, which is home to 58 different species, has seen half of its 13 endemic species at risk of extinction as cities sprawl. The Urban Gardens project has created 149 gardens to date, most of them in … Continue reading Mexico creates nearly 150 urban gardens to attract hummingbirds

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