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  • The Golden Eagle: National Bird of Mexico

    When you visit the Rancho you will discover an incredible range of birds out on the rides, and the eagle is just one of those magnificent species. The eagle is North America’s largest bird of prey and rather importantly, the Golden Eagle is the national bird of Mexico. The ...

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    Stretch Your Legs and Explore

    I wake up early when I stay at the Ranch. The sun is usually shining through the window before 7:00 am and it wakes me from a peaceful and very restful sleep. Breakfast isn't ready until 8:00 am, so there is plenty of time to get out and stretch my legs. I like to enjoy the quiet...

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    Diego Rivera – Mexico City Mural Trail

    Diego Rivera is one of Mexico’s most famous painters. He rebelled against the traditional school of painting and created a way of working that combined historical, social and political ideas - allowing him to reflect the cultural changes at that time in Mexico and the rest of ...

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    Monarch Life History

    Monarch butterflies are a familiar sight in the USA and southern Canada, but each winter they disappear. Unlike many species, they don't die off –they migrate south, like birds, to hibernate in vast numbers in a few sites in the mountains of central Mexico, and to a lesser ...

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    The Monarch Butterfly Phenomenon

    Monarch butterflies migrate south in excess of 2,500 miles each year to escape cold northern winters and to hibernate in Mexico; they are the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. This in itself is impressive. But what impressed me even more, on our ...

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    Chicle & The Mexican Origins of Chewing Gum

    Chewing gum. That little pack of tasty stuff we carry around in our pockets. But did you know that chewing gum actually originated in Mexico? Chicle as it is commonly known in Mexico, began its life as a natural gum that comes from the Sapodilla tree. The latex these trees ...

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    Las Posadas

    Guests who visit the Rancho during the Christmas season can experience a unique tradition: Las Posadas. The singular form of the word means lodging or accommodation in Spanish.  Around the Christmas season, the plural form refers to the nine-day religious event reenacting the ...

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    The Story of the Poinsettia

    Christmas is a time where we can learn many lessons about the act of giving. And the poinsettia flower is one that has its very own story to tell. The plant is said to have first derived from a Mexican legend. On Christmas Eve it was customary to bring fabulous presents to ...

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    Choosing the Right Sombrero

    When you hear the word sombrero the first thing you might think of is the wide-brimmed pointy hat so commonly painted on dinner plates and other gifts in Mexico. Perhaps even worn by the famous cartoon mouse all those years ago. However the word sombrero actually simply describes...

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    The San Angel Market

    Shopping the mercados (markets) in Mexico City offers a sumptuous feast for the senses. Vibrant colors dance across shirts, blankets, pottery, paintings and dolls’ dresses. One of the most famous craft markets is held in an upscale community called San Angel, which is in the ...

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