Entries in Mexico (9)

Thursday
Oct312013

Dia de Los Muertos vs. Halloween

Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican Holiday dedicated to remembering the dead and all of our passed on loved ones.

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Wednesday
Jul242013

Five breath-taking buildings

Architecture can tell a story of history whilst its aesthetics can create an atmosphere of a place and define it.

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Wednesday
Jun122013

Bucket List: Emma Gardner, Research and Development Intern

Emma is currently interning at Frontier London HQ in the Research & Development department.

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Friday
May032013

Top 5 foods to try in Central America

Travelling provides ample opportunity to stroll your taste buds through some exotic culinary delights.

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Friday
Nov232012

Strange things to see before you die

Fed up of beaches and museums to visit? If you find yourself with some free time whilst travelling, forget the obvious and instead venture into the weird and wonderful. There are many great sites to see from the creepy and the unexplained to the astounding and quirky.

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Thursday
Jun072012

Into the Wild: The Best Bizarre Sites Travellers Should See

Today Into the Wild is bringing you 5 of the most bizarre sites travellers should see. These aren’t your usual tourist attractions – so if you’re the kind of traveller that likes to take a step outside the travel guide and see some truly amazing and odd places then check these out...

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Wednesday
Nov162011

FRONTIER CENTRAL AMERICA FOCUS: MEXICO

México, home of strong shots of tequila and spicy chili tacos! With fascinating traditions ranging from lucha libre (a form of Mexican wrestling) to Día de Muertos (a national holiday in which families remember the deceased), the country is pervaded with a strong Hispanic culture...Read all about it with Frontier.

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Tuesday
Sep132011

Back to school with Frontier: Lesson Two

Yesterday, Frontier explored the cenotes of the Yucat√°n Peninsula in Mexico. Today we are heading south to Guatemala to explore the infamous Mayan ruins of Tikal in our second lesson of the week: History

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Wednesday
Aug242011

Great migrations of the animal kingdom: part two

Continuing this week’s theme of amazing animal migrations, today it is the turn of those winged wonders that cover some incredible distances year in, year out. Migration is often associated with flight, and it is no surprise when you consider that birds hold some of the most incredible records when it comes to annual voyages around the world.

Arctic Tern Between Greenland and Antarctica

Currently the record holder of the longest migration of any creature on the planet, this tiny bird has been found to travel distances up to 44,000 miles ever year in its journey between Greenland and Antarctica. Previously too small to be recorded accurately, this illustrious title was thought to belong to the Sooty Shearwater, which is not far behind with a recorded migration of about 40,000 miles. The Arctic Tern can live for up to 30 years, meaning that over its lifetime an individual probably travels a total of about 1.5 million miles, equivalent to three trips to the moon and back. A truly out of this world, head-terning traveller.

Monarch ButterflyBetween Canada/USA to Central Mexico

Not all migrations by air are those of birds: the journey of the Monarch butterfly is one of the most amazing and interesting occurrences in the natural world. A normal Monarch butterfly only lives for between 4-5 weeks. However, once a year, a special Methuselah generation of individuals is born. This individual is remarkably able to live for up to eight months, the equivalent of a human living to the age of 525. The reason for this unbelievable phenomenon is the need to migrate. This special generation must fly between 1,200-2,800 miles south from their breeding grounds in Canada and the USA, to Central Mexico, to avoid the harsh winter. Guided by the sun’s orbit, the butterflies have been known to cover distances of up to 80 miles per day, an amazing feat for such a small creature.

The arrival of the butterflies in the forests between the states of Mexico and Michoacan is a true natural wonder. Here they hibernate from mid-November to mid-February, when they begin the journey back. However, the Methuselah generation cannot make the return journey on its own, eventually dying on the way. In another incredible twist to the journey, a succession of normal generations take over the flight, gradually making their way north. The individuals that return to the original breeding grounds have never been there themselves, with a sense of orientation thought to be passed on genetically from the great, great grandparents that first set out on the migratory trip. Wow. 

By Alex Prior