By Melanie Haiken on March 3, 2017
There’s no quicker escape from the tourists, cruise ships, and surfers than Ensenada’s Los Globos market, where the “real” Mexico can be seen, smelled and tasted in jugo, queso, palletas, and tacos de pescados made fresh on the spot.
So dust off your rusty Spanish and dive in; you’ll find a warm welcome and come away with a better sense of your destination than you could get from the most in-depth tour.
By Melanie Haiken on November 20, 2014
Rancho La Puerto, the original wellness and fitness retreat, still offers an incomparable experience for those seeking the fountain of youth.
By Melanie Haiken on May 18, 2013
The beach at Xpu-Há in the Yucatan I’m posting this from the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, now known to most visitors as the Riviera Maya. Yes, this is one of those carefully coined tourism catchphrases, but at least in this case it’s not too far-fetched. One glance at the photo to the right and you’ll […]
By Melanie Haiken on November 22, 2010
I went to Rancho La Puerta, the legendary wellness retreat and spa in Tecate, Mexico, to whip myself into shape and get healthy and centered. Certainly those goals seemed ambitious enough for one week. What happened instead was quite unexpected; I discovered a series of classes and activities that allowed me to focus on alleviating […]
By Melanie Haiken on October 5, 2010
One of inspiring aging-related messages at Rancho La Puerta I haven’t had a lot of examples of healthy aging in my personal life; sadly, both of my parents died at relatively young ages. So I find myself constantly on the watch for role models to learn from; I’m hungry for the example of others as […]
By Melanie Haiken on April 7, 2010
Sometimes the various worlds that we keep carefully compartmentalized come crashing together. That’s what happened to me when I visited the Hotel California in the tiny Baja town of Todos Santos. (Not the Hotel California the Eagles sang about, or at least not exactly, but I’ll get to that later.) In addition to being a […]
By Melanie Haiken on September 13, 2009
On a tour of downtown Zihuatanejo yesterday, we stumbled into a great story. Sitting outside at Cafécitos drinking café helado, we started playing with a mournful looking mutt. Soon Rash, whose family owns Cafécitos, was telling us all about the Helene Krebs Posse Pet Rescue foundation, created in honor of his grandmother. Which, it turns […]
By Melanie Haiken on September 12, 2009
Mexico’s had a really hard time lately. In fact let’s be honest; this poor country’s gotten a really bum rap. Crime wave? It was limited to a few border cities most Gringos rarely visit. Swine flu? It turned out to be worse in the states. The last thing they needed was a hijacking — which, […]
By Melanie Haiken on April 1, 2009
More than 95 percent of the desserts sampled from restaurants in Mexico tested positive for coliform bacteria, according to research to be published in the April issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The researchers from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, selected a random sample of desserts from restaurants in […]
By Melanie Haiken on March 27, 2009
It’s finally possible to stay in central Loreto — right on the Malecon, mind you — in a hotel worthy of this gorgeous city. La Mision Loreto, which just opened this winter, takes full advantage of its gorgeous setting. Every room overlooks a tranquil courtyard and the island-studded bay beyond, while from the halls and […]