Mexico – Playa del Carmen and Tulum

Playa del Carmen and Tulum Playa del Carmen is a busy coastal city popular with tourists. It is the center of the Riviera Maya concept, which runs from south of Cancún to Tulum and the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve. Playa is a stop for several cruise ships which dock at the nearby Calica quarry docks,

Mexico – Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza Ruins The ruins at Chichen Itza date from about 600-900 AD and are a mix of Mayan and Toltec styles. Chichen Itza is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the Yucatán state, present-day Mexico. Archaeological data, such as evidence

Gay Panama: A Fight for Acceptance

A guest writer for Reuters offers a realistic and raw glimpse of mostly daunting gay life in this small country with the famous canal.Yet there are small signs of hope for easing of machistic policies and attitudes. Following this is a commentary from a recent visitor to Panama who found his own satisfying scene. Also

Mexico – Ek Balam Ruins

Ek’ Balam is a pre-Columbian archaeological site in Yucatán built by the Maya civilization. There are 45 structures, including the Acropolis, the largest structure at Ek’ Balam. It contains the tomb of Ukit Kan Le’k Tok’. It measures 146 meters across, 55 meters wide and 29 meters tall. Read the story about gay Mexico

Mexico – Cancun

Cancun is divided into two distinct areas: the upscale grand hotels along the beach for foreign tourists, and the working class downtown Centro district, (2 miles from the beach – final 15 photos below) where the hotel workers live and shop (at Sears and Wal-Mart, etc.). In the Centro are Cancun’s three gay bars (and

Gay El Salvador 2007

A journalist for the London newspaper ‘The Independent’ describes the threatening oppression against LGBT rights activists in El Salvador. Against all odds the rights work goes on, now acknowledged by Elton John and the media. Also see: Gay El Salvador News & Reports 2005 to present By David Usborne 22 March 2007 http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article2381063.ece Voice for

Mexico – Morelia City

Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacan, about 100 miles west of Mexico City. It’s a historic city with more than 1000 colonial buildings and churches and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Morelia was officially founded on May 18, 1541 by the first viceroy of New Spain Antonio de Mendoza,

Mexico – Rio Lagartos

On the north coast of Yucatan is Rio Lagartos (alligator river), a small town within a 118,00 acre nature preserve – the Biosphere Special Reserve – that’s home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wildlike, including flamingos cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, maybe a few spoonbills and

Mexico – Patzcuaro and Rural Area

Pátzcuaro is a charming colonial city high in the Sierra Madre mountains (altitude 7200 feet) about fifty miles west of Morelia. It’s filled with historical architecture and shops with local colorful handicrafts . Around the two town squares are classic arched facades. The Pátzcuaro area is well known for it’s rustic, carved wooden furniture and

Mexico – Mexico City Gay Marriage Rally

On Valentines’ Day 2005 a public pro-gay marriage rally was held in central Mexico City at Alameda Park. Hundreds of LGBT couples showed up amid speeches, music and dancing to sign their names on a "Registro de Sociedades de Convivencia" form. The ‘officials’, dressed in academic caps and gowns were members of PFLAG (Parents and