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Adventure and Ecotourism in San Miguel de Allende

28 Feb
Download all four "Adventure and Ecotourism" books from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

Download all four “Adventure and Ecotourism” books from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

 

Adventure and Ecotourism in San Miguel de Allende – A 36 page coffee table style guide book with the Complete possibilities for Adventure and Ecotourism sites to visit while you’re in San Miguel de Allende with lots of full-color pictures. Includes Horseback riding, ATV Rentals, Hot Air Baloon rides, Mountain bike tours, hiking tours, touring the Botanical Gardens , and the Cañada de La Virgen pyramid.

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Adventure and Ecotourism in San Miguel de Allende – An Excerpt

27 Feb
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Download all four “Adventure and Ecotourism” books from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

An excerpt from my, “Adventures and Ecotourism in San Miguel de Allende”.

Introduction
San Miguel, without a doubt, is a magical place. No one knows exactly why, but it’s true. Now, adding to the magic is a new Spirit of Adventure. Adventure and ecotourism have come to the forefront of San Miguel’s culture, and new generations will flock to San Miguel, in the future, to enjoy all of these new activities. And we’re surrounded by other ecotourism destinations within a days travel in almost every direction.

We now have, thanks to Pilot Jay Kimball, hot air baloon flights. The most exciting way to view this centuries old city from a different perspective. An adventure without compare! Within practically everyone’s budget is an experience that you will never forget.

And there is a place, Cante, dedicated to the conservation and appreciation of our natural resources. Set in the heart of the central highlands of Mexico, this reserve covers more than 100 hectares adjacent historic San Miguel, the result of non-governmental efforts, begun in 1990, to rescue and protect an area of outstanding natural beauty, of ecological importance.

Right next door to Cante is Parque Landeta, where you can mountain bike, or ride your ATV to your hearts content through a natural perserve of local flora and fauna with even a wetland area to enjoy.

So get going. Get out there and build some memories. Memories that you will be able to share with future generations.

Adventure and Ecotourism in San Miguel de Allende

26 Feb

Baloon in Jardin – A coffee table style guide book with the Complete possibilities for Adventure and Ecotourism sites to visit while you’re in San Miguel de Allende with lots of full-color pictures. Includes Horseback riding, ATV Rentals, Hot Air Baloon rides, Mountain bike tours, hiking tours, touring the Botanical Gardens , and the Cañada de La Virgen pyramid.

Adventure and Ecotourism in San Miguel

25 Feb
Download all four "Adventure and Ecotourism" books from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

Download all four “Adventure and Ecotourism” books from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

Adventure and Ecotourism in San Miguel de Allende – A coffee table style guide book with the Complete possibilities for Adventure and Ecotourism sites to visit while you’re in San Miguel de Allende with lots of full-color pictures. Includes Horseback riding, ATV Rentals, Hot Air Baloon rides, Mountain bike tours, hiking tours, touring the Botanical Gardens , and the Cañada de La Virgen pyramid.

Adventure and Ecotourism in San Miguel

23 Feb
Download all four "Adventure and Ecotourism" books on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

Download all four “Adventure and Ecotourism” books on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

Catalog – Papelandia Publishing

22 Feb
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Download all five “Driving Adventure,” books from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

Papelandia Publishing Catalog

Living smallGringo Guides
A Gringo Guide to Living in San Miguel de Allende – A complete 150 page, perfect bound book a guide, and advice for living and enjoying San Miguel de Allende as a resident or a visitor. A fun filled, Cartoon illustrated day-to-day guide with stories chronicalling the authors «Early Years» in San Miguel. Even long-term residents are guaranteed to find information they never knew before, supplied by a 50+ year Bilingual/Bicultural American resident of San Miguel. GG-101 – $20.00 plus $12.95 International S&H. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com.

…to Mexican History – A 354 page, complete History of Mexico with historic pictures. An easy read to learn the incredible history of the Republic from the Conquest until Today. The places, events, and the characters that played out their roles in one of the bloodiest histories ever recorded. Interspersed throughout are accounts of events taking place in the U.S. and the rest of the world simultaniously to give one a sense of the time. GG-103 – $24.95 plus $19.95 International S&H. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com at a considerable discount.

…to the Mexican Revolution – A 56 page, coffee table style book with the complete, bloody history of the Mexican Revolution 1910-1921, with lots of great historic pictures. GG-105 – $16.95 Plus $6.95 International Shipping & Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

Christero Rebellion small…to the Cristero Rebellion – A twenty-eight page book with the complete forgotten history of the Rebellion against the Calles Administration 1926-1930 in which the Pope closed the Mexican churches, and the government waged modern warfare against their own people over religious differences. hundreds of thousands of people died and a half million people migrated to the U.S. GG-106 $14.50 Plus $6.95 Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

…to Witchcraft – A 30 page booklet about the practice of witchcraft in Mexico now and in the past. Implements, herbs, and spells used in Mexican witchcraft told by a 50 year resident. GG-108 $7.95 Plus $2.95 International S&P. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount (Includes the following book in the same download)

…to Pulque, Mescal, and Tequila – A 30 Page booklet about these spirits from production to imbibing. The History surrounding the discovery and modern production. GG-109 $7.95 Plus $2.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com at a discount. (Includes the previous book in the same download)

…to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight – A twenty eight page book that serves as your personal guide to these Mexican sports events. Describing the tradition, the culture, and the mechanics of the events to promote understanding of them. GG-107 $14.50 Plus $6.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

Mexican Kitchen med…to a Mexican Kitchen – A full 200 pages of time honored, traditional Mexican Recipes, with food and food preparation glossaries. Hundreds of Full-Color pictures, and it’s spiral bound for the cook’s convenience. The book Includes Party Snacks, Gala Banquets, and Mexican Adult Beverages too. GG-102 – $24.95 plus $18.95 International S&H. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, for a considerable discount.

…to: Salsas y Chilies – A 28 page booklet with everything you should know about chilies, and naming the most popular Mexican variaties. Including how to prepare them. Seventeen delicious recipes for Salsa with full-color pictures. GG-102-A – $7.95 plus $2.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com.

…to: Mexican Beverages – A 28 page booklet to Non-alcoholic, and alcoholic beverages alike. Recipes from teas; coffee; hot chocolate; punches; egg nog; cold thirst quenching, cooling drinks and fruit ades to 27 different, popular, alcoholic ones. GG-102-B – $7.95 Plus $2.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com.

…to Soups and Salads – A 28 page booklet wth 10 delicious recipes for popular Mexican soups and 11 scrumptious Mexican recipes for salads including full-color pictures. GG-102-C – $7.95 Plus $2.95 Internat. Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com.

…to Mexican Desserts – A 24 page booklet with 20 fabulous recipes for some of the most popular and delicious recipes of Mexican desserts. GG-102-D – $7.95 Plus $2.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for $9.99

…to Throwing a Mexican Fiesta – A 24 page booklet with 5 delicious Mexican recipes for appetizers, botanas; 11 great recipes for Mexican dips and spreads; and 8 wonderful, time-saving recipes for Mexican microwaves treats. GG-102-E $7.95 Plus $2.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com.

Walking Tours
Walking Mexico’s Colonial Heartland – A full 123 pages of History – Legends – Step-by-Step Walking Tours of the world famous Spanish Colonial cities of: San Miguel de Allende; Guanajuato; Querétaro; and the history of Mineral de Pozos, the Ghost Town. These are 450 + year old cities protected and preserved in the Spanish Colonial style of the XVII and XVIII centuries. They are living, breathing cities, full of life and culture, but mysteriously silent about their history and legends. With this book you will appreciate fully your visit to them. WT-101 – $10.00 plus $12.95 International S&H. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com.

San Miguel medWalking Tours of San Miguel de Allende – A 30 page book of the History, and Step-by-Step instructions for touring this 460 year old Spanish Colonial city, a National Monument. The booklet has a four-color, slick cover suitable for saving as a souvenier, and includes lots full-color pictures. WT-102 – $16.50 Plus $6.95 International Shipping & Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

San Miguel’s History – A twenty-four page booklet of the history of San Miguel de Allende from the settlement through the War for Independence with historic pictures. WT-101-A – $7.95 Plus $2.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com.

…of Guanajuato – A 30 page book of the History, Legends, and Step-by-Step instructions for touring this 460+ year old Spanish Colonial city. The legends are authentic, and have been handed down generation after generation.The booklet has lots of historic and full color pictures, and is suitable for saving as a souvenier. WT-103 – $16.50 Plus $6.95 International Shipping & Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

…of Santiago de Querétaro – A 30 page book of the History, and Step-by-Step instructions for touring this 460+ year old Spanish Colonial city. The booklet has lots of historic and full color pictures, and is suitable for saving as a souvenier. WT-104 – $14.50 Plus $6.95 Int. Shipping & Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a big discount.

…of Morelia: The City of Music – A 30 page book of the History, and Step-by-Step instructions for touring this 460+ year old Spanish Colonial city. The booklet has lots of historic and full color pictures, and is suitable for saving as a souvenier. WT-105 – $14.50 Plus $6.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble at a discount.

…of Puebla de Los Angeles – A 30 page book of the History, Legends, and Step-by-Step instructions for touring this 460+ year old Spanish Colonial city. The legends are authentic, and have been handed down generation after generation.The booklet has lots of historic and full color pictures, and is suitable for saving as a souvenier. WT-106 $14.50 Plus $6.95 Int. Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

…of Taxco de Alarcon – A 30 page book of the History, Legends, and Step-by-Step instructions for touring this 460+ year old Spanish Colonial city. The legends are authentic, and have been handed down generation after generation.The booklet has lots of historic and full color pictures, and is suitable for saving as a souvenier. WT-107 – $14.50 Plus $6.95 Intnational Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

…of San Luis Potosí – A 30 page book of the History, and Step-by-Step instructions for touring this 460+ year old Spanish Colonial city. The booklet has lots of full color pictures, and is suitable for saving as a souvenier. WT-108 – $14.50 Plus $6.95 Intnational Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

…of Zacatecas – A 30 page book of the History, Legends, and Step-by-Step instructions for touring this 460+ year old Spanish Colonial city. The legends are authentic, and have been handed down generation after generation.The booklet has lots of historic and full color pictures, and is suitable for saving as a souvenier. WT-109 – $14.50 Plus $6.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

Driving Adventures:
Day Trips From San Miguel – A 56 page coffee table style guidebook to easy one-day trips with historic and full-color pictures. Visit Acambaro, Guanajuato’s oldest city; Dolores Hidalgo, the Fountain of the Independece movement, La Luz, Guanajuato’s Other Ghost Town; Cerro de San Pedro, San Luis Potosí’s Ghost Town, and Jaral de Berrio, the ruins of an historic Hacienda. DA – 102 – $16.95 Plus $7.95 International Shipping & Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

…Hidalgo, and the Ancient city of Teotihuacan – A 56 page coffe table style guidebook with the history of the State, and instructions for driving around the state of Hidalgo with stops in: Huichapan, Alfajayucan, Zimápan, Ixmiquilpan, Tula de Allende, Teotihuacán, Pachuca, Mineral del Chico, Real del Monte, Atotonilco El Grande, Metztitlan, Molongo de Escamilla, Tlahuitepa, Huazalingo, and Huejutla de Reyes. with lots of full-color pictures. DA – 104 – $16.95 Plus $7.95 International Shipping & Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a big discount.

…Mexico’s Colonial Ghost Towns – A 56 page coffee table style guidebook of the history and legends of: Mineral de Pozos, Gto.; Mineral La Luz, Gto.; Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosí; Cerro de San Pedro, San Luis Potosí. This book contains lots of historic and full-color pictures of these XVI, XVII, and XVIII century Silver and Gold mining cities. DA – 101 – $16.95 Plus $7.95 International Shipping & Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a big discount.

…Michoacán, Touring the Tarascan Empire – A 56 page coffe table style guidebook with the history, and instructions for driving the state of Michoacán with stops in: Ihuatzio, Tzintzuntzan, Santa Clara del Cobre, Pátzcuaro, Janitzio, Zrahuén, Santiago Tingambato, Uruapan, Paricutín, and Paracho with lots of historic and full-color pictures. DA – 103 – $16.95 Plus $7.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a big discount.

…in Mexico’s Huasteca – A 56 page coffee table guide book with a complete driving tour of the Adventure and Ecotourism Paradise that is the Huasteca area of Mexico. Includes areas in the Mexican states of: Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, Hidalgo, Puebla, and Veracruz. Includes information on White water Rafting, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Swimming, Spelunking, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, and Camping. With lots of historic and full-color pictures. DA – 105 – $16.95 Plus $7.95 International Shipping & Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

Adventure and Ecotourism
…in the Copper Canyon – A 38 page coffee table style guide book with the history, accomodations, and tours of the entire Copper Canyon System located in the State of Chihuahua. Lots of full-color pictures and Driving Adventures down into the depths of the Urique and Batopilas Canyons. AE – 105 – $16.50 Plus $7.95 International Shipping & Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Barnes and Noble.com a considerable discount.

…with Mexico’s Glittering Monarchs – A 38 page coffee table style guide book with the Complete story on the migrating Monarch butterflies. Where they are, how to get to them, and how they were found. A Driving Adventure loaded with full-color, full-page pictures. AE – 106 – $16.50 Plus $7.95 Int. S&H. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a big discount.

…in San Miguel de Allende – A 36 page coffee table style guide book with the Complete possibilities for Adventure and Ecotourism sites to visit while you’re in San Miguel de Allende with lots of full-color pictures. Includes Horseback riding, ATV Rentals, Hot Air Baloon rides, Mountain bike tours, hiking tours, touring the Botanical Gardens , and the Cañada de La Virgen pyramid. AE – 107 $16.50 Plus $7.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

…in Edward James’ Surrealistic Garden, Las Pozas, Xilitla – A 28 page coffee table style guidebook of the Surrealist Sculture garden of Edward James with lots of full-color pictures and a map of the complete site. AE – 101 $16.50 Plus $7.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com for a considerable discount.

All of these books are available in the San Miguel de Allende Library Gift Shop, the Casa de Papel Card Shop, Garrison & Garrison bookstore, La Deriva bookstore, and for downloads Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. Follow the author on Twitter @williamjconaway, and Facebook/williamjconaway. Join and comment with him online at: http://www.williamjconaway.com

 

Driving Adventure: Hidalgo, and the Ancient City of Teotihuacán – Mineral del Chico

21 Feb
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Driving adventure: Hidalgo, and the Ancient City of Teotihuacan

20 Feb
Download all five of my "Driving Adventure" books from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

Download all five of my “Driving Adventure” books from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

An Excerpt from my, “Driving Adventure: Hidalgo, and the Ancient City of Teotihuacán.”

Driving Adventure of the State of Hidalgo

I must confess that my attention was frequently attracted from the works of man to the stupendous natural scenery by which we were surrounded; the unexplored forests that clothe the mountains to their very summits, the torrents that leaped and sparkled in the sunshine, the deep ravines, the many-tinted foliage, the bold and jutting rocks. All combine to increase our admiration of the bounties of nature to this favored land.

Frances Calderón de la Barca «Life in Mexico,» 1843

The Early History
(The historic towns in bold letters can still be found on the modern map of Hidalgo that is included.)

According to archeological studies Hidalgo has been inhabited steadily for the last 7-8,000 years. Some of the inhabitants were nomadic tribes who slowly moved on to other, more suitable areas, but there were some that established themselves here, and had great success.

The first of these groups were the Olmecs who came after the jade, and black and green obsidian that were to be found here.

Next came the Teotihucanos who settled in Tepeapulco as an advance warning outpost to protect their capital, Teotihuacan, against the marauding Chichimecas (an Aztec word for «barbarians» used to describe a diverse group of tribes, similar in their hostile behavior).

The Otomies settled in the arid Mezquital Valley in Ixmiquilpan and Actopan, and spread out from there.

The Huastecos settled in the fertile northeast corner of the State that is separated from the rest by the towering mountain range, the Sierra Madre Occidental with many peaks reaching over 8,000 feet, and by the rushing white-water rivers, the Amajac, Metztitlán, and the Río Chiflón.

The most successful of all, the Toltecs, who were an offshoot of the Nahuas, precursor of the Aztecs, who settled in what is now called Tula de Allende, Huichapan, and Tulancingo in the IX century. They built a brilliant civilization worshiping their god Quetzalcóatl which lasted, in those places until in 1168, when they were overrun by the Chichimecas. Quetzalcóatl and his followers moved their capital to the Yucatan at Chichén Itzá.

Quetzalcóatl
Part man, part myth, and part deity. Quetzalcóatl, the man, is said to have been born to Mixcoatl, a Chichimecan warrior chieftain who conquered Teotihuacan and the surrounding area. Entering what is now the state of Morelos, Mixcoatl encountered the woman Chimalman with whom he fathered Ce Actal Topiltzin Quetzalcóatl.

Quetzalcóatl’s father was assassinated, and his followers persuaded him to take his revenge on the miscreants, and reclaim his throne at Tula. As ruler he instilled a new religion with Queztalcoatl as it’s god. Under his benign leadership as high priest of the new religion the arts flourished. He declared himself celibate, and banned human sacrifices. And in so doing, made enemies of the worshipers of Tezcatlipoca, a really bloodthirsty bunch.

Later, after years of plotting, the Tezcatlipocans got Quetzalcoatl drunk on pulque, which he had never tasted, and tempted him successfully with his own sister.

Exposing their man/god to the criticism of the people Quetzalcóatl left Tula with his most loyal followers, and began a trek that took them to the Yucatan, land of the Mayas who he conquered.

Driving Adventure: Hidalgo, and the Ancient City of Teotihuacán

19 Feb
Download all five "Driving Adventure" books on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

Download all five “Driving Adventure” books on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

Driving Adventure: Hidalgo, and the Ancient city of Teotihuacán

18 Feb
Download all five "Driving Adventure," books from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

Download all five “Driving Adventure,” books from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; or Kobo.com. Search William J. Conaway.

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