The Best Travel Books About Mexico
A good travel book doesn't necessarily provide the who, what, when, how and why of a place but offers something more - a story. A great travel book author provides a narrative voice, however subjective, that infuses personal experience into a destination - a tapestry that engages you into a deeper understanding of the people, culture and ways of a different place - and hopefully inspires you to your own journey and consequently develop your own story.
These books below have helped impart those same desires for us; fostering that sense of discovery, intrigue, fascination, whatever aspect it may be, that compels us to seek and explore.
Mexican DaysTony Cohan's follow up to his wildly successful chronicle of making a new life in the Mexican mountain town of San Miguel de Allende, "On Mexican Time". "Mexican Days" takes a bit more of a jaded view of gringo discovery in the intervening twenty years, but Cohan presents aspects of Mexican culture that a neophyte might not take in. A good read that reveals some undiscovered jewels and confirms that Mexico isn't ruined yet!
Almost an Island: Travels in Baja CaliforniaIntensely insightful journeys on the world's largest peninsula. Author Bruce Berger mixes history, anecdote, and years of personal research to bring the mountains, coasts, deserts, pueblos and personalities of Baja to life with an irrepressible and irresistible sense of humor.
Gringos in Paradise: An American Couple Builds Their Retirement Dream House in a Seaside Village in MexicoAn interesting story interspersed with nuggets of information about the adaptations one must make to successfully relocate to Mexico. A good tale anyway, it's a must read if you're even condsidering moving south.
Author Barry Golson shares insights into both the subtle and obvious cultural differences that exist between close neighbors (both actual and metaphoric) and provides some amusing stories of the pitfalls he and his wife encounter while building their dream casa in Sayulita, Nayarit.