Raise your hand if you work in the travel industry, have the privilege of traveling to amazing places and experiencing fascinating cultures BUT don’t own a camera. My hand is raised high! So I don’t own a camera, mainly because I don’t like plugging things in and downloading stuff. I have nostalgia of a certain era when I got to drop a film canister in a box and poof, the next day I was looking at my lack of photography skills on a nice glossy piece of paper. Thank god for the iPhone because now I can capture images from my travels and tap a filter button, making a photo look somewhat presentable. My trip to Mexico last October was my first encounter with travel and instagram. Here is the result:
Los Mochis, Mexico
I never gave much thought to Los Mochis, Mexico, a small town in the state of Sinoala (Sinoala is where Mazatlan is located.) To be honest, I never really knew Los Mochis existed. I love a city like Los Mochis, which is probably why Tafari focuses mainly on emerging markets. If travel is in any way related to art, a city like Los Mochis is like a blank travel canvas. No expectations, nothing familiar, and no deep rooted longing to visit (therefore, not much risk of disappointment.) Los Mochis is the starting point to a trip to Copper Canyon, a great adventure travel destination in Mexico. So that is how I ended up in Los Mochis, a very standard Mexican town, kind of like Flagstaff, AZ (you know, the gateway to the Grand Canyon.) Except, I don’t think Flagstaff has tables upon tables of raw fish at their local market.
I was just getting the hang of Instagram while in Los Mochis so the next couple days of the itinerary I don’t remember that well because they weren’t documented. But I do remember there was a train ride to Copper Canyon. Man, I love trains. I could ride a train anywhere. I really like when the train conductor toots the horn.
Copper Canyon, Mexico
This photo (I really didn’t see the bird flying by when I snapped this pic but I think it adds a nice touch) was taken from my hotel room overlooking Copper Canyon. It was a pretty impressive sight to see, very different from the Grand Canyon. Oh and Copper Canyon is in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, as in “Ah! Chihuahua.” Though I didn’t see any Chihauhua dogs while I was there.
This photo is a great example of the power of Instagram. Here you see a photo of the sunrise over Copper Canyon. Or do you? The real story is, I did pull myself out of bed to see the sunrise over Copper Canyon. However, I am not a morning person so it didn’t cross my mind to take a photo of it. Luckily, Instagram has an Earlybird filter so viola, I got my sunrise pic.
Valley of the Penises, Mexico
So I don’t think this is the official name anymore but someone said it was at one time. I don’t remember the current name of this rock formation, the old name kind of stuck with me more. We stopped her enroute to the actual city of Chihuahua, Mexico.
From Chihuahua I jumped on a plane headed to the Mexican state of Chiapas. I was really fond of Chiapas. It wasn’t how I expected it. It was less like the Mexican cities I have traveled to before and more like a rainforest, very much like Costa Rica but with great tacos and traditional Mexican culture. Visiting Chiapas reminded me of how diverse Mexico is. You have beaches, colonial towns, rain forests, ancient ruins, large cities, etc.
San Cristobal, Mexico
The San Cristobal Market is a photographers dream, which was great for me since by this time, I was now an avid Instagram photographer. I had a great time browsing the stalls and picking up a few spices to take home (all of which were confiscated at the airport.)
So this concludes the photo gallery of my trip to Mexico. I had a wonderful time exploring the off the beaten paths of Mexico and learning about the diversity of Mexican traditions and cultures. We have been featuring Mexico lately on our Tafari Featured Page so feel free to browse around. Or you can check out our Chiapas, Mexico travel portfolio and dabble in a little DIY travel planning (but of course we will make sure all the pieces are put in place for you!)
- Leah M. Smith