Mar 162015

Never content to rest on their laurels, John and Susy Pint have published a second volume of Outdoors in Western Mexico. This volume is bilingual; the Spanish title is Al aire libre en las cercanías de Guadalajara, 2.

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Outdoors in Western Mexico, Volume 2, continues where the first volume, Outdoors in Western Mexico (2011) left off. It offers short, accurate descriptions of 25 varied new sites in the environs of Lake Chapala and Guadalajara that are suitable for day hikes. Each chapter appears first in Spanish and then in English. (For beginning and intermediate Spanish-speakers, this book would be a great way to improve your language skills!)

The book is beautifully designed, enhanced by a small section of excellently-reproduced color photos. Small line drawings and maps help break up the 240-page text and no design details have been overlooked. A final section has clear drawings of animal tracks, compiled by biologist Karina Aguilar, that will help you know what to look for.

All locations and hikes have clear instructions as to how to get there, and where to go, including ample GPS coordinates. All hikes are also on the online Wikiloc Routes system: GuadHikes.

The book costs 200 Mexican pesos. Contact the authors for details of where to buy or how to order one by mail. The review copy was posted from Guadalajara and took about a week to reach Canada. It arrived in perfect condition.

The sites and hikes described in this book include:

Chapter 24 presents UMA Agua Blanca, featuring bird watching, hiking, camping and a beautifully preserved circular pyramid (Guachimontón), two thousand years old.

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Burton, Tony

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Mar 222012

Tony Burton (1953-) is an author and translator, born in the UK who lived full-time in Mexico for about 18 years and now resides on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.

His books include Western Mexico: A Traveler’s Treasury (4rd edition, 2013, Sombrero Books); previous editions 1993, 1997, 2001; Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico (co-authored with Richard Rhoda, 2010, Sombrero Books);  Lake Chapala Through The Ages; an anthology of travellers’ tales. (2008, Sombrero Books), El Occidente de México; un tesoro para el viajero (translation by Lorenza Castiello V. of 3rd edition of Western Mexico: A Traveler’s Treasury, 2004, Sombrero Books). His cartography includes Lake Chapala Map Set (2010, Sombrero Books).

He has contributed chapters to many books, including “Recreación y turismo en la cuenca Lerma-Chapala” (Recreation and Tourism in the Lerma-Chapala Basin) in La cuenca Lerma-Chapala. Un Atlas sobre el ambiente, su gente y los recursos (Mexico: INE/UNAM/CONACYT,  2006); “Climate and Geography” in Mexico’s Lake Chapala & Ajijic. The Insider’s Guide, by Teresa Kendrick. (Austin, Texas: MTI, 2000, 2005); “Chapala, Ajijic, Jocotepec” in Traveler’s Guide to Mexico (1997); “Fascinating scenery of Western Mexico’s “Volcanic Belt”, and “Snowbirds and Butterflies” in Mexico Living and Travel by Jean and John Bryant. (California: MRTA, 1994); “Enjoying Jalisco”, chapter 13 of Retiring to Mexico, edited by Nellie and Len Friedman (Indianapolis: ACC books, 1992).

He has also given numerous lectures, workshops and has written several academic papers.

His translations include Paricutín, Fifty Years after its Birth (Guadalajara: Editorial Agata, 1993), which is Simón Lázaro Jimenez’s autobiographical account of the eruption of Paricutín volcano published on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its eruption, and several other non-fiction works, including Wolfgang Vogt’s literary study Juan Rulfo and the South of Jalisco (Guadalajara: Editorial Agata, 1995); Espacios del lago de Chapala by Carlos Valencia Pelayo (Editorial Agata, 1998); A Drink Named Tequila. by José María Muriá (Editorial Agata, Guadalajara, 1996), Tonala Ceramics – Living Roots by Gutierre Aceves (Editorial Agata, 1994); Past Times in Chapala by Jesús González Gortázar (Editorial Agata, 1992); Maps and Charts of Mexico from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth century. Various authors. (INEGI/INAH, Mexico, 1988)