Buying a Home in Alamos, Mexico

Buying a Home in Alamos, Mexico

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March 19, 2022

The process of buying a property in Mexico is the same for all cities, except for the coastal and border areas. These areas, referred to as the zona restringida, are areas in which there are different rules for foreigners (not Mexican nationals). There is nothing wrong with buying in these areas—which are designated as 30 miles from the highest tide and 60 miles from the borders...

Celebrating Día de Muertos in the Land of the Seven Moles

Celebrating Día de Muertos in the Land of the Seven Moles

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March 15, 2022

My wife and I recently met our dearest friends in Oaxaca for Dia de Muertos. It was a trip we had talked about for years, and then something would inevitably come up, and we would say “next year!” Making the trip to Oaxaca, the epicenter for this magical, multi-day celebration, which involves family and friends gathering to pay respects and to remember loved ones...

Valbona Valley, Albanian Alps: One of Europe’s Most Beautiful Hikes

Valbona Valley, Albanian Alps: One of Europe’s Most Beautiful Hikes

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March 12, 2022

White sand and azure water. Stone castles and Turkish coffee. Cosmopolitan cities and organic vegetable markets. Art museums and concert halls. This is Albania. But alpine lakes and glaciers? I must be confusing it with somewhere else. But I’m not! They’re called the Accursed Mountains or, less ominously, the Albanian Alps, and they are the southernmost and highest...

Your Own Getaway in Sunny, Seriously Low-Cost Ecuador

Your Own Getaway in Sunny, Seriously Low-Cost Ecuador

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March 11, 2022

From the snow-clad slopes of the Andes mountains down to the Pacific coast, Ecuador also packs in a range of landscapes and lifestyles. Picturesque mountain towns; vibrant beach communities; colonial gems packed with historic architecture, to bustling and sophisticated big cities. There really is something for everybody. That variety extends to the property market...