Mexico Travel Quotes

Introduction

I (Paul Heller) love collecting the Mexico Travel Quotes for my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find quotes that:

  • Reflect how I feel about a place or a travel-related issue
  • Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I disagree with the author’s viewpoint.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
  • Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.

I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.

All my blog posts lead off with a quote relevant to the post’s subject. I frequently post quotes on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.

In addition, I have added several previously unseen quotes I discovered while putting together this page.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any additional quotes to add to this page.

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8 Best Mexico Travel Quotes from Writers and Thinkers

¨Mexico. Melancholy, profoundly right and wrong, it embraces as it strangulates.¨
Ann Castillo

“But I’m not running away. I’m running toward… toward adventure, toward discovery, toward diversity. And while I was in Mexico I discovered something intriguing: Once I leave the U.S., I am not bound by the rules of my culture. And when I am a foreigner in another country, I am exempt from the local rules. This extraordinary situation means that there are no rules in my life. I am free to live by the standards and ideals and rules I create for myself.¨
Rita Golden Gelman 

Man is alone everywhere. But the solitude of the Mexican, under the great stone night of the high plateau that is still inhabited by insatiable gods, is very different from that of the North American, who wanders in an abstract world of machines, fellow citizens and moral precepts.”
Octavio Paz

“In Mexico your wishes have a dream power. When you want to see someone, he turns up.
William Burroughs

True love in Mexico isn’t between lovers. It’s between a parent and a child. Mexico is an intensive culture of sons adoring their mothers, and this is why I claim Mexico is matriarchial because the one constant faithful, inviolable holy love of love- the love of your life- is not your wife or your lover, it’s your mother.
Sandra Cisneros

“In Mexico an air conditioner is called a politician because it makes a lot of noise but doesn’t work very well.”¨
Len Deighton

What I’ve seen from keeping in touch as well as I can is that what I find so typical in Mexican culture is the helpfulness of the people to each other. I think, at this point, that is the highest good and the highest we can hope for, which is to be of help and use to each other wherever we are.
Alice Walker 

“The howling pariah dogs, the cocks that herald dawn all night, the drumming, the moaning that will be found later white plumage huddled on telegraph wires in back gardens or fowl roosting in apple trees, the eternal sorrow that never sleeps of great Mexico.”  
Malcolm Lowry

7 Best Mexican History Quotes

“The truth is that the history of Mexico is a history in the image of its geography: abrupt and tortuous. Each historical period is like a plateau surrounded by tall mountains and separated from the other plateaus by precipices and divides.”
Octavio Paz

“[The Mexican revolution] was a break with the past to recover the past. We were trying to deny we had an Indian and a black and a Spanish past. The Mexican Revolution accepted all heritages. It allowed Mexico to be mestizo.”
Carlos Fuentes

“In Mexico the gods ruled, the priests interpreted and interposed, and the people obeyed. In Spain, the priests ruled, the king interpreted and interposed, and the gods obeyed. A nuance in an ideological difference is a wide chasm.
Richard Condon

“The difference between the Pyramids in Egypt and the ones in Mexico is there is nothing inside the Mexican Pyramids. In the African Pyramids, the whole inside is a burial chamber. So they were really gravesites to nobility.”  
John Henrik Clarke

A millennium before Europeans were willing to divest themselves of the Biblical idea that the world was a few thousand years old, the Mayans thought of millions and the Hindus billions.”
Carl Sagan

“Clearly, it is difficult for us to come to a true understanding of what human sacrifice meant to the sixteenth century Aztec; but it may be observed that every culture possesses its own idea of what is and what is not cruel. At the height of their career the Romans shed more blood in their circuses and for their amusement than ever the Aztecs did before their idols.

The Spaniards so sincerely moved by the cruelty of the native priests, nevertheless massacred, burnt, mutilated and tortured with a perfectly clear conscience. We, who shudder at the tales of the bloody rites of ancient Mexico, have seen with our own eyes and in our days civilized nations proceed systematically to the extermination of millions of human beings and to the perfection of weapons capable of annihilating in one second a hundred [times] more victims than the Aztecs ever sacrificed.
Jacques Soustelle

“The Aztecs’ life was one of efficient, many-sided agriculture; of craftsmanship unexcelled in the Western Hemisphere or the world; of much democracy in human relationships. Its social base was the exogamous clan, and within the clan, leadership was achieved and kept through proved individual merit. Clans united into tribes, with equal representation on the tribal council; and the council chose the tribal functionaries on the basis of demonstrated merit.

There existed rank, but not caste, the only exception being the quite fluid, shifting slave class. The slave controlled his own family and could in turn hold slaves; none were born into slavery; murder of a slave brought the death penalty to the killer; slavery became a temporary status while a man expiated a crime; often families of the poor would rotate their children, one at a time, into temporary slavery…
John Collier

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4 Best Mexico Travel Humor Quotes

Mexican food is so good, you’d think the real immigration problem would be fat guys like me sneaking across the border into Mexico.
Jim Gaffigan

“Mexico… or as you may know it: spicy Canada.”
John Oliver

¨”We went to Mexico, had some tequila, eloped with a pair of drug smugglers, and took part-time jobs as exotic dancers. You know, same old, same old.” 
Jennifer Lynn Barnes

“Tequila is not even a drink; it’s a way for having the cops around without using a phone.”
Dylan Moran

4 Best US and Mexico Relations Quotes

“In Mexico and Latin America, everything is big: Bigger emotions, bigger reactions. Here in the U.S., everything is more natural, more grounded and down to earth.”
Eugenio Derbez

“Any Mexican, would recognise that Mexico was abused, undervalued and downgraded in international circles, most of all by the United States.
Adolfo Aguilar Zinser

¨”Mexico will never accept U.S. military intervention. Mexicans always remember 1848.”
Jorge Ramos

¨”There are parts of L.A. that feel very, very Mexican, and there are weird little enclaves of Northside in Mexico – Cancun for instance. So what is a border?” 
William T. Vollmann

7 Best Mexican Regional and City Travel Quotes

Regional Mexico Travel Quotes

“There’s something magical about Oaxaca and the vibe of the people.
Mike White

Anyone who can leave the Yucatán with indifference has never been an artist and will never be a scholar.” Claude Levi

“The whole Baja California peninsula is an energetic place, and it’s incredibly alive.”
Gael Garcia Bernal

“I was in Cancun, Mexico, sitting in a disappearing-edge swimming pool, on a bar stool that was actually under the water, watching palm trees sway in a sultry breeze against the unmistakable aqua splendor of the Caribbean Sea; drinking coconut, lime, and tequila from a scooped-out pineapple, with salt spray of breaking surf and sun kissing my skin. Translation: I’d died and gone to heaven.”
Karen Marie Moning

Mexico City Travel Quotes


Mexico City is the center of art and culture and politics and has been and continues to be for Latin America in a way that I think really called to me as an artistic person, as someone that was interested in the politics of Latin America, you know. God, every single famous person in Latin American history and art and politics seems to have found their way to Mexico City”.
Junot Diaz

“I was in Mexico City. It’s a very pleasant city in many ways. It’s vibrant, lively, pretty exciting society, but also depressing in other ways, and sometimes almost hopeless, you know. So it’s a combination of vibrancy and, I wouldn’t say despair, but hopelessness, you know. Doesn’t have to be, but it is. I mean, there is almost no economy.
Noam Chomsky

“Mimicry flows like beauty from Mexico City’s faucets, space and time are relative, and instead of the usual floral-and-stone façade, there’s dahlia and obsidian. In the course of time, what was yesterday a lake of water becomes asphalt today, and the past is a perpetual duplication that drowns the future.

Yesterday’s omens come back, the same substance in a different shape. The city is a nagual that becomes a wall of skulls, an intelligent domotique structure: the Huitzilopochtli temple in a cathedral and Castile roses in cactus bouquets.

Time is measured simultaneously with the Aztec, Julian, and Gregorian calendars and the cesium fountain atomic clock; the heart of Mexico City is made of mud and green rocks, and the God of Rain continues to cry over the whole country.”
Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Mexico City Noir

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While they didn't write any Mexico travel quotes, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo did write some intriguing quotes about art, politics, and even each other. Seeing Diego and Frida's homes, museums, and paintings is also one of the highlights of visiting Mexico. (photo by Kgv88 - Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia)
While they didn’t write any Mexico travel quotes, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo did write some intriguing quotes about art, politics, and even each other. Seeing Diego and Frida’s homes, museums, and paintings is also one of the highlights of visiting Mexico.
(photo by Kgv88 – Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia)

7 Best Mexican Travel Food and Drink Quotes

Long ago, she and I agreed on the merits of Mexican food. It is, we decided, earthy food, festive food, happy food, celebration food. It is, in short, peasant food raised to the level of high and sophisticated art.
Craig Claiborne

“It becomes evident, when the glorious plunge is taken, that to cook and eat Mexican food is to celebrate sensuality in every great chamber of this textured, perfumed, delicious, beautiful, and memorable gastronomic antiquity.”
Richard Condon

“There’s no such thing as a specific authenticity to what Mexico is, because Mexico is incredibly complex and varied, and the food is completely different if you travel 50 kilometers. It just changes all the time.” 
Gael Garcia Bernal

“Deal with your wins and losses alike. With tequila, lemon and a pinch of salt.
Saleem Sharma

I’ve seen zero evidence of any nation on Earth other than Mexico even remotely having the slightest clue what Mexican food is about or even come close to reproducing it. It is perhaps the most misunderstood country and cuisine on Earth.”
Anthony Bourdain

“All good stories start in cantinas” 
Rodolfo Anaya

“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.” 
Tom Robbins

10 Best Mexican Culture Quotes

“In Mexico, wrestling is part of the cultural fabric. The guys wear masks and they are real-life superheroes. “
Chris Jericho

“Mexico is known throughout the world thanks to mariachi.”
Juan Gabriel

“In Mexico you have death very close. That’s true for all human beings because it’s a part of life, but in Mexico, death can be found in many things.”
Gael Garcia Bernal

“I have tried my whole life to represent my Mexican honor and pride.
Salma Hayek 

“In the Mexican culture, we never miss a baptism, a birthday, a baby shower, a wedding shower, a wedding. You must show up. Otherwise, you’ll be in big trouble.”
Eva Longoria

“Mexico is a mosaic of different realities and beauties.”
Enrique Peña Nieto

“Mexico extends beyond its borders.¨
Vicente Fox

“The Mexican is familiar with death. [He] jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it. It is one of his favorite toys and his most steadfast love.”
Octavio Paz

“Family is something that I grew up with, and the Mexican culture has a lot of, you know Sunday is the day you spend with your family, and you have 40 to 50 people at your house, the uncles and the cousins, and I grew up with that.
Karla Souza

“The most expressive Spanish is that of Mexico, which is, at the same time, the most impure. The Mexicans made a mixture of Spanish and pre-Columbian Nahuatl, with the result that they did not completely learn Spanish and did not completely forget Nahuatl. This is how Mexican was born, which is a more expressive language than the others because in some cases it contains two languages.

As Mexicans are very modest, they have created a language that protects the other. It is the language of modesty, in which certain inoffensive expressions hold the key to others that are more lively and direct.”
Gabriel García Marquez (translation from Spanish)

6 Mexico Travel Quotes

“Mexico is a safe, as well as a beautiful and warmly gracious, place to visit.” 
Margaret Chan 

“I find Mexico exciting to visit, but I think [it] is looked down upon. Mexico is not a very respected place, unless you’re Mexican, and even then it’s something of a love/hate relationship.”
Devendra Banhart 

“My attitude when I’m in Mexico is I wake up in the morning with nothing to do and I go to bed half done. I don’t wear a watch. When I live down there, I do nothing according to time. I eat when I’m hungry and go to sleep when I’m tired.” 
Jesse Ventura

“If you’re trying to get ahead in the corporate world, appearing smart in meetings should be your top priority. This can be hard if you find yourself daydreaming about Mexico, margaritas or queso cheese dip.” 
Sarah Cooper

“I had been to Mexico many times. I loved it. It’s a very exotic, interesting, severely crazy environment. I don’t know if I could live there all year. It’s such an intense place.” 
Campbell Scott

“I loved every place I lived and traveled. London, Paris, Rome, Venice. I fell hard for Central America and Mexico. In each country, I had fantasies that I could live there.” 
Frances Mayes

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Best Mexico Travel Quote: Under The Volcano
by Anthony Bourdain

Americans love Mexican food. We consume nachos, tacos, burritos, tortas, enchiladas, tamales and anything resembling Mexican in enormous quantities. We love Mexican beverages, happily knocking back huge amounts of tequila, mezcal and Mexican beer every year. We love Mexican people—as we sure employ a lot of them.

Despite our ridiculously hypocritical attitudes towards immigration, we demand that Mexicans cook a large percentage of the food we eat, grow the ingredients we need to make that food, clean our houses, mow our lawns, wash our dishes, look after our children. As any chef will tell you, our entire service economy—the restaurant business as we know it—in most American cities, would collapse overnight without Mexican workers.

Some, of course, like to claim that Mexicans are “stealing American jobs”. But in two decades as a chef and employer, I never had ONE American kid walk in my door and apply for a dishwashing job, a porter’s position—or even a job as prep cook. Mexicans do much of the work in this country that Americans, provably, simply won’t do.

We love Mexican drugs. Maybe not you personally, but “we”, as a nation, certainly consume titanic amounts of them—and go to extraordinary lengths and expense to acquire them. We love Mexican music, Mexican beaches, Mexican architecture, interior design, Mexican films.

So, why don’t we love Mexico?

We throw up our hands and shrug at what happens and what is happening just across the border. Maybe we are embarrassed. Mexico, after all, has always been there for us, to service our darkest needs and desires. Whether it’s dress up like fools and get pass-out drunk and sun burned on Spring break in Cancun, throw pesos at strippers in Tijuana, or get toasted on Mexican drugs, we are seldom on our best behavior in Mexico. They have seen many of us at our worst. They know our darkest desires.

In the service of our appetites, we spend billions and billions of dollars each year on Mexican drugs—while at the same time spending billions and billions more trying to prevent those drugs from reaching us.

The effect on our society is everywhere to be seen. Whether it’s kids nodding off and overdosing in small town Vermont, gang violence in LA, burned out neighborhoods in Detroit— it’s there to see. What we don’t see, however, haven’t really noticed, and don’t seem to much care about, is the 80,000 dead—mostly innocent victims in Mexico, just in the past few years. 80,000 dead. 80,000 families who’ve been touched directly by the so-called “War On Drugs”.

Mexico. Our brother from another mother. A country, with whom, like it or not, we are inexorably, deeply involved, in a close but often uncomfortable embrace. Look at it. It’s beautiful. It has some of the most ravishingly beautiful beaches on earth. Mountains, desert, jungle. Beautiful colonial architecture, a tragic, elegant, violent, ludicrous, heroic, lamentable, heartbreaking history. Mexican wine country rivals Tuscany for gorgeousness.

Its archeological sites—the remnants of great empires, unrivaled anywhere. And as much as we think we know and love it,  we have barely scratched the surface of what Mexican food really is. It is NOT melted cheese over a tortilla chip. It is not simple, or easy. It is not simply ‘bro food’ halftime.

It is in fact, old– older even than the great cuisines of Europe and often deeply complex, refined, subtle, and sophisticated. A true mole sauce, for instance, can take DAYS to make, a balance of freshly (always fresh) ingredients, painstakingly prepared by hand. It could be, should be, one of the most exciting cuisines on the planet. If we paid attention.

The old school cooks of Oaxaca make some of the more difficult to make and nuanced sauces in gastronomy. And some of the new generation, many of whom have trained in the kitchens of America and Europe have returned home to take Mexican food to new and thrilling new heights.

It’s a country I feel particularly attached to and grateful for. In nearly 30 years of cooking professionally, just about every time I walked into a new kitchen, it was a Mexican guy who looked after me, had my back, showed me what was what, was there—and on the case—when the cooks more like me, with backgrounds like mine—ran away to go skiing or surfing—or simply “flaked.”

I have been fortunate to track where some of those cooks come from, to go back home with them. To small towns populated mostly by women—where in the evening, families gather at the town’s phone kiosk, waiting for calls from their husbands, sons and brothers who have left to work in our kitchens in the cities of the North

I have been fortunate enough to see where that affinity for cooking comes from, to experience moms and grandmothers preparing many delicious things, with pride and real love, passing that food made by hand, passed from their hands to mine.

In years of making television in Mexico, it’s one of the places we, as a crew, are happiest when the day’s work is over. We’ll gather round a street stall and order soft tacos with fresh, bright, delicious tasting salsas—drink cold Mexican beer, sip smoky mezcals, listen with moist eyes to sentimental songs from street musicians. We will look around and remark, for the hundredth time, what an extraordinary place this is.

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A Final Best Mexico Travel Quote

Gringo: Hi, where are you from?

Mexican: Hi, I’m from Mexico.

Gringo: -Ah! The land of Chapo Guzmán, narcos, marijuana, crime, kidnappings & extortion.

Mexican – I’m sorry, are you a drug/pharmaceutical addict or a TV/gaming junkie?


Gringo: No!!! Why?

Mexican: You could have identified Mexico with our:

Great painters: Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Frida Khalo, José Clemente Orozco;.
Our composers: Agustín Lara, Consuelo Velázquez, Armando Manzanero, Juan Gabriel Jose Alfredo Jimenez,
Our writers & poets: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Juan Rulfo, Octavio Paz, Juan José Arreola, Elena Poniatowsk, Amado Nervo, Jaime Sabines;

Our inventors or scientists: Manuel Mondragón, Guillermo González Camarera, Luis Ernesto Miramontes;I
f you were a Gourmand, you would have asked about Tamales, Cochinita Pibil, Mole, Adobo, Chilaquiles, Chiles en nogada, Guacamole, Pan de Muerto, etc.
Or our traditional beverages: Tequila, Mezcal, wines & beers.

However, I can see, the only thing you can relate to Mexico is the provider to American drug addicts: Just want you to realize that México is a lot more than what ignorant people & fear-mongering media know or choose to propagate.


There are millions of honest Mexicans, who even without knowing you, will open the door of their homes, & if you care to visit, they will love to get to know you
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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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