Coyame is located 142 km. from Chuihuahua City in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico by the federal highway 16.
Coyame is famous for its mineral springs, whose water is bottled for drinking.
1 km. south, by dirt road, you can visit the Coyame Caverns, with its 15 rooms with stalactites, stalagmites and crystallizations that only compare in beauty with the Cacahuamilpa caves in the State of Guerrero.
Nearby the town you can fish in the Conchos River and hunt at the surroundings; Thirty-one km. northeast, is situated the Peguis lookout over the canyon where the waters of the Conchos river fall forming a beautiful cascade.
Casas Grandes is the most important archaeological zone of the northern part of the country in Chihuahua, Mexico, also known as Paquime.
Casas Grandes is found in a valley without vegetation on a surface of more than 50 hectares; its buildings and ceremonial monuments were constructed with clay using a system of percolated mud.
Our curiosity is immediately aroused by the small, T-shaped doors; we don't know if they were made this way for security or for ceremonial purposes.
Aside from the living area, another unusual feature of this site, compared to others in the region, is the presence of a ceremonial center, a funeral mound, various ball courts and El Monticulo de la Cruz, a small hill with the cardinal points of the compass sculpted in raised adobe, showing the customary variation of 11 degrees from Magnetic North.
Beautiful ceramics with geometric patterns that were found on Paquime are currently on display at the museum, designed by the renowned architect Mario Schetinan, who won an international prize for its harmonious integration with the landscape.
Near Casas Grandes you can visit the Cueva de la Olla, where human rests and paintings were found.
An Impromptu Drive Thru Chihuahua
"New Discoveries & an Encounter with Mennonites"
My wife and I had returned to the United States only 3 days before from a trip to Thailand and Japan and somehow we ended up in a vast, open stretch of Chihuahua State in Mexico. We left our home in Los Angeles, California at 11 pm and by 11 am the next morning we were 40 miles from El Paso, Texas. El Paso was to be our final destination on this impromptu road trip through the American south west but after studying a map of this region I saw that it would be possible to drive a little further south across the international border and take Mexico Highway 2 west through Mexico's largest State. I'm not the type of person to pass up a new adventure even if I did have my wife Wacharaporn and our 13 month old son McKinley in my car. This would become a family trip which took us through desolate regions of Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico.
"The Mennonites of Chihuahua, Mexico"
We crossed into Mexico via a remote border post between Columbus, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. After a brief inspection by Mexican authorities, who were looking for illegal guns and ammunition, we followed the road to Highway 2 and turned south west towards the town of Ascuncion. The countryside we passed through on the way to Asuncion was nearly devoid of people, with vast open lands for grazing cattle, and abandoned roadside dwellings. There was nothing out there except for wide open skies and a lonely road. Our first contact with Chihuahuan's were a pair of Federales manning a roadside check point. They inspected our documents and waved us on. We passed our first Pemex fuel station in a small truck stop town but I gave the town a pass and continued onward to Ascuncion. When we finally arrived in Ascuncion I quickly noticed white people congregating together near a park plaza. These were clearly not travelers...I recognized them to be Mennonites who belong to secluded communities that shun most of the modern trappings of life. They prefer to live an agraian and ultra religious lifestyle that keeps them away from big city life. (To be continued......)
HEALTH TIPS & VOLUNTEERING IN MEXICO
"HEALTH & TIPS"
Mexico is a beautiful country with lush vegetation, tropical breezes, and lots of sun. Unfortunately, these wonderful things can be harmful to our bodies. This page gives travelers and vacationers medical tips on how to avoid problems, how to handle these problems yourself, and when you should seek medical attention.
Most Common Tourist Injuries:
Motor vehicle, and swimming accidents are a leading cause of injury to travelers, so please be careful when you walk the avenues of Mexican tourist Cities, when you drive the streets, and when you swim in the clear blue waters. Remember to drive defensively and always wear seatbelts. Infants should never be in the front seat? they should be in an approved car seat in the second seat of your vehicle. Another major contributor to becoming the injured tourist is alcohol. Please remember when you are drinking alcoholic beverages to drink responsibly.
Remember to take all your medications on the plane with you. Do not pack your medications in your luggage.
Please note that prescription drugs can be purchased over the counter in Mexico at "Farmacias". Farmacias are not staffed with medical personnel. No one there can insure that side effects and the masking of your symptoms will not occur. They cannot help you with equivalent prescription drugs sold in the U.S. or Canada (the names and formulas are usually different). In these cases, you need to obtain advise regarding your medications from a medical doctor in Mexico, or from your doctor back home. Please be careful!
Some Helpful Travelers Tips:
Do not go barefoot.
Do not handle animals.
Do not share hypodermic needles.
Use sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats.
Bring your prescription medication.
Drink plenty of bottled water. It is very easy to become dehydrated while vacationing in Mexico.
If you are sensitive to insect bites make sure you wear long pants. And long sleeve shirts.
Bring an over the counter anti-diarrhea meddication.
Practice "safe sex" and use a latex condom to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.
10.- Talk with your doctor about your health problems before leaving for Mexico. If you do have problems while in Mexico, contact your doctor when your return. Make sure you always receive complete documentation regarding the care or treatment you received while in Mexico. Make sure all documentation is in English!
HAVE A SAFE TRIP, AND STAY HEALTHY! otherwise pray to the virgin of guadalupe...
Travellers to Mexico should observe a few basic common sense precautions:
always wash your hands before meals
avoid eating from open-air food stands
drink bottled water
take a siesta each afternoon
beware the mighty Tequila God
Travellers are advised to take along ample supplies of any special medication they might be on. A common ailment in Mexico is turista, a severe form of diarrhoea brought on by new foods, unboiled water, uncooked vegetables, unpasteurized milk and raw eggs. Should symptoms such as a high fever, vomiting and nausea coincide with the diarrhoea, you should immediately consult a doctor.
Prevent heat exhaustion and dehydration by drinking a lot of bottled water.
Prevent heat exhaustion and dehydration by drinking a lot of bottled water
Mexico is a relatively safe country. Large cities such as Mexico City will however always have a criminal element. Pickpocketing is not unknown, especially on the trains and in large, overcrowded market places. Do not carry valuables on you, rather leave them in a safe at your hotel.
If you encounter legal problems, be aware of the following:
* you may be held for up to 78 hours without being charged for crime
* foreign nationals can present in court with rights equal to those of Mexican citizens
* laws may vary from state to state and judges, rather than juries, decide cases
* foreign nationals may contact the following Mexico City office for legal assisstance: +52-761-4371
Do not go into secluded public places, such as parks, after dark.
The emergency number for the police, ambulance and fire is 06, while that for the Red Cross is 557-57-57.
Mexico's western coast is sometimes hit by earthquakes, but these usually do not cause much damage or injuries. The last serious earthquake was in 1985.
It might be a good idea to pack yourself a medicine kit to avoid having to visit doctors or pharmacies with relatively minor ailments while you are on holiday. Stock your kit with the following goodies:
medication to prevent motion sickness
fibre tablets to combat constipation
bandages, adhesive tape, gauze and elastic bandage
Have a thorough medical checkup before you leave home. You will handle the change better if you are in good health. If you are flying over some time zones, you might experience jet lag. Here are a few handy tips to combat that terrible feeling:
*allow one day per time zone you fly across to recover
*schedule your flight early in the day if you are flying east and late in the afternoon or evening if you are flying west
*adjust your sleeping patterns before you leave by getting up earlier or going to bed later, depending of course on the direction you are going to fly in
*set your watch to your destination time the minute you get onto the plane
have a good night's rest the first night after your flight
*get enough fresh air and sunlight during the first few days after the flight .
take in enough water on the flight, but avoid too much alcohol and caffeine as this will make the symptoms of jet lag worse
"EXCHANGE PROGRAMS TO MEXICO"
SEA TURTLE RESTORATION PROJECT
P.O. Box 400
Forest Knolls, CA 94933
(415) 788-3666 or
protect endangered sea turtles.
333 Market St. #600
San Francisco, CA 94105
Offers 40 diverse programs. Volunteer service is 2 years and includes: transportation, room and board, and a readjustment stipend upon completion of program.
Transitions Abroad Volunteer
Transitions Abroad Work
Excellent resource for volunteer positions abroad.
Provides contact information for all volunteer positions abroad.
You need to sift through the volunteer ideas for the costs. However, transitions abroad provides a great reasource of voluntary service abroad.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Biogems saving endangeres wild places
Workers on Organic Farms
(WWOOF) Willing Workers On Organic Farms
St. Gallen, Switzerland
Offers programs on farms around the world, in which you exchange work for room and board.
VWIS (Voluntary Work Information Service)
Case Postale 90
Tel & Fax: +41 22 366 16 51
Volunteering in Guatemala
TOP PROFESIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS IN MEXICO (Doctorate)
LOCAL DIAL NUMBERS , MEXICO PHONE CODES ( ALL MEXICO )
"VOLUNTEERINGS IN MEXICO"
Casa de los Amigos
Lic. Fernando Romero
turtle nests. CEA has vacancies for volunteers Ed Blume email@example.com. We ask they volunteer for at least one month. CEA provides housing in the dorms. Most of the volunteer work is during the night.
**work with childrens**
kansas 161 Col. Ampliacion Napoles tel 5682 0003
Atn. Dante Melgar
organisation help Taraumara indians in Chihuahua , Mexico
FUNDACION SIERRA TARAHUMARA AC
*Deutsche Gasellschaft far Technische Zusammenarbeit
VOLUNTARIADO EN MUSEO ANTIGUO COLEGIO DE SAN ILDEFONSO
Si estas interesado en formar parte del Voluntariado, comunicate al 58.76.02.45 ext. 102 y 120 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Villa Palmera (pina palmera)
Rehabilitation and Care for Children, with or without disabilities, in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Telephone: (958) 43147
Zipolite, Oaxaca (school for handicapped)
Further information on this project, which is seeking funding to secure its presence in 1996 and subsequent years, can be obtained from:
Anna Johansson de Cano (Director)
C.A.I. "Pina Palmera" A.C.
Apartado Postal 109, c.p. 70900
Pochutla, Oaxaca, Mexico
Telephone and fax: 52-958-40342
Note: It is advisable to send each fax twice due to unreliable telecommunications links to Oaxaca.
Medios de Communicacion
Fundacion Friedrich Ebert
Representacion en Mexico
Yautepec No 55, Col. Condesa
C.P. 06140 M?xico, D.F.
Tels: (52) 55 53 53 02
Fax: (52) 52 54 15 54
NOTIMEX international press
Elsa Lopez del Hierro
Chef du departement de francais CELE - UNAM
sustentable community in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
Fax: (212) 599-4584
Developing Country Programs internships in the social sciences take place in Mexico, and others, and last for ten to twelve weeks. Interns must be graduate students in the social sciences or allied fields, be proficient in the country's language and familiar with the area. Interns are paid
AMIGOS DE LAS AMERICAS
5618 Star Lane
Houston, TX 77057
FAX: (713) 782-9267
An international development organization that works in public health projects throughout Latin America. Volunteers spend 6-8 weeks during the summer in villages inMexico and other countries Projects involve animal health, health and sanitation, digging, community development and other service projects. Volunteers pay a fee to participate.
Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico
CANICA De Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Oaxaca Mexico
"VOLUNTEERINGS IN MEXICO 2"
Organization:Bioplaneta Network, Mexico
Area of Focus:environment, Rural Issues, Wildlife and Animal Welfare
Location:Pacific and Gulf Coasts, Oaxaca and Veracruz, Mexico
Katie Kohlstedt,Phone:011 55 55 56 61 61 56,Fax:011 55 55 56 62 27 83
Fundacion para la Educacion Superior Internacional
Area of Focus:Xalapa, Veracruz, 91000,Mexico
Contact Person:Josue Cortes
Phone:+52 228 812 44 70
Fax:+52 228 812 44 70
Area of Focus:
Community Building and Renewal, Economic Development, Women's Issues
taller Restauro y Conservacion of ART
Los NinosAssistant Program Coordinator
Tijuana, Baja California Mexico
Phone:619-409-9953 Fax: 619-426-6664
contact Chrissie Phillips, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or (619) 409-9953
Volunteer in Chiapas
Community Service and Volunteering, Economic Development, Farming and Agriculture, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Women's Issues
San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico
United Planet has several projects in Mexico related to helping the disabled, elderly, homeless, children, and the environment.
involved in rural junior high and high school education
resources research project.
Estacion Catorce, San Luis Potosi, MEXICO
establishing a medical clinic in our indigenous village
Rancho Chichihuistan ....San Cristobal, Chiapas
Community work in Mexico
Tianguistengo, Hidalgo , Mexico
CORAL, A.C. offers hearing-impaired children and adults living in extreme poverty
Phone:951 518 6658
Fax:951 518 6658
Volunteers consult in the areas of engineering, environment, agriculture, water systems development, and knowledge/information management.high level government research institutes that serve the people of Mexico.
Estacion Catorce, San Luis Potosi
Art workshop leaders and assistants
Sara McGrath firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas,
Centro de Juventud Tlahui
English Teacher and Youth Worker
Public Primary School
cONTACT : email@example.com
Fundacion Pro niños de la calle
tel 55838615 / 55979299
Contact : Montserrat
Go Global Service Corps Mexico
NOTE: ONLY Amrican and Canadian residents qualify for this abroad volunteer program.
Contact :Jean Paul Sewavi
HELP HUCHOLES INDIANS in the occident hills, Mexico
fax 5591 0265
English and Chorus Teacher
Centro de Juventud Tlahui
Mixe, Oaxaca, Oaxaca Mexico
Environmental Conservation in Oaxaca
Health Care in Oaxaca
"VOLUNTEERINGS IN MEXICO 3"
Developer of Content for Cereal Systems Knowledge Portal
Farming and Agriculture
Texcoco, Estado de Mexico, 56130,
Contact :Petr Kosina
Coordinadora de Grupos Culturales Indigenas y Populares
cGuillermo Hernandez Chapa: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Location: Cuernavaca, Morelos, 62000, Mexico
FUNDACION BEST AC Nayarit , para ayudar a los que menos tienen
Elisa Angulo Parra
tel (01 311 ) 217 6339
GRANDEZA RARAMURI AC
FREE SPACE OF ART OAXACA
The space is located on tinoco y palacios 507 a few blocks from the zocalo
"Animal preservation camps, Mexico"
firstname.lastname@example.org (chiapas wild animals)
The Auris Project
Community Building and Renewal, Community Service and Computers
Estacion Catorce, San Luis Potosi, 78543,
Sea Turtle Program Volunteers
Centro Ecologico Akumal
Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Turttles in Michoacan , Maruata, Cocola, Tecoman