Author Archives: Dave Hensleigh

About: Dave Hensleigh

Dave Hensleigh: Dave Hensleigh started Authentic Mexico Travel to provide curious travelers a rich dose of the less traveled places in Mexico. Dave’s passion for Mexico travel runs deep, and his enthusiasm for and knowledge of the area will enrich your experience there. Dave’s graduate work was in Biology and he has spent much of his life exploring and guiding in the Rockies and Sierras. He loves to garden and cook- especially the cuisine of the Sierra Madres. Dave has assembled a team of expert local Mexican guides and providers who will help him serve you on your journey. Groups are always kept small and this team of local guides makes for a truly personalized and informed Copper Canyon experience.

Guest Comment on Oaxaca Trip from Last Week

Wow where do I start. My wife and I worked with Dave to come up with a wonderful trip to Mexico City to see the Monarch Butterflies and travel our way around through Puebla and Oaxaca. We finished the trip at a lovely small village named San Augustinillo on the Pacific coast. We enjoyed the […]

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The Best Mexican Boxing Gloves

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I am off to Mexico City this week–traveling with a Puebla Tour group we have there in the next 12 days. I expect to be with the group touring Mexico City and Puebla the first three days and then I have some things to accomplish. I need to work on our new Mexico City trips. […]

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Oaxaca Coffee…hmmm good!

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Last week in the little seaside village of San Agustinillo, Oaxaca I walked each morning from our bungalow at Punto Placer a block or so to the renowned fish eatery Paraiso del Pescador.  At 6 am the old girls there are not slinging fresh whole fish in ajo sauce as they do from 2p onward–best […]

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Late February and March Trips to Monarchs

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I have just been in the monarch areas near Mexico City and they are back in great numbers- at leats up from last year it seems. Locals think they may be 25% higher in area covered compared to last year. The way they measure the populations is to calculate the area that the trees cover […]

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Best Time to See the Monarchs in Mexico

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People often ask me when is the best time to experience the Monarch butterfly reserves in Mexico. There is often some confusion about when they show up, when they are active, and when they migrate back to the USA. Each year the weather and migrations vary, so there is no exact way to predict when […]

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Monarch Butterfly Video

Cindy and Kirby Pringle are monarch activists who have produced several great videos on various monarch topics. This one is  from their Dogtown Artworks site is one that they produced on some prairie they are restoring at their home in Tuscola, Illinois. Our Monarch butterfly trips  to Mexico will get you to the actual sites […]

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All Cases–All People are Special

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At the risk of sounding like the church lady, I will say that with Authentic Mexico Travel every person is special. But I and we (my Mexican guide team) mean that and all that we put into sculpting our trips to the less traveled places of Mexico is focused on making it truly special for you.   […]

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Copper Canyon Train Guide: 7 Pointers for Traveling CHEPE

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Copper Canyon Train Guide People who travel know travel and trains know this one–the great “CHEPE” of Chihuahua, Mexico. It stretches through the heart of the canyons which are more vast than our Grand Canyon. It is the only passenger train in Mexico, and is among the top seven train experiences in the world. As it […]

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Monarch Butterflies Are Back!

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Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch has been warning over the last few years that declining habitat and the elimination of milkweed by pesticides could endanger the future of monarchs. This year there has been a huge push in Mexico, the United Sates and Canada to restore habitat. Thousands of people have gotten involved planting milkweed […]

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Monarch Trips in 2016

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All summer we have been growing Monarch Butterfly larvae and releasing the adults. Perhaps we just saw our last adult a few days ago on a warm fall day here. They are now making their way south to Mexico and  Michoacán states and soon the viewing season will be on. We have trips going to […]

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