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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.

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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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Changes on the Copper Canyon Train

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For years and years–like since the 60s–CHEPE (the famous Copper Canyon train) has run its course up and down those steel rails from Chihuahua City and Los Mochis both ways every day of the year. Now that is changing. As of September 1, 2015, we are told the schedule will change. This fall the train […]

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Mexico City on Good Friday

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It was a lovely night tonight in Mexico City. I walked across the center on crowded streets to have a tune salad and a beer at Café Popular–delicious as I sat at the counter and people crammed this favorite local hangout. Walking back to Hampton Inn, the moon was rising over the cathedral and people […]

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Our latest Mexico City Tour

Now we offer long weekend trips to Mexico City. Your focus can be art, food, history or just seeing the sites! This one is another one of our “sightskipping”, authentic, small group trips that have made our excursions so popular with travelers. There is also the option to stay longer in Mexico City or Puebla–or […]

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Dollar and the Peso

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These last few months have been nothing but good news for US travelers going to Mexico. Mexico tours are a better deal than ever before and the reason is not only the lovely, safe and delightful Mexican interior. The peso has slipped consistently in the last 6 months and so you save about 20-25% on […]

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March Trips to see the Monarchs

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We have had several groups into the Monarch butterfly areas of México recently. When I was there last week the weather was rainy and cool and the good days to really experience the Monarch nesting areas were limited. As the weather warms and the leaving of the hoards of mariposas nears, they become more active […]

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Monarch Butterfly Numbers in Mexico

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We were in Cerro Pelon Monarch Reserve (see above picture) a few days ago and all the talk was that the numbers of Monarchs seems to be up this year. Now from the Monarch Watch site several news success are reporting the same. CBS News reported yesterday that numbers were at about one billion in […]

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Pickpockets in Mexico City

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Just as in Times Square, on Michigan Avenue, and at Fisherman’s Wharf, there are pickpockets in the crowded areas of Mexico City…and it is good to take precautions. Now I can give you a firsthand account. I got on the Mexico City Metro the other day during a moderately crowded time. I had put my […]

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