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My husband and I tented our way across the U.S. and made numerous and extended trips to Mexico (same tent) during our 20s and 30s. At forty we decided to stay put for a bit and lived in the boonies of central Minnesota (no running water and no indoor plumbing but a great sauna). After fifteen years of tenting with a roof, we moved to Mexico and a rented house with three full bathrooms. We continue to travel.

  • Hometown

    St. Paul, Minnesota U.S.

  • Location now

    Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

  • Work published


  • Travel philosophy

    Get your butt in gear and just go.

  • Craziest place

    They all seem perfectly sane to me. It's other people that think them crazy.

  • Bizarre experience

    Sitting in a hundred year-old log cabin in Latgale, speaking Spanish to my host who spoke only Latvian. We had a great conversation.

  • Advice

    Learn as many languages as you can. Try to stay spend more time in one place rather than being on the move.

  • Dream destination

    Whever I go next.

  • Traveled before

    All over Mexico, Brasil, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Germany, Latvia, and Italy. Ah, Italy.

  • Going next

    More places in Mexico. Latvia, and Italy. It's impossible to get too much of Italy.

maria altobelli's Guide Book Entries


  • El Fogoncito

    Dec 18, 2008 - Centro Historico, Oaxaca, Mexico

    A chain can be a welcome sight to a number of travelers. El Fogoncito serves a wide variety of taco ......

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  • Las Rosas

    Dec 18, 2008 - Oaxaca, Mexico

    After eating at Las Rosas, the traveler will understand why this local restaurant has been in business since 1974. It’s ......

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  • Tai Chi, Yoga

    Dec 18, 2008 - Oaxaca, Mexico

    Travelers wanting to relax and take an hour or two for a journey into their inner self can find the ......

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  • Parque Juárez

    Dec 18, 2008 - Oaxaca, Mexico

    Parque Juárez is the perfect place for people-watching without the tourist hustle. El Llano, as it is often called, even ......

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  • cooking school overview

    Dec 16, 2008 - Oaxaca, Mexico

    Take the taste of Oaxaca back home by enrolling in one of the city’s renowned cooking schools. It may be ......

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  • Casa Sagrada

    Dec 19, 2008 - Oaxaca, Mexico

    Casa Sagrada is a tour operator, hotel, restaurant, and guide all in one. Situated in the mountainous region around Teotitlán ......

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  • Turísticos Marfíl

    Dec 19, 2008 - Oaxaca, Mexico

    Boasting both the best prices in town and certified guides, Turísticos Marfil is easy to find. It’s located on the ......

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  • Quetzal Tours

    Dec 19, 2008 - Oaxaca, Mexico

    Quetzal Tours, located in the main lobby of the Misión de los Angeles, a half-block north of Niños Héroes and ......

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