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Old August 12th, 2012, 02:35 AM   #1
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MEXICO FROM ABOVE: The Ultimate Journey

At ground level, Mexico is spectacular because of its natural scenery and cultural wealth.
Over the last three years I have travelled most of the country by plane in commercial routes and taken photographs of my country as seen through the windows. I want to share them with you now. In addition, I have added photos taken by me from the top of hills or from observatory decks.
If you have visited Mexico, this can be a good opportunity to have a second, unique look at it.
If you have not, I hope my photos may make you wish visiting it some day.

Your comments are very welcomed!

This is MEXICO FROM ABOVE: THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY

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To get it right from the start, it is important to recognize three facts about Mexico: It is big, it is old, and it is diverse.
It is so big that its territory has to run under three different timezones.
It is so old, that it encompasses thousands of years of civilization.
It is so diverse, that there is no single climate, landscape, cuisine of music, barren sterotypes, that could be considered "typical".

From the air these three facts show themselves, time after time, inviting our minds to interpret the images in front of our eyes in that context.

I will start my journey in BAJA CALIFORNIA. Baja is a long peninsula of extreme beauty and dramatic contrasts. I will show you just photos of the northern part, taken from the plane.
I will be showing maps with a blue dot indicating an approximate general location of the region or state I am referring to.

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Baja California por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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The mouth of the Colorado River. Yes, this is where the river forming the famous Grand Canyon ends, embracing the Sea of Cortes, also called California Gulf.

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Boca del Río Colorado por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Y Dios creó Baja California por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

A riverbed showing how short-lived streams dissolve in the sand of the desert

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Endorreica (2) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The Sierra de Guadalupe divides the peninsula in a western part with Mediterranean climate, and an eastern part as dry and hot as Arizona.
This is a valley in the middle of forests in the Sierra de Guadalupe.

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Laguna Hanson desde el aire por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Old August 12th, 2012, 03:36 AM   #3
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The Sierra de Guadalupe also boasts a magical place: La Rumorosa, a place that seems the proof that God sometimes can play Lego with rocks.

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La Rumorosa según los dioses por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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La Rumorosa según los dioses (2) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The Western, Mediterranean part of Baja produces some of the finest wines in the Americas, and has a temperate weather year-round.

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In this western part, just in the corner where the sea and the border with the USA meet, we find Tijuana, one of the most extravagant cities in Latin America, where the boundaries of the kitsch and the elegant are blurred. Tijuana is a border vibrant city, which makes with San Diego a truly metropolitan area. It has over one million inhabitants, mostly immigrants from all over Mexico. It also has a strong Asian cultural influence as well.

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Tijuana según los dioses (7) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

There you can find poor neighrbourhoods crawling over the slop of the hilly landscape

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... and modern business and comercial districts

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Tijuana, from a hill

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Old August 12th, 2012, 07:23 AM   #4
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I really admire the time and thought you are lending to this massive project you are undertaking. I will follow your post until you've covered all of mexico. Thank you for this!
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Old August 12th, 2012, 07:38 AM   #5
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Old August 12th, 2012, 08:14 AM   #6
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Hotu, as usual, good work. I'll be waiting more updates.
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amazing aerial shots...thanks for the effort.
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Old August 12th, 2012, 11:11 AM   #8
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Awesome, very nice aerial photos from Mexico; are the best
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Old August 12th, 2012, 03:34 PM   #9
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Too bad there is not a guide line to post pix, if there was it would be like this. Great informative introduction for what you perceive to do and how you aquired the pix.....Muchas Gracias, Hotu.........VIVA Mexico..
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Old August 12th, 2012, 06:16 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for your comments. They are a real motivation to go on.
Our next step in the journey is SONORA.

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Sonora por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Sonora is the second largest state in Mexico. It is sparsely populated but with a diversifed economy (industry, fishing, mining, services and tourism). A beautiful coastline, desert and mountains make of the territory a fascinating place for adventurous spirits.

Sand dunes in the Altar Desert, probably the driest and hottest in Mexico.

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In the following photo you can see on the distance Puerto Peñasco, a growing resort that attracts many tourists from Arizona. This is the beach resort closest in distance to Phoenix and Tucson, AZ.

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Puerto Peñasco a once mil por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Going south the coastline, we find Isla Tiburon (Shark Island), the largest in the country. The whole island is a protected area, and has no permanent population. It remains a sacred sanctuary of the Seri, one of the last native populations in this region, who live on the coast and visit the island only for ritual purposes. In the photo you can see, at the bottom, Sonora's coastline and, at the top, Baja's.

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Isla Tiburón a once mil metros por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The Strait of Little Hell (Estrecho del Infiernillo) separates the island from the continent. At the point indicated by the arrow, it is only 3 km wide. This may be the remanent of a narrow strand of land that hundreds of thousands of years ago helped the deer to leave the continent and populate the island. Nowadays it has the most dense deer populations of the country.

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Canal del Infiernillo por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Awesome shots! Amazing landscapes. Look forward to more!
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Old August 12th, 2012, 07:04 PM   #12
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The next photos show Hermosillo, the peaceful and neat capital of Sonora. Its population is a bit under one million. The city is a Ford manufacturing hub, and faces a chronic problem in water supply. I took the photos while preparing for landing.

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At the time I took the following photo, the reservoir next to the city had shallow waters making a nice reflection mirror. Normally it is dry as hell.

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Hermosillo y su Presa por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The hill on the next pic is Bell Hill ("Cerro de la Campana"). Keep the name in mind since I climbed it to get some photos I'll show you in the next post.

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Hermosillo is surrounded by hills, but on the surface is flat with no tall buildings.

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From the top of the Bell Hill I got the view of a horizontal, but tidy city, spread out over an orange-pink desert basin

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Panorama de Hermosillo desde Cerro de la Campana por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The cathedral and State Capitol. Mexican town's downtowns are like this: they grow around a central square ("Plaza de Armas" or "Zocalo") which is surrounded by a catholic church (generally but not always two-towered and baroque in style) and the City Hall or State Capitol (generaly one or two story building with archs in the ground level). Downtowns include the oldest buildings, among which you can always find the oldest hotels, restaurants and the best museums. Modern districts are almost always in the periphery of the city. Therefore, if you want to find tall buildings, you must look not in the center (as you do in the USA) but on the margins of the city.

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Centro de Hermosillo por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The old dry riverbed is now used as a place to erect government buildings, hotels, hospitals and stores. This is called "Zona Rio" (River District)

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Panorama Zona Río por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Old August 12th, 2012, 07:26 PM   #14
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Hotu, what a pleasant surprise to find that you are finally posting on the international forums. Here will many members get to know your high-quality posts and threads, filled with beautiful pictures and well-documented information (just like you've been doing in the MXScrapers)

Great work as usual.
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Old August 12th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #15
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I want to end our brief trip through Sonora by showing you how it looks like to fly over the eastern part, the Sierra Madre.
When Rocky Mountains leave the USA territory and enter Mexico, they divide in two main ranges: Western and Eastern Sierra Madre.
These are photos from Western Sierra Madre

This is El Novillo Dam

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And this is a fertile river valley among the Sierra. Forests are still not present on this side of the range. They are particulary bountiful in the other side, corresponding to Chihuahua.

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In short, from above Sonora presents two faces: One, flat and empty on the west...

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...and other rugged and sharp on the east.

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La arrugada faz de la Tierra (2) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Well, it is time to say Good bye to Sonora. There is much more to see in each of the states or region I present, but I hope you enjoy the journey and feel encouraged to visit Mexico and make your own discoveries.

Till next stop.

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Desierto de Sonora al final del día por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Our next stop is CHIHUAHUA. (Pronounced chee-wah-wah).
Chihuahua is worldwide famous for the breed of tiny dogs. But little more is tiny in Chihuahua. It is the largest state in Mexico, with roughly a quarter of a million square kilometers. That means it is as big as the United Kingdom.

Look at Chihuahua's general location in the following map. It's boundaries are the Western Sierra Madre on the west, the desert of Mapimi on the east, the Grande River on the north, which marks the border with Texas, and nothing really relevant to the south.

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Chihuahua por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

This is the Sierra Madre, full of forests and canyons. You can take a touristic train that goes accross it, offering breathtaking views. From above, it looks easy to fly through. From the ground, it represents a major barrier to be conquered by tunnels and bridges.

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La arrugada faz de a Tierra por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Barrancas del Cobre "Cupper Canyon" is a system of canyons more extensive that Arizona's Granc Canyon itself. From the plane's window it looks like this:

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Barrancas por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Flying eastbound, once you leave the Sierra Madre you find a vast arid plateau. This is a place of periodic droughts, but nevertheless it manages to raise fine cattle, cereals and apples. Mennonites immigrants have for longed lived in the Cuauhtemoc county, working hard to raise crops and make chesse that they sell on the streets of the major cities in Mexico. From above, you can see the geometric patterns of their cultivated fields. Drought has hit Mennonite camps rather badly.

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Campos menonitas según los dioses por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

These cropland circles are common across the deserts of Mexico.

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Cultivos cerca de Janos por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Chihuahua has two large cities: the capital (also named Chihuahua) and the border city, Ciudad Juarez, which makes a single urban conglomeration with El Paso, Texas.

Ciudad Juarez has a bit more than one million inhabitants and a very diversified manufacturing sector. If it weren't for the high levels of violence generated by drug cartels in dispute for the USA market, this city would continue to attract workers from all over Mexico, as it has done for the last two decades.
Ciudad Juarez is an incredibly horizontal city. Abundance of cheap land to build, and the known preference of Mexican people for houses instead of apartments explain in part this fact.

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Ciudad Juárez según los dioses por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

From above, the geometry of some neighborhoods reminded me of a scannable code for Blackberry

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Código de Barras por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Chihuahua's capital lies just in the middle of this vast state, surrounded by orange-pinkish hills, just as Hermosillo in Sonora.
I liked this photo, taken at about 11,000 m high over sea level, showing the plateau where the city is located and the colors of the troposphere (light blue) and stratosphere (dark blue) as well as the slight curvature of the planet.

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Chihuahua según los dioses (total) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Closer aerial shots. You can see a short but relevant skyline in the downtown (unusual in Mexican cities) and a big mountain, Cerro El Coronel (Colonel Hill).

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Chihuahua desde el aire (2) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Chihuahua desde el aire (3) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Steel industry in the margins of the city.
On the upper right corner, the baseball stadium. Contrary to what you can think, baseball is dominant over soccer in big chunks of the country, specially in the Northwest and the Southeast.

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Chihuahua desde el aire por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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I took some shots from Chihuahua City from the surrounding hills.

This one made me think in how it would look like from Chihuahua should an asteroid hit the Earth somewhere in Eastern Texas. I named the photo: "The first second after the impact"

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El primer segundo después del impacto por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Chihuahua City is as clean and tidy as Hermosillo, but with a more diverse architecture, more robust infrastructure and stronger urban sense of life.

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Horizonte chihuahuense (7) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Really nice photographs; are you a pilot or do you take these photos during your travels?

Thanks for the interesting commentary too.
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Thanks for the comment.
I take the aerial photos flying as a passenger, through the windows of the planes in commercial routes.
The non-aerial photos are taken from the top of hills or observation decks.
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