keeps its ears very close to the ground to pick up the kind of practical
details that will help our readers visualize and plan a stay, whether
short, seasonal, or life-long, in the real Mexico.
we visit Erongaricuaro, on the shore of Lake Patzcuaro we may note
the patron saint name with passing interest, but what we really
want our readers to know is the name of the local Purepechan Indian
construction contractor and the current cost-per-square-foot to
build in traditional adobe block (Issue
193: Erongaricuaro, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacan, building in adobe).
we're in Morelia, Michoacan's UNESCO World Heritage Center City
194: Morelia, Michoacan, apartment and housing costs), we talk
about what apartments and houses cost. AIM tells readers where they
can buy a house lot with water and sewer services for $12,000 just
eight blocks from the beach in an up-and-coming Pacific beach community
192: San Francisco, Nayarit, real estate under $20,000). And
AIM can get you safely and affordably into the remote winter hideaway
of the Monarch butterfly and put you up for $20/night (Issue
196: Visiting the Monarch Butterfly Reserves, Angangueo).
has spent 30 years cutting through tourism hype and property developers'
sales pitches so when AIM readers visit traditional retirement areas
like Lake Chapala (Issue
198) and San Miguel Allende (Issue
205: San Miguel de Allende, rentals and real estate listings),
they go armed with the information to think outside the box and
can avoid developers whose goal is to give North Americans in Mexico
a U.S. experience at U.S. prices.