On the taco tour in Mexico City

A  do-it-yourself taco tour of Mexico City’s historic centre reveals flavours from across the nation.

From agave to Zacatecas: the A to Z of Mexican food

With its snow-capped peaks, seafood-rich ocean waters and cactus plains, Mexico’s landscape is as colourful and varied as the cuisine it produces. We’ve compiled a guide to some of the country’s best-loved recipes, dishes and street food snacks, so you can be confident you know tequila from raicilla and tamales from nopales.

Mexico: Swimming with whale sharks

Bobbing up and down in the choppy water, I peered across the turbulent Caribbean Sea and gulped. Rising out of the teal water in every direction, like darkened sails on the horizon, were countless shark fins moving menacingly. The Jaws theme played through my mind. Dun dun…. Dun dun…

See how dogs were celebrated in the ancient world

We don't know exactly when dogs were domesticated. But when it happened, humans never looked back.

The world's best food destinations in 2019

Whether it’s an Italian temple of gastronomy or an Indian veggie paradise, some places seem to have good food woven into their DNA. From Mendoza to Mysore and Bologna to Beirut, we pick out some of the best destinations for food lovers

How to make it: Rick Stein's fish tacos recipe

These Ensenada-style tacos, filled with crispy, battered fish, pico de gallo and chipotle crema, are perfect for a crowd

Watch Mexico's Extreme Sport of Horse Sliding

This is la cala, one of nine events that comprise the charreada. Charreada is a Mexican horse sport dating back to the early 17th century. Colonial Spanish estates held competitions where farmhands demonstrated horsemanship by gamifying their daily activities like cattle roping. In la cala the horses slide over 6.1 metres (twenty feet) on their hind legs in an act known as reining. A qualifying slide is longer than 5.9 metres (19.5 feet) and can be scored by the judges. The horses also perform other behaviours in la cala like pivoting on one foot in circles. The sport is steeped in Mexican tradition and has many cultural references, especially when it comes to wardrobe. Recently, the sport has come under fire from animal rights groups, who pushed to get some events banned from California. Many fans and participants of the charreada feel unfairly targeted. They feel their events resemble many authorised US rodeo activities.