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Jane Onstott "wrote the book" on Mexico for the National Geographic Society in 2001; the third edition of National Geographic Traveler Mexico was published in 2010. She wrote Fodor's Puerto Vallarta for Random House in 2006 (now in its fifth edition) and has contributed to many other books over the years, including The Unofficial Guide to Mexico's Best Beach Resorts, Michelin Green Guide to Mexico, Guatemala & Belize, Best Places Baja, and Access Mexico, among other titles.

A self-taught writer and editor, Jane earned a B.A. in Spanish language and literature, spending her junior year in Madrid, Spain. Cultural immersions in rural, non-English-speaking Mexico and Honduras before the ripe age of 20 led to a lifelong love of the Spanish language and appreciation of solo travel.

Since university Jane has worked as an editor, freelance writer, and occasional tour guide and interpreter. In the 1990s she was director of communications and information at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands. After a few years sabbatical to study painting, sculpting, and the fine art of loafing in Oaxaca, she continues to edit and write, mainly about travel and mostly about Mexico.

For more information visit her web site at www.janewrites.com


Patricia Cordes, the webmaster for Mexico Guru®, is semi-retired and has worked as a software engineer all her life. She lives in Mexico, but spends several weeks a year in San Diego visiting her family. She loves to travel and some of the countries she has enjoyed are Mexico, Eritrea, Bosnia, Romania, Croatia, Hungary, France, Greece, Lebanon, Guatemala, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, and Australia, just to name a few!