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Nayarit Peyote Adventure: Episode 164

The Story: Peyote journey in Mexico

A few weeks ago, I (Kurt) decided to take a short trip out onto a ranch in Nayarit, about 4 or 5 hours from my home in Guadalajara, in a native American community. Once upon a time, peyote was an important tradition for the Wixárika (Huichol) people in this region, and they would walk for about ten days to arrive at the sacred site of Wirikuta – known as the birthplace of the earth – crossing almost directly over the mountains to perform the pilgrimage. Nowadays, almost nobody in this community takes this sacrament, though many who live closer to Wirikuta still partake, and some native Americans even eat peyote every day, from the time they are children.

According to the mythology of the Wixárika people, the tribe was once lost and without food, and sent off a group of young men to forage. As the scouts were wandering in the desert, they saw something very strange – a blue deer. They took it as an omen, followed the deer, and realised that the animal was sustaining itself by eating a certain cactus that grew close to the earth – peyote. If you notice a blue deer in some artwork, you can be sure that the artist is Wixárika, and is referring to this myth.

In this episode, Kurt tells the story of taking peyote out on the ranch, explains what visions he had, why the peyote told him not to take peyote, about how so much of our lives is based around our interpretation – to the extent that we don’t even see the interpretations.

Join us on another star-gazing episode of … The Paradise Paradox!

The Eps:

Peyote Spaceship part 1

Peyote Spaceship part 2

The Links:

A life-altering peyote trip

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Tapalpa Check-In

Living in Mexico, I’m constantly getting into conversations where people ask me “Have you been to Mazatlán? Have you been to Mazamitla? Sayulita? Manzanillo? Xochimilco? Guanajuato? Querétero? You absolutely must go!” Everybody has their own idea of which town is the perfect place to visit in Mexico, but it’s not often that I make the effort to travel and see them.

So, last Friday, despite the obstacles, I finally decided to put on some pants and go to Tapalpa to enjoy a little bit of the Mexican countryside and small-town hospitality. These are a few thoughts I had while I was out in the quaint “Pueblo Mágico” of Tapalpa.

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Episode 114 – A Postcard From Colombia Part 2: Island Adventure

The Episode:


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The Story:

To set foot in a country where you know nobody, where you barely know the language, and you don’t really know what to expect, is a thrill that too few people experience. Will you able to get around, buy food, manage to not get your drink spiked and your organs involuntarily donated to a sicario’s trust fund? Probably. But you can never be quite sure until you stare into yourself and find the courage to do something a little crazy.

Your friends might be supportive of your decision, or they might try to scare you with wild third-hand stories that they’ve heard repeated, dumping all their fear and insecurities on you to prevent you to do something truly interesting. In any case, the ultimate decision must come from you, guiding your finger onto the mouse, to trick it into pressing “confirm”, before you can chicken out.

In this episode, Kurt tells a story about his first trip in Colombia, deciding to make a journey to Cartagena to visit a costeño friend, armed only with the words “Come to the Isla de Barú my friend; don’t worry – it is easy to find,” and a little faith. Unfortunately, arriving at the island wasn’t as simple as it first seemed. Join us on another adventure, in this episode of The Paradise Paradox.

The Eps:

Episode 112 – A Dirty Postcard from Colombia

Episode 40 – Tulum Time Machine

Episode 75 – Andreas Antonopoulos: The Disruptarian