I like the term "local" or townspeople. This distinguishes them as the Mexicans who live here, as opposed to other Mexicans who, like us, are visitors to the town.
Never understood the use of the word "host", which implies that they invited us here as their guests. They have no choice in our presence. In spite of that fact, we are thankful of their gracious acceptance of us here.
The foreigners here are extranjaros. Please, not gringos. Most of us are Canadians or Americans.
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