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It’s National Tequila Day – Try Tequila and Food Pairing

Posted July 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

It’s National Tequila Day - Try Tequila and Food Pairing

You have heard this again and again. Or perhaps you have not. This is a true statement: Tequila is like wine, there are different nuances, flavors, and aging processes that produce complex flavors. It is best to sip your tequila not shoot it. So if you are to treat tequila like a fine wine, why not food pair your tequila with the right foods. And yes that is the emerging trend. Food pairing with tequila is becoming more and more popular. There are foods that pair better with a Blanco, a...

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Me Tarzan, You Jane – Fun Eco Parks in the Riviera Maya Worth Exploring

Posted July 20, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

Fun Eco Parks in the Riviera Maya Worth Exploring

I love the sea, but the mysteries of the jungle continue to intrigue me. As a seasoned cave diver and cave explorer, I found myself in the jungle more than on the beach. It was during these early years that I fell in love with the Mayan rainforest. Check out these Eco Parks That Take You In Jungle We don't expect anyone to trek into the dense local jungles on their own. Even 16th century explorers did not try to get through the jungle on foot. We know that the best way, and most eco friendly...

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Dave Randall – Fly Fishing, Scuba and Beer at Costa de Cocos

Posted July 19, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Dave Randall

Today it is my pleasure to speak with Dave Randall of Costa de Cocos Resort. Costa de Cocos is the only full service fly fishing and scuba diving resort in Xcalak, Quintana Roo. Dave, who is originally from Minnesota, has been in the Costa Maya area for 33 years. He started his journey before there was electricity in the area and still doesn’t have cell phone coverage at his home. He remembers using wind and propane generators to build his first few hotel rooms. Hotel rooms which may never...

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Some of our Favorite Riviera Maya Bungalows

Posted July 18, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Riviera Maya Bungalows

Bungalow...what the heck is a bungalow. Well in North American terms, meaning Canada and the US, a bungalow is a one story dwelling. In other parts of the world, a bungalow can be a one or one and half storied structure with a porch, and made of local materials. Locally a bungalow is called a palapa (pal-a-pa) or cabana which is a small cottage like structure made of local materials. Here on the coast local materials would be hard wood and a thatched roof and perhaps concrete. If you are...

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The Art of Flan in Mexico – A Trusted and Treasured Dessert

Posted July 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

The Art of Flan in Mexico - A Trusted and Treasured Dessert

Well we have Hernán Cortés to blame for flan, as he was the one that brought this Roman dessert to the New World in the early 16th century. We also have the Yucatecans to blame for their ingenious embellishment of the original recipe, adding chocolate, coconut, or coffee to the mix. The history of flan dates back to the Roman Empire when they discovered their domestication of chickens brought on a whole new problem, an over abundance of eggs. Quickly, new recipes were formulated to use...

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Three Touristy Things Worth Doing in the Riviera Maya

Posted July 13, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations

Three Touristy Things Worth Doing in the Riviera Maya

We published a post in June about touristy things worth doing in the Riviera Maya that brought you closer to local culture, Mexican history and indigenous cultures. This post was such a success that we decided to include some fun touristy activities that are not related to the local history and culture at all. Why is this information important? Why did we receive such a great response to our last post? People have limited time on their vacation and if they are going to get off the beach or...

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Paul Sanchez Navarro on How Visitors Can Leave Little to No Environmental Impact

Posted July 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Paul Sanchez Navarro

In today’s episode, I am talking with Paul Sanchez Navarro, a Mexican/American, Cultured, Southern boy who was raised in New Orleans and Texas and now lives in Turtle Town (aka Akumal) and has for the past 12 years.   Why Did Paul Come to Akumal & What is He Working On? Paul has worked in Mexico City and Switzerland on environmental policy with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). And, when The Ecological Center in Akumal (CEA) invited him to come and restructure the...

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Happy Mojito Day – The History of the Mojito Cocktail

Posted July 11, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Happy Mojito Day - The History of the Mojito Cocktail

Mojitos take you through a Cuban history lesson, not a Mexican history lesson. So why are we talking about a now famous Cuban drink. Well, we feel a sense of solidarity with Cuba, for many reasons. Number One : Mexico and Cuba were taken over by the Spanish. Number Two: We share similar European architects in our Spanish colonial cities. Many buildings in Merida and Havanah were designed by the same architects. Number 3: Mexico supported Cuba during the Spanish-American war, during the Batista...

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Get Off the Main Drag in Tulum – Beyond Tulum Beach

Posted July 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

Get Off the Main Drag in Tulum - Beyond Tulum Beach

If you have been to Tulum you are well aware of the three main hot spots in this little city. The Tulum Archeological site is the first hot spot where millions of visitors come to see the only Mayan city overlooking the Caribbean. Tulum Beach is the second hot spot and one of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in the world, just south of the Tulum archeological site. The third hot spot is the main street in the town of Tulum, Hwy 307 that cuts straight through the center of town with shops...

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Trip Back in Time – Understanding the Chicleros

Posted July 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

Chiceleros of the Riviera Maya

Before tourism found its roots in the Riviera Maya, there was a prosperous industry that took the coast and jungle by storm. Farming chicle, a tree resin from the zapote tree, was a lucrative industry on the Riviera Maya coast. There is still evidence of the chicleros work found on trees throughout the Riviera Maya, but this is a fascinating industry that just took off in the late 1800's to early 1900's. One Local Tour Company Shares the Tales of the Chicleros Before we share the impact...

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