Posted July 19, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
My guest this week, Wendy Morrill, went on the adventure of a lifetime, with her father, along the Riviera Maya coastline. They completed a 600-mile walk from Puerto Morelos to the border of Belize. They endured hiking through grueling deep sand, dense jungle and rocky cliffs with only a machete, a backpack and a limited water supply. Wendy and her father stopped in small towns to explore ruins and to enjoy the local culture. They found places like Xcacel, which was marked on the map as a...
Posted July 13, 2017 by Kay Walten in Culture,Events
feature photo by Michal Klebs As many of you know Playa del Carmen had a humble beginning as a small fishing village on the Mexican Caribbean coast. Back in the day, the tricycle was the main mode of transportation that had been adapted by locals and soon became an icon in the area. The Versatile Vehicle In the early days, the tricycle was used to move cargo from the ships at dock. Later, the tricycle was the most popular method for moving tourists’ luggage and dive gear to and fro from...
Posted June 26, 2017 by Kay Walten in Activities,Travel Tips
Who would have thunk? A new Mayan ruin site. Well not new, but newly excavated for all the world to see. Ichkabal is due to open to the public late 2017 and is one of the older sites in the region. It is also said to have a main pyramid taller than Coba and Chichen Itza at 43 meters. Where Ichkabal is Located If you have ever ventured to the Mayan archaeological sites in the south near Mahahual and the Costa Maya, you would have been close to Ichkabal. Funny story, when we went back to the...
Posted June 21, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
My guest this week, Otto von Bertrab, famously discovered Rio Secreto in 2006. Originally from Mexico City, a short trip to Akumal left him in love with the Riviera Maya and the Mayan people. Otto is the published author of four books and has 11 more in various stages of completion. He joins me today to tell us more about his Rio Secreto project and conservation within the community. 17 years ago, Otto helped to get the Alltournative eco-tourism project off the ground in the Coba area near...
Posted June 16, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Riviera Maya Services
Rob Kinnon and his wife moved to the Riviera Maya 13 years ago from upstate New York. They have seen Playa del Carmen grow from a sleepy fishing village into what it is today. Rob has extensive real estate experience in the Riviera Maya. He and his wife started Buy Playa to be a representative for and an advocate to buyers, after their first land purchase left them underwhelmed. During this introductory episode, he answers the most common questions he receives from people looking to buy...
Posted June 14, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
For this week’s episode, I step out of the office and into the jungle. My guest Michael Maurus has lived in an off-grid treehouse in the deep jungle since the beginning of this year. He even has to start a fire before he can make his morning coffee. Michael is originally from Bavaria, Germany. He made his way to the Riviera Maya by way of Munich, New York, Miami, and finally Cancun. He has lived in Mexico for 20 years, and much of that time was in Puerto Morelos. In an attempt to live the...
Posted June 7, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
My guest on the podcast today is a diver from Playa del Carmen. In 2000, Vicente Fito came to the Riviera Maya, from Majorca Spain, for a one-year work assignment in a dive shop and has happily lived in Playa del Carmen ever since. In 2004, Vicente opened the Playa Diving Center in Playa del Carmen to assist the booming cave diving market to explore cenotes. He has a wife and 2 kids. Families can take the kids to the cenotes. They learn to swim safely in the fresh water. His dive center...
Posted June 6, 2017 by Kay Walten in Activities
What I love about the Riviera Maya are the incredible people I meet, every day. Recently I met a photographer who has put together a super walking tour of local places that even I have never seen. I walked away from this tour with a new perspective, and some new tools that I continue to use on our Instagram account. When I signed up for this new Photography Walk guided by Michael Maurus, I believed that I was going to get some interesting tips from a professional photographer. I did get my...
Posted May 31, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
My guest on the podcast today is a self-proclaimed citizen of the world. She runs an oasis of the arts, Le Lotus Rouge, in Playa del Carmen. Natasha Alban was born in Germany to parents who didn’t want her to study the arts. In 2010, Natasha became an international teacher trainer of the arts of the five continents. She fell in love with Mexico and searched the Pacific Coast for a place to settle. But since she was already familiar with the Mayan culture of Quintana Roo and she wanted to...
Posted May 30, 2017 by Kay Walten in Activities,City Information
Not many people know that I started out as a cave diver and explorer in the Riviera Maya. This passion for exploring in the underwater world is what started this crazy ride in the Riviera Maya and has brought us to today. I still love diving and due less than I would like, but I do love to see what other full time dive instructors and underwater photographers are seeing these days. So our good friends at the Abyss Dive Center in Playa del Carmen shared some great photos taken by their staff,...
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