Posted October 25, 2008 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures
The river is the life giver Just as it was in ancient times, for the Maya the river has always been an easy path for transportation and trade, and for freshwater especially in drought. Chac the Maya rain God was the ultimate giver of life. The rain feeds the river and therefore the two are related. We embarked on our river boat in Frontera Corozal for a quick run down to the Yaxchilan ruins. It was a month before the rainy season and the Usumacinta was low, and swift. On one side Mexico, the...
Posted September 26, 2008 by Kay Walten in Food,Guest Bloggers
Where does chocolate come from? Switzerland? Read on! The first proven chocoholics were in fact the ancient Maya of southeast Mexico who enjoyed chocolate's pleasures and health benefits almost three thousand years ago! Drinking chocolate was so popular in prehispanic Mexico that the tradition was still going strong when the Spanish arrived in 1519. It is said that Montezuma, the Aztec Emperor, drank cups of chocolate foam every evening before visiting his harem. Chocolate is made from...
Posted July 5, 2008 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures
Taking the plunge in Cozumel Embarrassing as it is to admit, it's been several years since my last visit to Cozumel Island, even though I live less than 30 miles away in Akumal Mexico, on the mainland Riviera Maya. So last month when I was invited to dive Cozumel with fellow Loco Gringo Scott Brown and his girlfriend Marieke White, and her three friends from Scotland, I jumped at the chance. I had dived Cozumel years ago and I couldn't wait to get back to its air clear water, rainbow colored...
Posted June 23, 2008 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations
The first spay & neuter campaign in Xcalak & Mahahual Did you know that just one un-spayed female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years? The cat figures are even more alarming. There are also potentially serious consequences to public health and the environment when overpopulation is present. It is a well documented fact that sterilization is the only humane way to deal with dog and cat overpopulation. That, along with vaccinations and de-worming alleviates...
Posted April 8, 2008 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler
Beautiful Laguna Bacalar Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in a yoga retreat organized by IDASH of Cancun, Instituto para el Desarrollo Armónico del Ser Humano - roughly translated, "the institute of harmonic being". The three-and-a-half day retreat was at Akalki centro holistico on beautiful Lake Bacalar located about 3 hours south of Akumal. It is in the southern part of Quintana Roo and is known as the Lake of the Seven Colors a reference to its legendary seven...
Posted March 27, 2008 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
Playa del Carmen to Puerto Morelos in the Riviera Maya This month's spotlight is a follow up to last month's aerial photos which covered much of the coastal lands between Boca Paila in the Sian Kaan Biosphere, and Akumal. As compared to our vintage 2003 aerials, the Riviera Maya's resorts have grown both in number and size. Several large all inclusive resorts now feature new accommodation areas chock full of deluxe features, and a few even have new golf courses. There are developments under...
Posted February 8, 2008 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
We have published our Playa del Carmen to Puerto Morelos aerial tours and now we have aerial photos from Akumal to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere including aerial photos of Tulum and Soliman Bay. Sian Ka'an Aerial Biosphere - Aerial photos The Boca Paila bridge and inlet; gateway to the upper reaches of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and Punta Allen. This is a good example of the mangrove estuary and waterway that lies on the west side of the barrier strip of land. From the air the...
Posted March 26, 2007 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
Jennifer Mathews has crafted the comprehensive text on the history of chewing gum production in the Americas. With an emphasis on the environmental, social, and commercial impacts of chicle harvesting, Mathews offers a fascinating study of the sticky business. Painstakingly researched, richly textured, and most of all, fun to read! The idea that the seemingly small product of a little-known industry could have such an interesting back story surprised even me — and I actually make the stuff!...
Posted November 3, 2006 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
Just 30 kms offshore from Xcalak, the southernmost town in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, lays the largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere: The elusive Banco Chinchorro. A common question among divers who frequent the Caribbean coast of Mexico is, "Have you ever been to Chinchorro?" And a common answer would be, "No, but a friend of a friend dove there last year and found a sunken German U boat." It is extremely rare to meet a real live diver who's actually made the trip yet...
Posted October 25, 2006 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures
Temple of Santo Domingo (above) The hand-carved Temple of Santo Domingo in San Cristobal shines in the afternoon sun; a standing tribute to the artistry of Chiapas' Spanish colonial past. Again this month we are far from the beaches of the Riviera Maya to show you more from our trip last year to the exotic mountain state of Chiapas in southern Mexico, this time to San Cristobal de las Casas. Arriving in San Cris The central zocalo and streets of San Cristobal are full of shops,...
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