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Fat Cat Catamaran in Puerto Aventuras – Fun!

Posted September 23, 2002 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports

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What to do on vacation in the Riviera Maya Enjoy the beach, do nothing or see the sights. Here's a fun day out on the Caribbean on a catamaran to go snorkeling, eat, drink and be merry in one of the most beautiful places on earth. We went and had a blast! on a perfect day with little wind and calm seas. Whether you have kids or not, this is a wonderful day in good weather to enjoy the best of the Mexican Caribbean, and cherish the memories on a rainy day. It's a carefree day of fun and...

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Understanding Mexican Tequila – History of Tequila

Posted July 15, 2002 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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Tequila has an undeservedly bad reputation that comes from a lot of young people having really bad first experiences with cheap (mixto) tequila and the subsequent hangover that everyone wished they would rather be dead than suffer further. Remember kneeling in the bathroom making homage to the ceramic god? Or lying on the lawn desperately holding onto the grass to avoid falling upwards into space? Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. And the hat, the sandals, the shades. Okay, before I...

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Riviera Maya history – Wreck of Matanceros

Posted June 3, 2002 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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Located just south of Aventuras Akumal and Bahia Principe Resort is the locally famous wreck of the Matanceros. According to the archives in Spain this frigate class Spanish merchant ship was officially called Nuestra Señora de los Milagros (Our Lady of Miracles) and was sailing near the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan on February 22, 1741 when it crashed into the coral reefs just offshore. Although the details of her exact hull design are not known we do know that she was 73 feet in length,...

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Preserving the Meso-American Reef and Environment

Posted March 3, 2002 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Enviroment

preserving the akumal reef with cea

  Looking at the Big Picture with Centro Ecológico Akumal - CEA Centro Ecológico Akumal will be nine years old this summer and throughout that period its focus has been on the protection of Akumal's reefs. The organization has grown from a group of two (plus an accountant) with an annual budget under $50,000; to today’s group of eight with an annual budget in excess of $500,000. It has become increasingly clear that our local reefs cannot be preserved apart from the larger, regional...

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Loco Adventure – Turneffe Island Lodge Belize

Posted February 3, 2002 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures

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During the second week in January, 2002 we spent a wonderful week out on a small island off the coast of Belize. We stayed at the Turneffe Island Lodge, which is actually a collection of beach front cottages and small buildings on the remote private island of Caye Bokel, down on the southern tip of the oval archipelago known as the Turneffe Islands. These islands sit atop a 60 kilometer long coral atoll on the eastern edge of Belize's beautiful barrier reef, south of Ambergris Caye and east of...

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Mexican Culture and History in the Riviera Maya

Posted December 3, 2001 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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Millions of people in Mexico celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe each year on December 12. The celebration is carried on by the making of a promise every year, to carry a torch that represents the light of Guadalupe, and carry it from town to town in order to spread her light and spirit. During the first two weeks of December you can see groups of people in every Mexican state, running torches along the highways day and night in order to spread the light of Santa Maria de Guadalupe. Oral history...

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Loco Adventure – Horseback riding south of Playa del Carmen

Posted July 3, 2001 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities

Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, Punta Venado, horseback riding near playa del carmen

LocoGringo Unplugged on the shores of the Caribbean Once in a while we need to disconnect the modem and get out for a REAL adventure, so when we were invited to come to Rancho Punto Venado for a horseback ride we jumped at the chance. This rancho has 800+ hectares of land with 2+ miles of continuous coastline, all of it totally unspoiled and natural. With clear skies it's tough to beat the beauty of this ride and the feeling you get seeing it all from horseback... like you traveled back in...

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Crococun Zoo – Animals and Reptiles in Puerto Morelos

Posted November 3, 2000 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities

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Check out Crococun, on the highway between Cancun and Puerto Morelos (just north of Pto. Morelos), and have a ball on a guided tour learning about exotic animals, only some of which bite! Petting zoo in the Riviera Maya? We've been driving by this place for years and finally stopped to take a peek inside. What we found was a rambling exhibit of local and exotic animals, very well maintained, with multi-lingual guides who really seemed to know their stuff. This is a great place to take...

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Talleres Cero – Children Workshops in Tulum

Posted October 3, 2000 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

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Tulum is an evolving community with limited opportunities for its youths' physical and mental development. In 1992, a group of the women in the community decided to dedicate their time to different arts and crafts, to help in the development of the children's artistic ability and channel their creative energy towards better personal development. The organization gives weekly arts and crafts classes including plastics, handicrafts, jewelry making, sewing, paper recycling, nutrition, theatre...

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