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A Cause for Paws, Giving Back to the Local Riviera Maya Community

Posted June 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

CAW

Last month we attended the grand opening of Coco's Animal Welfare CAW newest facility in Playa del Carmen. It was a great evening that celebrated everything we love about the Riviera Maya; friends, community, volunteers, and animals. Some people have asked me why we choose to support animal welfare programs when there are children and families, and students who need help. Our support in Riviera Maya communities extends beyond CAW. We support various programs both locally and internationally...

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History Lesson – The Story of Xcaret Eco Park

Posted June 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Sustainable Tourism

History Lesson - The Story of Xcaret Eco Park

Xcaret is one of the Riviera Maya's prized ecoparks that educates over one million visitors per year about Mayan history, local marine and wild life, indigenous culture, and the delicate ecosystem that defines the Mexican Caribbean. Its history is fascinating, the decisions and visions that developed the park determined partly by the history of the area, and partly by an architect, with insight from a family of entrepreneurs, who felt that the property should be part of a bigger and more public...

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Kat Carroll of Cat Eye Creations

Posted June 7, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Kat Carroll of Cat Eye Creations

In today’s episode, my guest Kat Carroll of Cat Eye Creations tells us why she enjoys living and working in Playa del Carmen.     Why the Riviera Maya? After traveling throughout Mexico, Kat decided to stay put in Playa del Carmen and has lived there for the last 11 years. She fell in love with the international mix of people. She says that anywhere she goes she can meet people from all over the world. Does Kat Still Feel the Passion and the Magic She Felt...

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My Favorite Ruins Destination in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities

My Favorite Ruins Destination in the Riviera Maya

If I had to choose one Mayan Archeological site to visit in the Riviera Maya, I would pick Muyil. Just south of Tulum this ancient city, which is not well known, played an important role in shaping the inland Maya communities through trade routes and imported products. I love the Peten architecture, a style similar to the Mayan city of Tikal found in Guatemala, its proximity to the lagoons of the Sian Ka'an, its energy, and most of all the tranquility. This is not a popular site for...

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Exotic Feasts in the Riviera Maya – What’s Your Desired Dish

Posted June 3, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Exotic Feasts in the Riviera Maya

Hmmm. Exotic. What is exotic for one person could be normal food fare for another. This is an interesting topic, and came up the other day at happy hour. A visitor asked, what exotic food should I try in Mexico? And we had to think about that. First we had to define what exotic was, then we had to think about some of the exotic food that we had tried. The list we came up with is a mix of both items and restaurants. Exotic refers to a food that is not native to an area and not normal...

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Tried and True – Summer Whale Shark Adventure in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Activities

Summer Whale Shark Adventure in the Riviera Maya

Well folks, it's that time of year, your opportunity to snorkel with the whale sharks. We love this adventure and hope that everyone who travels to the Riviera Maya takes this fantastic tour that teaches you about the largest fish on the planet. Whale sharks tours are lead by certified and responsible tour operators that teach you how to observe these fish in their natural habitat. WE are divers so we know we are just visitors in the sea, but if you are new to water activities, there may be...

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Mahahual Essentials – Stay, Eat and Play in the Costa Maya

Posted May 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya

Mahahual, Costa Maya, Mexico

Paradise does not end in Tulum...or the Sian Ka'an. There is a whole world south of the Riviera Maya called the Costa Maya. If you are looking to get away from the popular destinations of Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and yes, even Akumal, the Costa Maya could be just what you are looking for. This destination has the laid back, old school, beach vibe that so many people love about the Riviera Maya. We have been traveling there for over a decade, and love the vibe you find in both Mahahual and...

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Three Authentic Mexican Foods You Must Try

Posted May 27, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Three Authentic Mexican Foods You Must Try

Okay get your Spanish dictionary out 'cause you are going to need it. We are taking you into the depths of Mexican food, to a place few Mexicans have been, and even fewer visitors have been. These foods are so culturally specific, you would only know them if a local had taken you by the hand to a cocina economica in the region these foods are made. Luckily we have been living her long enough to have many local friends who are familiar with food carts that offer regional foods that get them...

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No Spa Appointment Needed – Riviera Maya Cenotes and Lagoons

Posted May 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Riviera Maya Cenotes and Lagoons

So you are tired, if not exhausted, as you whisk yourself away for vacation. You dream of a day at the spa, and just trying to get back to normal. This used to be us before we moved to the Riviera Maya permanently, and we discovered a natural solution in the area. Local cenotes, and even lagoons, were better than the spa, less expensive than the spa, and made us feel better than any spa treatment. If you combine both, a trip to a cenote and a local spa treatment, which we have done on many...

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Heather Froeming Passion for Protecting the Integrity of the Environment

Posted May 24, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Heather Froeming of Tulum

In today’s episode, I chat with the dynamic Heather Froeming of Tulum. Heather first visited Akumal in 1998 on a diving trip with a college friend from California. She had plans to explore the world, but after falling in love with the area she let her love of adventure and passion for the environment guide her - so she put down roots. Her first days were spent volunteering for Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA), a non-profit organization which focuses on sea turtle protection and beach...

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