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Get the Gang Back Together – Make a Vacation Out of It

Posted January 20, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

'All Friends In' Vacation Riviera Maya

With smart phones, email, texting and Facebook, everyone still seems to struggle with keeping up to date with friends. It is hard, there is no doubt about it, but there are solutions. Balance your time off with friends and family. Create a friends only vacation with your besties, or create a couple's vacation that brings all your friends together. Friend trips are easier to plan than family trips. You can't pick your family, but you do pick your friends. There is a common element that we...

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That First Big Family Trip – OMG How Do I Do This

Posted January 18, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Riviera Maya Family Vacations

So you decided to plan your first family trip. Some of you have emailed us with large family requests, some have been small family trip planning requests. However large or small your family may be, we have your vacation back. We have been feeling a bit like Super heroes lately, vacation planning heroes for family vacations. Super heroes never tackle the same crime twice, and our super hero vacation planning never duplicates a family vacation. Every single family is different, every single...

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International Hot and Spicy Day! – Get Your Chile On

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

International Hot and Spicy Day 2016 - Habanero

Each culture has a culinary chile and hot spice. United States has Tabasco, Mexico has the habanero. Eastern countries have various chilis, hot sauces and ground spices that add a bit of zest to their cuisine. This International Hot and Spicy Day will feature the habanero, the spiciest and hottest chili in Mexico. The Chili 'Hot and Spicy' Scale created by Wilbur Scoville is the only chili hotness rating system. Scoville, an American pharmacist, created the scale in 1912. He rated the...

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For Curious Travelers Only – Experience the Mayan Way of Life

Posted January 13, 2016 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Sustainable Tourism

Ojos Maya Tour - Riviera Maya Mexico

For many years we peered down jungle paths, saw tortilla making at a distance, smelled the kitchen fire of local houses, and struggled through learning which plants helped our insect bites, bad stomach, or headaches when pharmacies were few and far between. We read a lot about the local Mayan culture but did not see nor could see the culture first hand. In 2011 two guys, who volunteered in local Mayan villages, saw an opportunity to involve both local Mayan families and visitors in an...

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Home Sweet Hotel – Why Stay in a Riviera Maya Small Hotel

Posted January 11, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Small Hotels in the Riviera Maya

So you are planning your winter getaway to the Riviera Maya. Great. But do you stay in a hotel or condo? Is a villa a better choice for your family vacation? Location is the big decision. Deciding what type of accommodation suits you will depend on personal choice and how you travel. Benefits of a Small Hotel in the Riviera Maya The Riviera Maya covers a large area. More and more visitors want to experience all small villages and cities in the Riviera Maya making their accommodation decision...

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Best Way to Know a Culture is to Taste It!

Posted January 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Cocina Economicas in the Riviera Maya

There is something about getting off the plane in Mexico that just brings you back to your last vacation and into the heart of the country. What seems to bring you home is that first taco. The flavors, the smell, the texture. The chili, the homemade salsa, the handmade corn tortillas. Ahhh, now you are in Mexico. There is something to be said about local food when you travel. First rate chefs travel to the Yucatan and Riviera Maya to learn, experience and taste some of the best tacos in the...

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El Dia de los Tres Reyes – Mexican Gift Giving Day

Posted January 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

El Dia de los Tres Reyes - Mexican Gift Giving Day

Did you know that the local Mexican tradition of gift giving is not on Christmas? Local families have adopted some western Christmas traditions, like Santa Claus, but the real gift giving day is January 6, not December 24th or 25th. El Dia de los Tres Reyes is a fun fiesta where kids get their presents and the family breaks bread. Kings Bread or Rosca de Rey, is a traditional sweet yummy holiday egg bread that is covered in candied fruit. If you are in Playa del Carmen on Kings Day you can...

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Classic Mayan Ruin Revisited – Iconic Tulum Ruins

Posted January 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Destinations

Tulum Ruins 2016

The Tulum ruins have not changed but the services, parking, and possible places to grab a snack or lunch have. Our write up about the Tulum ruins will be a useful guide to understanding the history, but this current information will help you navigate everything contemporary about the Tulum Ruins. What's new at the Tulum Ruins? New Ticketing Window and More New Ticketing Window - A new ticketing window is being added January 2016 to help long line ups and get you into the Tulum ruins...

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Feliz Año – What Color Are Your Undies

Posted December 31, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

miexio-new-years-tradition-underwear

There are many Mexican traditions for New Years Eve, and many have been shared here on the Local Scoop. One favorite tradition is to eat twelve grapes at midnight on 31st December, making a wish on each grape. But the most fun tradition is the yellow or red underwear tradition. Yes you read that correctly. If you wear yellow underwear you will have financial success in 2016. If you wear red underwear you will have more love in your life in 2016. And no you cannot wear both. But what you wear...

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Sometimes the Road Less Traveled Isn’t a Road

Posted December 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures

riviera-maya-road-less-traveled

We have followed the ancient footsteps of the Maya up pyramids, into cenotes and through the jungle. These experiences and adventures are what drew us to the Riviera Maya, and still intrigue us. But the Maya were not just land dwellers. With their communities located along the Caribbean Sea, water was as much a part of their life and lifestyle as the jungle. After following their footsteps on land we started hopping into boats to follow the history of the Maya on the water. Chunyaxche Mayan...

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