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Snorkeling with the Whale Sharks Conserves and Protects the Biggest Fish in the World

Posted May 12, 2017 by Kay Walten in Activities,Ecotourism

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Whale Shark Season is approaching and you can play a large part in conserving and protecting the largest fish in the world by participating in one of these tours! How? Why? Read on and find out. Snorkeling with the Whale Sharks is the best way to protect this fish. As of 2016, the Whale Shark was placed on the endangered species list, not due to activities in Mexico, but due to activities in Asia where Whale Sharks are fished and taken to market for their meat and fins. Mexico has the best...

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Get Lost in the Jungle with Maria Azanza Cervantes

Posted May 10, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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My guest on the podcast today grew up as a traveler. When she was a young girl, her father told her traveling was the best investment she could make, and her money was best spent on summer excursions. Maria Azanza made the decision to travel from Guadalajara to the Riviera Maya, and has lived here for the past 11 years. She shares with us her favorite places in Mexico, why she stays in the Riviera Maya, and where she goes when she wants to get lost for a few days. Maria and her boyfriend,...

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What They Don’t Tell You About Riviera Maya All Inclusive Resorts

Posted May 9, 2017 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips

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All Inclusive resorts are a great first time place to stay in the Riviera Maya if you just want to sit back, hang on the beach, look at the sea and chill. But if you want to get out and about and explore, the all inclusive resort could pose a challenge. If you want to have an ocean front room just steps to the beach, this will be a premium price. Why you say? Let us explain the hidden challenges of booking an all inclusive resort for your vacation. All Inclusive Resorts Are Built On...

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5 Cenotes to Visit When In Tulum, Mexico

Posted May 8, 2017 by Kay Walten in Activities

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Tulum is a beautiful place to hang on the beach, but it is also surrounded by subterrain caverns, lagoons and caves that are a must see. If you are unfamiliar with cenotes (say-note-tay) then you need to check these off the beach location out! They are a sneak peak into the diverse ecosystem of the Riviera Maya and a ton of fun. They are fresh water systems that are cooler than the sea, are are shallow and a great place to start snorkeling if you are a beginner. Cenotes are a great family...

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Diving is About Relaxing with Gerardo Orozco

Posted May 3, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

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Born and raised in Akumal, my guest, Gerardo Orozco has been working at his family’s diving business for over 12 years. He has seen the growth of the Riviera Maya from the ground up. Gerardo says the area grew so fast, people were not able to make the necessary adjustments to preserve the environment and plan for future development. As the operations manager for the Akumal Dive Center, Gerardo contacted the ecological center in Akumal and works with universities such as University of...

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How Community Works in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 2, 2017 by Kay Walten in Hyper Local Info,Vacation tips

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One reason people love the Riviera Maya is the sense of and participation in community. Whether you are a local or a visitor, community is what sets the Riviera Maya apart from other vacation destinations. Did you ever feel a part of the Las Vegas Community? Did you feel a part of the St. Lucia community on your last vacation? Unless you really dug deep and had a serendipitous moment with a local, it is unlikely you felt connected to the community on your last vacation. I have a story that...

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New Rules for Snorkeling With the Turtles in Akumal

Posted May 1, 2017 by Kay Walten in Activities,City Information

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Snorkeling with the Turtles in Akumal is a precious activity in this little Riviera Maya town. For as long as we can remember, and we have been living in Akumal for over 20 years now, snorkeling with the turtles is distinct to Akumal. Sure you can snorkel off the shore in Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen or Tulum, but there is no guarantee that you will see a turtle. Akumal's shoreline is perfect for turtle sightings and people come specifically to Akumal to see the turtles. In the past few...

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Playa del Carmen’s New Pink Taxi Service – Taking On Uber in the Riviera Maya

Posted April 28, 2017 by Kay Walten in City Information,Hyper Local Info

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Who would have thunk? A female run taxi service in Playa del Carmen taking on the transportation disrupter Uber. This may be a game changer in so many ways, and just might be the ticket the local service and visitors are looking for. Mexico is thought to be a machismo culture. But if you understand the deep roots of this culture you will see that is pro-female in so many ways. The creation of the Pink Taxi Service is just one more innovation that could rock the transportation world on the...

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The Chemistry of Flavors with Chef Cristobal Tamariz

Posted April 26, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Podcasts

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My guest on today’s podcast, Cristobal Tamariz, is the owner of Riviera Maya Food Tours. Cristobal believes the best way to preserve a country's culture is through sharing and experiencing local traditions. And, his way of sharing is through authentic, regional cuisine. Born in Central Mexico, Cristobal grew up surrounded by his grandmother’s and his mother’s flavorful cooking. He thought he might become an engineer and study chemistry, but soon realized he could create chemical...

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Luxury For Less in the Rivera Maya – Adopt this Luxury Strategy

Posted April 25, 2017 by Kay Walten in Family,Vacation tips

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Who doesn't dream of a luxurious vacation? Who doesn't want the best of the best when they go away but not all of us can not necessarily afford a hotel with a butler, your own pool, roof top jacuzzi and more. Well, you can have that dream if you plan and talk to people who know where to find these luxurious options for less. And we are just those people in the Riviera Maya. We have found that when you book a top of the line all inclusive you rarely use all the high end amenities you are...

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