Posted January 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Destinations
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...
Posted December 31, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
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...
Posted December 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures
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...
Posted December 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Feliz Navidad! This Christmas, the anniversary of our 20th Christmas in the Riviera Maya, we decided to share the 12 things we have learned and love about the Riviera Maya. So here goes nothing. And this just might be better and more fun than the 12 Days of Christmas. 1. Impromptu happy hour! We lost count many years ago but impromptu hours rock. 2. Mayan is a tough language to learn. 'Nuff said. 3. Mexico and Mexican culture is nothing like it is reported in the news. Perhaps we...
Posted December 21, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
Peace and Joy, Peace and Joy! Joy happens as soon as you hop on the plane. You are just hours away from sun, sand, the warm sea and siestas! But Peace...where are the best places for peace and quiet on your Riviera Maya vacation. Moments of Peace or Days of Peace - What's Your Style? Moments of peace have come to us when we went off the beaten path. Smaller Mayan ruins are spectacular for a moment of peace and many just be a collectivo ride away from Tulum, Akumal, Playa del Carmen and...
Posted December 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food,Mexican Recipes
You may think that Sangria was developed by the Spanish but oddly enough the Romans have a big hand in this delicious cocktail. Look way, way back to 200 BC. The Romans were the first to plant red grapes in Spain during their invasion in 200BC. The Spanish started to create alcoholic beverages from the red grapes and called the drinks 'Sangria', meaning blood in English, as the grapes were planted by a country that conquered the Spanish and resulted in a very bloody war. Brandy was added to...
Posted December 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants
Ever wonder where some of the best views of the ocean are in the Riviera Maya? Have you been looking for somewhere to share an evening cocktail or dinner in an iconic or beautiful location? Here are a few places in the Riviera Maya that won't disappoint. Some of these places are not well known, but should be, as their views are to die for. Roof Top Bars with Great Ocean Views News Flash! Carboncitos in Playa del Carmen has just finished a spectacular roof top terrace that has 180 degree views...
Posted December 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
Christmas in Mexico is fun. There is lots of music, great weather, a festival feel and a wonderful tradition that local families love. Los Posadas could be easily be explained as 9 days of traveling cocktail parties but there is a bid more to these festivities than just great food and drink. When we make the suggestion that this tradition is one worth adopting, not for the deep roots in religion but for the community involvement this traditions provides. The History behind Los...
Posted December 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food
Jungle John, a Canadian Expat, is not new to business in Mexico. He was one of the first to start ATV tours over 20 Years ago, he brought in the first gelato ice cream to Playa del Carmen, and now he has created his own microbrew, Mundo Maya, eh! I have to admit, I always forget his real name (aka John Nielson) as everyone calls him Jungle John, a nickname that stuck once he opened his first ATV tours that took people through the depths of the jungle. But his beer is good, and having a local...
Posted December 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Smart Phone? Check. Tablet? Check. Go Pro? Check. This could be your routine before you head out on vacation but is this enough to capture the best shots and stay connected on your vacation. There is some great travel gear for your gadgets you might want to consider, but what is a good investment and what would you use. There are a few super cool gadgets that help you take spectacular photos. Imagine when you are on the top of the Coba Pyramid. The view is amazing and should be shared with...
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