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Festivities Start as Turtle Season Comes to an End

Posted October 16, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya events

Sea turtle protection, Riviera Maya Mexico

Today starts the 12th annual Turtle Festival! At Xcacel-Xcacelito festivities begin with a sand sculpture contest. The sand sculpture contest  is for local kids from 6 to 12 years old. Tomorrow the fun happens in Tulum at the Maya Culture Park underneath the dome.  Starting at 9 AM, until 2pm, there will be environmental and academic activities. At 3pm there will be artistic events, local entertainment and games for kids. On Sunday there will be live entertainment by Kermes at the...

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Riviera Maya Photos of the Day

Posted October 15, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos

Lionfish hunting Akumal Riviera Maya Mexico

The invasive Lion-fish Lionfish in the Caribbean have no predators so scuba divers in the Caribbean have started hunting them.  These fish breed prolifically and basically eat anything they can fit into their mouths, which means they are eating the reef fish. Lionfish hunting is the only viable method for controlling lionfish populations in the small areas.  Native fish have rebounded in areas that are regularly maintained by hunters.

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Stars brightly shining in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment,Riviera Maya Services

stars in caribbean mexico

Plans for  new planetarium in Playa del Carmen In 2015, a planetarium will be built in Playa.  This will be the fourth planetarium in the State of Quintana Roo.  The Cancun planetarium Ka´Yok´  has been open about 1 year,  Cozumel is just about complete, and the third is in the state's capital city of Chetumal. There is also talk of a fifth planetarium to be built in Tulum or Carrillo Puerto in the future.

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International Art Residency Final Artist Show of 2014

Posted by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya events

Akumal art residency program

Akumal International Artist Residency AIAR presents works of five artists that came to Rivera Maya from Germany, Mexico and both East and West Coasts of the United States. Different backgrounds, including places of their origins and media they work with meld in the very unique location of Mexican Caribbean. As one of the artists, Diana Juneck, describes in her artistic statement, you encounter the four worlds: the jungle, the ocean, tourism and the pueblo. According to that, there is the vast...

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2nd Annual Rotary Seaside Golf Classic presented by Tequila Barrel

Posted October 14, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Community Organizations,Riviera Maya events

Playa del Carmen Golf - Riviera Maya

Rotary Seaside Golf Classic presented by Tequila Barrel, at the Grand Coral Golf Club. Beginning at 8:00am on November 1.  This is  the Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen  second annual charity golf tournament.  T tournament will be a non-handicap scramble with a luncheon and Gala Prize ceremony following. Proceeds from the event will benefit Seaside Rotary’s ongoing programs and initiatives in the Playa del Carmen community. Since receiving its charter in September 2012, Seaside Rotary...

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History of Yucatan Haciendas -A Bittersweet Story

Posted October 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

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Yucatan Haciendas have a similar history to the Plantations in the southern United States. Land owners accumulated large pieces of land in rural communities to grow one crop. In the US it was cotton, in the Yucatan it was Sisal, or Henequen. The Hacienda story is bittersweet. The production of henequen, agave plant fibre, was used to make industrial strength rope. This one crop creating agriculture and manufacturing opportunities in rural Yucatan. The rope was exported and  created an...

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Wifi phone services to call home during your vacation

Posted October 10, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Vacation tips

ET phone home from the Riviera Maya

Phone Home from the Riviera Maya So many places have wifi now it is easy to call home to talk to friends, loved ones, and , we hope you don't have to call into the office…. you're on vacation!    A few internet calling systems work that you may want to consider to avoid astronomical long distance or data roaming charges on your cell phone, or pay your hotel on direct dial calls. Apps and other internet services to call home while on vacation Skype is the service many of us use at...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day

Posted October 8, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Photos

crococun quote of the day riviera maya

Crococun has been around for over 20 years.  This small attraction is a great way for kids to explore and discover some of the native animals and birds of the Yucatan. Learn more about Crococun and add it to your "things to do" list on your next Riviera Maya vacation.

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Mystical, magical Yucatan

Posted October 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities

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Take 5 minutes to virtually travel through the Yucatan with all its beauty and culture....

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Question: What do goats and dessert have in common?

Posted October 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

goats

 Answer:  Cajeta, a Mexican favorite! That gooeyness, sweet stickiness of carmel, you gotta love it! In Mexico, cajeta is as popular as peanut butter in other countries. Mexican cajeta is considered a specialty of Celaya, a city in the Mexico state of Guanajuato, but is popular throughout the country.  Cajeta is made by simmering goat's milk until the water evaporates and milk caramelizes.   Cajeta now-a-days is  half goat's milk and half cow's milk.  You may find this...

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