Get Back to Nature with an Eco-vacation in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Riviera Maya kiteboarding destination

Why an Eco-vacation? Researchers believe that getting back to nature and away from the technological, modern world most of us spend our daily lives in is both healthful and stimulating. Studies have shown that employees who take holidays with a focus on nature and the outdoors come back to work more productive than those who take urban vacations. An eco vacation returns one home feeling mentally. emotionally and physically renewed, even inspired! Naturalist and essay writer John Burroughs...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Currency – Keep the Change

Posted August 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips


We often get asked questions about tipping. Who? How much? But did you know coins other than pesos have no value here in Mexico? Your quarters, nickles and dimes cannot be exchanged for Mexican currency. Please keep this in mind when leaving a tip for housekeepers, waiters and other service providers when visiting Mexico. Read other FAQs about vacationing in Mexico.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – The Jungle Place – Passion for preservation

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Jungle place eco park and sustainable tourism RIviera Maya

Meet Mariachi. He lives at The Jungle Place, a Spider monkey sanctuary in the Riviera Maya. He along with several of his friends have been rescued by Joel and Heidi, two big hearted people with a passion for preserving one of the Yucatan's most lovable endangered species. You can visit Mariachi and his extended family in Chemuyil, just south of Akumal. Read more about the Yucatan and where to stay.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Xelha ruin – Ancient Mayan art

Posted August 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos


This mural was discovered at the Xelha ruins near Akumal, a small but very interesting ruin site that should not be missed by those with a passion for Maya history. The painting, done sometime between 300 and 600 AD,  seems to be of birds flying over buildings that look like cages. An ancient artist's statement about freedom perhaps? Read more about the Xelha ruins. Photo by Scott Brown

Riviera Maya Passionate Travel Tip – Caminarte – Art walk every Thursday

Posted August 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events


Artists from all over the Riviera Maya display their work every Thursday night beginning at 6PM on Playa del Carmen's famous 5th Avenue between Avenida Constituyentes and Calle 40. Caminarte is a free, open-air gallery to promote local artists and Playa's growing passion for art. If you are an art lover visiting the Riviera Maya, you won't want to miss this opportunity to experience many different artists' works all in one evening's stroll. Meet one of Playa del Carmen's young artists.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Mayan wedding ceremony

Posted by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

mayan-wedding-ceremony in the Riviera Maya

This photo of preparations for a Mayan wedding ceremony reminds me of two kinds of passion, one of romantic love and one for ancient history. Mayan wedding rituals from centuries ago are kept alive in the Riviera Maya for gringos who want an authentic touch to their destination wedding and for the Mayan people in the area who want to revive their ancient rituals and strengthen their cultural identity. Check out our Guide to Riviera Maya Weddings. Photo by Scott Brown

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Merida’s growing passion for art

Posted August 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Merida art galleries in the Yucatan mexico

Merida, Yucatan has an emerging art scene thanks to an ever growing international population. You can visit numerous art galleries and museums featuring all kinds of art from folk to modern, and even enjoy "Art on the Street" every Sunday in front of the VIPS on Paseo de Montejo where local artists showcase their works on the sidewalk. Merida is filled with sculptures scattered all over the city. Check out some of our hotels in and near Merida. Photo by Scott Brown

Akumal Photo of the Day – Mayan Canoe – A sacred ritual

Posted August 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos


Each year, participants re-enact the ritual journey of the ancient Maya who traveled from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in canoes just like this one to worship the goddess Ixchel.  The Sacred Mayan Journey event began in 2007 with the purpose of increasing interest in the Mayan culture and strengthening the cultural identity of people of the area by reviving one of their sacred rituals. Read more about the Sacred Mayan Journey. Photo by Scott Brown

Riviera Maya Passionate Travel Tip – Museo Maya – A people and their history

Posted by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities


Passionate travel is also wanting to learn about a destination's people and their history. The modern Museo Maya in Cancun is a great place to start researching the Maya that lived in this part of Mexico. Original artifacts and a small ruin site give us a look inside the daily life of the ancient Maya. Excellent rainy day excursion! Check out other things to do on a rainy day in the Riviera Maya.

Taste of Playa – first International Culinary Celebration

Posted August 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events


Join us September 5th! A new food festival planned for early September will certainly spice things up for vacationers this slow season. A committee of dedicated volunteers will launch the first large scale International Culinary Celebration ever proposed in the Riviera Maya. The Taste of Playa story goes back several months to an idea, a vision of Steering Committee Co-chair Nicola Inwood. "Playa Del Carmen is a first class tourist destination that deserves a first class international event...

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