Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Maya Embroidery – An heirloom tradition

Posted October 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

mayan-embroidery from the Yucatan

The tradition of Maya embroidery dates back for centuries. Today, many of the Maya village women who create these stitched masterpieces still do it by hand or work on an old model Singer sewing machine, the model with the foot pedal they sold in the Sears catalogue back in the late 1800s.  The next time you are shopping in Tulum or Playa del Carmen, look closely at the embroidery and you may notice a repeating pattern through these colorful pieces. Each family has a unique weaving pattern...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Palaperos – Mayan builders and artists

Posted October 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

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Palapas are thatched roofs that are very common in the Caribbean and other tropical areas of the world. Palaperos, men who construct these amazing roof structures, are artists. They create these grass roofs to be wind, rain and even hurricane resistant. This sustainable building practice has been around for centuries and continues to be the best construction option for the Riviera Maya. Live like a local and try out a thatched roof bungalow the next time you are in the Riviera Maya.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Photography Etiquette – Say please!

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips

photo-etiquette when taking photos in the Rivieria Maya

When exploring a different culture while on vacation, it is easy to get camera trigger happy with all the new sites but before you ask a human photo subject to say "Cheese!", ask them if it is ok to take their picture. Simply point to the camera and ask, "Esta bien?" Usually, especially the Maya, will smile real big and nod. Some indigenous cultures in Mexico take offense when their image is "stolen". Check out Locogringo on Pinterest!

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Riviera Maya’s Fall 2013 Cultural Calendar of Events

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

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The Fall months in the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan are filled with culture. We've got culture, yes we do! Ancient Mayan traditions combined with old world Spanish customs give us the unique Yucatecan flavor we enjoy today. Not to mention, the international communities that have made the Mexican Caribbean their home. Italian, French, Canadian, American, Argentinean, Cuban - the coast is one big melting pot full of cultural diversity, and all these influences can be experienced in so many...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Pirates of the Mexican Caribbean

Posted October 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

pirates in the caribbean cruise in Cancun

Pirates are very much part of the Caribbean culture and history.  Fermin Anonio Mundaca was a pirate who lived on Isla Mujeres in the late 1800s . As legend has it, he made his fortune by selling captured slaves to plantations and by pirating. He built a huge hacienda on the island and dedicated it to an island girl whom he fell in love with. Unfortunately she married another leaving Mundaca to die a lonely, recluse. You can see his empty grave (he died in Merida, Yucatan) in the island...

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Exploring a New Culture in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

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Choosing to take your vacation international has the added bonus of exposure to new cultures. Learning about how other people in the world live opens up our eyes and our hearts. Traveling to faraway lands replaces fear of international travel and misunderstanding of different races.  It is said that "no man is an island", and therefore neither is an enitre culture of men and women separate from others. When we travel to other countries we get a perspective on how the problems one region is...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Take a long walk off a short pier

Posted September 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

pier-at-puerto-morelos in the Riviera Maya

Taking a long walk off of this Mexican Caribbean pier will land you in some of the clearest, most refreshing water in the world. The Caribbean Sea temperatures range from the low 70s to mid-80s...mmm warm welcoming waters. Check out this interesting article about some of the artifacts found under the waters of Mexico.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip of the Day – It’s Football Season – Cheer Here!

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Watersports

Where to watch american football in the Riviera Maya

It's football season and we know guys (and lots of gals too) hate to miss cheering on their favorite team while on vacation. Here is a list of great sports bars in Cancun and  Riviera Maya. Cancun - La Taberna, 2 locations, Yaxchilan and Avenida del Sol in Centro Playa del Carmen - End Zone on 5th Avenue across from Calle Corazón Tequila Barrel - on 5th Avenue Puerto Aventuras - Latitude 20 Hippos located on the marina Akumal - Lol Ha Tulum - Mateo's on the beach...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – El Jimador Tequila – Unbelievably smoothe

Posted September 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

el-jimador-tequila in the Riviera Maya

Visitors to Mexico are often overwhelmed by the numerous tequila options available in, well, the home country of tequila, but real tequila connoisseurs know one of the top selling, best tasting tequilas in Mexico is El Jimador. It's golden color and balanced flavor of cooked agave and hints of vanilla and caramel hook you at first sip. The really good news...here in the Riviera Maya the cost is far cheaper than in the U.S. So hit the duty free on your way out and stock up on Mexico's favorite...

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Cancun Photo of the Day – Underwater Museum Transformation

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

Underwater Museum in Cancun Mexico

The underwater museum just off the shores of Cancun is now 3 years old and the sculptures are losing themselves to the reef they were submerged to create. Don't wait much longer to see the famous underwater museum because it won't be long before nature takes her claim. Find other cool things to do in Cancun.

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