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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

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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

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 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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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day: Traveling the Maya Canals

Posted October 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

Adventures in the Mayan Riviera

The Mayan canals near the Mayan ruins of Muyil While traveling by boat from Muyil to the Boca Paila bridge of Sian Kaan we navigated through this grassy savanna.   Learn more about the Muyil Ruins Stay in Tulum near Muyil and the Sian Kaan Biosphere.

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Pros wake-boarding event in Cancun

Posted September 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events

WWA Cancun Pro Wakeboarding

The worlds top wake boarders descend on Cancun this Fall for the WWA Cancun Pro competition.  This event celebrates the 25th year of the World Wakeboard Association. The Cancun event will be October 3-5 at Puerto Cancun.  For more information please visit the World Wakeboard Associations website.  

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How much do I leave for a tip?

Posted September 26, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips

Gratuity, tipping in Mexico

One of the most frequently asked questions we get by our customers is: "How much should we tip?" We created a cheat sheet with tipping guidelines, based on our local knowledge. At your vacation rental: Maids:  3% of the rental cost Gardener:   2% of the rental cost Chef, or local cook: $100 pesos per meal or $200 pesos a day Tours and activities: Spa service providers: 15% on average Dive-masters: $50 pesos per person per one tank dive. Fishing Captain and crew: 10-15% of...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Painted Mayan Ruins

Posted September 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Photos

Mayan ruins at Puerto Calica south of Xcaret

If you don't recognize this Mayan ruin in the Riviera Maya near Playa del Carmen, don't worry.  Many people won't. This building complex is closed to the public. It's called the Blue House and it's near the coast, located on the property of the port of Calica just south of Xcaret.

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Street food spotlight: Churros

Posted September 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food

Mexican churros

As street food goes the sweetest of all, churros! Wandering the streets of the Yucatan be it in Cancun Centro, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Valladolid or Merida the smells, sights and sounds of street food tantalizes curious visitors.  Tacos are easily identifiable as well as corn on the cob slathered with mayo and chili powder, but one of the yummiest treats on the streets is churros. Who can resist fried dough with sugar? History of the churro There are several countries that want to lay...

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