Loco Adventure – Road trip to Izamal in the Yucatan

Posted September 14, 2013 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

izamal convent

Exploring more of the Yucatan in Mexico About 50 miles east of Merida is the Spanish colonial town and ancient Maya city of Izamal, where Franciscan monk Fray Diego de Landa built the largest convent in the Americans in the early 16th century. We came here to re-visit Izamal, take some pictures and see how things had changed since 1994 when we first visited. Izamal is full of history. The "San Antonio De Padua" convent sits on top of a former Mayan temple (Pop-hol-Chac) whose stone was...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Coconut Water – Nature’s sport drink

Posted September 13, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

coconuts-for-hydration in the Riviera maya

Coconut water has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink...and it is naturally fat and cholesterol free!  The Maya say a coconut a week will keep internal parasites away. So on your next Riviera Maya vacation when you hear the street vendor yelling "Cocos!" run and get one of these yummy, natural health drinks. Check out our FAQs for more Riviera Maya health tips.

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Cancun Photo of the Day – The Mexican Flag – It’s Independence Day!

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

Mexican-Flag-for-independance-day

Mexico's Independence Day is September 15th. The Mexican flag that flies over the Cancun hotel zone is HUGE! It measures 50 meters by 28.6 meters (approximately 184 x 94 feet) and weighs 230 kilos (approximately 507 lbs).

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Sian Kaan Photo of the Day – Wild, Wonderful Dolphins!

Posted September 12, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

dolphins-in-the-sian-kaan

Wow! Dolphins! The most charismatic marine animal anywhere in the world, and these babies are wild and free! Take a wild dolphin tour in the Sian Kaan.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Shamans – Natural healers

Posted September 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

shaman-ceremony in Tulum

Shamans are still very much a part of Mayan society today. They are the healers and spiritual leaders of their communities. They treat their patients with natural remedies that have been passed down for centuries and perform ceremonies honoring their gods that control the natural world. Read more about Mayan ceremonies in the Riviera Maya.

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Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Reserve – What Nature Intended

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

spider-monkey-at-punta-laguna

The Riviera Maya is filled with spectacular spaces where nature rules and Punta Laguna Reserve near the Coba ruins is one such place. Punta Laguna was set aside as a protected area by the Mexican government  in 2002 (35 years after the owners originally petitioned for such) and was given the official name  Otoch Ma'ax Yetel Kooh, Maya for "the home of the spider monkey and the puma."  What makes this place so unique, besides it's incredible jungle beauty and rich natural resources, is that...

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Yucatan Nature Travel Tip – Photography in the jungle

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Photos

Jungle Photo in the Riviera Maya

The photo pros advise taking outdoor pics early in the morning or at dusk when the light is at its magic hour, but  if you’re trekking through the Yucatan jungle, shoot in the middle of the day when the light filters through the tree canopy. Click here and sign up to receive our  "5 Most Important Tips to Having a Memorable Vacation" Photo by Scott Brown

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Maya Bee Keeping – A dying art

Posted September 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

The Art of Mayan bee Keeping

The Maya cultural practice of bee keeping dates back thousands of years. The ancient Maya used honey then the same way the modern Maya use it, as a sweetener, antibiotic, and as an ingredient in fermented spirits. Unfortunately, this art of animal husbandry is fading away due to loss of habitat for the bees and the young Mayans' loss of interest in carrying on the tradition. Read about chicle, another agricultural tradition of the Maya that has faded into history.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Rio Secreto – Amazing caves!

Posted September 9, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Rio Secreto cave tour and eco park in the Riviera Maya

WOW! Without a doubt, the limestone caves of the Yucatan Peninsula are one of the most amazing features of this naturally rich place! A great place to explore these surreal subterranean spaces is Rio Secreto. Include one or more of these really cool Riviera Maya nature theme parks on your next visit.

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Riviera Maya Nature Vacation Tip – Temazcal – A Mayan Cleansing

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

Mayan Temazacal in Tulum Mexico

Nature vacations should be physically renewing as well as spiritually, and according to the Maya, time spent in a temazcal is both. The Mayan culture believes the temazcal, a brick domed structure for steam baths, to be the "womb of the Earth" where one goes to purify and reconnect with the natural world. Temazcals can be found in spas all over the Riviera Maya and some treatments are even led by Shamans. Locate a Riviera Maya spa.

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