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Isla Holbox Photo of the Day – Oscar Cardena – Celebrity at Food Fesival

Posted October 15, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos

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. Last year's celebrity spotting was Oscar Cardena. A famous Mexican television personality who served as a judge for the festival.Isla Holbox is celebrating its 2nd Annual Food Festival October 17 through the 20th Lear more about the tiny island that is making a big name for itself, Isla Holbox.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – 2013 Tulum Turtle Festival

Posted October 14, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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Tulum Sea Turtle Festival 2013 will be going on October 17 and 18 in the towns of Tulum, Akumal and Xcacel Beach. The first festival was held in 2003 to raise awareness on the importance of conserving sea turtles. The festival will include art contests, expos, beach cleaning activities, sand sculpture and kite flying competitions and a release of baby sea turtles. Click here for more information on when and where events will be held.

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Mexico Photo of the Day – Dia de la Raza – Something to celebrate?

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

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Dia de la Raza, Day of the Race, is the day Mexico observes Columbus's arrival to the New World. In Mexico, the holiday focuses more on honoring the ethnic diversity of its people rather than European expansion via the Spanish conquistadors. Throughout the years, this has been a controversial holiday. One view is that October 12 signifies a dark day that with the arrival of the Spanish marked the beginning of repression and slavery for the Indians. On the other side, it is a celebration of all...

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Try authentic Yucatecan for cheap!

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Touted as the oldest restaurant in Playa del Carmen, El Faisan y El Venado (The Pheasant and the Deer) located on the North bound side of the highway, serves authentic Yucatecan specialties at a very low price. Here is a wonderful opportunity to taste several delicious regional dishes, like papadzules, panuchos, cochinita pibil and tikin xik and not break the budget. This place is hopping with local businessmen during the lunch hours and filled with Maya families at night. Find other...

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Huevos Motuleños – Buenos Dias!

Posted October 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Photos

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You will find huevos motuleños on any Riviera Maya or Yucatan restaurant breakfast menu. This classic from Motul, Yucatan is a favorite with locals and even better when served with fried plantains. Find a Yucatecan breakfast near your hotel or villa.

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Colonial Theater in Merida

Posted October 9, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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The Jose Peon Contreras Theater in Merida, Yucatan is an architecturally stunning colonial treasure. Built in the French neoclassical style in 1908,the theater is named after a Yucatecan citizen who was a beloved politican and physician. Today it is home to the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, but over the decades it has hosted artists from all over the world. Find a hotel in Merida.

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Culture Yucateco – Strong Maya Roots Shaped by Worldy Influence

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

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There is no where else in Mexico, or the world, like Yucatan. The Yucatán Peninsula is home to the North American Continent's largest indigenous population, the Maya. Yucatán has the highest percentage of indigenous language speakers in Mexico. You can hear Maya spoken everywhere on the peninsula. With its roots sprouting firmly from its ancient Mayan ancestors, the Yucatecan culture has also been shaped by worldly influences. Because of its geography, the Yucatan Peninsula was more or less...

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Yucatan Vacation Tip – The Yucatan Symphony – World renowned

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Yucatan Activities

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The Orchestra Symphony Yucatan is a philharmonic orchestra that was estabilished in Merida in 2001 and is recognized as a world class orchestra. International performances include Italian opera, Russian ballet and guest musicians from around the globe. It is really worth the effort to plan your Meirda visit to coincide with a perfomance. Check out their Fall and Winter 2013 calendar. Discover more about the Yucatan's cultural gem, Merida.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Tequila Museum in Playa del Carmen

Posted October 8, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

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Tequila is a major part of Mexico's proud heritage. Learn more about how this delicious spirit is made at the Tequila Museum in Playa del Carmen. Although it is referred to as a museum, it is really more of a fun place to pop in and taste some tequilas before you buy. Located on 5th Avenue, they have a nice selection of high-end tequilas and a mini museum at the back of the store. Lots of photo ops too. Find other things to do in Playa del Carmen.

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Cancun Vacation Tip – Lucha Libre – Who says culture isn’t fun?

Posted October 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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Lucha libre, free style wrestling, is as much a part of the Mexican culture as tacos and tequila. So where on the coast do you go to take in some live action? Jacinto Canek Gym in Cancun located on Avenida Chichen Itza and Tulum hosts lucha libre events on the weekends. The shows are outrageous, costumed fun!  Call or email for upcoming events. Telephone 9982-01-50-08 [email protected] Find other cultural events going on this Fall.

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