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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try Mucbipollo, a Maya tradition.

Posted October 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips

mulbipollo-Yuctatecan day of the dead food tradition

Mucbipollo is a traditional Maya dish usually prepared for the Day of the Dead celebrations. It is a chicken or pork tamale pie that is wrapped in banana leaves and baked in an underground oven called a pib. You can find this dish in just about every ecocina (small, local kitchen) beginning the end of October through November 3. Mayan ladies sell it on the roadside too, so be sure to eat your "pibs" if you are enjoying the Dia de los Muertos festivities in Riviera Maya. Discover fabulous...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Sugar skulls

Posted October 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Mexican sugar-skulls usded for Day of the Dead

Sugar decorations date back to the 17th Century. Mexican villagers had very little money for decorations, but they had lots of sugar with which they began to mold and adorn their churches, alters and gravestones. Sometimes the skulls will have the name of the deceased on the forehead and are decorated with swirls of colorful icing making them more festive than scary. Read about other Day of the Dead traditions.

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Festival of Life and Death at Xcaret

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

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Each year beginning October 30th and running through November 3rd, Xcaret eco-theme park in Playa del Carmen hosts a Dia de los Muertos Festival that is a first class production. Music, dancing, storytelling, children's workshops, theater, art exhibits, a photo contest, regional food and so much more. This is one of the biggest festivals in Riviera Maya - you won't want to miss it!

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Cultural Festival is in Full Swing!

Posted October 24, 2013 by Kay Walten in Yucatan Activities

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The International Festival of the Maya Culture in Yucatan is in full swing! Live music is everywhere in Merida...all for FREE! These local musicians in their white guayaberas and black banded fedoras look sharp and sound tight. Book a hotel for next year's Yucatan festival.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Isla Holbox is pet friendly

Posted October 23, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

isla holbox is pet friendly

Like to take your four-legged "kids" with you on vacation? Isla Holbox is really animal friendly. Just about all the private home accommodations will accept pets and you can take your doggy with you everywhere on the island - even the beaches! Something you can't do anywhere in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. They even get to ride on the ferry for free.  Please remember to pick up after your pooch. Let's keep the beaches clean and healthy for everyone. Find out more about this animal-loving...

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Isla Holbox Photo of the Day – Island Culture – Sunset Therapy

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Sustainable Tourism

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Life on Isla Holbox focuses on the simple everyday joys. One of them being the incredible sunsets. It is amazing how everyone on the island stops what they are doing for the last hour of the day to look to the West and become mesmerized by the glorious vista. This is islander culture. Holbox may not have a ballet company or an Opera house, but pull out your iPod and click on Mendelssohn while watching an Isla Holbox sunset...you will find no better "theater" in the world. Discover laid-back...

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Isla Holbox – A groovey island culture all it’s own

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time on a tiny island can tell you there is a completely different local mind-set than that of the mainland, than the rest of the world that isn't a small island. It's not that islanders don't care about what's going on in the world, it just seems they are more in tuned with the things the rest of the world has forgotten, like living simple so everyone can enjoy living more. Isla Holbox is one of these places. Here, there is an unmistakable,...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Calavera – Microbrew for the Season

Posted October 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

calavera-beer brewed in Mexico

Calavera Mexican Imperial Stout is a microbrew strong enough to be the official Dia de los Muertos cerveza. Hints of chocolate and coffee and an aroma of caramel. Chiles are added to give this stout a kick and make it worthy enough to be a nice pairing with  mole dishes. Calavera brewery is in Guadalajara, but you can find Calavera beers at Club de la Cerveza on 5th Ave. Find a Playa del Carmen watering hole and enjoy a cold local beer.

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Halloween party in Puerto Aventuras

Posted October 21, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Latitude 20, bar and grill in Puerto Aventuras, is having its 2nd annual Halloween Costume bash on October 31 beginning at 7PM. Come on out and see the cool costumes. Or better yet, dress in costume and join in the fun! Read more about the upscale marina community of Puerto Aventuras. Photo by Scott Brown

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Mayan Ruins in Coba

Posted by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Yucatan Activities

coba-ruins in the Yucatan Mexico

Discover a wealth of culture. Trek amazing ruins, climb to the top of the tallest pyramid in Yucatan, visit an authentic Mayan village, swim in a cenote, enjoy a lunch of traditional Mayan dishes...all in one day trip to Coba. Read more about the Coba ruins. Photo by Scott Brown

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