Posted October 18, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture
As an heirloom culture, the Maya are a very traditional people, rarely changing the way they do things and in some small villages the way they dress. Some of the items of clothing in this museum exhibit are still in fashion today. The beautiful embroidered dresses and the straw sombreros are still perfect wear for the hot, sunny Mexican days. Visit the colonial town of Valladolid to see today's Maya in their traditional dress.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Yucatan Activities
While vacationing in the Riviera Maya, take a day trip to Valladolid to get immersed in real Mayan culture. This colonial city has been dubbed a "Pueblo Magico" and has some real cultural gems. One being the folk art museum, Casa de los Venados. This restored historical hacienda is home to the largest, private Mexican folk art collection in the world, over 3000 pieces. Visit another Pueblo Magico of the Yucatan.
Posted October 17, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Services
When you are in the Caribbean you want to spend your days, and your nights, on the fabulous beaches...and that is just what the locals do. One of our most beloved hang outs is La Buena Vida Bar & Restaurant in Akumal, Riviera Maya. With a killer location on picturesque Half Moon Bay, palapas, rope swings at the bar and a quirky Day of the Dead theme, this is where the beach party is at! Don't miss this year's Halloween party on Saturday, November 2... these parties are legendary! Read...
Posted October 16, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities
A great place to enjoy dinner, drinks and live regional music is Restaurante Amaro in Merida. A restored 18th Century mansion, the building is a romantic setting with quite a history. Enjoy an intimate dinner while taking in the cultural guitar music know as Yucatecan trova. Learn more about the oldest city in the Americas, Merida.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture
Trova is the regional sound of Yucatan. It is a romantic, folk guitar music perfomed by trovadores (roaming musicians). Originaly from Cuba, trova was adopted by the Yucatecans in the late 19th Century and transformed into their own folk art. Read more about Yucatecan culture.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Sustainable Tourism,Yucatan Activities
The 2013 International Maya Cultural Festival will begin October 17 and run through November 3 with this year's theme title "The Landscape." Performances will include over 450 artists from over 20 different countries. The Festival will take place in and around Yucatan's "Pueblo Magicos" (Izamal, Merida and Valladolid) on historical stages such as haciendas, museums, parks, archeological sites and cenotes. This multifaceted festival program will include Yucatecan cooking demonstrations,...
Posted October 15, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos
. 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.
Posted October 14, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
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.
Posted October 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos
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...
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Restaurants
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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