Posted December 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
These women in a small village outside of Puebla, Mexico are hand crafting blown glass Christmas ornaments, most of which will be exported to the U.S. Read about Christmas holiday traditions in Mexico
Posted December 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
Did you know that poinsettias are native to Mexico? The plant is known in Mexico as "Noche Buena", meaning Christmas Eve. Get our holiday recipe for Mexican sangria.
Posted by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Family vacations,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Three Kings Day on January 6th is the most special day of the year for children throughout Mexico. It is the day they wake up to find toys and gifts left by the three kings, or wise men, who historically brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Every year since 2006, the residents of Akumal head up a toy drive to make sure the children living in the rural Mayan villages of the surrounding areas are not forgotten. The Akumal Toy Drive is a project dear to the hearts of Akumal's regular visitors...
Posted December 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events
If you have decided to spend your Winter holidays in the Riviera Maya it means you are not only looking to escape the harsh cold weather for warm, sandy beaches, but you and your family are ready to experience Christmas in a new way. Christmas in Mexico is more a religious event and less a commercial opportunity. Christmas in Mexico is a time for family get togethers and seasonal recipes, not so much about big ticket items under the tree. A Christmas vacation in Mexico is getting back to the...
Posted November 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism
Learn about the Maya culture with Corazon y Vida Tours. Tour archeological sites, see dance and music ceremonies, learn about medicinal plants in the Yucatan jungle, witness the ancient Mayan arts of beekeeping and textile making, and taste regional food created from ancient recipes. Immerse yourself in a fascinating culture on your next Mexico vacation. Discover the diverse Riviera Maya.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
Can you spot the differences? Each one of these "Mona Lisas" and "Giant Hibiscus" paintings are unique, no two are alike, but they are all original, local art. Discover Akumal, an artsy fartsy Riviera Maya seaside village.
Posted November 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
When we think of Thanksgiving, the images that come to mind are sweaters, Fall leaves and football...but try to imagine doing something new for Thanksgiving. Next year, spend the holiday on Akumal Bay, Mexico in a bathing suit, eating Mexican cuisine and swimming in the Caribbean Sea. And no worries, at Lol Ha restaurant, you can still watch the big game and enjoy a classic turkey dinner, just with a different view of course. Book your Akumal vacation villa for Thanksgiving 2014.
Posted November 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports
In the spirit of trying something that I have never done before, I decided on an activity that has intrigued me for months…Stand Up Paddleboarding. After all, I like to consider myself somewhat adventurous but am not very athletic, thus some of the newer sports and trends are just not for me. So when our friends at Extreme Control told me about their new Paddleboarding Tours, I jumped at the chance to experience this new sport for myself. On Sunday we gathered at Casa Cenote to begin...
Posted by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Akumal has a new Mexican kitchen on the north end of the Akumal road. Las 3 Acapulqueñas is a good, inexpensive (around $50 pesos per person) breakfast or lunch. Like mama's kitchen, the menu changes daily. Classic Mexican comfort food like chicken fajitas, empanadas, and panuchos are regular items. Stop in on the way to Yalku Lagoon or bring your own "to go" plates or Tupperware and take it back to your villa or condo. Check out this other fantastic Akumal lunch spot.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos
Lamanai gift shop on Akumal Bay always has something new to tickle your "Mexican folk art" fancy! Textiles, paintings, figurines, handmade jewelry, children's toys...you never know what you might find in this Caribbean treasure trove! Fall in love with the quaint beachfront village, Akumal.
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