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The Perfect Mexican Detour – Ek Balam Mayan Ruins

Posted October 17, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins

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Chichen Itza, Coba and the Archaeological site of Tulum are the most popular Mayan ruins in the area. Why not take a detour and head to a less popular archeological site that is off the beaten the track. Why visit Ek Balam? Ek Balam is closer to the Riviera Maya than Chichen Itza. Your travels take you through some interesting villages and can be combined with a visit to Valladolid, a small colonial city filled with local history and great restaurants. This Mayan ruin is different from...

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Amazing Video of the Tulum Ruins

Posted August 26, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins

Amazing Video of the Tulum Ruins

I was sent a link the other day of this amazing video footage taken at the Tulum Ruins. Thanks Sky High Videography for creating this amazing view of the Tulum Ruins!     Check out more information about Tulum: where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. Or if you want to make your Tulum Ruins visit extraordinary, download our Local Guide to the Tulum Ruins.

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Mayan Magic – The Folk Tale of the Magician’s Pyramid at Uxmal Ruins

Posted March 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins

Magician's Pyramid at Uxmal Ruins

The tallest structure at the Uxmal Ruins is called either the Magician's Pyramid, or the Pyramid of the Dwarf, or the Sorcerer's Pyramid. There is a folk tale that explains the construction of this building passed down through generations. It was told to John Lloyd Stevens in the mid-1800s as an explanation as to how this majestic pyramid came to be in this magical Mayan City. The Story of the Magician's Pyramid at Uxmal Ruins This is an excerpt from Stephen's and Catherwoods book, Incidents...

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Riviera Maya and Yucatan Memories – Uxmal Ruins

Posted February 24, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins

Riviera Maya and Yucatan Memories - Uxmal Ruins

There are a lot of great memories from your Riviera Maya and Yucatan trips but where were your all time favorite memories? Uxmal comes pretty high on the list for a lot of reasons. Sure, the Uxmal ruins are spectacular, but the Uxmal experience and adventure is what brought such great memories. Getting There is Half the Fun - Road Tripping to Uxmal Uxmal is located in the state of the Yucatan on the Ruta Puuc that runs from Merida south to Xlapak and then returns through the small village and...

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Classic Mayan Ruin Revisited – Iconic Tulum Ruins

Posted January 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Destinations

Tulum Ruins 2016

The Tulum ruins have not changed but the services, parking, and possible places to grab a snack or lunch have. Our write up about the Tulum ruins will be a useful guide to understanding the history, but this current information will help you navigate everything contemporary about the Tulum Ruins. What's new at the Tulum Ruins? New Ticketing Window and More New Ticketing Window - A new ticketing window is being added January 2016 to help long line ups and get you into the Tulum ruins...

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Be a Culture Pilgrim in the Yucatan Peninsula

Posted November 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins

Culture Pilgrim in the Yucatan Peninsula

Pilgrims, the travelers of the world, be it for religious or new cultural experiences. Pilgrim is the name given to the early settlers in Canada and the US from Europe, and pilgrim is the term used for any travelers who decide to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. In the Yucatan Peninsula, there are many cultural travels that visitors and locals can experience. If you are looking for some great trips to enhance and expand your understanding of the Maya, the Caste War, the Spanish...

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Calakmul Ruins and the Calakmul Museum

Posted June 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations

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When we last visited Calakmul Ruins it was a long drive into the reserve along a rather rocky back road. On a recent visit to the Calakmul Ruins we have discovered some improvements to the Calakmul journey that we want to share. The drive into the ruins is still long. The entrance to the ruin site is located in the heart of the Calukmul Biosphere. But don't let this deter you as the drive is well worth it! The road is now paved, albeit narrow but paved so it allows you to drive over 40 kms...

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Loco Adventure – Bacalar to Calakmul to Palenque

Posted June 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations

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We were inspired a few weeks ago to hop in the car and hit the road. It was time to revisit a local area that we had not ventured to in a long, long, time. We chose Palenque and San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas for a few reasons. I was itching for some new textiles for the house, some great mountain air, and trip down memory lane. The last time we headed south was in 2006. I hate to think that was 8 years ago, but we all know that time flies when you are having fun!. Getting to Palenque...

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Photo and Video of the Day – Howler Monkeys in Calakmul

Posted April 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations

Howler Monkeys in Calakmul Ruins, Chetumal, Mexico

The Howler Monkey is easily found in the southern part of Quintana Roo and Campeche near the Calakmul and Kohunlich ruins. We recently retraced some of our past adventures and came across the Howler Monkeys yet again. This video is what the monkeys really sound like. It was freaky, intriguing, and amazing all at the same time! Video of the Howler Monkey Find out more about the Calakmul Ruins and Kohunlich Ruins in the southern part of the state.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Painted Mayan Ruins

Posted September 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Photos

Mayan ruins at Puerto Calica south of Xcaret

If you don't recognize this Mayan ruin in the Riviera Maya near Playa del Carmen, don't worry.  Many people won't. This building complex is closed to the public. It's called the Blue House and it's near the coast, located on the property of the port of Calica just south of Xcaret.

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