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Puuc Route – Mayan Ruins and So Much More

Posted February 13, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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We have traveled the Ruta de Puuc (Puuc Route) many times and find more interesting things to see along what others call, the Mayan Highway. It is known for its Mayan Ruins, but there is so much more to see than this! You can easily make this Yucatan tour a week long vacation, staying in little hotels in small pueblos as you meander through the area. Many love to do this tour as a day trip out of Meida, and take in the Mayan archaeological sites only. Before you start planning your best...

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Super Cool Mayan Ruin 90 Minutes from the Riviera Maya – Naranjal Ruins

Posted January 6, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins

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We are back to our off the beaten track exploring and man, we are having a blast. We are once again weaving through small pueblos, finding interesting road side places to eat, and quite frankly having the time of our lives. Our latest adventure took us to the archaeological site of Naranjal, an unexcavated Mayan ruin found by local Chicleros in the early 1900's. Now this really is a Mayan 'Ruin'. INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) has not found the funding to start...

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Going to Chichen Itza? Stop at the Balankanche Cave!

Posted December 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins

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We continue to take local adventures off our Bucket List. Yes we live here, but the Bucket List continues to grow! Just when we think we have ticked everything off our list, we hear about another interesting place to check out. And boy did we find a great place this time. Note: This is not a regular blog post, nor are the photos of the quality that we like to maintain. As hard as I tried, it was extremely difficult to capture this underground cave well as lens started to fog up from the...

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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

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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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