Posted March 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan 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...
Posted February 24, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan 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...
Posted January 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Destinations
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...
Posted November 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins
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...
Posted June 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations
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...
Posted June 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations
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...
Posted April 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations
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.
Posted September 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Photos
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.
Posted June 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler
Back in 2002 the Maya ruins of Calakmul in the Yucatan peninsula state of Campeche was named World Heritage site. Well the jungle surrounding Calakmul has been named a "mixed natural and cultural" World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. UNESCO stated: "The city played a key role in the history of this region for more than 12 centuries and is characterized by well-preserved structures providing a vivid picture of life in an ancient Maya capital." The area added to the list is in the southern...
Posted April 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations
We LOVE the Ek Balam Mayan ruins. They are perfect for family day trips from the Riviera Maya. Combine a visit to these ruins with other nearby activities like cenotes, or head to Valladolid after your visit, a beautiful colonial city just 20 minutes from this Mayan ruin. Or go north to the Gulf of Mexico and check out Rio Lagartos. Read about more Mayan archeological sites.
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