Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Maya Ball Court – An ancient passion

Posted August 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos


You have heard of sports fanatics, called "fanatics" because of their crazy passion for competition. The ancient Maya felt the same way about Pok-ta-Pok, the Mayan ball game that was played on a stone court just like this one found at the Coba ruins. Sometimes a single game went on for days, often ending in the execution of the loser...and you thought soccer fans were passionate. Read more about the Coba ruins. Photo by Scott Brown

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Coba Pyramid – A climb of passion.

Posted August 12, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos


Travelers that scale to the top of the gigantic Nohoch Mul pyramid at the Coba Mayan ruins are rewarded with a fantastic view of Lake Macanxoc to the east and Lake Cobá to the southwest. It is the highest Pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula. With 124 steps in each direction, that is a conquest for a very passionate traveler! Read more about Coba.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Plan activities to beat the Summer heat

Posted July 17, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Vacation Tips


Whew, Riviera Maya Summers are hot!  Something to consider when planning your vacation excursions. Schedule outdoor activities like ruin treks early in the morning (the ruins open at 8AM) and shopping along 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen to after 5PM. Enjoy water activities in the heat of the day from 11AM to 4PM. Hang out around the hotel pool, nap in a hammock at your villa or even better, visit a refreshing, jungle cenote. And remember to stay hydrated on the inside too by drinking lots of...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Cenote at the Xel Ha Ruins

Posted June 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

Cenote in the Riviera Maya

Now this is the kind of Summer swimming hole kids dream about!  The Xelha Mayan ruin site near Akumal is often void of tourists and so is its lovely cenote. This hidden gem is just waiting for someone to come and make a big splash. Learn more about the Xelha Ruins. Photo by Scott Brown

Ancient Waterways of the Sian Kaan Biosphere

Posted June 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Sustainable Tourism

Ancient canals in Sian Kaan

This month we are celebrating all the bodies of water in the Riviera Maya, and inside the Sian Kaan Biosphere lies one of the most fascinating water features in all of Mexico, the maritime canals of the ancient Maya.  1,200 years ago the early Maya hand dredged a trade route between the cities of Tulum and Muyil thus linking Muyil, a village with a land locked lake located 12 kilometers inland, to the Caribbean Sea. The route stretches over 20 kilometers and winds through lagoons and mangrove...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Mayan Ruins near Tulum

Posted May 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

Mayan Ruins in Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Mayan ruins of Muyil located just south of the Tulum Pueblo are some of the best in Riviera Maya. They are not famous like Chichen Itza, but they have a mysterious beauty all their own. Set in the lovely Yucatecan jungle near the shores of a tranquil lagoon, these ruins are believed to have been an important stop in the ancient Maya's maritime trade route along the coast.  The lagoon of Muyil is linked to the Caribbean sea by a canal system that was  hand dredged by the Maya. Check out...

Favorite cultural things to do in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

favorite cultural things to do in the Riviera Maya

  The Riviera Maya is a multicultural area that has successfully blended many different cultures in one area. It has been labeled cosmopolitan to describe this unique blend, celebrating the mixture of the original roots of the area with the global influences that shape the community. Our cultural interests lie in exploring the roots of the area, the influence of the Maya, their beliefs and rituals, their continued struggle to work with or be conquered by others. The history is...

Mayan Ruin Travel tips – Rent a bike at the Coba Ruins

Posted March 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexico Vacation Tips

Renting a bike at the Coba Ruins in the Riviera Maya near Tulum

This is a brilliant way to see the Coba Ruins at any time of the day! For a few dollars you can rent a bike at the entrance to the Coba Ruins and travel this Mayan cultural and historical site on bike! The Coba Ruins is located to the west of Tulum is a significant Mayan Ruin that played an important role in local and international trade when in operation. The site is big and unique. It is estimated that there are over 6500 structures on this site with only a small portion excavated for public...

Tulum Travel Tip – getting to the Tulum Ruins

Posted March 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations

aerialview of the tulum ruins in the Riviera Maya

There are many ways to get to the Tulum Ruins no matter where you are traveling from (or to) in the Riviera Maya. 1. Check out a tour if you are just not sure. Tour prices can range from $45 usd to over $100 usd depending on what is included and if you combine the Tulum Ruins with another activity or Mayan ruin site. These tours will normally pick you up at your hotel and drop you off directly so there is no need to navigate the area if you don't want to. 2. Take the Collectivo (public vans)...

Horseback ride to the old ruins of Chichen Itza, Yucatan

Posted May 24, 2004 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler

old Chichen in the yucatan photo

Just south of the main ruins of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico are the seldom seen temple ruins of old chichén, an area relatively few people know exists let alone visits on a journey here. In mid April we were graciously invited to tour this mysterious part of Chichen Itza by our new friend at the Mayaland hotel, Quincy. The hotel generously donates lodging to the archaeologists who are excavating the site and Quincy can arrange the only horseback tour to old chichén. This is an easy 2-3...

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