Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Glorious hammocks!

Posted January 27, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

shopping in the Riviera Maya

Hammocks are probably the most popular Riviera Maya and Yucatan souvenir - right up there with gaudy, giant sombreros. They are the Mayan bed, more common in local houses than mattresses. The hammocks sold here are hand made by locals. Buying hammocks in family owned shops like this one in Macario Gomez is sustainable tourism. We LOVE lounging in a hammock with a good book or a refreshing cocktail. Discover other ways to support sustainable tourism.

Yucatan Vacation Tip – Merida Art Tour

Posted January 22, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mexico Destinations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities

Art tour in Yucatan, Mexico

February 15, 2014, the Merida English Library is hosting the Artists' Studio Tour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  This is a rare chance to step inside the homes and studios of over 20 local artists and see where the magic happens. Be your own guide and meet the artists who interest you most. Admission is $200 pesos. Find a hotel in historical Merida.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Macario Gomez

Posted January 8, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

riviera maya handicrafts

On the highway from Tulum to the Coba ruins, you will pass through the little roadside village of Macario Gomez where you will find a wealth of Mexican handicrafts for reasonable prices. Hammocks, tables, hanging lamps, hats...you will even find great little taco stands and fresh fruit stands where you can refuel on your way to or back from the Coba ruins. We love this pit stop on the Coba road and we think you will too! Visit the Coba ruins.

Tulum Photo of the Day – Shell mobile

Posted January 2, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

shells in Tulum, Mexico

These shell mobiles hanging in the Tulum Pueblo are a popular Mexican Caribbean handicraft. The soft colors and organic shapes make this local art a beautiful representation of the Riviera Maya's amazing beaches. Check out our fabulous beaches!

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Holiday Piñatas

Posted December 4, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

Christmas pinatas in Yucatan, Mexico

No fiesta de Navidad (Christmas party) or fiesta de Año Nuevo (New Year party) would be complete without a bright, beautiful piñata! The holiday piñatas are usually wrapped in gold or silver foil and decorated with symbols of Christmas (like poinsettias or Santa) made out of tissue paper. You will see them hanging everywhere in Yucatan and the Riviera Maya well into the New Year. Read about other holiday customs in Mexico.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Buy Local Art!

Posted November 29, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Art in Akumal Riviera Maya

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.

Akumal Photo of the Day – Always NEW at Lamani

Posted November 27, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

Shopping in the Riviera Maya

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.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Artist and apprentice

Posted November 22, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Artists in Riviera Maya

We LOVE this photo of a local Mayan artist in Akumal and her little apprentice. Buying local art is sustainable tourism that supports local families.  Not only will you take home an original souvenir, but you just may encourage a bright, artistic future! Learn more about sustainable travel.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – NEW Sculpture

Posted November 7, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Sand sculpture in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen's sand sculpture artist Jose Luis Gonzales of Josse Arenarte created a new sculpture celebrating the dead and Mexican humor. Read about other fascinating sculptures in the Riviera Maya

Yucatan Photo of the Day – NEW at Soho Gallery

Posted November 5, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Yucatan Activities

Art galleries in Merida, Yucatan

Soho Galleries in Merida, Yucatan has just opened a new exhibit entitled "Fossils and Fantasies". Artists, through photography, sculpture, painting and mixed media, will explore the beauty and fragility of nature. The exhibit runs through December. Learn more about Merida

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