Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Buy Local Art!

Posted November 29, 2013 by Kay Walten 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 Kay Walten 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 Kay Walten 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 Kay Walten 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 Kay Walten 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

Cancun Photo of the Day – NEW sculptures in the Underwater Museum

Posted November 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

Underwater Museum inCancun, Mexico

A new series of sculptures has recently been added to the Underwater Museum located off the shores of Cancun.  The underwater museum also has a new "dry" exhibit located on the second floor of Kukulcan Plaza in the Hotel Zone. Entry is free and includes sculptures, photos and a short film of the museum. Read about other things to do in Cancun.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Sugar Skull Face Painting

Posted October 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

sugar-skull-face-painting

We LOVE sugar skull face painting!  It's easier than you think and you can get as elaborate as your creativity will allow. Check out this 5 minute tutorial to a really cool Dia de los Muertos look.

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Folk Art – Traditional Maya clothing

Posted October 18, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

coba-ruins in the Yucatan Mexico

As an heirloom culture, the Maya are a very traditional people, rarely changing the way they do things and in some small villages the way they dress. Some of the items of clothing in this museum exhibit are still in fashion today. The beautiful embroidered dresses and the straw sombreros are still perfect wear for the hot, sunny Mexican days. Visit the colonial town of Valladolid to see today's Maya in their traditional dress.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Visit Casa de los Venados

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Yucatan Activities

casa de los venados in Valladolid

While vacationing in the Riviera Maya, take a day trip to Valladolid to get immersed in real Mayan culture. This colonial city has been dubbed a "Pueblo Magico" and has some real cultural gems. One being the folk art museum, Casa de los Venados. This restored historical hacienda is home to the largest, private Mexican folk art collection in the world, over 3000 pieces. Visit another Pueblo Magico of the Yucatan.

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Trova – Romantic music in Yucatan

Posted October 16, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

trova-music-in-the-Yucatan

Trova is the regional sound of Yucatan. It is a romantic, folk guitar music perfomed by  trovadores (roaming musicians). Originaly from Cuba, trova was adopted by the Yucatecans in the late 19th Century and transformed into their own folk art. Read more about Yucatecan culture.

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