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 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.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Palaperos – Mayan builders and artists

Posted October 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos


Palapas are thatched roofs that are very common in the Caribbean and other tropical areas of the world. Palaperos, men who construct these amazing roof structures, are artists. They create these grass roofs to be wind, rain and even hurricane resistant. This sustainable building practice has been around for centuries and continues to be the best construction option for the Riviera Maya. Live like a local and try out a thatched roof bungalow the next time you are in the Riviera Maya.

Riviera Maya’s Fall 2013 Cultural Calendar of Events

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events


The Fall months in the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan are filled with culture. We've got culture, yes we do! Ancient Mayan traditions combined with old world Spanish customs give us the unique Yucatecan flavor we enjoy today. Not to mention, the international communities that have made the Mexican Caribbean their home. Italian, French, Canadian, American, Argentinean, Cuban - the coast is one big melting pot full of cultural diversity, and all these influences can be experienced in so many...

Cancun Photo of the Day – Underwater Museum Transformation

Posted September 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

Underwater Museum in Cancun Mexico

The underwater museum just off the shores of Cancun is now 3 years old and the sculptures are losing themselves to the reef they were submerged to create. Don't wait much longer to see the famous underwater museum because it won't be long before nature takes her claim. Find other cool things to do in Cancun.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – The Conch Shell House

Posted September 24, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

COnch shell house on Isla Mujueres

Taking their cue from nature's design, the owners of this very unusual house on Isla Mujeres have built it in the shape of a conch shell. Very cool! Check out some of our Riviera Maya vacation villas.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Nature Photography 101

Posted September 18, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Photos

nature-photography in the Riviera maya

Getting sharper shots of constantly moving nature is always a challenge. While you can't control nature's movement you can minimize your own which also affects the shot. Use a tripod. Get in the habit of using it for all your nature shots. Tripods come in all sizes - even pocket-sized. If a tripod is not available use your shoe or anything that will steady your camera. Enjoy this cenote photo essay article from our past spotlights.

Caribbean Photo of the Day – Palm Frond Weaving – It’s an art!

Posted September 16, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

palm-frond-weaving in Riviera Maya

Anywhere there are palm trees you will find masters of palm frond origami. Palm frond weaving is a traditional art practiced by Caribbean natives and the Mexican Caribbean is no exception. In this photo the weaver is making hats, but in the Riviera Maya you will find frond weavings of anything from insects to animals to flowers. Read other posts about local art in the Riviera Maya.

Yucatan Nature Travel Tip – Photography in the jungle

Posted September 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Photos

Jungle Photo in the Riviera Maya

The photo pros advise taking outdoor pics early in the morning or at dusk when the light is at its magic hour, but  if you’re trekking through the Yucatan jungle, shoot in the middle of the day when the light filters through the tree canopy. Click here and sign up to receive our  "5 Most Important Tips to Having a Memorable Vacation" Photo by Scott Brown

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