Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Xelha ruin – Ancient Mayan art

Posted August 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

mural-at-xel-ha-ruins-in-the-riviera-maya

This mural was discovered at the Xelha ruins near Akumal, a small but very interesting ruin site that should not be missed by those with a passion for Maya history. The painting, done sometime between 300 and 600 AD,  seems to be of birds flying over buildings that look like cages. An ancient artist's statement about freedom perhaps? Read more about the Xelha ruins. Photo by Scott Brown

Riviera Maya Passionate Travel Tip – Caminarte – Art walk every Thursday

Posted August 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

caminarte-in-playa-del-carmen-mexico

Artists from all over the Riviera Maya display their work every Thursday night beginning at 6PM on Playa del Carmen's famous 5th Avenue between Avenida Constituyentes and Calle 40. Caminarte is a free, open-air gallery to promote local artists and Playa's growing passion for art. If you are an art lover visiting the Riviera Maya, you won't want to miss this opportunity to experience many different artists' works all in one evening's stroll. Meet one of Playa del Carmen's young artists.

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Merida’s growing passion for art

Posted August 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Merida art galleries in the Yucatan mexico

Merida, Yucatan has an emerging art scene thanks to an ever growing international population. You can visit numerous art galleries and museums featuring all kinds of art from folk to modern, and even enjoy "Art on the Street" every Sunday in front of the VIPS on Paseo de Montejo where local artists showcase their works on the sidewalk. Merida is filled with sculptures scattered all over the city. Check out some of our hotels in and near Merida. Photo by Scott Brown

Tulum Photo of the Day – Ginger – A passion for food and art

Posted August 23, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

ginger-restaurant- in tulum Mexico in the pueblo

Tulum's young, hip foodies LOVE Ginger. Ginger restaurant has a passion for delicious food and original, local art. The restaurant's sexy decor features bold red walls and original paintings and photography for sale, making this bistro an art gallery too. Chef Javier Ornelas is himself a food artist with creations like Fried Camembert with Apple Chutney, Pan-Seared Fish Filet with Roasted Pineapple Salsa, and Fresh Pasta with Shrimp Sautéed in Garlic and Chile. Check out more great Tulum...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Spanish Guitar – Passionate music

Posted August 20, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

spanish-guitar-music-in-playa-del-carmen-riviera-maya

No one can deny the passion heard in Spanish guitar playing. As part of Mexico's heritage, Spanish guitar can be enjoyed throughout the Yucatan. Live music is everywhere in Riviera Maya. Stroll down 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen day or night, check the entertainment schedule at Lol Ha in Akumal, beach bar hop in Tulum - you will surely find musicians sharing their passion for music. Find live music in the Riviera Maya. Photo by Scott Brown

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Maya Sculpture – Echo in stone.

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

Artist-on-the-coba-road

This sculptor located on the Coba road is creating Maya stone sculptures very much the way ancient Mayan artists did.  Many of these sculptures are replicas of actual statues and carvings found at excavated ruin sites. The distinct style of Maya art has influences from the Olmec and Aztec civilizations. Discover more art in the Riviera Maya.

Akumal Photo of the Day – Mexicart – Mexican Folk Art Stop

Posted July 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Mexicart-in-Akumal

Mexicart in Akumal is the stop for Mexican folk art from around the country. We love, love, love this store for all its bright colors. Who could pass up this store without at least taking a peek inside?  Mexicart also has a location in the Tulum Pueblo. Check out more shopping.

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Palacio de Gobierno, luxury past

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

Palacio-Gobierno-in-Merida

The Palacio de Gobierno is a fabulous mansion in Merida that houses a series of murals depicting the history of the Yucatan. This national heirloom was built in 1892 and showcases the architectural style of a bygone era. Merida experienced a boom of wealth at the end of the 19th Century due to the production of henequen. It was said that at that time Merida was home to more millionaires than any other city in the world.  Because of this, today the city of Merida displays a wealth of antique...

Yucatan photo of the day – hand-made ceremonial dresses

Posted March 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Sustainable Tourism

Traditional Yucatecan dress for parties, dancing and ceremonies

These young girls are dressed in the Yucatan ceremonial dresses called a Terno, which is a bit more elaborate than the daily dress called “huipil“worn by Yucatec woman on a day-to-day basis. The difference is the three layers the girls are wearing, the jubón is a short, fully embroidered, square-necked blouse worn over the huipil. The Huipil is made of silk and is the secondary layer that has a lace bottom, and thirdly the fustán which is a third and final layer acting as a lace...

Valladolid travel tips – Calle Frailes, the Friar’s Street

Posted March 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

Calle Friales in Vallidolidid, Yucatan, the new artists street to watch

Valladolid is known for is Church in the main Zocalo, but Calle Frailes, the Friar's Street is one of the most beautiful streets we have seen in a while. This street is full of Spanish Architecture and is a short row of houses (now Shops) on both sides of the street. After careful restoration, the street is beautiful and soon to be the next artisans street for local artists. The owner of Coqui-Coqui in Tulum has a perfume shop on this street that leads to the Convent, and a tequila store is...

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