Posted March 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism
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...
Posted March 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
Riviera Maya villas are full of sustainable furniture made from local woods, bamboo and metal that artists and workers have handmade. Unknown to many, the heart of the Riviera Maya is a DYI culture. With many hard woods, bamboo and natural materials to work with, local artists have been making and designing furniture for years. Who needs Dwell magazine when there are so many artists and crafts people who are naturally drawn to sustainable furniture design. This wood table is in one of the many...
Posted February 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips
One thing that we love about Mexico and the Riviera Maya is the vast selection of artists who love to create new art out of recycled materials. The other day we found this 'not for sale' chandelier in a local store that uses beer bottles and recycled metal in the creation of this super cool sustainable lamp. It is functional art that if we had the chance, would have bought it for the house! Local artists and their shops are located throughout the Riviera Maya, with some stores searching out...
Posted February 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips
There is something about a great book and a beach that seems to go hand in hand. With ereaders becoming the go-to source for books, there are still a few of us that love to hold a book, flip the pages and smell the paper. Have not fear, English books and other languages can be found at the Alma Libre bookstore in Puerto Morelos. Trade, buy or browse books while in the Riviera Maya. Make use of their trade in policy if you want to share a great book or exchange it for another. There is no reason...
Posted February 15, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos
One of our favorite places to shop is in Tulum, where Sally Peterson has put together one of the finest collections of Mexico folk art on the coast! Sally has been discovering new Mexican artists for 20 years. Her mission is to bring local Mexican artists to visitors in the Riviera Maya. Her store is big, her selection is hand-picked and extraordinary. Located on the highway in the Tulum just beside the ADO bus station and on the Tulum beach road across from Zamas, Mixik is a find. Local...
Posted February 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos
This is a great way to spend your afternoon on the beaches of the Riviera Maya, admiring other people's art made from the white sand of the Caribbean. Did you think we would suggest we could all create such a wonderful masterpiece? You can try but we are just suggesting the admiration of someone else's work as we kick back, have a beer and say, Wow! The beaches of the Mayan Riviera are full of fun things to see and do. Whether you choose to do it from a beach chair, or from the ocean, you...
Posted January 21, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
We love the fun accents in Tulum that local businesses use on their property. Creativity is alive and well in the Riviera Maya and if you look carefully everywhere you go you will see these fun, thoughtful details that people hand craft for their businesses. These fish lamps are hanging at the entrance way at Zamas in Tulum, Mexico. If you walk a bit further you will see more creative details outside of Mixik, Shalom and Puro Corazon. The natural beauty on the beach is great, the art...
Posted January 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art
Check out the new sculpture that seems to have been put up over night in Playa del Carmen. This new art frames the Playa del Carmen port when you are going to the Cozumel ferry pier or arriving into Playa del Carmen from Cozumel. This photo only captures some of the interesting images that have been put together to represent Playa del Carmen as a destination. At night, the statue is lit by floor lights making this a great addition to the Playa del Carmen beach. Congratulations on the new...
Posted September 30, 2012 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities
The 10th annual Riviera Maya Jazz Music Festival will feature a one-of-a-kind lineup of some of today's greatest jazz performers. Nestled between the white sand beaches and verdant jungles along the Eastern Caribbean coast of Mexico's Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya will vibrate to the rhythm of Jazz for 3 days on November 22nd 2012 through November 24th. The festival, hosted in Playa Mamitas and considered to be among the top 10 jazz music festivals in the world, will allow music lovers to...
Posted January 25, 2012 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture
"Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan" is a story of two young women set in the years following the Mexican Revolution in Merida, Yucatan, one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the time. Amanda Diaz is from the "divine caste," a small group of families of European descent who dominate the politics and economy of the region. Amanda's lifelong friend, Carmen, is from the opposite end of the social spectrum, a Mayan Indian who is the daughter of one of the Diaz family servants. Against...
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--Louis Skip Gonzalez, Unidos Magazine
"We spent a lot of our time sitting on the second floor porch with our feet propped on the railing just staring at the water. Coming home was hard this year..Staying for two weeks still wasn't long enough."
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"We have been Booking our Riviera Maya vacations from Loco Gringo since 2005. Always Great communication, helpful tips and quick responses to our questions. They were especially helpful when Hurricane Wilma hit and put a stop to our Vacation plans. They made sure we knew about the weather situation and did all the work with re-booking our vacation in Paradise!"
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