Puerto Morelos travel tip – English books new and used

Posted February 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips

alma libre english books used and second hand in the Riviera maya

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...

Tulum Photo of the day – Mixik art store in the Tulum pueblo

Posted February 15, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

Mixik mexican art store in Tulum mexico

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...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – fun, sand and beaches

Posted February 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

Riviera Maya art, creativity and fun on the beaches of the Riviera Maya

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...

Tulum photo of the day! A fun beach vacation destination

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...

Riviera Maya photo of the day! Playa del Carmen update

Posted January 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art

New port statue in Playa del Carmen by the Cozumel pier

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...

10th Annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

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...

“Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan” by Rosy Hugener

Posted January 25, 2012 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

Xtabentum cover

"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...

Take Photography 101 in Puerto Morelos

Posted January 16, 2012 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Activities


Ever wondered if you could actually use your camera more effectively?  Ever wondered what all those other buttons are for? Did you never get time to read the book or  view the CD that came with the camera?  Well in his one day course, Take Better Photos,  professional photographer Michael Maurus will explain all, easily and effectively. Award-winning photographer Michael Maurus Michael is presenting classes at 9am on Mondays and Saturdays beginning January 16, 2012, at Casa Caribe,...

Author Explores the Maya’s Many Uses of Plants

Posted December 31, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

book cover

Svetlana Aleksandroff's "Plants in the Mayan Culture: Traditional Remedies, Food & Art" is a beautiful documentation of the Maya culture and its relationship with the Yucatan Peninsula's flora. Her book explores the Maya's medicinal, culinary, artistic and spiritual uses of native plants. This visually captivating work celebrates the Maya culture, ancient and present day, with vibrant photography by both Svetlana and Vasily Aleksandroff. The book includes dozens of culinary and medicinal...

UnPaint Table Series by Artist Enrique Diaz

Posted December 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture


Artist Enrique Diaz showed up at ZAMAS one day recently looking for work. Originally from Chiapas, he has done a lot of work in Tulum as well as an exhibit in New York City.   The signature fish at ZAMAS, the walls of fish in the restaurant, the colorful road signs and small figure paintings throughout the rooms are all his. Still, being an artist these days is not easy. Photography by Bobby Klein A sign of the times, he needed to support his family through the holidays. He offered to...

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