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The Perfect Mexican Detour – Ek Balam Mayan Ruins

Posted October 17, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins

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Chichen Itza, Coba and the Archaeological site of Tulum are the most popular Mayan ruins in the area. Why not take a detour and head to a less popular archeological site that is off the beaten the track. Why visit Ek Balam? Ek Balam is closer to the Riviera Maya than Chichen Itza. Your travels take you through some interesting villages and can be combined with a visit to Valladolid, a small colonial city filled with local history and great restaurants. This Mayan ruin is different from...

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Wandering Before Sunrise in the Riviera Maya #lifedoesnotsuck

Posted October 14, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

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They say the early bird catches the worm. But in the Riviera Maya the early bird catches a beautiful sunrise. No one really wants to get up at 6 AM on their vacation but when this is your view at 6: 00 am, that early morning coffee is looking better and better! No matter where you stay in the Riviera Maya - Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Playa Secreto, you can see these spectacular sunrises over the Caribbean Sea every morning. Riviera Maya Sunrise Photos...

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It is Easy (and Important) To Be Green In the Riviera Maya

Posted October 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler

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Not sure if you are aware, but the Riviera Maya is a collection of very diverse ecosystems that are more delicate than meets the eye, or scuba mask. As a visitor, it is easy to come and go and not worry about the impact your vacation activities have on the local environment. We can all be accused of situational sustainability, sustaining environments that we know best. But the planet is everyone's home and every square inch needs to be treated as though it is our own backyard. We have...

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Yasmin Vera — Fun Fitness Vacations at the Beach

Posted October 11, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

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My guest, Yasmin Vera, and I only recently met. We were both at the airport in Houston, Texas, waiting for our flight to Cancun. It turns out she has lived in Playa del Carmen for two years. She owns the luxury fitness based vacation company, Fun Fitness Globetrotters. Yasmin is a licensed attorney, and worked as an in-house security litigator for ten years. Why would an attorney from California found a fitness vacation company in the Riviera Maya? Yasmin says she has a couple of...

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving – Add These Mexican Recipes to Your Turkey Dinner!

Posted October 10, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

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If you decided to celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving in Mexico, good move. If your Riviera Maya holiday is later this year or in early 2017, why not spice things up a bit and add some easy but delicious Mexican flavors to your Turkey dinner. I have three favorite Mexican recipes to share. They are easy, Mexican ingredients can be bought in Canada as well foods from the Canadian harvest. I like to call this Can-Mex knowing there is an emphasis on the MEX-ico! Poblano Pepper Soup for Your...

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72 Hours in Merida – Free Things To Do and Must-See Merida Neighborhoods

Posted October 7, 2016 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities

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I love the Riviera Maya, but I admit I love Merida as well. The colonial architecture, Yucatecan culture, the incredible history and the great neighborhoods of Merida keep me entertained a few times per year. If you have 72 hours in Merida, know from the get go this is not enough time to see the entire city. Nor is it time to see all the museums. But you will have an awesome time no matter which museums, events, and neighborhoods you visit. In our other posts, 72 hours in Isla Mujeres,...

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A Fresh Look at Tulum From A Local Perspective

Posted October 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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My dad called me the other day and said he just read an article about Tulum, Mexico in his local paper. Another friend keeps sending me photos found on Instagram and Twitter of Tulum. Yes, Tulum beach has gone mainstream and you will find articles and photos all over the internet these days. New Yorkers, Brooklynites, and movie stars love Tulum. But I have to say it is the same photos, the same hotels, the same stores over and over again on Instagram. It is time to take a fresh look at Tulum,...

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Gerardo Dominguez — Get A Better Lifestyle for Less Money in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

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Gerardo and I have been friends for well over a decade. Originally from Argentina near Patagonia, Gerardo arrived in the Riviera Maya to work in the hotel business. The job offer he received was to work at a large hotel in Playa del Carmen. Gerardo says working for big corporations didn’t suit him because he didn’t feel he was able to express himself fully. Then, he met the owners of the local Lol-Ha restaurant. They asked him to join them in changing the face of their establishment. He was...

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Free Movies in Playa del Carmen

Posted October 3, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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Netflix is cheap, you have that right. Mexican movie theatres are super cheap as well. A new release in the movie theater is 56 pesos, so just under $3 USD, but there is much better deal with a much better idea than either of these two options - Cine Para Todos in Playa del Carmen - translated means Films for everyone! And they really mean everyone! So Much More Than Just Free Movies! Before we share the free movies schedule, the mission of this project is far more important than free...

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Chefs Secret Revealed – Grouper with a Fresh Cilantro Pesto

Posted September 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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I love pesto and have only had the traditional Italian Basil Pesto on homemade pasta. The other day I was invited up to Puerto Morelos for dinner to check out a new restaurant on the beach called Bianco. There were so many things on the menu, but the fresh Cilantro pesto was what I was having for dinner! I loved my meal so much I decided to recreate a similar experience for some friends at home. After that great dinner at Bianco, I feel my first cilantro pesto was a success. My meal at...

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