Posted March 24, 2017 by Kay Walten in Ecotourism,Family vacations
We love beautifully and thoughtfully designed vacation properties and boutique hotels. We have been known to just stop at a stunning property and ask for tour to see if it is worthy for our guests. Just recently we seem to have a slew of properties recognized for their historical significance or their sustainable architecture and design. Interested? Read on to find out which of our properties were recognized for their sustainable design that takes any vacation beyond the usual. Casa Xixim in...
Posted March 22, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
My guest today fondly remembers his hometown of Mazatlan, a Pacific coastal town, for its amazing seafood. Daveed Placencia now lives in the Riviera Maya, where he owns a private chef service and in-home cooking course. His business is so popular, he has hired four other chefs to help him keep up with all the new business. Daveed moved to Puebla in Central Mexico to study biology, but found himself spending all day, every day, in a lab. He quickly tired of being inside, so when a friend...
Posted March 21, 2017 by Kay Walten in Travel Tips
So you have been to Xcaret, Xplor and Xel Ha? As much as you want to return to these eco parks in the Riviera Maya, perhaps you want to try something new? Xenses is part of the Xcaret family of eco parks and provides a change in perspective where we can all benefit. Reviews and Detailed Experienced From Past Xenses Visitors What Paulina from Guest Services Thought of The Xenses Adventure Paulina went to Xenses so she could share this adventure first hand. She loved the...
Posted March 20, 2017 by Kay Walten in Hyper Local Info
So you need some sun, fun and down time that get you away from the daily grind. The Riviera Maya is perfect for that much needed break. The beach is calling your name, but you have seen what your friends have experienced on their getaways, and you truly want to mix it up this vacation. As much as you love the glorious routine of beach, swim in the sea, happy hour, dinner repeat for your vacation, you really want to do something a little extraordinary this time. Now extraordinary does not...
Posted March 17, 2017 by Kay Walten in Ecotourism
A big part of the Riviera Maya is the Caribbean Sea that lines the beautiful beaches and frames the sunrise each morning. It is also the home of the second largest barrier reef in the world - The Mesoamerican Reef, the playground and observation area for divers and snorkelers who travel to see the tropical fish and coral that makes up this glorious live aquarium. Did you know that Mexico has declared just under 500 square kilometers (123,553 acres) of the reef system a protected national...
Posted March 15, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
Liliana Cruz joins me on today’s podcast. Originally from Mexico City, Liliana moved to the Riviera Maya in 2003. After living and working in Cancun and Tulum, she now calls Playa del Carmen her home. Liliana has a passion for spa and wellness. So much so, that she now runs a mobile spa service, and sponsors an annual Alternative Health Fair. Her background in business administration offered her an opportunity to run a spa in Tulum. She drifted from the business side to the practice of...
Posted March 8, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
My guest on today’s podcast is a doctor who practices integrative healing in Playa del Carmen. Dr. Luis Suarez describes his health services as a blend of scientific medicine and complementary natural therapies. His holistic approach integrates nutrition, acupuncture, phytotherapy, and more to ensure patients receive total health care during their visits. Originally from Mexico City, Dr. Suarez is a pioneer in neural therapy and regenerative injection therapy, which includes platelet rich...
Posted March 6, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food
A good friend of ours did a fast, last minute trip down to the Riviera Maya. Traveling during the holidays seemed to be a challenge, condos were fully booked, small hotels were full, and a large villa for 20 people just seemed a bit overwhelming for a single traveler. Our spare room was even full, and so were the spare rooms of our local friends. The only option, which was the best option for this quick get away, was to book a stay at a local all inclusive resort, Bahia Principe....
Posted March 3, 2017 by Kay Walten in Culture
If you are looking for a unique evening activity while visiting Mexico, experiencing night shows at three popular Mayan Ruins is as unique as you can get. Chichen Itza, Uxmal and the Franciscan San Antonio Convent (Convento Fransescano de San Antonio) in the small town of Izamal are the only locations that have night shows. There was a time way back when (2008) when the Tulum Ruins were open at night, not necessarily with a night show, but you could explore the ruins under the spectacular...
Posted March 1, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
What does a happy dog look like? My guest, Veterinarian Erika Flores, offers advice to visitors of the Riviera Maya area about the local dog and cat populations. Erika trained in Mexico City, where she worked for the Mexican Government Wildlife Division. The stress of the city was getting to her, and she welcomed the opportunity to move to Quintana Roo with her partner. For the last six years, she has worked for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), focusing on humane management...
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