Posted July 18, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Bungalow...what the heck is a bungalow. Well in North American terms, meaning Canada and the US, a bungalow is a one story dwelling. In other parts of the world, a bungalow can be a one or one and half storied structure with a porch, and made of local materials. Locally a bungalow is called a palapa (pal-a-pa) or cabana which is a small cottage like structure made of local materials. Here on the coast local materials would be hard wood and a thatched roof and perhaps concrete. If you are...
Posted July 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
Well we have Hernán Cortés to blame for flan, as he was the one that brought this Roman dessert to the New World in the early 16th century. We also have the Yucatecans to blame for their ingenious embellishment of the original recipe, adding chocolate, coconut, or coffee to the mix. The history of flan dates back to the Roman Empire when they discovered their domestication of chickens brought on a whole new problem, an over abundance of eggs. Quickly, new recipes were formulated to use...
Posted July 13, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
We published a post in June about touristy things worth doing in the Riviera Maya that brought you closer to local culture, Mexican history and indigenous cultures. This post was such a success that we decided to include some fun touristy activities that are not related to the local history and culture at all. Why is this information important? Why did we receive such a great response to our last post? People have limited time on their vacation and if they are going to get off the beach or...
Posted July 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
In today’s episode, I am talking with Paul Sanchez Navarro, a Mexican/American, Cultured, Southern boy who was raised in New Orleans and Texas and now lives in Turtle Town (aka Akumal) and has for the past 12 years. Why Did Paul Come to Akumal & What is He Working On? Paul has worked in Mexico City and Switzerland on environmental policy with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). And, when The Ecological Center in Akumal (CEA) invited him to come and restructure the...
Posted July 11, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
Mojitos take you through a Cuban history lesson, not a Mexican history lesson. So why are we talking about a now famous Cuban drink. Well, we feel a sense of solidarity with Cuba, for many reasons. Number One : Mexico and Cuba were taken over by the Spanish. Number Two: We share similar European architects in our Spanish colonial cities. Many buildings in Merida and Havanah were designed by the same architects. Number 3: Mexico supported Cuba during the Spanish-American war, during the Batista...
Posted July 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
If you have been to Tulum you are well aware of the three main hot spots in this little city. The Tulum Archeological site is the first hot spot where millions of visitors come to see the only Mayan city overlooking the Caribbean. Tulum Beach is the second hot spot and one of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in the world, just south of the Tulum archeological site. The third hot spot is the main street in the town of Tulum, Hwy 307 that cuts straight through the center of town with shops...
Posted July 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities
Before tourism found its roots in the Riviera Maya, there was a prosperous industry that took the coast and jungle by storm. Farming chicle, a tree resin from the zapote tree, was a lucrative industry on the Riviera Maya coast. There is still evidence of the chicleros work found on trees throughout the Riviera Maya, but this is a fascinating industry that just took off in the late 1800's to early 1900's. One Local Tour Company Shares the Tales of the Chicleros Before we share the impact...
Posted July 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
Today it is my pleasure to speak with the vibrant and beautiful Sol Tamargo. Sol is an artist with a camera and has a passion for nature and color. She also participates in our local Superwomen's Club, a group of women supporting each other in business and in life. Sol spent her younger years in Cancun then moved with her family to Guadalajara. When life got to be a dull gray, Sol decided to move back to the coast to bring some much needed-color into her life. She says moving to Playa del...
Posted July 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
There is nothing better than an evening summer BBQ to spice things up. We have some favorite Mexican recipes that are always a hit with friends and family. Why not share some of your local food experiences and make that vacation pay off! Mexican Inspired BBQ Sauce - Local Food Hack This is one of our favorite Mexican food hacks, a BBQ sauce for ribs, chicken or pork chops that have a bit of Mexicana spice! It is easy and you can mix whichever salsa you brought back from the Riviera Maya...
Posted June 29, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
Your parents have just told you that your next vacation it going to be in the Riviera Maya. Where the heck is that and what can a kid under 12 do in this place called the Riviera Maya? What your parents may not know is this place is the ideal place for your vacation. We are going to make you look like a super star planner and suggest cool and fun things for kids in the Riviera Maya. 5 Things To Do for Kids Under 12 in the Riviera Maya 1. Take a snorkel or scuba class - If you are 10 yrs or...
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