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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Holiday treats!

Posted December 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Photos

Holiday treats in the Riviera Maya

These little bite-sized beauties are called Mexican wedding cookies, but they are on every Mexican holiday table too. Pistachios, butter, powdered sugar, more butter...they just melt in your mouth. Try your hand at some Mexican holiday recipes.

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Holiday Piñatas

Posted December 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

Christmas pinatas in Yucatan, Mexico

No fiesta de Navidad (Christmas party) or fiesta de Año Nuevo (New Year party) would be complete without a bright, beautiful piñata! The holiday piñatas are usually wrapped in gold or silver foil and decorated with symbols of Christmas (like poinsettias or Santa) made out of tissue paper. You will see them hanging everywhere in Yucatan and the Riviera Maya well into the New Year. Read about other holiday customs in Mexico.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try Noche Buena Beer

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Holiday beer in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Each holiday season, us locals look forward to the arrival of Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) cerveza. This smooth, rich amber beer with a hint of carmel is present at all of the Riviera Maya holiday parties! You can find Noche Buena in Oxxo and most of the local grocery stores, but it will only be here for the holidays. Like sangria? Check out our holiday recipe.

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Carrying a Torch for Guadalupe in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

Dia de Senora de Guadalupe in Riviera Maya

One of the Mexican culture's most celebrated historical figures is without a doubt the Virgin Mary. She is the patron saint of Mexico seen everywhere, statues, paintings, sculptures and posters adorn churches, houses, convenience stores and restaurants. Decals of the religious icon ride in the back windows of taxis and on the front of T-shirts for sale in the local mercados.  This sacred lady is also referred to as Señora Guadalupe, a woman for whom many carry a torch for every holiday...

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Mexico Photo of the Day – Hand crafted ornaments

Posted December 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

Christmas ornaments made in Puebla, Mexico

These women in a small village outside of Puebla, Mexico are hand crafting blown glass Christmas ornaments, most of which will be exported to the U.S. Read about Christmas holiday traditions in Mexico

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Noche Buena

Posted December 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Christmas in the Riviera Maya

Did you know that poinsettias are native to Mexico? The plant is known in Mexico as "Noche Buena", meaning Christmas Eve. Get our holiday recipe for Mexican sangria.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Akumal Toy Drive

Posted by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Family vacations,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Toy Drive in the Riviera Maya

Three Kings Day on January 6th is the most special day of the year for children throughout Mexico. It is the day they wake up to find toys and gifts left by the three kings, or wise men,  who historically brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Every year since 2006, the residents of Akumal head up a toy drive to make sure the children living in the rural Mayan villages of the surrounding areas are not forgotten. The Akumal Toy Drive is a project dear to the hearts of Akumal's regular visitors...

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Celebrating a Traditional Christmas in Riviera Maya

Posted December 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

Christmas in Riviera Maya

If you have decided to spend your Winter holidays in the Riviera Maya it means you are not only looking to escape the harsh cold weather for warm, sandy beaches, but you and your family are ready to experience Christmas in a new way. Christmas in Mexico is more a religious event and less a commercial opportunity. Christmas in Mexico is a time for family get togethers and seasonal recipes, not so much about big ticket items under the tree. A Christmas vacation in Mexico is getting back to the...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – NEW Cultural Tour

Posted November 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

Tours in Riviera Maya mexico

Learn about the Maya culture with Corazon y Vida Tours. Tour archeological sites, see dance and music ceremonies, learn about medicinal plants in the Yucatan jungle, witness the ancient Mayan arts of beekeeping and textile making, and taste regional food created from ancient recipes.  Immerse yourself in a fascinating culture on your next Mexico vacation. Discover the diverse Riviera Maya.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Buy Local Art!

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Art in Akumal Riviera Maya

Can you spot the differences? Each one of these "Mona Lisas" and "Giant Hibiscus" paintings are unique, no two are alike, but they are all original, local art. Discover Akumal, an artsy fartsy Riviera Maya seaside village.

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