Posted January 9, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos
The vibrant colors and colonial architecture Mexico is known for are found everywhere in Valladolid. This photo was taken inside the halls of the Convent of San Bernardino Siena, one of the town's most popular attractions. It is an easy and worthwhile day trip from the Riviera Maya. Read more about the historical Mexican town of Valladolid.
Posted January 8, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Loco Adventures,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services
Foodies from around the world have discovered that the Yucatan and the Riviera Maya are great destinations to experience food created by some really inspiring chefs. If you are crazy for cooking or just enjoy eating really great Mexican food, take home more than just memories of your Mexico vacation, take home new kitchen skills and a knowledge of Mexico's fascinating culinary history. What better place to take a cooking class than the country with a cuisine that has been dubbed by UNESCO a...
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
WOW! Imagine you and your loved one soaking in this sunken pool with a view! Sexy, romantic and relaxing only begins to describe the Suite La Mar at Al Cielo beachfront hotel. A master suite with king size bed, A/C and a private ocean front terrace with a sunken pool. Book your romantic Riviera Maya vacation at Al Cielo today!
Posted by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism
On the highway from Tulum to the Coba ruins, you will pass through the little roadside village of Macario Gomez where you will find a wealth of Mexican handicrafts for reasonable prices. Hammocks, tables, hanging lamps, hats...you will even find great little taco stands and fresh fruit stands where you can refuel on your way to or back from the Coba ruins. We love this pit stop on the Coba road and we think you will too! Visit the Coba ruins.
Posted January 7, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
Photos of the beautiful cenotes of the Riviera Maya and Yucatan are enough to get anyone excited about traveling to this naturally stunning destination! Cenotes, fresh water sink holes in the jungle, are unique to the peninsula and a delight to swim in on a hot Summer day. Cenote Zaci is in the colonial town of Valladolid. Visit both ancient Mayan ruins and cenotes at this Riviera Maya archeological site.
Posted January 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism
Tulum has several open air mercados along the main highway that runs through the pueblo. Fruit, vegetables, canned goods, dry goods, household products are all available in these small, family owned and operated grocery stores. Not too long ago, before modern super stores like WalMart came to the Riviera Maya, little places like this is where everyone did their grocery shopping. Help keep places like this, that make Tulum so unique, alive. Shopping here supports a local business owner and is...
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Today is Dia de Tres Reyes, Three Kings Day. It is the day Mexicans celebrate the visit of the three wise men who arrived bearing gifts for the baby Jesus. This is the day to eat rosca de reyes, a great holiday sweet bread shaped in a wreath, with a small Jesus figurine baked inside. While eating the bread, the person who gets the slice with the figurine has to provide the tamales for Candlemas, the next party on the holiday schedule. So go to the nearest bakery and get a delicious rosca de...
Posted January 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Watersports
"A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." - Grace Murray Hopper, United States Navy rear admiral. Don't stay in your "safe harbor", get out and make 2014 your year for travel! Visit the Riviera Maya where we have sailing, fishing, snorkeling, diving and more! Check out ways to explore the Riviera Maya's spectacular underwater world.
Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Grupo Xcaret, the theme park creators of Xcaret, Xplor and Xel Ha have brought one of Mexico City's biggest attractions to the Riviera Maya - Xochimilco. Xochimilco, know as the ancient floating gardens, is a series of water canals that existed since pre-Hispanic times when lakes and lagoons made up the Valley of Mexico. This replica of the capitol's famous attraction includes evening boat rides, traditional live music and dancing, Mexican cuisine and culture. Discover the theme parks of...
Posted January 2, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
These shell mobiles hanging in the Tulum Pueblo are a popular Mexican Caribbean handicraft. The soft colors and organic shapes make this local art a beautiful representation of the Riviera Maya's amazing beaches. Check out our fabulous beaches!
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