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Culture Yucateco – Strong Maya Roots Shaped by Worldy Influence

Posted October 9, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

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There is no where else in Mexico, or the world, like Yucatan. The Yucatán Peninsula is home to the North American Continent's largest indigenous population, the Maya. Yucatán has the highest percentage of indigenous language speakers in Mexico. You can hear Maya spoken everywhere on the peninsula. With its roots sprouting firmly from its ancient Mayan ancestors, the Yucatecan culture has also been shaped by worldly influences. Because of its geography, the Yucatan Peninsula was more or less...

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Yucatan Vacation Tip – The Yucatan Symphony – World renowned

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Yucatan Activities

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The Orchestra Symphony Yucatan is a philharmonic orchestra that was estabilished in Merida in 2001 and is recognized as a world class orchestra. International performances include Italian opera, Russian ballet and guest musicians from around the globe. It is really worth the effort to plan your Meirda visit to coincide with a perfomance. Check out their Fall and Winter 2013 calendar. Discover more about the Yucatan's cultural gem, Merida.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Tequila Museum in Playa del Carmen

Posted October 8, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

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Tequila is a major part of Mexico's proud heritage. Learn more about how this delicious spirit is made at the Tequila Museum in Playa del Carmen. Although it is referred to as a museum, it is really more of a fun place to pop in and taste some tequilas before you buy. Located on 5th Avenue, they have a nice selection of high-end tequilas and a mini museum at the back of the store. Lots of photo ops too. Find other things to do in Playa del Carmen.

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Cancun Vacation Tip – Lucha Libre – Who says culture isn’t fun?

Posted October 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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Lucha libre, free style wrestling, is as much a part of the Mexican culture as tacos and tequila. So where on the coast do you go to take in some live action? Jacinto Canek Gym in Cancun located on Avenida Chichen Itza and Tulum hosts lucha libre events on the weekends. The shows are outrageous, costumed fun!  Call or email for upcoming events. Telephone 9982-01-50-08 [email protected] Find other cultural events going on this Fall.

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Colonial architecture built into the culture

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

yucatecan-architecture in Merida and Valladolid

Seen throughout the Yucatan, colonial architecture brought by the Spanish in the 16th Century is built into the Yucatecan culture. Columns, archways, paneled doors and clean-lined facades are all features of colonial architecture. Yucatan cities such as Merida and Valladolid have beautiful examples of this age-old architecture that is still popular even today. Learn more about colonial Yucatan. Photo by Scott Brown

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Where to eat some of the best tacos around

Posted October 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Restaurants

National tacos-day

In celebration of National Taco Day we want to share the location of some of our favorite Riviera Maya taquerias. All of these taco eateries are consistently fabulous and sooooo budget friendly. El Arbolito in Puerto Aventuras on the highway. Tacos here are a little different as this is a cazuelas-style restaurant, meaning the taco fillings are Mexican stews and casseroles served from steaming pots. Don't be shy, lift the lids and ask. By the way, these tortillas are hand-made and some of...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Shrimp Tacos – It’s National Taco Day!

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Shrinp tacos in the Riviera Maya

There is no doubt, this traditional dish is an icon of Mexico! Americans have come to love tacos so much, they gave the taco it's own special day. Taco stands are  ubiquitous throughout the Riviera Maya. Shrimp tacos are the local favorite but you will find taco stands selling numerous variations of tacos; seafood, chicken, veggie, beef, lamb, pork...and the combinations are limitless. The word "taco" comes from the silver mines in Mexico in the 18th century. "Taco" referred to the...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Maya Embroidery – An heirloom tradition

Posted October 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

mayan-embroidery from the Yucatan

The tradition of Maya embroidery dates back for centuries. Today, many of the Maya village women who create these stitched masterpieces still do it by hand or work on an old model Singer sewing machine, the model with the foot pedal they sold in the Sears catalogue back in the late 1800s.  The next time you are shopping in Tulum or Playa del Carmen, look closely at the embroidery and you may notice a repeating pattern through these colorful pieces. Each family has a unique weaving pattern...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Palaperos – Mayan builders and artists

Posted October 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

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Palapas are thatched roofs that are very common in the Caribbean and other tropical areas of the world. Palaperos, men who construct these amazing roof structures, are artists. They create these grass roofs to be wind, rain and even hurricane resistant. This sustainable building practice has been around for centuries and continues to be the best construction option for the Riviera Maya. Live like a local and try out a thatched roof bungalow the next time you are in the Riviera Maya.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Photography Etiquette – Say please!

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips

photo-etiquette when taking photos in the Rivieria Maya

When exploring a different culture while on vacation, it is easy to get camera trigger happy with all the new sites but before you ask a human photo subject to say "Cheese!", ask them if it is ok to take their picture. Simply point to the camera and ask, "Esta bien?" Usually, especially the Maya, will smile real big and nod. Some indigenous cultures in Mexico take offense when their image is "stolen". Check out Locogringo on Pinterest!

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