Posted October 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities
Each year on October 31, the dead come alive and walk the streets of Merida, Yucatan. The annual Dia de los Muertos Parade is filled with sights and sounds of the holiday known to the Maya as Hanal Pixan or "feast for the souls". Discover more about the Maya Metropolis of Merida.
Posted October 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
Dia de los Muertos is the time to honor our loved ones who have passed away, but are not forgotten. Mexicans build small alters in their homes in remembrance. Each family's alter is different, but there are some key components every memorial will feature. At the centerpiece of the altar is a photo of the person or persons for whom the altar is dedicated. Around them are placed items that represent the personality of the honorees, symbols of things the each person enjoyed while alive or things...
Posted October 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
We LOVE sugar skull face painting! It's easier than you think and you can get as elaborate as your creativity will allow. Check out this 5 minute tutorial to a really cool Dia de los Muertos look.
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips
Mucbipollo is a traditional Maya dish usually prepared for the Day of the Dead celebrations. It is a chicken or pork tamale pie that is wrapped in banana leaves and baked in an underground oven called a pib. You can find this dish in just about every ecocina (small, local kitchen) beginning the end of October through November 3. Mayan ladies sell it on the roadside too, so be sure to eat your "pibs" if you are enjoying the Dia de los Muertos festivities in Riviera Maya. Discover fabulous...
Posted October 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
Sugar decorations date back to the 17th Century. Mexican villagers had very little money for decorations, but they had lots of sugar with which they began to mold and adorn their churches, alters and gravestones. Sometimes the skulls will have the name of the deceased on the forehead and are decorated with swirls of colorful icing making them more festive than scary. Read about other Day of the Dead traditions.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events
Each year beginning October 30th and running through November 3rd, Xcaret eco-theme park in Playa del Carmen hosts a Dia de los Muertos Festival that is a first class production. Music, dancing, storytelling, children's workshops, theater, art exhibits, a photo contest, regional food and so much more. This is one of the biggest festivals in Riviera Maya - you won't want to miss it!
Posted October 24, 2013 by Kay Walten in Yucatan Activities
The International Festival of the Maya Culture in Yucatan is in full swing! Live music is everywhere in Merida...all for FREE! These local musicians in their white guayaberas and black banded fedoras look sharp and sound tight. Book a hotel for next year's Yucatan festival.
Posted October 23, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips
Like to take your four-legged "kids" with you on vacation? Isla Holbox is really animal friendly. Just about all the private home accommodations will accept pets and you can take your doggy with you everywhere on the island - even the beaches! Something you can't do anywhere in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. They even get to ride on the ferry for free. Please remember to pick up after your pooch. Let's keep the beaches clean and healthy for everyone. Find out more about this animal-loving...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Sustainable Tourism
Life on Isla Holbox focuses on the simple everyday joys. One of them being the incredible sunsets. It is amazing how everyone on the island stops what they are doing for the last hour of the day to look to the West and become mesmerized by the glorious vista. This is islander culture. Holbox may not have a ballet company or an Opera house, but pull out your iPod and click on Mendelssohn while watching an Isla Holbox sunset...you will find no better "theater" in the world. Discover laid-back...
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time on a tiny island can tell you there is a completely different local mind-set than that of the mainland, than the rest of the world that isn't a small island. It's not that islanders don't care about what's going on in the world, it just seems they are more in tuned with the things the rest of the world has forgotten, like living simple so everyone can enjoy living more. Isla Holbox is one of these places. Here, there is an unmistakable,...
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