Perfect Summer Adventure – Rio Lagartos

Posted June 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

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We have been talking about Rio Lagartos for some time now. It is a favorite day trip for us and we love this part of the Yucatan. We were just talking to some friends about their summer vacation in the Riviera Maya, and Rio Lagartos came to mind, again. Rio Lagartos - Flamingos, Flamingos, Flamingos This is a great destination to see hundreds of Flamingos on the Gulf Coast. We always hire a local guide to take us through the mangroves and out to the Gulf to get a look at one of our favorite...

Summer Camp for Kids in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

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Think about it. An international summer camp as part of the family summer vacation is a great for both you and the kids. First everyone comes to the Riviera Maya. Parents can send their kids off to Day Camp, while they create their own day camp on the beach, at cenotes, eco parks or archeology sites. Your kids will return at 4 pm giggling with new stories, adventures and understandings. The evenings are yet another adventure as a family bringing a wonderful balance to your family summer...

First Reggae Fest in Playa del Carmen

Posted June 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

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July 24, 25 and 26 mark the first reggae festival in Playa del Carmen.  Luciano Jah Messenger a popular Jamaican reggae artist from the 1990's will be there along with Pantheon Rococo of Mexico.  The weekend will be full of music across Playa, the schedule is still being finalized.  Tickets are $200 pesos.

Loco Adventure – Sergio Castro and the Museum of Regional Clothing

Posted June 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

Sergio Castro and the Museum of Regional Clothing

We had a good 5 days in San Cristobal and surrounding villages, but there was one highlight of our Loco Adventure that was unexpected, heartwarming and culturally rich. One reason we decided to venture as far as San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas was to buy some new fabric for the house. Chiapas is known for their hand-woven textiles, with each village defined by their patterns and methods. Yeah, yeah, yeah I can buy some of the textiles on the coast, but why not use this as an excuse for a...

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Infographic

Posted May 29, 2015 by Steve Moen in Watersports

Riviera Maya Vacation guide to Scuba Diving, cenote diving and Ocean Diving

Have you always wondered what differentiates snorkeling from diving. Have you dreamed of switching your snorkeling for your open water certification. Have you wondered what it would be like to try scuba diving when in the Riviera Maya. Well, this infographic designed by Jennifer Forbes is a great way to figure out which Caribbean water activity is best for you! Snorkeling vs Diving in the Riviera Maya Big shout out to by Jennifer Forbes for creating this amazing infographic Check...

Should I Visit Yucatan Colonial Cities or Beaches in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Yucatan Activities

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We think this one of the top questions we receive in our email. "Should we visit Riviera Maya beaches or the Colonial cities in the Yucatan." Our first response is, this does not have to be an 'or' question. Colonial cities are close to the beaches of the Riviera Maya so think about visiting both!. Experience Colonial Cities and Beautiful Beaches on your Riviera Maya Vacation The Riviera Maya is located along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. If you want to...

Quick Guide to Merida – Easy Vacation Planning

Posted May 6, 2015 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities

Quick Guide to Merida

Merida is a big city, a very big city, but thankfully it does not feel like a big city. It is this small city feel to Merida that has us venturing to the Yucatan for a break, albeit a weekend or even 2 days out of the week. This colonial city is close to the Riviera Maya and adds some cultural flavors to our oh so Mexico life. We have put together a list of things we think would make a great trip to Merida. You do not need to do all of these activities in one trip. Merida is a city to be...

Take Part in a Yucatan Dance Tradition – Vaquerias

Posted April 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities

Take Part in a Yucatan Dance Tradition - Vaquerias

Participate in a historical dance tradition that is exclusive to the Yucatan. Vaquerias are a religious and economic celebration honoring the patron saint of either a Hacienda or a Yucatan village. The bigger the party, the more money a village or hacienda had. These dances share the sounds of the Jarana orchestra with the sights of Jarana traditional dance. Today, no one has to travel outside Merida to a Hacienda or village to witness a traditional Vaqueria. Every Sunday at 1 p.m. or Monday...

Little Mexican Cooking School Puerto Morelos – More than Just Food

Posted April 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities

Little Mexican Cooking School Puerto Morelos

I first met Catriona Brown, the owner of the Little Mexican Cooking School, during her first trip to the Riviera Maya over 10 years ago. She is a smart, creative, Renaissance woman who surprises me at every turn. For years I have been saying that I would come by and participate in one of her cooking classes. 'Anytime, Kay' is the response I would get but I failed to book the time year after year. At the end of 2014 I made the call and committed myself and a girlfriend to a class just before...

Mexican Folk Art Stores Worth Visiting in the Riviera Maya

Posted April 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art

Mexican Folk Art in the Riviera Maya

It is not a secret that the Riviera Maya is filled with retail stores chocker block full of 'stereotypical souvenirs that visitors like to take home. Think velvet somberos, maracas, sarapes, and shot glasses. Store upon store offers these little souvenirs that seem to reflect your Riviera Maya vacation. If you are following the country's rich artisan traditions, these souvenirs are a far cry from the countries best keep secret, Mexican Folk Art. There are a few stores in the Riviera Maya who...

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