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Me Tarzan, You Jane – Fun Eco Parks in the Riviera Maya Worth Exploring

Posted July 20, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

Fun Eco Parks in the Riviera Maya Worth Exploring

I love the sea, but the mysteries of the jungle continue to intrigue me. As a seasoned cave diver and cave explorer, I found myself in the jungle more than on the beach. It was during these early years that I fell in love with the Mayan rainforest. Check out these Eco Parks That Take You In Jungle We don't expect anyone to trek into the dense local jungles on their own. Even 16th century explorers did not try to get through the jungle on foot. We know that the best way, and most eco friendly...

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Trip Back in Time – Understanding the Chicleros

Posted July 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

Chiceleros of the Riviera Maya

Before tourism found its roots in the Riviera Maya, there was a prosperous industry that took the coast and jungle by storm. Farming chicle, a tree resin from the zapote tree, was a lucrative industry on the Riviera Maya coast. There is still evidence of the chicleros work found on trees throughout the Riviera Maya, but this is a fascinating industry that just took off in the late 1800's to early 1900's. One Local Tour Company Shares the Tales of the Chicleros Before we share the impact...

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Diving Hot Spots in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Watersports

Diving Hot Spots in the Riviera Maya

The Mexican Caribbean that lines the coast of the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya is a diving hot spot! From Cancun to Xcalak you will find unique diving experiences no matter which city you choose to put your tanks in the water. The second largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Reef, runs from Cancun to Xcalak and has so many wonderful places for divers to explore. The hot, hot spots or maybe I should say highlights are listed by city below. Whether you dive in one city for your vacation or...

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Steve Gerrard – Cenotes of the Riviera Maya 2016

Posted June 21, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Watersports

Steve Gerrard - Cenotes of the Riviera Maya 2016

Today we welcome a longtime friend and fellow cave diver, Steve Gerrard. Steve was the first ever full-time cave diving instructor. He has been cave diving for over 30 years, has been the President of the National Association of Cave Diving (NACD) since 1979, has been featured in magazine articles and television programs, and is the author of five books.     The New Frontier Steve started out cave diving in the deep caverns of Florida and eventually moved to the...

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Underwater Summer Camp

Posted June 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services,Watersports

Underwater Summer Camp

This is how summer camp should be. Parents get a vacation and kids have an adventures. Well, this is the reality here in the Riviera Maya and Underwater Summer Camp can be done any day of the week! I remember my memorable days of summer camp. Crafts, canoeing, camping, camp fires, and just being a kid or a teenager. But not all of us can afford 4 weeks at camp, and most parents are still stuck working grind while they ship off their kids summer camp. That is not a break for...

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My Favorite Ruins Destination in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities

My Favorite Ruins Destination in the Riviera Maya

If I had to choose one Mayan Archeological site to visit in the Riviera Maya, I would pick Muyil. Just south of Tulum this ancient city, which is not well known, played an important role in shaping the inland Maya communities through trade routes and imported products. I love the Peten architecture, a style similar to the Mayan city of Tikal found in Guatemala, its proximity to the lagoons of the Sian Ka'an, its energy, and most of all the tranquility. This is not a popular site for...

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Tried and True – Summer Whale Shark Adventure in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Activities

Summer Whale Shark Adventure in the Riviera Maya

Well folks, it's that time of year, your opportunity to snorkel with the whale sharks. We love this adventure and hope that everyone who travels to the Riviera Maya takes this fantastic tour that teaches you about the largest fish on the planet. Whale sharks tours are lead by certified and responsible tour operators that teach you how to observe these fish in their natural habitat. WE are divers so we know we are just visitors in the sea, but if you are new to water activities, there may be...

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Jump In – Cenotes Worth Jumping Into

Posted May 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports,Yucatan Activities

Jump In - Cenotes Worth Jumping Into

With so many cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is almost impossible to explain the unique beauty of each. We have listed all the cenotes in the Riviera Maya in our Loco Gringo Directory  so you can tour through as many or as few as you wish. But we have some personal favorites that take us not only into a great cenote but add a road trip into the mix. All of the cenotes we are going to list are just a short drive away (under 2.5 hours) and will bring you into areas of the Yucatan Peninsula...

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Riviera Maya Beaches Found Covered in Snow! El Nino to Blame?

Posted April 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

April Fool's Day In Mexico

Visitors and locals alike woke up to snow covered beaches in the Mexican Caribbean today, with people blaming El Nino for this unheard of phenomenon. ¡Inocente para siempre! April Fools! April 1st is April Fool's Day and we gotcha ya! But we think you also gotcha on another little bit of info. Mexico does not celebrate this day of jokes and pranks on April 1, they celebrate December 28 on the Holy Day of the Innocent. And that is not joke! History of April Fool's Day In Mexico If...

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Legendary Lodgings in the Yucatan Peninsula – Haciendas

Posted March 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations

Riviera Maya Haciendas

Moving through the Yucatan Peninsula seeing, feeling and tasting the history of the area is a precious vacation. Traveling into the depths of history, embracing the culture and deeply understanding the diverse history of the area could take a life time. Well we have learned how to shorten that learning by not only traveling through the area, but staying at legendary hotels and accommodations that deepen your understanding of Mexico. Haciendas are a large part of learning the good, bad and...

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