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...

Head For The Jungle – Fun Things To Do Off the Beach

Posted April 10, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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Most visitors come to the Riviera Maya for the unforgettable beaches that line the coast. What makes this area extra special and unique is the proximity to the jungle, in most cases, just a few miles to the west of the beach. The jungle is a fun place to explore and has as many activities to share as the Caribbean Sea. Oddly there are things you do in the Sea that can also be done in the jungle! Read on to find out! Fun Things to Do in the Riviera Maya Jungle Cenote Diving - Cenote Diving is...

What’s New in the Riviera Maya?

Posted April 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services

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We feel lucky that new activities and cultural events pop up throughout the year along the coast. Someone asked us the other day 'What's new in the Riviera Maya'. After sharing this information we decided to post the answer for all of our readers and visitors. I mean, who wouldn't like to know the latest and greatest things to do in the Riviera Maya? La Joya - Cirque de Soleil Show This was probably one of the most anticipated openings of the year. The soft opening was in November and the...

Creating a Family Friendly Cenote Experience

Posted March 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities

Family friendly cenotes

When you vacation in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is almost a given that visiting a cenote will be on your ‘must-do’ list. However, swimming in a sinkhole or cave for the first time can be an intimidating experience for some kids. We get that. Its dark, there are a lot of squishy fish and sometimes even bats. But done right dipping their toe into one of these magnificent turquoise pools of water doesn’t have to be as unnerving as you might think. If you are interested in exploring the...

Ideas for your Easter Vacation in Mexico

Posted March 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Mexico Vacation Tips

Easter in Mexico

Spending the holidays away from home is a wonderful way to introduce new traditions and holiday surprises for the entire family. This experience lets you immerse yourself whole heatedly in a new culture and try on new holiday traditions. Easter in Mexico is celebrated very differently from the North American Easter Bunny holiday. There are some super fun cultural traditions that both kids and adults will love! Semana Santa and Pascua in Mexico Easter in Mexico is the biggest high holiday of...

Fernando Castro Pacheco – A Fascinating and Influential Yucatecan Artist

Posted March 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art

Fernando Castro Pacheco - A Fascinating and Influential Yucatecan Artist

When I first stepped into the Governor's Palace in Merida, I was mesmerized by the 27 large paintings by local artist Fernando Castro Pacheco. Once I dove into his life history, I have to say I was smitten, and developed a small crush on this man who I sadly never had an opportunity to meet. Fernando Castro Pacheco left this earth on August 20, 2013 at the age of 95, and left behind a cultural and political legacy that cannot go unmentioned. Mexican Realism Artist Dedicated to Mexico's...

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