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Just the Two of You – Add a Little Romance to Your Vacation

Posted February 10, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

Romance in the Riviera Maya

Oh the dream of champagne toasts, dinners overlooking the sea, romantic walks on the beach and private moonlit moments. Yes, you can do this in the Riviera Maya. But why not spice things up a bit and create a bit of sizzle on your next vacation. Things are never the same when you try to duplicate what you have seen in the movies, or read in books. Create your own romance in the Riviera Maya, just the two of you. Top Romantic Things to Do and Sexy Surprises for your Partner Book a penthouse...

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Feeding the Senses – Local Arts Scene in Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Posted February 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

Local Arts Scene in Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Mexico is an artist's community. For centuries all forms have art have shaped the country and its culture. Folk art, muralists, painters, singers, poets and actors are what attracted many visitors to the Mexico originally. Now beautiful beaches, colonial architecture, sustainable tourism and food attracts so many more visitors. Many art forms are still the back bone to understanding and appreciating Mexico. In Yucatan cities, the arts is an established institution. In the Riviera Maya, the...

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Something to Wine About – History of Mexican Wine

Posted January 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

History of Mexican Wine

As Mexico becomes a more popular destination people are digging deeper and deeper into its culinary and beverage (okay alcohol) history. Mexican wine is not well known, but its history is as fascinating as mezcal, tequila and tortillas. Mexico was the first country in the Americas to grow grapes for wine making back in the mid 1500s. Los Padres (the Church) planted grape vines as fast as they built missions in northern Mexico. The first grape variety to be planted was the Mission grape, but...

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El Dia de los Tres Reyes – Mexican Gift Giving Day

Posted January 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

El Dia de los Tres Reyes - Mexican Gift Giving Day

Did you know that the local Mexican tradition of gift giving is not on Christmas? Local families have adopted some western Christmas traditions, like Santa Claus, but the real gift giving day is January 6, not December 24th or 25th. El Dia de los Tres Reyes is a fun fiesta where kids get their presents and the family breaks bread. Kings Bread or Rosca de Rey, is a traditional sweet yummy holiday egg bread that is covered in candied fruit. If you are in Playa del Carmen on Kings Day you can...

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Feliz Año – What Color Are Your Undies

Posted December 31, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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There are many Mexican traditions for New Years Eve, and many have been shared here on the Local Scoop. One favorite tradition is to eat twelve grapes at midnight on 31st December, making a wish on each grape. But the most fun tradition is the yellow or red underwear tradition. Yes you read that correctly. If you wear yellow underwear you will have financial success in 2016. If you wear red underwear you will have more love in your life in 2016. And no you cannot wear both. But what you wear...

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Los Posadas – A Local Christmas Tradition Worth Adopting

Posted December 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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Christmas in Mexico is fun. There is lots of music, great weather, a festival feel and a wonderful tradition that local families love. Los Posadas could be easily be explained as 9 days of traveling cocktail parties but there is a bid more to these festivities than just great food and drink. When we make the suggestion that this tradition is one worth adopting, not for the deep roots in religion but for the community involvement this traditions provides. The History behind Los...

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No One Celebrates the Day of the Dead Like Mexico

Posted October 30, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

No One Celebrates the Day of the Dead Like Mexico

But why? Why is this holiday such a festive time when families are honoring such a sad moment - the passing of a family member or friend? Read on to find out the historical and changing face of the Day of the Dead Original Day of the Dead Celebrations Well, looking at the history of the festival provides the answers we need. Day of the Dead, El Dia de los Muertos was originally celebrated in the 9th month of the Aztec calendar before Mexico was conquered by the Spanish. Pre Hispanic cultures...

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Where to Get Your Om on in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

Yoga in the Riviera Maya

One request that we get often from our LG friends is, where is a good yoga studio? The Riviera Maya is known for great yoga studios, yoga teachers, and a variety of yoga classes for all yogis. Kundalini, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Power Yoga, Restoration Yoga, Yoga for Kids, SUP yoga and Hot yoga can all be found in Riviera Maya cities. Throughout the year, international studios host various yoga retreats, local yoga teachers host special classes and teacher trainings. There is an endless amount...

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Walking and Talking Travel with the Family – Local Walking Tours

Posted October 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

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One thing we love about the Riviera Maya are the walking cities that are in abundance in the area. Many of our friends who live in Playa del Carmen or Puerto Morelos, or even Tulum, rarely use their car when in the city. The default walking tour in the Riviera Maya is the beach. People can walk for hours, both north and south, as this beach is long, wide and breath taking. But there are so many more walking tour ideas that will keep you active and connected as a family, walking tours that...

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Personal Cenote Check List for the Riviera Maya

Posted September 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports

Cenote Azul, Riviera Maya Mexico

As some of you may know, we have a bit of a passion for cenotes, okay a huge passion for cenotes. These natural sink holes are a true wonder both above and below the surface. Our love for the Riviera Maya started at these very pools and grew to regions near and far as we explored the Yucatan Peninsula. We thought it might be fun, and useful, to build a cenote check list. This list will keep you pretty busy, and could have you racing back for more on another vacation. This is exactly what...

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