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...

Eco-Chocolate Museum near Uxmal Ruins – The Choco-Story

Posted February 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Sustainable Tourism,Yucatan Activities

Eco-Chocolate Museum Uxmal

When we are traveling around investigating areas that interest us, we always find unpublicized attractions that we know absolutely nothing about. On a recent trip to Uxmal, a favored ruin in the Yucatan, we fell upon one of those surprises, the Eco Chocolate Museum. Our attitude about unpublicized attractions is this - if we have time and think it sounds interesting, we will give anything a try. As we traveled through the Ruta Puuc area, we became more intrigued by the numerous signs for the...

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in the Riviera Maya

Posted February 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

Valentine's Day in the Riviera Maya

We have spent over 19 Valentine's Days in the Riviera Maya. If you count all the Valentine's Day spent by all of our staff, it is over 100 Valentine's Day celebrated just by our immediate team in the area. Dinner is always the number one activity on our plate (lol, pardon the pun) but there are great things to do during the day that will make your Valentine's Day in the Riviera Maya special. Visit a Less Traveled, More Intimate, Mayan Ruin There is something magical about having a Mayan ruin...

El Dia de Candelaria – Candle Mass

Posted February 2, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

El Dia de Candelaria – Candle Mass

If you enjoyed your Rosca de Reyes on January 6 perhaps you were the lucky one to be awarded the task of cooking for El Dia de Candelaria. Candle Mass on February 2 is a mash up of a few religious and indigenous holidays that make this Mexican Holiday interesting. The multicultural lesson mixed with a historical overview of Mexico is fascinating. The tamale dinner served on February 2 is not too shabby either. February 2 - a Global Holiday with lots of cultural nuances So here is the gig....

Off the Beaten Track Cenotes in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 30, 2015 by Gary Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports

Xcacel Cenote

The Yucatan Peninsula is filled with fresh water sinkholes, called cenotes, that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Cenotes are a wonderful alternative to the sea, are wonderful adventures, and are a great place to cool off on a hot day. Popular cenotes are Dos Ojos, Cenote Manatee, and Gran Cenote. If you are seeking more private place for your midday swim, we have a list of off the beaten path cenotes. Four Off the Beaten Path Cenotes in the Rivera Maya We have highlighted this list...

Traditional Rosca de Reyes Recipe – Kings Day In Mexico

Posted January 5, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes

Tres Reyes Cake

January 6 is Kings Day (El Dia de los Reyes) in Mexico, a long-standing tradition that is deeply rooted in Mexican history. Based on the story of the three wise men, this holiday is when local children open their presents (not Christmas Day) and the Rosca de Reyes sweet bread with hot chocolate is served. The Rosca has a dual purpose. Besides being a glorious buttery flavored sweet bread, inside the bread lies a hidden Baby Jesus. Each slice of the sweet bread is served at dinner with each...

Happy New Year, eat 12 grapes!

Posted December 31, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

12-grapes

Did you know? A Mexico tradition is to eat of twelve grapes fast along with the twelve chimes of the clock at midnight, to bring luck for each of the months of the upcoming year! We hope to see you on the beach in the Riviera Maya in 2015!

Felicidades from Loco Gringo

Posted December 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

feliznoche buena

Noche Buena: One of the biggest feasts of the holidays Christmas Eve in Mexico is referred to as Noche Buena "Good Night", and is one of the biggest family celebrations of the Christmas season.  Last night church service "Mass of the Rooster" as it was said by the Spaniards that a rooster announced the birth of Jesus.  After church there's a huge family celebration dinner.  Suckling pig is traditional but has been replaced with ham and turkey by many.  The kids stay up and play most of the...

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