A “Festival of Life and Death” at Xcaret

Posted September 30, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

Festival of Life and Death

2011 marks the sixth annual celebration of the “Festival of Life and Death” at Xcaret.  The park will be alive with  the pungent scent of burning copal, the rhythmic beat of drums, faces painted like skeletons, and orange and yellow marigolds scattered about, all to set the stage for the Day of the Dead remembrance that is observed yearly throughout Mexico. During this four day celebration, festivities will include concerts, plays, dances, art exhibitions and a variety of children's...


Posted September 13, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

photo courtesy of Hacienda Tres Rios

Cancun, Mexico  - Food and wine lovers from all over can mark their calendars as the countdown to the First Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival has begun.  Bringing national and international affluent consumers to one of the most visited and picturesque destinations in the world, the inaugural event will take place March 15 - 18, 2012. Celebrating Star Chefs, Wines and Spirits of the Americas’ continent, Mexican Gastronomy, and special guest of honor, Ferran Adrià --...

Where the Sky is Born: Living in the Land of the Maya

Posted September 1, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture


Have You Ever Dreamed of Retiring on a Beach in Mexico? Imagine running away to the Mexican Caribbean and never coming back.   That dream became reality for author Jeanine Kitchel and her husband a decade after their first trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in 1985.  While vacationing, they met an adventurous contractor who offered to sell them a beachfront lot south of Cancun.  In 1996 they quit their city jobs to begin a new life in Puerto Morelos, a small fishing village on the Quintana...

Destination: Rio Secreto

Posted August 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

flooded cave

Destination: Rio Secreto What:  Nature theme park featuring an underground cave system with a river running through it.  Visitors to this cave will see amazing rock formations, stalagmites, stalactites, cave creatures, an unbelievably pristine river and flooded cave. When: The park is open every day all year long. This tour is the perfect way to spend a rainy vacation day as it takes place underground away from the weather. Who:  This tour is for anyone over the age of 6.  Rio...

10 Signature Dishes of Mexico

Posted August 8, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture

Mole Poblano, photo courtesy of mexicofoodandmore.com

Take a holiday to Mexico and you'll have the chance to tuck into a wide range of tasty cuisine that draws on a number of influences. Indeed, the food that you sample in the Latin American country today not only has Mayan and Aztec elements to it but has also been influenced by the Spanish and French settlers who arrived during colonial times. Some people don’t like trying any of the local food during their holiday, especially if it’s an all inclusive holiday, but whatever your palette,...

Swimming with Giants near the Island of Women

Posted July 29, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations


Isla Mujeres is a small island off the coast of Cancun. You can actually see the Hotel Zone's beachfront, mega resorts from the quiet island's palapa dotted shore - the two cities are so close and yet, they are a world apart. Getting to the island is an easy 20 minute ferry ride from the Gran Puerto Cancun dock located in Pto Juarez.  Though it might be tempting to sit in the air conditioned cabin, opt for the outside seating up top.  We saw sea turtles, barracuda and what appeared to be...

Akumal Enjoys Art and Culture at Ondarte Opening

Posted July 26, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

Phillipino artist, Nasser Lubay

On July 23rd, a huge turnout of Akumal tourists and locals welcomed international artists and their works at Ondarte.  What was for many years the beloved Italian bistro Que Onda, has now reinvented and reopened as an artists' retreat and gallery with the purpose of supporting artists and promoting culture. The opening's featured artists from around the world were  Cathryn McEwen from Australia, Jorge Llamos Gonzalez from Cuba, Nasser Lubay from the Philippines, Diane Richey Ward from the...

Friday Night Date with the Quintana Roo Tigers

Posted July 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports

QRoo Tigers logo

It had been years since I last attended a live baseball game.  As a kid, the great American past time was a family ritual.  We headed to the ballpark, piled into the bleachers with our roasted peanuts and cotton candy, and sang along to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"... last Friday night, the lyrics were sung in Spanish. The Tigers http://www.tigresqr.com/2011/ are Quintana Roo's baseball team and they have made Cancun their home.  The Tigers are also a winning team.  Last Friday, they...

Three Really Great Places in and Near Cancun

Posted July 2, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services

Visit at CrocoCun

We were invited by our friends at Cancun Valet www.cancunvalet.com, the official transfer service for Loco Gringo, to join them on a tour of some of their favorite places in Cancun.  This made us think about how little time most Akumalians actually spent in Cancun and decided it would be fun to see more of the city, something other than the inside of the airport and Cost Co. We started at the Crococun Zoo www.crococunzoo.com on Highway 307.  Now, this is actually located just outside of...

One Woman’s Sacred Journey – Mayan Sacred Canoe Festival

Posted June 28, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture

Paddling in the Sacred Mayan Journey Xcaret to Cozumel Mexico - LocoGringo

  I was one of more than 300 canoeists who participated in the Maya Sacred Journey.  The event, held on the 21st and 22nd of May 2011, consisted of canoeing 18 kilometers from Pole (Xcaret) to Cuzamil (Cozumel) to the sanctuary of the Ixchel goddess to pay tribute to the goddess of the Moon, medicine and fertility.  Why did I enter the crossing? Because it was a strong challenge, a new adventure, something different. I like challenges. When training for the Travesía Sagrada Maya,...

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