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Merida on a Centavo – Tour Merida on the cheap

Posted March 22, 2012 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

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With all the buzz about safety in Mexico, Merida in the state of Yucatan is one of the safest cities in the world. If you are feeling the economic crunch and think you cannot afford an exciting vacation, think again. Merida is in the heart of Mundo Maya, the MOST exciting place to be in 2012, and Merida is also one of the least expensive Mexican vacation destinations. Where to Stay: Luz en Yucatan is where we will hang our sombreros every time we visit Merida. We loved this restored,...

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Akumal Announces its First Annual Comedy Festival

Posted March 14, 2012 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

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Stand Up! Records is proud to present The First Annual Akumal Comedy Festival. The festival will take place on April 19-21st, 2012 in the heart of Mexico's lovely Mayan Riviera. This completely free comedy festival will feature over a dozen professional comedians from the United States performing seven shows in four distinct venues in Akumal over three days. The Festival is the brain child of Grammy Award winning president and founder of Stand Up! Records Dan Schlissel and comedian/actor Gus...

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Visiting Chef Hosts Cooking Classes in Puerto Morelos

Posted March 6, 2012 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities

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The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos proudly presents visiting chef Jeff Martinez. Chef Martinez has spent the last three years as Chef de Cuisine at the critically acclaimed restaurant Fonda San Miguel in Austin, Texas. With 21 years of experience in the industry, Chef Martinez brings with him a great knowledge of and a deep passion for Mexican food which he is about to share with all of us here on the coast. He is teaching classes at The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto...

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Is 2012 All About Alignment?

Posted February 28, 2012 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities

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When people speak about December 21, 2012 as a potentially world changing event, one of the most common explanations is that it has to do with something "cosmic" beyond our control or understanding, such as the alignment of planets and stars. In fact, the Mayan Calendar, which is at the root of much of the debate and discussion about 2012 is all about alignment of planets, stars, and their impact on the world. Living in the heart of the Mayan Lands, near Tulum Mexico, we see people traveling...

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7th Annual CEA Festival Celebrates Waves of Change

Posted February 13, 2012 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities

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Come enjoy a full week of music, art, lectures, sports, games, performances and much more all benefiting Akumal's local wildlife and ecology! Festivities will kick off  with a silent auction Wednesday, February 22, at the CEA Center.  Bidding begins at 10AM and will close at 6:30PM.  The auction will be followed by live music and cocktails from 5PM-7PM.  Auction winners will be announced at 7PM.  This one-day event will be the only time to participate in the silent auction, so get there...

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“Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan” by Rosy Hugener

Posted January 25, 2012 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

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"Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan" is a  story of two young women set in the years following the Mexican Revolution in Merida, Yucatan, one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the time.  Amanda Diaz is from the "divine caste," a small group of families of European descent who dominate the politics and economy of the region.  Amanda's lifelong friend, Carmen, is from the opposite end of the social spectrum, a Mayan Indian who is the daughter of one of the Diaz family servants.  Against...

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Discover Mexican Wines While in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 20, 2012 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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First introduced to Mexico by missionaries in Baja California, Mexican wine has had a slow, difficult start. Over the past decade however, Mexican wine makers have combined their efforts to change the world's negative perception of wines from their homeland and are now producing fine wines with an emphasis on quality and consistency. Courtesy of Adobe Guadalupe "In recent years the wine industry in Mexico has experienced something of a boom. Of the wine purchased within Mexico, three...

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Take Photography 101 in Puerto Morelos

Posted January 16, 2012 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Activities

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Property Features Beachfront Bungalows and hotel rooms with beachfront access, ocean view or garden view Air conditioning Swimming pool Indoor Features Private Bathroom Outdoor Features Balcony or Terrace Tropical Gardens Service Features Onsite restaurant Bar & Grill by the Pool Laundry service ($) Indoor Amenities Ceiling fan Safe for valuables Hair dryer Iron and ironing board Telephone Minibar Coffee maker Sitting area...

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Author Explores the Maya’s Many Uses of Plants

Posted December 31, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

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Svetlana Aleksandroff's "Plants in the Mayan Culture: Traditional Remedies, Food & Art" is a beautiful documentation of the Maya culture and its relationship with the Yucatan Peninsula's flora. Her book explores the Maya's medicinal, culinary, artistic and spiritual uses of native plants. This visually captivating work celebrates the Maya culture, ancient and present day, with vibrant photography by both Svetlana and Vasily Aleksandroff. The book includes dozens of culinary and medicinal...

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UnPaint Table Series by Artist Enrique Diaz

Posted December 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

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Artist Enrique Diaz showed up at ZAMAS one day recently looking for work. Originally from Chiapas, he has done a lot of work in Tulum as well as an exhibit in New York City. The signature fish at ZAMAS, the walls of fish in the restaurant, the colorful road signs and small figure paintings throughout the rooms are all his. Still, being an artist these days is not easy. Photography by Bobby Klein A sign of the times, he needed to support his family through the holidays. He offered to do...

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