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...
Posted July 26, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture
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...
Posted July 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports
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 beat...
Posted July 2, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services
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...
Posted June 28, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture
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, I...
Posted June 21, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities
Nov 26 thru Dec 6, 2010 This was our 5th trip to Akumal Beach Resort since Dec 2008. Our flight from Denver to Cancun went well & we were happy to be on our way to ABR. USA Transfers was waiting for us & as always, their service was impeccable! Our driver didn’t speak much English, but drove VERY carefully and didn’t go over the speed limit which was fine by us! There were Federal Police up & down 307 due to the Environment summit they were having… we made it to...
Posted June 17, 2011 by Kay Walten in Watersports
Akumal's first triathlon run, Etapa Tortuga, will be taking place on July 3, 2011 at 7AM. Offering 5km and 10km runs through the pretty, seaside village of Akumal. The race will begin and end at the Plaza Ukana. Organizers for this event are CEA and Aire Libre AC, organizers of the Tres Rios Triathlon. Sponsors include Sol, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Go Cycle Store and CostaMed Registrations received before June 19, 2011 are $150 pesos, and registrations received after June 19th are...
Posted June 13, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
A Mayan Mystery for Junior Sleuths Young readers will be captivated as they help this Canadian girl and her Mayan friend solve a 1000 year old Chichen Itza mystery in the heart of the tropical Yucatan jungles. Landis and Maya have to think and act quickly to solve the mystery of the missing statue before greedy developers exercise their ejido rights and claim the Royal Jaguar Sanctuary for themselves. The girls are entrusted with a copy of an ancient legend codex secretly unearthed at Chichen...
Posted June 9, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations
The third “Hot Salsa” dance workshop taught by San Francisco instructors Ryan Mead and Sidney Weaverling in Tulum, Mexico promises to be one of the best. With the tropical backdrop of the Caribbean Sea and an open-air stage on the beach, Zamas in Tulum is the perfect venue for this dance workshop. Its hip beachfront style located on the pristine shores of the Riviera Maya makes this hotel and restaurant a favorite among its international clientele. It is not difficult to attract guests...
Posted June 7, 2011 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations
One of the biggest threats to the preservation and protection of Akumal Bay and its precious inhabitants is illegal touring. Tour guides not authorized to operate in the bay routinely bring large groups to Akumal from other cities such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The unethical and illegal practices of these guides endanger not only the sea life but their clients as well. Illegal tour guides do not educate themselves or their groups about the delicate habitat they are entering when...
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