Posted April 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities
I first met Catriona Brown, the owner of the Little Mexican Cooking School, during her first trip to the Riviera Maya over 10 years ago. She is a smart, creative, Renaissance woman who surprises me at every turn. For years I have been saying that I would come by and participate in one of her cooking classes. 'Anytime, Kay' is the response I would get but I failed to book the time year after year. At the end of 2014 I made the call and committed myself and a girlfriend to a class just before...
Posted April 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art
It is not a secret that the Riviera Maya is filled with retail stores chocker block full of 'stereotypical souvenirs that visitors like to take home. Think velvet somberos, maracas, sarapes, and shot glasses. Store upon store offers these little souvenirs that seem to reflect your Riviera Maya vacation. If you are following the country's rich artisan traditions, these souvenirs are a far cry from the countries best keep secret, Mexican Folk Art. There are a few stores in the Riviera Maya who...
Posted April 10, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Most visitors come to the Riviera Maya for the unforgettable beaches that line the coast. What makes this area extra special and unique is the proximity to the jungle, in most cases, just a few miles to the west of the beach. The jungle is a fun place to explore and has as many activities to share as the Caribbean Sea. Oddly there are things you do in the Sea that can also be done in the jungle! Read on to find out! Fun Things to Do in the Riviera Maya Jungle Cenote Diving - Cenote Diving is...
Posted April 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services
We feel lucky that new activities and cultural events pop up throughout the year along the coast. Someone asked us the other day 'What's new in the Riviera Maya'. After sharing this information we decided to post the answer for all of our readers and visitors. I mean, who wouldn't like to know the latest and greatest things to do in the Riviera Maya? La Joya - Cirque de Soleil Show This was probably one of the most anticipated openings of the year. The soft opening was in November and the...
Posted March 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities
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...
Posted March 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Mexico Vacation Tips
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...
Posted March 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art
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...
Posted February 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
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...
Posted February 2, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
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....
Posted January 30, 2015 by Gary Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports
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...
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