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Watch for Riviera Maya and Yucatan runners… slow down

Posted December 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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The celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe begins! Starting December 3 running teams from all over the Yucatan take the roads and highways as they begin their run in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe.  The runners take turns running, it is not uncommon to see runners carrying torches and decorated trucks loaded up with the team awaiting their turn.   Please use extra caution as you drive the roads and highways where the runners are, or if traffic is slow, it could be a sign of runners...

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Great kid activity: Experience Scuba Diving in the Riviera Maya

Posted November 19, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Activities

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Learning does not have to stop when your kids are on vacation. The Riviera Maya is not only an easy way to experience another culture or language but away to try something like breathing underwater, scuba diving. As you start planning your Mexico Caribbean holiday and winter vacations, add BubbleMaker to your children's vacation list. Its even a great gift giving your kids a once in a lifetime experience. Bubblemaker is as fun as it sounds A chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving....

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Mexico Heart and Soul: The Photographs of Jayne A. Halle

Posted November 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

Mexico Heart and Soul: The Photographs of Jayne A. Halle

On November 22, come enjoy an evening with Jayne Halle and view her incredible photographs of her travels throughout Mexico: “The Faces of Mexico Caught in the Camera’s Lens.” WHEN:  Saturday, November 22, 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. WHERE: Gallery at the Puerto Aventuras Information Center (on the main entrance road) Admission is free but , wine tasting will be available for a nominal charge.  

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Lost world to pop world

Posted November 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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Those who think of the Maya as part of the ancient history of the Yucatan Peninsula, should hear Jesús Pat Chablé, or as he prefers to call himself Pat Boy.  This 22-year-old rapper is influencing the Mexican hip-hop scene by writing and raping his songs exclusively in the Mayan language. With 3 albums released and a strong base of fans, Pat Boy is on a mission to resuscitate the indigenous language and bring Mayan culture to a wider audience. Around 750,000 people in Mexico now speak...

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Day of the Dead Food: Bread of the Dead

Posted October 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler

bread of the dead with sugar a traditional food for day of the dead in Mexico

In the days and weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead, in the markets and bakeries across Mexico you will see "Bread of the Dead" being sold.  It's a Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead. It is custom to shape a round loaf of bread with rolled strips of dough layered on top that resemble the bones of the dead. A glaze of melted butter and orange zest is then brushed on top, followed by a generous sprinkling of sugar. The bread is typically flavored with anise seed. The...

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Try Paddle Boarding in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 23, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services

Paddleboarding Riviera Maya

Paddle boarding is big!  Its great fun and a great workout.  The Hotel Lido Beach Club in Playa happy to give you an introduction to paddle boarding while you are in Playa on your Riviera Maya vacation.  You can rent a paddle board for $ 20 usd or get the leasson for $30 usd. They are located at the beach between Calle 10 and 12 in Playa. In Tulum, Heather from Extreme Control offers private paddle boarding lessons and rentals. Heather has been in the Riviera Maya for over 10 years and...

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Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls – Mexican Folk Art Tradition

Posted October 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

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One of my favorite Mexican Holidays is approaching fast. I feel like a kid at Christmas, but really I am an expat looking forward to Day of the Dead. Last year I was invited to the inaugural ceremony of Xcaret's four-day celebration of El Dia de Muertos. That was a spectacular event that had me running around the park taking in so many musical, dance and day of the dead activities! Kids were lined up for face painting, I saw some incredible altars and the cemetery was truly the highlight of the...

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Great music on the beach in Playa del Carmen

Posted October 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

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Fusion is one of the best places for live music Don't miss the boho jazz of Aquamala on Thursday October 30 at Fusion on the beach in Playa del Carmen. Music starts at sunset! Fusion is located at Calle 6 and the beach. Aquamala we've seen live many times and the jazz is always incredible.  Aquamala is also performing at this year's Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. Learn more about Playa del Carmen and find the best places to stay for your vacation.  See you at...

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3 Cheap Day Trips in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips,Watersports

Paamul Beach, near Playa del Carmen Riviera Maya Mexico

Fun day-trips that don't break the budget Vacations are meant to be fun but that does not mean you have to max out your credit cards to have a good time.  We have three places you may not be aware of where kids and those who are young at heart can have a playful day in the sunshine of the Riviera Maya. 1.  Cenote Eden:  The freshwater pools known as "cenotes" are a unique feature to the environment of the Riviera Maya.   A great low-impact adventure which you and your family can have a...

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History of Yucatan Haciendas -A Bittersweet Story

Posted October 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

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Yucatan Haciendas have a similar history to the Plantations in the southern United States. Land owners accumulated large pieces of land in rural communities to grow one crop. In the US it was cotton, in the Yucatan it was Sisal, or Henequen. The Hacienda story is bittersweet. The production of henequen, agave plant fibre, was used to make industrial strength rope. This one crop creating agriculture and manufacturing opportunities in rural Yucatan. The rope was exported and  created an...

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