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3 Cheap Day Trips in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 17, 2014 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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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day: Traveling the Maya Canals

Posted October 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

Adventures in the Mayan Riviera

The Mayan canals near the Mayan ruins of Muyil While traveling by boat from Muyil to the Boca Paila bridge of Sian Kaan we navigated through this grassy savanna.   Learn more about the Muyil Ruins Stay in Tulum near Muyil and the Sian Kaan Biosphere.

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Ancient shipwreck booty found in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos,Watersports

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Forgotten shipwreck remnants in Akumal After 22 years of living in the Riviera Maya, Loco Gringo co-founder Gary Walten was surprised to discover forgotten shipwreck remnants in his own backyard. Gary recently found ship relics from an epic time in the history of the Caribbean, the 16-18th centuries. It just goes to show that the path less traveled still holds secrets for those who take it, no matter how much time has passed in the Mexican Caribbean. It just takes a pair of observant eyes to...

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Scuba Diving in the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Cozumel

Posted August 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips,Watersports

Scuba diving in the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Akumal

Scuba diving is not just for the vacations in the Riviera Maya or Cozumel. It's an easy activity where you learn some basic underwater skills so you can fulfill your Jacques Cousteau fantasies.   Many of your local YMCA's and area dive shops will be offering Open Water Certification programs. The minimum age to begin is 10 years of age for The Junior scuba class, so you and your kids can learn together. Jump in no matter where you are! The wonderful thing about learning to scuba dive near...

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Xtabentun: nectar of the Mayan Gods

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Vacation tips

xtabentun Mayan liquor made in Yucatan Mexico

Mayan libations may make you horny According to Mayan legend, there was once a woman called Xkeban, who lived a life filled with passionate love. It is said that when she died, the vines that sprouted from her grave produced a tiny aromatic flower and that the nectar of this flower was as intoxicating as her love life. An aphrodisiac perhaps? The Xtabentun (pronounced: shtah ben toon) flower grows only in the Yucatan, and from the fermented honey of this local flower is produced a...

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Mayan Art Takes to the Streets of Tulum

Posted August 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

Graffiti art in Tulum Mexico

Twenty-first century Mayan Art in Tulum If you are driving around the Tulum pueblo keep an eye open for some incredible graffiti-style art.    

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Restaurant review: El Meson de Marques in Valladolid

Posted August 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

tapas at Posada Margherita, Tulum Beach Mexico

Traditional Mexican Cuisine in Valladolid We recently had the opportunity to stop in Valladolid for an early dinner after a day at the ruins at Chichen Itza with amigos from Brazil who were scouting for a film shoot.  Needless to say they loved the ruins of Chichen Itza. One of our favorite places to eat is El Meson de Marques in Valladolid.  We arrived around 5:30 pm and the there were a few people there, but by 7:00pm the place was packed with locals and visitors!  Why, because here...

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A local favorite you must try: ceviche!

Posted August 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Vacation tips

yucatan mexico ceviche recipe

Ceviche a seafood medley marinated in lime juice Ceviche that has become one of the world's favorite ways of enjoying fresh seafood. Ceviche is just one of the reasons UNESCO has honored Mexico for its cuisine. You can make it at home easily with this recipe from Los Dos. In classic Maya cities, fish was a luxury reserved for the upper crust... Even then, it was salted, dried, smoked or pre-cooked. The Incas, too, preserved their fish by salt curing, and they even developed methods for...

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Local Talent Takes the Stage in Playa del Carmen

Posted June 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

Explayarte Music, Dance and Theatre in Playa del Carmen

Tomorrow see local musicians from Explayarte Playa del Carmen's School for music, dance and theatre take the stage at Wah Wah Beach Club on June 25 at 4 pm.  Wah Wah is located at Calle 2 and the beach. Explayarte Playa del Carmen, the first music school started in 2003 with a mission: to encourage and strengthen the use of art in any of its disciplines as a tool for personal and social development.  Since its inception, hundreds of children, youth and adults have developed as...

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