Posted November 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya events
Attention all Foodies! The Fourth Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Fest is March 12- 15, 2015. This upcoming food and wine event features cooking classes with some of the finest chefs like Patricia Quintana, Martha Ortiz, and Mikel Alonso. Take advantage of wine and spirit tastings throughout the festival. And one event not to miss is the Gourmet Tasting Village, where you can sample delicacies from some of the best restaurants and chefs of the Riviera Maya and Cancun. For...
Posted November 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
Oh its a party. The BPM music festival starts January 9 to the 18th. If you cannot be in Playa del Carmen, you can catch the podcasts. Please visit their site for more information. Here is this year's line up! #BPM2015
Posted November 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
November 30 is this years Ironman Cozumel, one of the most popular Ironman events of the year. The course is 2.4 mile swim at Cozumel National Park at Chankanaab Park Beach, 112 mile bike thats three times around the island and then a 26.2 mile run. If you are not an Ironman, or are an Ironman wanna-be get in on the excitement and cheer on the athletes. Be where the action is at this year's Ironman in Cozumel At Chankanaab Park The Elite start at 6:40AM The Amateur start at...
Posted October 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Community Organizations,Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya events,Sustainable Tourism
Don't miss a fantastic event: "No Mas Plastik" November 15 at El Pez at Turtle Cove in Tulum. The participants at this unique art show will be creating projects with a message "Creative Solutions to the World's Plastic Problem" They have been given the task to create an art piece from recycled and found plastic to turn harmful trash in the environment into a work of art. There will be a silent auction for the pieces to help support the artists for their work. Come and bid on your...
Posted October 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events
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...
Posted October 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
Bravest race is an extraordinary race, of endurance, power and physical skill, as well as mental and spiritual will, taking place at Xplor Park, Playa del Carmen. The whole course takes place in a natural setting that combine tests of strength and skill, including human obstacles. Only with your courage you can overcome. Your effort and determination will take you to the goal of becoming THE BRAVEST. The only obstacle is you. Can you get to the end?
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events
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...
Posted October 16, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya events
Today starts the 12th annual Turtle Festival! At Xcacel-Xcacelito festivities begin with a sand sculpture contest. The sand sculpture contest is for local kids from 6 to 12 years old. Tomorrow the fun happens in Tulum at the Maya Culture Park underneath the dome. Starting at 9 AM, until 2pm, there will be environmental and academic activities. At 3pm there will be artistic events, local entertainment and games for kids. On Sunday there will be live entertainment by Kermes at the...
Posted October 15, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment,Riviera Maya Services
Plans for new planetarium in Playa del Carmen In 2015, a planetarium will be built in Playa. This will be the fourth planetarium in the State of Quintana Roo. The Cancun planetarium Ka´Yok´ has been open about 1 year, Cozumel is just about complete, and the third is in the state's capital city of Chetumal. There is also talk of a fifth planetarium to be built in Tulum or Carrillo Puerto in the future.
Posted by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya events
Akumal International Artist Residency AIAR presents works of five artists that came to Rivera Maya from Germany, Mexico and both East and West Coasts of the United States. Different backgrounds, including places of their origins and media they work with meld in the very unique location of Mexican Caribbean. As one of the artists, Diana Juneck, describes in her artistic statement, you encounter the four worlds: the jungle, the ocean, tourism and the pueblo. According to that, there is the vast...
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