Posted June 13, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
I was having my water delivered today and thought it would make a fun post. In case anyone has any question about the purity of drinking water in Mexico, this is how your water is delivered and how it is packaged to ensure save drinking water for your vacation villa or vacation condo. The large jugs are called 'garafons' and can be delivered to your villa or if you want a real local experience, you just trek down to the local store and exchange your empty garafon for a new one. Remember to take...
Posted June 12, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos
Ever had a dream to learn how to dive, learn to kiteboard, learn to snorkel well or try the new surf sport SUP boarding? Why not give it one of these watersports a try in the Rivera Maya. With calm waters, shallow shores, clear blue water, and great instructors, you could find your next passion for a water sport. Instructors from all over the world come to the Riviera Maya to teach visitors and locals their favorite water sport. Some of the best instructors are local, as they have been...
Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos
There are three places you will see the hogfish in the Riviera Maya, diving in the sea, snorkeling in the sea and cooked on a plate at a local restaurant! The hogfish, known in spanish as a 'Boquinetta' is an indigenous fish to the Mexican Caribbean and a popular one! They are great to see in the ocean in their natural habitat and can be identified by their large front teeth (no they don't bite) and spiny backs when you get too close. Being a fishing area, the Riviera Maya restaurants think of...
Posted June 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos
We love sea-horses and love the trip to Cozumel to see them. Cozumel has an area in the sea where sea horses come to spawn each year. When you go with your guide on a diving tour you will see not just one sea-horse but many sea horses on one dive. They are tiny in the ocean, so you need to look carefully, pay attention to your guide and enjoy this unique experience. Sea horses can be spotted in the Riviera Maya occasionally, they are a wonder and a great gift when you see them diving, but to be...
Posted June 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
Well June marks the official opening of whale shark season in the Riviera Maya. For as long as we can remember we have been making the trip up the Gulf of Mexico to see the whale sharks. Why? Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean. Their size ranges from a few meters long up to 7 meters in length. That is bigger than many boats that conduct the tours! Whale sharks migrate from the south each spring and head up to the Gulf of Mexico just north of Cancun to feed and breed. We get to go...
Posted June 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
Wow, wow, and wow. This aerial shot of the Sian Ka'an biopshere shows the lagoon and ocean in this UNESCO park. The Sian Ka'an is full of wonderful surprises and this photo shows it all. The Sian Ka'an is a protected biosphere so tours and activities are conducted by local guides who are knowledgable and trained in local birds, eco-diversity, indigenous plants and the history. If you look at this photo you will see dark patches in the sea, the coral reefs in the Sian Ka'an. Amazing and...
Posted May 31, 2013 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Family vacations,Riviera Maya Photos
Family reunions in the Riviera Maya are a huge hit! These kids of all ages are having a blast. With all the fun activities, amazing sites and natural beauty you can't go wrong planning your next family get together in the Mayan Riviera. Check out these Riviera Maya vacation villas built with big family fun in mind! Photo by Scott Brown Photo
Posted May 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
The Riviera Maya is filled with mysterious, winding roads that lead to gorgeous, jungle cenotes, deserted beaches, or even a little secret place where you can pop open a cold beer and lie in a hammock. Some of our favorite gems were found while driving down beautiful coconut palm roads just like this one. Our passion for adventure and travel has put in some of the most beautiful locations in the Riviera Maya. Where will your passion lead you in the Riviera Maya? Look at our Riviera Maya...
Posted May 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
The Mayan ruins of Muyil located just south of the Tulum Pueblo are some of the best in Riviera Maya. They are not famous like Chichen Itza, but they have a mysterious beauty all their own. Set in the lovely Yucatecan jungle near the shores of a tranquil lagoon, these ruins are believed to have been an important stop in the ancient Maya's maritime trade route along the coast. The lagoon of Muyil is linked to the Caribbean sea by a canal system that was hand dredged by the Maya. Check out...
Posted May 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Services
Meet Akumal's resident Yogi, Michael Stewart. Michael has studied the practice of Yoga all over the world including London, Chicago and India. He keeps Akumal's locals in fit condition with regular classes given in the town yoga studio located above the arch. Whether you have been practicing yoga for years or you are newbie, check out one of Michael's yoga classes by the Caribbean sea and you will never be the same. Discover some of our beautiful Akumal vacation rentals! Photo provided...
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