Posted November 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins
Pilgrims, the travelers of the world, be it for religious or new cultural experiences. Pilgrim is the name given to the early settlers in Canada and the US from Europe, and pilgrim is the term used for any travelers who decide to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. In the Yucatan Peninsula, there are many cultural travels that visitors and locals can experience. If you are looking for some great trips to enhance and expand your understanding of the Maya, the Caste War, the Spanish...
Posted November 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment
It is World Kindness Day and this year we had a thought. Being kind to people, pets and places is a normal mantra, but there is a critical piece of our being that sometimes goes unnoticed. Water. As strange as it sounds, as weird as it is, we are hoping this World Kindness Day will put water at the forefront. Water is the root of existence. Without it we could not exist, without clean water we have more issues than if we were not kind to each other. The Riviera Maya is blessed to have the...
Posted November 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures
Sometimes it is nice to have a slow morning. Coffee on the terrace, breakfast at a beachfront restaurant, and then a few hours just staring at the turquoise blue ocean. This sounds like paradise, and it is paradise. You can have this routine every single day of your vacation if you like. The struggle some days is this. It is nice to get out and about for a few hours, have an adventure and then sink back into your beachside hammock in the late afternoon. But where? What are some great...
Posted October 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Destinations
Okay, okay; okay, we all know how much we love the cenotes. We also know that cenotes are a unique feature in the Mexican Caribbean jungles that are a main attraction in the area. But we want to highlight some less traveled, off the beaten path cenotes that you can visit while you are touring some popular cultural sites. Not only do the cenote sites rock, but the combination we are proposing seriously rocks! Not To Be Missed Cenotes in the Riviera Maya So you have been to Dos Ojos, Gran...
Posted October 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Oh 72 glorious hours in the Mexican Caribbean. Sun, beaches, outdoor dining, Mayan culture and more history than you could ever imagine. Deciding what to do and how to do it is a challenge when you don't know your way around. But with the help of a local (pointing to self) 72 hours in the Riviera Maya is full of fun and adventure! First 24 hours in the Riviera Maya Once you have checked out the beach near your vacation rental, hop in a rental car and head to Coba, one of the best Maya...
Posted September 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
We are big fans of community tour companies no matter where we travel in the world. Supporting local communities while learning about local traditions, culture and history is how we have been traveling forevah! This passion does not change when we tour around the Riviera Maya. We love to hop in the car and just go, I think you can gather that from our articles and itineraries, but we also know that we can learn more about the area through community tours. There are hundreds of people who have...
Posted August 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Loco Adventures
The Balamku Ruins was an impromptu ruin visit we made in Campeche. Our destination was the Calakmul ruins, but we felt we hit the Mayan ruin jackpot when we decided to visit Balamku. This is how it happened, and man are we ever glad our spidy senses were working well that day. Stumbling Upon the Balamku Ruins After an 8 hour drive from Akumal, we arrived in the late afternoon to our hotel, Puerto Calakmul, the closet hotel to Calakmul Ruins. It was too late to make the drive into the Calakmul...
Posted August 24, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Sustainable Tourism
I so love this fish sculpture on the pier in Mahahaul. The entire fish, created by artist Sabrina Coco, is made of recycled material; soda cans, plastic bottles, beer cans, tops of food cans, old plastic bags, and more! Named 'El Pez', this fish sculpture represents more than a Caribbean fish. All the items used to create El Pez were foraged from the beach. El Pez is a reminder to take care of our oceans, seas, and lagoons that cover more than 70% of the planet. EL Pez in Mahahual -...
Posted August 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment
Svetlana Aleksandroff has created a beautiful and noteworthy reference book that is a great travel companion when exploring the Yucatan Peninsula. This is not a tour book, it is much more than that. Svetlana, a Riviera Maya local, has created a reference book to everything and anything Mayan. Beautiful Photography and Cultural History Explained To understand the Mayan culture is to understand indigenous plants, art and food. Plants of the Mayan World is so much more than just plants. It is a...
Posted August 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures
On previous trips to Chiapas we stopped by Agua Azul, a great waterfall found just south of Palenque en route to San Cristobal de las Casas. Our recent trip had us stopping at Misol Ha Falls, another natural wonder of Chiapas. Misol Ha is located just before Agua Azul. Though the falls are smaller, they are by no means less spectacular. Bring your bathing suit, wear good rubber soled shoes or hiking boots, and remember your camera. the falls are the highlight but there are places to explore...
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