Should I Visit Yucatan Colonial Cities or Beaches in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Yucatan Activities

Riviera Maya . Yucatan Peninsula map

We think this one of the top questions we receive in our email. "Should we visit Riviera Maya beaches or the Colonial cities in the Yucatan." Our first response is, this does not have to be an 'or' question. Colonial cities are close to the beaches of the Riviera Maya so think about visiting both!. Experience Colonial Cities and Beautiful Beaches on your Riviera Maya Vacation The Riviera Maya is located along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. If you want to...

Quick Guide to Merida – Easy Vacation Planning

Posted May 6, 2015 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities

Quick Guide to Merida

Merida is a big city, a very big city, but thankfully it does not feel like a big city. It is this small city feel to Merida that has us venturing to the Yucatan for a break, albeit a weekend or even 2 days out of the week. This colonial city is close to the Riviera Maya and adds some cultural flavors to our oh so Mexico life. We have put together a list of things we think would make a great trip to Merida. You do not need to do all of these activities in one trip. Merida is a city to be...

Take Part in a Yucatan Dance Tradition – Vaquerias

Posted April 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities

Take Part in a Yucatan Dance Tradition - Vaquerias

Participate in a historical dance tradition that is exclusive to the Yucatan. Vaquerias are a religious and economic celebration honoring the patron saint of either a Hacienda or a Yucatan village. The bigger the party, the more money a village or hacienda had. These dances share the sounds of the Jarana orchestra with the sights of Jarana traditional dance. Today, no one has to travel outside Merida to a Hacienda or village to witness a traditional Vaqueria. Every Sunday at 1 p.m. or Monday...

Eco-Chocolate Museum near Uxmal Ruins – The Choco-Story

Posted February 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Sustainable Tourism,Yucatan Activities

Eco-Chocolate Museum Uxmal

When we are traveling around investigating areas that interest us, we always find unpublicized attractions that we know absolutely nothing about. On a recent trip to Uxmal, a favored ruin in the Yucatan, we fell upon one of those surprises, the Eco Chocolate Museum. Our attitude about unpublicized attractions is this - if we have time and think it sounds interesting, we will give anything a try. As we traveled through the Ruta Puuc area, we became more intrigued by the numerous signs for the...

Think local, act local and join the fun in Merida

Posted November 7, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

bici-ruta merida yucatan

Peddle your way on the "Bici-Ruta" Every Sunday in the city of Merida, more than 5 kilometers of roads are closed and people take to the streets on bikes. This family event is not competitive just a leisurely ride through the oldest colonial city in Yucatan from La Ermita de Santa Isabel (the square block bordered by Calles 77, 66, 79, and 64A in Centro), north to the San Juan Park, continues north to the Main Plaza, up Calle 60, then north along the Paseo Montejo. You can jump in at any...

Mystical, magical Yucatan

Posted October 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities

yucatan_dancer

Take 5 minutes to virtually travel through the Yucatan with all its beauty and culture....

Get your OM on in Rio Lagartos

Posted September 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

Yoga on the beach in Mexico

Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve is the newest in destinations for Loco Gringo to represent! For yoginis, you will find Rio Lagartos to be a mellow place to breathe and be.  Join up with Jo Cope in "Rio" October 24 - 26, the weekend includes yoga, meditation, paddle boarding, a fire ceremony and more.  The retreat is hosted by Ashtanga instructor Jo Cope and meditation by Donna Carey. For more information visit Joga Yoga Retreats Facebook page.

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...

Discover Cenote Samula

Posted July 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Yucatan Activities

Cenote Samula Valladolid, Yucatan

Valladolid is the second oldest colonial city in the Yucatan peninsula. Valladolid sits on top of an ancient Mayan city of Zacil.  Rich in history and culture Valladolid has been a popular day trip for visitors staying in Tulum, Akumal, Playa del Carmen and Cancun.   It is a must to visit the zocalo, poke your head into the church, and saunter down the street to the convent.  But the cenotes of the area are not to be missed. Visit two beautiful cenotes right out side Valladolid Jump into...

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Kids LOVE whale sharks

Posted April 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Yucatan Activities

whale shark tours for family vacations

Whale shark season begins June 1, just as the kids are getting out of school for the Summer. Swimming next to these gentle giants blows our minds as adults, just imagine what an incredible experience it is for kids. We highly recommend this Mexican Caribbean activity to anyone 8 years or older. Check out our whale shark adventure!

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