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Laura Winfree laurawinfree 11 March 2013 0

THE COLORFUL RITUAL OF THE PAPANTLA FLYERS

When you're walking around Tulum, Xcaret or even Playa del Carmen on a sunny afternoon, you just might hear the song of a cheerful flute off in the distance, often accompanied by drumbeats. If you follow the sound, you'll come across a truly spectacular show only found in Mexico: The Papantla Flyers…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 26 February 2013 0

HOW TO TRASH THE DRESS IN CANCUN AND THE RIVIERA MAYA

Many brides end up leaving their wedding dress hanging in a closet for decades upon decades, never to see the light of day. So much money and effort spend on a dress that is only worn once! It's almost a shame. One fun solution for brides who want to re-live the glamour of their wedding is to indulg…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 22 February 2013 0

DÍA DE LA BANDERA - THE STORY BEHIND THE MEXICAN FLAG

Mexico's Día de la Bandera (Flag Day) is celebrated every February 24. With the holiday quickly approaching, let's take a look at the Mexican flag's history, what the flag's design signifies and why Día de la Bandera is celebrated on this date. The Mexican flag is divided into three vertical bloc…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 19 February 2013 0

CROWDS, CROWNS AND COSTUMES AT COZUMEL'S CARNAVAL

Ever since I moved to Cancun, my Mexican friends have been telling me that the island of Cozumel has the best Carnaval festivities in the region. Last weekend, I finally got the chance to see what all the hype was about. I didn't get to the island until right before the parade was about to begin, b…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 5 February 2013 0

THE HISTORY BEHIND MEXICO'S DÍA DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN

Today, Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day, held on February 5) is celebrated across Mexico mainly as a day off from school and work, when the entire family can enjoy a relaxing day at home or sometimes even a 3-day weekend. In addition to being a Mexican holiday, the Día de la Constitución…
Andrea Ruiz Perron andrea 15 January 2013 0

AKUMAL REAL ESTATE: THINGS TO HAVE WHILE SNORKELING IN AKUMAL

Akumal is a small Caribbean town located approximately 50 miles south of the Cancun International Airport. This destination, a hidden Mexican jewel offers both tranquility and adventure. The region has been witnessing a tourist boom lately. As a result of this Akumal is now growing into a sophistica…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 4 January 2013 0

MAYAN MYTHOLOGY: THE SEDUCTIVE XTABAY

My Mexican mother-in-law grew up in a small coastal village on the Yucatan Peninsula, a tropical region known for its Mayan heritage and incredible legends. One of the most fascinating Mayan legends that my mother-in-law ever told me was about the Xtabay woman and the ceiba tree. While different st…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 3 January 2013 0

PACK FOR A PURPOSE WITH THE FAIRMONT MAYAKOBA RESORT

Guests staying at the luxurious Fairmont Mayakoba resort in the Riviera Maya during the month of December 2012 can spread holiday cheer far beyond the grounds of the hotel this winter season. Wondering what to do with all the extra room in your suitcase? Bring along some clothing or toys from home …
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 10 December 2012 0

TOURING THE ZONA MAYA IN THE VILLAGE OF SEÑOR

What lies beyond the Riviera Maya? What adventures wait in the jungles south of known travel destinations like Playa del Carmen and Tulum? What sights can be seen by daring travelers in search of much more than the average beach vacation? The Ojos Mayas organization took our small group to discover…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 8 December 2012 0

XUNAAN KAB: KEEPING THE MAYAN BEEKEEPING TRADITION ALIVE

Modern day Mayans still hold on strongly to their ancient traditions, especially in the villages of the Yucatan Peninsula and the extensive "Zona Maya" that lies just south of the Riviera Maya. The Xunaan Kab is one such tradition, a fascinating stingless bee that has been domesticated by the Mayans…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 4 December 2012 0

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH A MEXICAN POSADA

With Christmas fast approaching, many people living in the Riviera Maya will be stringing lights around their palm trees and playing in the sand instead of the snow. Even though Christmas trees and wreaths can be found at every supermarket, the best way to celebrate Christmas in Mexico is by giving …
Andrea Ruiz Perron andrea 3 December 2012 0

OUT AND ABOUT IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

There I was, walking downtown on a sunny afternoon, when something caught my attention at the Plaza 28 de Julio, also known as the Zocalo and the Palacio Gobernal. Seems PDC has started its Christmas Festivities! From life size nativity scene to Christmas trees and decorations, we have it all! …
Andrea Ruiz Perron andrea 30 November 2012 0

NEW MEXICO TRAVEL LAW FOR MINORS

As of November 9, 2012, several new immigration laws in Mexico have gone into effect. One of the most important changes relates to minors entering and leaving Mexico. Mexican and foreign minors (under 18 years of age) traveling to and from Mexico must present written permission from both parents …
Andrea Ruiz Perron andrea 28 November 2012 0

SUN, SEA AND SALSA: RELOCATING, THE MEXICAN WAY

Recent reports have discovered that 1.6 million American households have already decided that they want to repatriate to another country with another 1.8 million seriously considering it in the near future. With more and more people contemplating this route as a viable option for their family's futu…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 23 November 2012 0

MAYAN MYTHOLOGY: THE CHECHEN TREE

The Mayan people of Cancun and the Riviera Maya often speak of the infamous Chechen tree, but they never dare to touch it. Beautiful to look at, Chechen has a contrast of dark, ruffled leaves and bright white bark with black sap running out of its trunk. However, this tree is most well known for its…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 12 November 2012 0

MAYAN MYTHOLOGY: ALUXES OF THE YUCATAN

Once you move to the Riviera Maya, it won't be long before you begin to hear tales of intriguing Mayan myths from the depths of the Yucatan Peninsula. This colorful region is filled with culture and tradition with stories going back many centuries to explain some of the strange happenings in the tro…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 8 November 2012 0

A DAY IN AKUMAL

Situated just 20 minutes down the highway from Playa del Carmen, the town of Akumal sits on two breathtaking bays, each with its own unique characteristics. Akumal Bay has crystal clear, shallow waters and a white sand floor, creating a picturesque setting for relaxing in the water or a bit of snork…
Laura Winfree laurawinfree 7 November 2012 0

DINNER AT YAXCHE RESTAURANT

My family recently flew in from the States to spend time together in Playa del Carmen. Dinner with my family and my Yucatecan in-laws is always a fun yet challenging experience, trying to enjoy a meal while translating between both sets of parents to keep the conversation flowing. Our large bicultur…
Andrea Ruiz Perron andrea 1 November 2012 0

DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION IN MICHOACAN

The Mexican state of Michoacán is located in the central region of Mexico, southwest of Mexico City. The Day of the Dead is an important religious and cultural celebration, it said to be one of the most important representations of the living heritage of Mexico and the world, and one of the oldest …