Yucatan Peninsula: The Bucket List

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Climbing Mexico’s Tallest Mayan Pyramid at Coba

Chichen Itza may be the most famous ancient Mayan city in the Yucatan Pennisula. It may have garnered all the big titles, like New World Wonder, but that doesn’t change the fact that the older Mayan site of Coba, the region’s capital before Chichen Read More

Chac Mool Waiting for the Sun

Calling Quetzals at Chichen Itza in Mexico

We are standing at the foot at El Castillo, near the bottom of the staircase famous for producing a snake-like shadow on the equinox, and taking turns clapping, looking satisfied at one another, and inviting the next person to take a turn. Through Read More

New dawn ceremony begins

Celebrating the New Dawn on a Sacred Maya Journey in Mexico’s Yucatan

It's 4:30 a.m. in this ancient port of Ppolé (modern-day Xcaret on the Riviera Maya). As I trudge through the pelting rain along dark jungle paths, slipping and sliding across the occasional stone walkway, I can't help but question my sanity. My Read More

Maya Masks

What to Buy in Mexico: Souvenir Shopping in Riviera Maya and the Yucatan

"Sombreros, blankets, and tequilla," says Pablo, without even thinking, in response to my question about the most popular souvenirs in Mexico. But, he hastens to add, here in the heavily Mayan Yucatan Peninsula, tourists can buy some interesting Read More

Cooking classes in Riviera Maya

Eating Riviera Maya in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

To once and for all satisfy my ever-crave for Mexican food autentica: Es posible? I was salivating to give it a try as I made my recent plans for the Riviera Maya, a slice of Yucatan coastline where seafood and rich Maya tradition stir up an Read More

baby whale shark

Swimming With Whale Sharks in Mexico’s Yucatan

Glimpsing the cluster of huge, spotted heads in the water, I peer closer. I'm not sure if I'm hallucinating after slouching under the intense sun and sitting on a boat for an hour. But as our guide yells out and slings on his snorkel mask, I realize Read More