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  • How To Enjoy Bacalar

    26 June 2015 Destinations, Reader's Polls

    In his last article on Bacalar, guest writer Scott Wallace writes about all the different ways to enjoy a few days in this magical place…

  • Life Lessons at Coba

    17 March 2015 Destinations, Mayan Riviera, Valladolid Living

    Coba may not be one of the New Wonders of the World, but you can still climb the pyramid there...

  • The Neighborhoods of Merida

    16 August 2014 Destinations, Real Estate in Yucatan, Reader's Polls

    Merida is a city of a million people... and hundreds of different neighborhoods. Where to live? Where to buy? We can't possibly talk about all of them, but maybe this will help. Now updated as of August 2014!

  • Cuba, Our Mysterious Neighbor: Part III

    11 August 2014 Destinations

    In this third and final part of our series on visiting Cuba, writer Byron Augustin talks about religion, politics, music, sports and cigars...

  • Cuba, Our Mysterious Neighbor: Part II

    29 July 2014 Destinations

    In Part II of our three part series on Cuba, our guest writer Byron Augustin talks about classic cars, street commerce, traveling around Cuba and some hidden treasures that he was fortunate to see...

  • Cuba, Our Mysterious Neighbor: Part I

    15 July 2014 Destinations

    One of our favorite guest writers went on a trip to Cuba, and all we got (which is a lot...) is this first of three articles about traveling to and through that nearby island paradise...

  • Bacalar Paddle Marathon

    11 June 2014 Destinations

    Guest writer Scott Wallace takes us along the recent Lake Bacalar Paddle Marathon for a moment-to-moment account of what it was like to participate in this race...

  • The Town of Uman Yucatan

    29 May 2014 Destinations

    Looking for a place to visit outside of Merida? So many times we overlook something special that is right in front of us. Uman is just outside of Merida and it is one of those special places...

  • Laguna Bacalar, Back in Time

    22 April 2014 Destinations

    Our guest writer Scott Wallace takes a trip into the deep jungle of the lower Yucatan Peninsula between Lake Bacalar and Chetumal Bay, just like the Spanish and Maya travelers before him...

  • Laguna Bacalar, Special Waters

    24 March 2014 Destinations

    Laguna Bacalar is becoming a popular getaway destination for expatriates living in Merida. Here is our guest writer, Scott Wallace, on the history of this area and a bit about the special blue waters...

  • The Yucatan Railway Museum

    18 December 2013 Destinations

    Merida is lucky to be the home of Mexico's second largest railway museum and full of historic treasures. Ivan Godfrey, a railway preservation expert from England, is now living here in Merida and spearheading the museum's restoration efforts...

  • Isla Holbox Serenity

    4 June 2013 Destinations

    A new writer and first-time visitor to Isla Holbox reports on her experience on this lovely, peaceful island off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Peace and quiet was what she sought and what she found...

  • Puerto Morelos, Hidden in Plain Sight

    19 February 2013 Destinations

    We recently visited Puerto Morelos, a seaside village along the Riviera Maya that doesn't get a lot of press but impressed us anyway...

  • The Sun on Isla Mujeres

    12 January 2013 Destinations

    Sunrises and sunsets... a beautiful part of any day in the Yucatan. We all have memories and photos of our favorites. In this article, Byron Augustin tells us where to see the best ones on Isla Mujeres...

  • Renovating Merida Centro

    14 August 2012 Destinations

    Are you noticing that there is a growing incidence of torn-up streets in the downtown area? This is just the latest phase of a renovation project that has been going on for years, but is said to be almost complete...

  • Expat Letter from Cozumel

    18 July 2012 Daily Life, Destinations

    Ever wonder what its like living on an island in a tourist town? Photographer Michael Lewis gives us his insight into what life is like living on Cozumel...

  • The Riviera Maya Resort Experience

    11 April 2011 Destinations, Mayan Riviera

    In nine years as residents of Yucatan, we had never stayed in a bonafide all-inclusive on the Riviera Maya. We had a chance to do that recently, and we went for it...

  • Mayapan and Private Haciendas

    8 February 2011 Destinations

    On a sunny Yucatan day, we were picked up in a private van and escorted to some very special places outside of Merida. We're not usually tour people, but we were pleasantly surprised...

  • Chichen Itza Master Plan

    5 January 2011 Destinations

    Governor Ivonne Ortega has big plans for Chichen Itza and the surrounding area. One of Yucatan Living's intrepid reporters attended the meeting and tells us all about it...

  • The City of Campeche

    31 December 2010 Destinations

    Campeche is both different from and similar to Merida, and is another interesting and increasingly popular option as a place to live and retire on the Yucatan Peninsula...

  • Merida Christmas and NYE 2010-2011

    21 December 2010 Destinations

    Looking for something to do these Holidays? Check our list of special dinners and parties for Christmas and New Year in Merida!

  • Genesis Retreat

    24 May 2010 Destinations, Mayan Riviera, Valladolid Living

    If sleeping with a legend is something you’ve always wanted to do then Genesis Retreat, an eco-oasis near the Mayan archaeological zone of Ek Balam, just may be your cup of herbal tea...

  • Commercial Octopus Farming in Sisal

    3 May 2010 Destinations

    It’s not quite an octopus’s garden, but researchers at the Sisal campus of Mexico’s national university, working closely with local residents, may be about to establish the world’s first commercial octopus farm...

  • A Preview of Animaya

    20 April 2010 Destinations

    Merida will soon have both a zoo and an animal park called Animaya, which is about to be opened in honor of Mexico's Bicentennial. We were lucky to go along on a preview tour...

  • Mayan Artistry along the Ruta Puuc

    15 March 2010 Destinations

    A drive to the Puuc hills in search of reproductions of ancient Mayan art unearths the craftsmanship and passion of local artisans...

  • House of the Butterflies

    1 March 2010 Destinations, Mayan Riviera

    You never know what you might find around the next bend. On the way from Valladolid to Tulum, it was La Casa de Las Mariposas that caught our eye...

  • Fiestas of the Yucatan

    15 February 2010 Destinations

    Have a free weekend? Planning a trip here? Want to know what is going on out in the countryside? Here's a list of all the fiestas of the year...

  • Merida Holiday Planning 2009-2010

    21 December 2009 Destinations

    Want to do something special for the holidays? Here's a list of the special dinners and parties for Christmas and New Year's Eve around Merida...

  • Laguna Bacalar Flyover

    14 April 2009 Destinations, Mayan Riviera

    One of the biggest ecological preserves on the peninsula was the site recently of a unique survey designed to map and understand the flow of fresh water underground. Scott Wallace reports from Laguna Bacalar...

  • Holiday Planning in Merida

    20 December 2008 Destinations

    Wondering what to do for Christmas and New Year's Eve? Here's our annual rundown of what's going on... Happy Holidays from Yucatan Living!

  • Valladolid, Sultaness of the East

    1 September 2008 Destinations, Valladolid Living

    Valladolid is a town famous for many things most of us have never heard about. For so long, it has been stuck halfway between two important cities (Merida and Cancun). Now that fact may become its claim to a well-deserved fame...

  • Maps of Mexico, Merida and Yucatan

    30 July 2008 Destinations

    It used to be hard to find an accurate map of many places in Mexico, especially the hinterlands of the Yucatan Peninsula. Nowadays, the Internet has changed all that. There are accurate maps of most of the inhabited places in Mexico, and a few fun things to do with maps as well...

  • Merida and Yucatan Maps

    30 July 2008 Destinations

    Getting ready to drive to the Yucatan? In the past, it was difficult to find an accurate map of almost anywhere in Mexico, especially the Yucatan Peninsula. The good news is that the Internet has finally changed all that! Now there are all kinds of maps at your fingertips...

  • A Place for Spider Monkeys

    5 June 2008 Destinations, Mayan Riviera

    A friend and fellow writer from Playa del Carmen recently visited the Jungle Place, a place where fellow extranjeros provide shelter and a new home for abused and neglected spider monkeys...

  • D'Aristi Factory: Xtabentun Tour

    23 May 2008 Destinations

    Take a tour of the local factory, set in a beautiful hacienda, that makes the delicious Xtabentun liqueur which is only made in the Yucatan...

  • Welcome to Ochilandia!

    27 March 2008 Destinations

    On a quiet weekday during Easter week, the staff at Yucatan Living tried to eat lunch at Hacienda Temozon, but ended up at Hacienda Ochil, a sleepy little hacienda restaurant... or so we thought! See how Hacienda Ochil has grown...

  • Merida Night Life

    18 February 2008 Destinations

    Mérida is a great city; life here is more relaxed and slow-paced, but once the sun goes down, one thing is for sure: Yucatecans know how to party, and they’re good at it...

  • D.F., a.k.a. Mexico City

    5 January 2008 Destinations

    La vida tranquila is a wonderful thing, but once in awhile, we need to experience big city life. When Merida was filling up with holiday visitors, the Working Gringos traveled to Mexico City...

  • Yucatan Spa Route

    30 July 2007 Destinations

    Like a modern-day Stephens and Catherwood, the Working Gringos set out to explore the seemingly sudden and quite welcome appearance of spas in the Yucatan...

  • The New Merida City Museum

    6 July 2007 Destinations

    Have you been to the new Merida City Museum? Take a tour with us while we take a tour at the center of Merida's history. Then take our Merida history pop quiz...

  • The Stones of Dzitya

    9 May 2007 Destinations

    You'll probably notice it if you've been here more than a week or two: stone is used in almost every house in Yucatan. We visit the popular stone carving town north of Merida to see why...

  • A Stroll Around Merida's Zoo

    4 April 2007 Destinations

    Before there were shopping malls and video games, Merida's children always had a special place to go for fun, the Parque Zoologico del Centenario, also known as the Merida Zoo...

  • Discovering Uayma

    6 December 2006 Destinations, Valladolid Living

    Generations of adventurers have been discovering Yucatan since the first European set foot here. Now and then, we get to think we're making a “discovery” ourselves...

  • Haciendas in the Yucatan

    7 November 2006 Destinations

    One of our favorite things to do with guests on a day trip is to take a tour of some of the local haciendas. Just one more thing we love about living in Yucatan...

  • Playa del Carmen, Maya Riviera Princess

    26 October 2006 Destinations, Mayan Riviera

    A modern Mexican beach princess, with a cell phone in one hand, a shopping bag in the other and soft white Caribbean sand between her painted toes...

  • Undiscovered Cancun

    20 October 2006 Destinations, Mayan Riviera

    What can we say about Cancun that hasn't been said a brazillion times already? Plenty...

  • Wayan'e

    24 May 2006 Destinations, Food, Reviews

    The quintessential Yucatan eating experience is attained somewhere outdoors. The view isn't great. The tablecloth (if there is one) is oilcloth atop a cheap plastic or metal table donated to the restaurant by Coca Cola. The food is dripping with sauce, hot and tasty...

  • Teatro Peon Contreras

    16 May 2006 Destinations

    An ode (or is it an aria?) to the best little opera house on the Yucatan Peninsula: the Teatro Jose Peon Contreras...

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