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Ka’a Xi’itech, Yucatán
Once again, another 91 days have come and gone. This time, we’re saying adiós to the Yucatán Peninsula. Our three months here have been amazing; an almost perfect mix of history, culture, sight-seeing and adventure. We’re leaving with tanned bodies, relaxed minds, and memories that we won’t soon forget… Read More

Feb 16, 2014


Our Favorite Yucatecan Food
Yucatecan cooking was nothing like we had been expecting. With a lot of Maya-influenced dishes that aren’t found across the rest of Mexico, the food of the Yucatán was one surprise after the other. From the street markets to the sit-down restaurants, from the snacks to the meals, from breakfast to dinner, we never tired of eating here… and these were some of our favorite meals:… Read More

Feb 16, 2014


Hunting for Hammocks in Tixkokob
On paper, it sounded like a fail-proof plan. Pop over to nearby Tixkokob, find someone who makes hammocks, snap a few pictures, head home. In and out, 60 minutes max. But it turns out that, despite Tixkokob’s status as Mérida’s “Hammock Central,” it’s not all that easy to find someone making them… Read More

Feb 16, 2014


Our Favorite Restaurants in Mérida
During our 91 days in the Yucatán, we spent a lot of time on the road. So whenever we were in Mérida, we tried to cook healthy and eat at home. Too many Mexican restaurants turn Mike and Jürgen into softy boys. But even so, we had the opportunity to sample a good percentage of Mérida’s eating establishments. Here were some of our favorite places to grab a bite. These aren’t necessarily the city’s “top-rated” restaurants, but for one reason or another, they were the ones we most enjoyed… Read More

Feb 15, 2014


Sotuta de Peon
During the Yucatán’s henequen boom, there were close to a thousand haciendas in operation across the state. Today, they’re nearly all in ruins. And in the area surrounding Mérida, only one still manufactures henequen: Sotuta de Peon. We joined an incredible tour which led us through the hacienda’s mansion, the factory, a Maya house in the agave fields, a cenote, and a great restaurant for lunch. A more Yucatecan day out would be difficult to imagine… Read More

Feb 15, 2014


The Railway Museum of Mérida
Once upon a time, the Yucatán had a popular and far-reaching network of passenger locomotives. Today, most of the train stations scattered across the peninsula are little more than ruins, but Mérida’s has been converted into a museum dedicated to the machines that once chugged through the jungles… Read More

Feb 14, 2014


Mérida’s Free Entertainment
Of all the things Mérida has to recommend it — lovely plazas, great food, fascinating museums and friendly people — perhaps the best is its astounding cultural program. We’ve never lived in a city as dedicated to the arts, or as devoted to preserving its cultural heritage. Almost every night of the week, you can catch a free performance of some sort in one of Mérida’s plazas… Read More

Feb 13, 2014


The Caste War Museum in Tihosuco
The Spaniards may have conquered the Yucatán with relative ease, but destroying the spirit of the Maya proved a far more difficult task. From the very beginning of the conquest and up into the 20th century, the Maya fought back against their oppressors, often bending but never breaking completely. The stories of their struggles are told in the Museo de las Guerra Casta, in the tiny town of Tihosuco… Read More

Feb 13, 2014


Temazcal: The Mexican Sweat Bath
During our stay in Tulum’s Akulik Hotel, we were invited to try out the traditional sweat bath called a Temazcal. “That sounds pleasant”, I thought, not at all anticipating the intense and exhausting cleansing of the body, soul and mind which we were about to endure… Read More

Feb 12, 2014


The Azulik Hotel in Tulum
Located in the Tulum National Park, the Azulik Hotel hosted us for five days. Built atop a natural hill, each cabaña boasts breathtaking vistas over the shimmering azure waters of the Caribbean. We couldn’t have hoped for a more wonderful home away from home… Read More

Feb 11, 2014


Pictures from Tulum Town
The beaches are unforgettable, but there’s another side to Tulum which has nothing to do with sand or turquoise blue waters. The actual town, where most of the locals live and work, is found well away from the shore. But don’t let that keep you away… it’s not as picturesque, but we enjoyed the pueblo almost as much as the coast… Read More

Feb 11, 2014


Snorkelling at the Yal-Ku Lagoon
On completing our Open Water SCUBA certifications, I had expected the idea of snorkeling to lose its appeal. Why float on top of the water when you can dive right down into it? But with places as amazing (and shallow) as the Yal-Ku Lagoon in Akumal, snorkeling is just as good as scuba. Perhaps even better… Read More

Feb 10, 2014


Swimming with Sea Turtles at Akumal
Floating on our bellies in the waters of Akumal Bay, while massive turtles grazed on the sea grass just a couple meters below us, was an experience so unique, so moving, that it instantly joined the ranks of my favorite memories of all time… Read More

Feb 10, 2014

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