Why Picking a Paint Color for your House in Mexico is so Hard

Picking a paint color for your home in Mexico can be a challenging task. There are infinite options, and for many of us, it can be overwhelming to choose. Here are some tips to help you choose the right color for your home!

Begin with a reference point

Do you have a piece of art that you love? A throw pillow with a cute design that you like? A photograph of a cherished memory? Use this as a starting point for inspiration. Take a look at all your most treasured possessions and see if any colors show up consistently. You can also get inspired by the bright colors that abound in Mexico.

Keep it simple

 

Sometimes it can be hard to narrow it down to just one color – and that’s okay! It can look great to have more than one color in a room. However, you will want to keep it to no more than three, with a maximum of two bold colors and one neutral to tie it all together.
If you know that you want to stick to just a light wash of color, grey tends to look better than beige and is more flexible, as there are more variations and tones to choose from the grey family, while beige tones are more limited.
Remember though, that there are more neutral colors than just grey and beige – black, brown, olive and blue also fall into this category. Blue might not seem like a neutral color, but just think about how well your blue denim jeans go with all the rest of your tops and blouses!

If you want to go big, then start big

If you feel drawn to Frida Kahlo’s Blue house or Legorreta’s bright pinks and yellows and you know that you want your home to have some bold colors, start with those. Then choose the rest of your palette with that first color in mind. Also, you will want to make sure that you are considerate of all the undertones that exist in paint and colors. For example, if you are interested in having a bright yellow wall, you’ll want to ensure that there are no yellow tones in the white, grey or beige that you pair it with. Otherwise, they will reflect off each other.

Test your hypothesis

Most paint stores will offer testers – small samples of paint colors that you can put on your wall to see how it works with the light in your home. Just ensure that you paint a large enough area on the wall so you can see its true tone.
Consider painting a large poster board as well that you can hold up next to your furniture and decorations. This will ensure the colors and undertones are consistent.

Everything can be fixed

If in the end, you decide that you don’t actually like the color you chose, don’t worry! You can always paint over it.

Picking a paint color is fun

One of the best things about painting your home is how it can transform the entire look with just a simple, fresh coat of paint. Whatever you choose, just ensure that you feel happy and comfortable picking a paint color!

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The Easiest Way to Start a Collective Compost

Making Collective Compost

In this post, we ponder the reasons for making compost, the taboos around it, the types of compost, how they are made and what materials they carry. We review examples of collective composts and how the community can put it in practice, generating neighbor participation, and where everyone can enjoy the benefits.

In recent years, making compost is a trend, but perhaps we are not entirely clear about why to make compost or what possibilities there are if you live in a condominium.

Why do we compost

Although it seems very obvious, making compost is a way to recycle organic waste, reduce the garbage that ends up in the municipal dumps, and generate reusable fertile soil. And why you would like to produce soil?

In some places, such as the Riviera Maya, the quality of the soil is poor. And it is common to buy black soil or soil with leaf for gardening. However, this soil is taken out of the woods, and this causes soil erosion. Plus, it’s expensive. Instead, if we generate our soil, we avoid contributing to erosion, and  we can even sell the composted soil and make a profit from “the garbage.”

Taboos

Some people choose not to do compost because they fear that they will have bad smells and attract rats, cockroaches or flies, among other insects. However, a well-made compost is odor-free and unattractive to insects or animals.

Types of compost

In practical terms, there are two main types of compost: aerobic and anaerobic. As their names indicate, to generate aerobic compost, you require oxygen. For the anaerobic, you don’t. You can make compost manually, or you may use some ecotechnology.   

What to use to make a compost

The materials that a good aerobic compost must have are the following: 

  • 50% to 70% organic compounds and vegetable waste. This waste could be pruning leaves, water lilies or paper,  fruits, and vegetable waste. 
  • About 10% of dry matter (sawdust, cardboard, or bark of trees). 
  • 10% of soil that allows the formation of humus. 
  • And, 10% lime or charcoal that provides phosphorus and calcium as fertilizer.
  • Water, just enough to make it moist 

You must avoid some materials to create a classic compost. For example, glass, plastic, meat or remains of bones, metals, chemicals, some citrus fruit that are too acidic or weeds.

How to make compost

Although there are many ways to make compost, there are 5 basic steps:

  1. Place a layer of vegetable waste, cover with 4 to 6 in of dry matter. Then add fruit or vegetable waste, enough water to make it moist but not wet, fertilizer, and a layer of soil, and finally, you add water again. If your compost pile looks too damp and smells, add more dry matters. 
  2. Stir all the materials until you get a homogeneous mixture. Stir the mixture every time you sprinkle to aerate it.
  3. Cover the whole mix to lower the temperature.
  4. Check it daily to ensure that the temperature at the center of the compost is kept between 130 and 150 F. Sprinkle water over the pile regularly, so it has the consistency of a damp sponge. 
  5. Wait until the microorganisms generate humus, and the soil is ready. It will be dark, and with a pleasant smell of wet earth. It may take approximately three months to one year to get it ready. However, it really depends on the weather and temperature of the place you are.

Collective composts

Can you imagine living in an area where the whole community makes compost and that it also generates benefits for everyone?

It already exists. In France, in the cities of Toulouse and Nantes, the municipality gives each building three large wooden containers, individual biodegradable bags for the organic waste of each house, dry matter, and other components. They also assign an expert to advise participating neighbors.

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Compost planters in France

The first container is to collect organic waste. The second, for dry materials. Finally, the third one is to ripen the compost mix. Once ready, it is distributed among the neighbors for the community gardens or even for private use.

In Mexico, there are also places where people make collective compost with the support of municipal management. For instance, in the community of Capulhuac, Estado de Mexico, the program collects organic waste three times a week from the households, markets, and shops. They have a compost plant where they place the trash in piles and remove inorganic garbage. Then they water the compost and let it rest for six months. Later, they add vermicompost (worm earth). Finally, when it is ready, they sell it to farmers, to other municipalities, and they give it to the people for domestic use in their own gardens.

However, to sustain a successful collective compost program, people’s participation is crucial. So, this is one more reason to start the habit of separating the trash properly!

 Containers to separate trash

Containers to spare waste

What about the Riviera Maya

In the Riviera Maya, sustainable communities are emerging more and more. We support actions such as sorting our garbage so that our locality is a reference in the responsible treatment of waste. There is still a long way to go. But we have to take the first step towards sustainability.

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Hurricane Season in Riviera Maya and How to Prepare for it

Hurricane Season

For those that live or work on the East Coast of North America, familiarity with hurricane season is nothing new. It goes from May to November. Each year, the warm waters of the southern Atlantic Ocean give rise to tropical storms and hurricanes. These weather events often complete their life cycle without ever touching land. However, in case they do, it is vital that we are all prepared to weather the storm!

Hurricane Season in Riviera Maya

 

Although hurricane season officially ends on November 30, the majority of storms develop between July and October. These storms can cause flash flooding, dangerous winds, treacherous surf and rip currents, as well as other hazardous conditions.

Whether you are planning to live in the Riviera Maya or you already live here, there are some things you would have to think about for the hurricane season.

Danger can be imminent during the cyclone. Still, the effects of flooding and other infrastructure damage often last for days or weeks afterward. These factors may result in the closure of airports or roads, and the loss of electricity, phone and internet service. So, how can you be prepared for these kinds of severe weather events?

Be Ready

Follow these key steps to ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe during a hurricane:

  1. Make sure that you and your household have an emergency plan. And, with that in mind, ensure that all of you can answer the following four questions:
    1. How will you receive emergency alerts and warnings?
    2. Do you have a plan for shelter?
    3. Is there any plan for evacuation?
    4. What is your plan for communicating during or after the storm?
  2. Ensure that you register with your country’s embassy or consulate. If you are a US Citizen or resident, you can enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive messages, updates, and other information. If you are a Canadian citizen or resident, connect with Registration of Canadians Abroad for the same service.
  3. Keep your travel documents in a safe place. Make sure they are up-to-date so you can grab them in a hurry. Consider keeping them inside a waterproof bag or container for extra protection.Hurricane season
  4. Keep a hurricane kit at home with essential items for weathering the storm. The recommended rule of thumb is that you have enough supplies for 72 hours without the need for outside resources. It’s recommended to include a flashlight and a battery operated radio in this emergency kit. If you have a pet, remember that you need to pack food and water for them as well. Also, ensure that you are ready for any specific needs of your household. For instance, prepare any special dietary requirements, prescription medication, or translations of key phrases if you do not speak Spanish.
  5. Monitor the US National Hurricane Centre for constant updates on storm activity and emergency response. You may also follow the Mexican National Meteorological Service.
  6. Keep your friends and family up-to-date and ensure they know you are safe, when possible.

The most crucial aspect is to be prepared and communicate your plans to everyone in your family. Due to climate change, extreme weather events can be expected to happen more frequently, and with higher intensity. So it’s crucial that we do what we can to be prepared for such an event.

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Snorkeling: Best Places to do it in the Riviera Maya

There are many thrilling activities to do when you’re in the Riviera Maya. One of the most interesting and refreshing is snorkeling! And there is no shortage of places for you to indulge.

So, what is snorkeling?

Snorkeling is the practice of swimming in water using a diving mask, a snorkel, and often wearing fins as well. This equipment allows you to swim through the water while keeping your head underwater. Therefore, you may observe the incredible nature that often hides below the surface!

Does this sound like something you may want to do? Here are some of the best places to go when you’re in the Riviera Maya.

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MUSA Underwater Museum

Located in Cancun, this is one of the most magical places you could experience snorkeling. The original intention for its creation was an eco-project to extend the natural reef. As a result, this underwater museum has now over 470 life-sized sculptures. Besides, it provides habitat for thousands of aquatic species.

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Also in Cancun, this experience is a bit more natural. The water is calm and is home to some of the most colorful coral in the area! You may also see starfish, lobsters, giant sea fans and rays which are very common to this area.

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If you are a fan of sea turtles then you will want to go to Akumal for snorkeling. Sightings of turtles are common year-round in this popular snorkeling spot. Here you won’t find white sand under the water but rather lush fields of seagrass (sea turtles’ favorite meal!). You’ll also see pufferfish, parrotfish, manta rays. Furthermore, there is an incredible assortment of underwater flora such as anemones and sea fans.

Puerto Morelos

This is an exceptional place to go snorkeling. The reason: the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system comes closer to shore here than anywhere else in the Riviera Maya. In 1998, president Ernesto Zedillo designated it as a protected area. Therefore, you will have to go through a tour company to have a guided tour of the reef. Prepare to see barracudas, sea horses, lobsters, stingrays, and incredible fire coral.

Puerto Morelos Snorkeling

Kantun Chi

Consider visiting Kantun Chi in Puerto Aventuras if you are not keen on swimming in the open ocean. Or maybe you prefer to experience something different. This is an exotic place in the jungle. Indeed, it is a collection of several cenotes inside a cave network. There you can snorkel and take in the natural beauty of the caverns.

Before you head out to snorkel, make sure you have a plan in place! Most of these locations offer guided tours and equipment rentals. However, if you have experience snorkeling, you may explore on your own.

Whatever the case, be sure to be safe. Be respectful of the environment, that way everyone else can enjoy it after you for ages to come!

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The World Environment Day

When was the World Environment Day set?

Climate change is a very real threat to our world, and we are already feeling many impacts across the planet. The Riviera Maya, for instance, with the recent super blooms of sargassum. That is why it is important to continue to develop awareness and do what we can to overcome this issue. Therefore, consider celebrating World Environment Day on June 5 to #BeatAirPollution!

To encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment, the United Nations set the World Environment Day! It began in 1974, and since then has become a global phenomenon that over 100 countries celebrate. Including Canada, the US, and Mexico.

Every year the day focuses on a different theme, and for 2019 this is “Air pollution”. Air pollution and its effect on our lives vary depending on several factors; For example: where you live, the energy you use for cooking and heating, or even the time of day or the weather. Since air pollution travels through the air, and sometimes it even travels across continents based on international weather patterns.

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This is why nobody is safe from pollution, and five main human sources are the main cause of it:

Industry

Power generation is the leading source of pollution in many countries across the globe. This is mainly due to coal-burning power plants and diesel generators. Not to mention the use of chemicals in a variety of industries.
The national government must address these challenges. At the moment 82 of 193 countries have created incentives to promote investment in more environmentally-friendly practices and technology.

Transport

This sector accounts for nearly 25% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and nearly 400,000 premature deaths have a link to it. That is why it is important to reduce vehicle emissions through the use of cleaner fuels, and transition to electric vehicles.

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Agriculture

Agriculture contributes to around 24% of all greenhouse gasses. Livestock, rice paddies and the burning of agricultural waste are the main sources of methane. Thus, these emissions are allegedly the cause of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. In order to address this, we can implement a movement towards plant-based diets, a reduction of food waste, and modernized farming.

Waste

It is estimated that globally, up to 40% of waste is openly burned which releases harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, like dioxins, furans, methane and fine particulate matter such as black carbon.
Open burning is practiced in 166 out of 193 countries, which means there is a huge opportunity to address this issue through global cooperation.

Humanity has contributed in a highly oversized way to the collection of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. However, there are some naturally occurring events that can cause air pollution such as volcanic eruptions and dust storms.
That is why it is important for us to address the factors within our control to ensure that our planet can handle the rest.

Consider some ways in which you may make a difference in your own life, by reducing plastic waste, encouraging new environmental policy, and building our homes with sustainability in mind.

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Traveling Without a Car in the Riviera Maya

TRAVELING WITHOUT A CAR IN THE RIVIERA MAYA

One of the best features of the Riviera Maya is the plethora of activities that you can find in the area. Whether it’s lounging on the beach, indulging in food and drink, exploring Mayan ruins or visiting the various parks in the area, there’s no shortage of things to do. However, you still have to find your way there. Traveling without a car in the Riviera Maya is possible!

Without a car in Riviera Maya

While renting a car is an option, driving culture is a little different in Mexico if you compare it to the one in Canada or the US. Besides, you may find it easier to commute around in other ways! Thus, here are a few of your options for getting around without a car in the Riviera Maya.

Taxis

Taxis are everywhere in the Riviera Maya. They are all white, which makes them easy to spot – and they are often on the lookout for new passengers. If you are on the side of the street and hear a light honk, that is likely from a taxi driver inquiring if you want a ride! Just hail them down, and they’ll pull over for you.

Taxi fares are generally decided based on a zone model. For example, travel within downtown Playa del Carmen (Zone 1) will be 25 pesos. It will be a good idea to check with your hotel or a local contact to confirm the taxi rates as they sometimes change and are not posted widely. Tipping is also not generally expected when taking a taxi, so it is recommended to ensure you have exact change.

Rent a bike

If you want to get around a bit more quickly but don’t mind some exercise you might consider renting a bike! If you are in the area for a while, many shops have very reasonable rates for renting bikes for long-term use, or you can rent just for the day!

The rules of the road in the Riviera Maya are ultimately the same as anywhere else, but always ensure you keep a keen eye on your surroundings. You will also want to ensure you have a good sturdy bike lock so that you can keep your bike safe while you explore on foot.Traveling Without a car rent a bike

Colectivos

If you want an authentic local experience, then consider checking out the colectivos – public taxi vans. They are sometimes a little cramped, but they are very inexpensive and can drop you off anywhere along their route. There is usually a primary stop where the various colectivos begin their routes in the city, and they have signs on the front of the van indicating where they are traveling to.

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If you are staying at a resort and not in the city, worry not! Most colectivos traveling down the freeway stop in front of resorts – often to drop off or pick up employees but they are available for travelers too!

Make sure you have enough small change in pesos – some drivers will take US dollars however you will likely not get an ideal exchange rate, and other riders will appreciate you exiting the van quickly without having to wait for the driver to give you change.

Of course, if you prefer driving, there are a number of car rental agencies in the area that can get you set up with a vehicle of your preference!

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Family Activities in the Riviera Maya

Family Activities in the Riviera Maya

One of the best things about the Riviera Maya is that there is something for everybody! If you prefer quiet relaxation on the beach, you can find a spot on the unending miles of pristine white sand beaches. If you’d rather go out to town, you can find any number of restaurants and bars with great food and drinks. And if you have a family, there is no shortage of kid-friendly fun throughout the region. You will find plenty of family activities!

 Xel Ha family activities

Theme Parks

The Riviera Maya is full of exciting and fun theme parks that are fun for everyone! If you enjoy exploring nature, you might want to check out Xcaret Eco Park or Xel Ha Natural Aquarium. There you can swim with animals or go ziplining through the lush forest. In addition, you might want to check out Xenses that’s based around toying with your senses! These parks are fantastic and full of family activities, even those with babies or toddlers because you can set your schedule and pace. And often kids under five are free!

The Zoo

There are a few zoos in the area, including Corocun Zoo. You can find animals native to the Riviera Maya there. Therefore, you will see monkeys, crocodiles, lizards, birds, deer, and coatis. Besides, if you or your family love birds especially, you might be more interested in the Playacar Aviary Xaman-Ha where you can see flamingos, egrets, parrots, pelicans, toucans and more. And as a bonus, children under 12 enter for free!

Family activities

Movie Theatre

If the weather has turned and you’re looking for something to do, you can always go see a movie! Usually, theaters show cartoons dubbed into Spanish. On the other hand, live-action films are often in English with Spanish subtitles so it could be a good option. There are three theatres just in Playa del Carmen, and they are easy to find in any major city in the area.

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Another great activity for rainy days is visiting one of the many museums in the area. Did you know that Playa del Carmen is home to the largest 3D museum in the world? Moreover, the 3D Museum of Wonders is full of fun illusions that are revealed when you take pictures and become part of the art yourself. You could also visit the Frida Kahlo museum on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen or the Museum of Prehistory Tulum. This museum is dedicated to promoting fantastic Ice Age artifacts which have been found over the years in the various caves and cenotes of the Riviera Maya.

Whatever your interests, the Riviera Maya has something for you to do!

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Sargasso? Riviera Maya has much more for you!

Sargasso? The Riviera Maya has much more activities for you!

If you’ve visited the beaches in the Riviera Maya in the mornings, you’ve probably noticed the piles of sargasso littering the sand. This free-floating seaweed has been experiencing a boom in recent years due to warmer ocean waters caused by climate change. There are many initiatives underway to reduce this litter, but in the meantime, if you find the beach too cluttered, here are some other thrilling activities you that you can do.

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Day Trips

Wherever you are in the Riviera Maya, the network of highways and roads can get you to a variety of places. In those cities, towns and other locales you can experience traditional Mexican and Mayan culture. You could explore a large city like Merida to see how modern Mexican culture blends with the history of the region or a small village like El Cuyo for a more sleepy and quaint experience. Just be sure you know where you’re going and have a map, because there may not be cell service!

 

Mayan Ruins

If you love to learn about history, there are plenty of ruins you can to explore in the Riviera Maya. Chichen-Itza is a must-see for anyone who has not yet been. Not to mention that it is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Moreover, this archeological site is one of the most stunning and well-preserved examples of Mayan history. However, if you have already been there that you can explore many other sites. Uxmal is another amazing option that showcases a different style than Chichen Itza. You may also consider Coba. Although the ruins there are quite spread out you can rent a bike to explore at your leisure!

Eco Adventures

Throughout the Riviera Maya, you can find Eco Adventure parks. There you can seek thrills by riding ATVs and zip lines; you can explore tree walks and hanging bridges, and go swimming in cenotes! There are large theme parks where you can go and try several different adventurous activities at your leisure. Otherwise, if you’re with a group of friends and family, you can book private tours that blend together a variety of excursions. Often, there are different options for different abilities so that you can find something for everyone!

Punta Laguna Zipline

Photo by Wiz Tours

Food and Drink

Of course, when you want to relax and recharge, there are few things more fulfilling than sharing a delicious meal and drinks with good company. All through the Riviera Maya, you’ll be able to find countless options for refreshments. Street stands sell tacos all day, or you can try other street foods like elotes and esquites or marquesitas. Also, there are many restaurants, big and small, where you can find traditional Mexican food. Furthermore, you may find specialties from other parts of the Americas like Brazil or Argentina. And don’t forget to try traditional Mexican drinks like horchata or tamarindo!

 

No matter what your hobbies or preferences sargasso is not a problem, you can be sure that the Riviera Maya has an activity for you! 

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Weekend Getaway: Sisal, Yucatan

It’s time for another weekend getaway, this time to Sisal, in the state of Yucatan. This quaint seaside town features a beautiful coastline, a charming main street full of bright colors and incredible nature sanctuaries.

What is Sisal?

The city was once the primary port for Yucatan. Between 1880 and 1915 the Yucatan’s most successful export was henequen (also known as sisal). A variety of textiles come from a plant native to the area. If you ever purchased a scratching post for a cat, it was likely of sisal rope!

Thanks to this booming agribusiness Sisal welcomed large numbers of Europeans and Americans and introduced them to the land. But now it is time return to the natural beauty and impressive ruins that our early ancestors also experienced.

Sisal muelle

How to get tHERE

Just 47 kilometers from northwest of Merida, Sisal is now experiencing a resurgence as people rediscover its charm. Thanks to the new investment, there are new roads, new construction, and freshly painted buildings. Therefore, this incredible location is being able to prosper.

Sisal is still a tiny town, so there are no hotels located within limits. However, it is a quick one-hour drive from Merida through Hunucma. For those looking to visit from Cancun or Playa del Carmen, it is a longer four-hour drive along Highway 180. Therefore, you will want to look for accommodations in a close by city to fully enjoy this beautiful seaside town.

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What to do while you’re there

Sisal is a quaint town that is perfect for anyone looking for contact with nature and serene views. Kilometers of white sand beaches are the ideal place to sunbathe for those who like to relax next to the water. It is also great if you want to watch a beautiful sunrise.

One of the most exciting features in Sisal is the Pink Flamingo sanctuary. With the help of a tour guide and a boat, you will be able to go on a 5-6 hour eco-trip. Once you are there, you will travel through a pristine mangrove jungle where you may view the flamingos, as well as other abundant flora and fauna. You may even have the chance to visit a private cenote where you can cool off with a swim before returning home.

However, for those more interested in thrilling and blood-pumping activities, Sisal is also famous for its kiteboarding opportunities! Thanks to the kilometers of empty white sand beaches, the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and the windswept coastline, it makes for an ideal location for this electrifying activity. The best months for kiteboarding are during the windy season of February to July when the warm winds are blowing. Even beginners will have a fantastic time surfing over the warm waters of the gulf.

 

Most of all, you will want to ensure that you enjoy yourself, and take the time to experience and appreciate local Mexican culture and cuisine!

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Weekend Getaway: El Cuyo, Yucatan

It’s time for another weekend getaway! This week let’s travel to El Cuyo in Yucatan – a remote fishing village on the tip of the peninsula, known for its incredible flora and fauna.

El-Cuyo, Yucatan

What is El Cuyo?

El Cuyo is a small village, located on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, inside the Rio Lagartos National Park – a region known for the thousands of flamingos that call the area home, along with sea turtles and other sea birds. Surrounded by nature and located in a remote area, the center of town is just one square, and many of the streets are unpaved. This sleepy village is exceptionally safe and a great place to relax and recharge, away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities.

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How to get to El Cuyo

You will definitely want a car to travel to El Cuyo as it is in a remote area of the Yucatan peninsula.

If you are driving from Playa del Carmen, you will need to leave Playa via the Playa-Nuevo XCan Highway and travel towards Holbox. Once you arrive at Kantunilkin, you will take a left to go towards Colonia Yucatan and then to the right towards El Cuyo. It is a two-and-a-half hour drive, but you will pass through small delightful Mayan villages and fields where you can stop and take pictures or purchase small homemade goods.

If you are coming from Merida, you should travel via Tizimin and then follow the instructions through Colonia Yucatan.

Some small colectivo vans travel between Tizimin and El Cuyo; however there are no set schedules, so you will want to ensure your timing options are flexible should you be traveling without a car.

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What to do while you’re there

As a small fishing village, there are no large resorts or name-brand hotels in El Cuyo. However, there are many cabanas in town that you may be able to rent once you arrive. There is poor cell service and internet in El Cuyo so you will want to ensure that you have a plan in place beforehand!

With such a small native population of only 1,700, you can rest assured that you will have no problem finding the perfect spot on the endless miles of white sand beaches in El Cuyo to relax and recharge. For those that love to sunbathe and unwind on the shore, you will not be disappointed here.

If you prefer to have more vigorous activities, there are also plenty of options for you as well! El Cuyo is the perfect spot to go out with some real fishermen and try your hand at catching some grub while enjoying the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

If you don’t like to fish, but you do love to be on the water, you might be interested in renting a kayak, and rowing through the mangroves where you will be able to catch a glimpse of some of the incredible nature and wildlife of the area. Thousands of flamingos, sea birds and sea turtles inhabit this area and are a vision you will not want to miss.

Whatever you decide, be sure to you take the time to observe and learn about the culture and experience in this authentic rural Mexican village!

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