Out of the Way Excursions

The Riviera Maya is wonderful but there are many amazing sights to see, places to go, things to do by venturing a little further down the coast or inland.  These articles are about some of those places. 

Whale Shark with snorkeler 2014 Whale Shark Season Update Advisory

Holbox and Cancun tour information

A Chance to Get a Sneak Peek at Eco Paraíso

In Celestún November 2009

Rio Lagarto Mari Pintkowski A Nostalgic Look at the Facades of Northern Yucatan's Coastal Fishing Villages

by Mari Pintkowski - A photojournalist's look at the architecture

A Two-Day Getaway:
Travels in the Mayan Interior, 02/11

By Mari Pintkowski

Balamku Inn on the Beach
Review 12/10

by Lydia Linton Pontius

v22_balam_ku_thumb.jpg Balamku: A Lovers’ Coastal Hideaway

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than sharing with your lover the quintessential tropical fantasy!

v20_chinchorro_thumb.jpg Banco Chinchorro

Just thirty kilometers from the sandy shores of southern Quintana Roo lay an aquatic oasis ripe with adventurous appeal.

Calakmul to Tulúm – The Adventure Continues (May 2011)

by Lydia Linton Pontius

Calakmul, Campeche

ruins, biosphere and more...

Alexandra Bradley Calakmul, Day Two

by Lydia Linton Pontius

Carnival in Mahahual, February 2011

By Barbara Eller

Casa Blanca: Without Humphrey or Greta

by Jim Farrell, owner Nah Hah and Azul Riviera

casa carolina xcalak exterior Casa Carolina Review – Xcalak

Costa Maya

v23_chaak_tun_thumb.jpg Chaak Tun

The ancient Maya revered this sacred spot and gave it a powerful name - Chaak Tun.

v28_chacmool_thumb.jpg Chacmool: The Toltec & Maya History of this Sculpture

One of the most popular and reoccurring motifs in Meso-American art is the Chacmool.

wall Choosing Where to Visit — Part Three

Yucatán and Campeche States

Colonial Cities Trip with the Girls

Guanajuato, DoloresHidalgo and San Miguel de Allende

Colonial Valladolid Offers an Authentic Cultural Treat

By: Mari Pintkowski, August 2008

mahahual 9-09 Come to Mahahual...it’s not that far!

September 2009

look_day_dead3.jpg Dia de los Muertos

In San Cristóbal de las Casas, by Jon and Vonda Look

Bacalar Mari Pintkowski Discovering Laguna Bacalar by Boat

Laguna Bacalar is known for its 7 colors.

ev_3_xcalak_escape_t.jpg Escape to Xcalak

Take a relaxing “leave of absence from the world” in this tiny coastal fishing village

Explore the Explorean Kohnlich February 2009

By Myrna Sparks

ev_4_ek_balam_t.jpg Exploring the Yucatan

Where East meets West, or Does It?

Mari Pintkowski Exploring the Yucatan
(Part 2)

a continuation of Exploring the Yucatan

Fly Fishing in Xcalak September 2009

Caroline Wexler

Go Where the Wind Blows

Northern Yucatan Kiting Expedition 2008

Mari Pintkowski How Long Is Long Enough?

Part One - Mexico City, by Mari Pintkowski

kinnons Kinnon Family Trip Report 2014 - Guanajuato

by Michele Kinnon

Jon and Vonda Look San Cristobal Look Pictures from San Cristobal de las Casas

Jon and Vonda Look share some incredible photos

Mahahual Eco-Park Mahahual to Build Eco-Park

Similar to Xcaret or Xel-Ha

Alexandra Bradley Mahahual: City of Two Tales
December 2010

by Lydia Linton Pontius

Maya Kaan Maya Ka'an

Facilitating conservation of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

v21_maya_beach_gard_thumb.jpg Mayan Beach Garden: A Coastal Retreat

The Mayan Beach Garden may be the ideal retreat for you.

Mayan Magic in Calakmul

From Dutch Magazine, Columbus

ev_8_merida_t.jpg Merida: Matronly Madame of the Yucatan

A three-hour drive by superhighway due east of Cancun to the colonial city Merida shatters all illusion that any similarities...

More Than Swimming with the Whale Sharks August 2009

By Mari Pintkowski

mahahual 9-09 My Birthday Trip to the Yucatan – Day 4, Mahahual

We drove from Xcalak to Mahahual and spent the day and night on the Malecon, by Mike Pontius

casa_carolina_2012.jpg My Birthday Trip to the Yucatan – Days 2 & 3

Installment 2, leaving La Selva Mariposa for Xcalak on the Costa Maya, by Mike Pontius.

My Mahahual (March 2011)

By Barbara Eller

zapatista1_3-13.jpg My Night in Zapatista Country - Chiapas

Jon Look visits a ranch near Teopisca, Chiapas.

Mari Pintkowski Calakmul On Being a Well-informed Traveler

Traveling to Calakmul by Mari Pintkowski

Orquídeas Moxviquil in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Visit this nature preserve with Jon Look.

Part 2: Spanish Language School, AGAIN

By Mari Pintkowski, November 2009

Mari Pintkowski Part 2: The Time Is Now

Mari Pintkowski's adventures in Mexico City continue ...

Mari Pintkowski Part 3: Mexico City, a Quest to Learn about Mexico's History and Culture

Mari Pinkowski's trip to Mexico City continues.

Puerta Calakmul Restaurant, Campeche Puerta Calakmul Review

Calakmul, Campeche, Hotel and Restaurant

aviles Restaurant Aviles Review
February 2010

Motul, Yucatán, México

Restaurante Kinich Restaurante Kinich

Now only open in Izamal

Mari Pintkowski Flamingo Rio Lagartos or Hol’koben

Mari Pintkowski writes about their visit to Río Lagartos in the northern tip of the Yucatan.

Alexandra Bradley Safe Travels

Driving in Quintana Roo and Campeche 2010

San Felipe, February 2011

By Michelle Michaels

jon_look.jpg Sea Turtles, Lightning Storms and Life

Jon Look travels the Chiapas' Pacific Coast.

sian2_4-13.jpg Sian Ka'an at Sunset

Into the biosphere with a Maya community tour group

Three Women, Five Days and 800 miles …

November 2009 Trip Through the Yucatan

Tulum Beach Matt Pontius Traveling the Sac-be 2011 – Part One

Lydia Linton Pontius writes about the 2011 family trip from Xcalak to Playa del Carmen.

Traveling With Children: Merida and the State of Yucatan

by Yucatan Living's contributing writer, Carol Scott

Julie Brenton's  Cuba Trip to Cuba

Julie Brenton of Villa Orquidea Tankah writes about their trip

Walking in the Footsteps
of Michel Peissel

By Mari Pintkowski

Walking in the Footsteps
of Michel Peissel: Part Two

By: Mari Pintkowski