Safety in Yucatan

One of the first questions people ask before they go to Yucatan is, “Is it safe to travel in Yucatan?” In this video, Yucatan resident Kristine Ellingson describes her experiences with safety in Yucatan. She includes what she calls, “Checkpoint Charlie,” the Yucatan Military Checkpoints, as well as rifle-toting Mayan farmers, and the general paranoia most Americans feel about safety in Yucatan.

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Black Bean Delight!

Black Bean Delight: Food really  is quite amazing. And culture around food is fascinating. Our recent trip to Yucatan this November rejuvenated my love of food…most specifically Yucatecan food.

 I am anything but a foody. When asked the question: Would you rather watch an amazing sunset or eat a delicious meal?” I will always hands-down choose to watch a sunset. This is somewhat intriguing to me since I have a fast metabolism and when I don’t eat I literally stop functioning. Some people very close to me even might say I get nasty and short and illogical. I would have to agree with them (him).
But today, I really want to share the gratitude I have for black beans. Yes, that’s right, that’s what I said. Black beans. The more you eat, the more you toot. Those ones.
Why black beans, you might ask?

Sorcerer Legend in Uxmal Yucatan

Sorcerer Legend in Uxmal Yucatan: The Witch and the Dwarf Sorcerer

Today I want to talk about the legend of the Sorcerer Dwarf. It’s a legend that has held my interest so much that I wrote about it in my book, Arrival of the Gods in Egypt.

In researching the legend, I wrote on page 154 that “I interviewed Santiago Domingez, a modern-day Maya whose family has lived for generations close to the Uxmal Yucatan Mayan ruins. He told me the story, handed down from his grandparents, of the witch. She was lonely. Therefore, she took an egg and hatched out of it a dwarf who became her companion.”

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14 Reasons You’ll Love Yucatan

14 Reasons for loving the Yucatan? Let me count the ways. From swimming and snorkeling in the warm tropical waters of the Riviera Maya, to exploring mysterious lands and ancient Mayan ruins, to the shopping and nightlife of Cancun, to the rich cultural heritage of the Mayan people, to the world-renown Chichen Itza pyramids, these are just some of the 14 reasons the Yucatan Peninsula is a magical place.

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