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The SARGASSO-FREE Top 5 guide to the Yucatan Peninsula

The entire coast of the Mexican Caribbean has been receiving an unwanted guest over the last few summers. Sargasso. When I fist arrived to Tulum (2004-2006), I had never seen or heard of sargasso. There were a few crispy bits of seaweed on the beach now and again. Nothing floating in the sea except for

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Tools and guides for a journey on wheels in Mexico

A trip begins to take shape when we start to manifest a dream that brims with breathtaking places that have been inspired by travel magazines, guides, documentaries and social media content. The next step is to create an itinerary to incorporate them.  With so much information available, you can start planning way ahead of time.

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The temple of the goddesses: an oasis in Playa del Carmen

March 2018 Playa del Carmen is renowned for being an bustling party city. It is, but there are many hidden places of interest to discover. Just 15 minutes away from the 5th Avenue and on the edge of the city lies the settlement of the Temple of the Goddesses.   A community that loves nature

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VanBalam visits Nojoch Keej, endangered species animal sanctuary

At the beginning of March 2018 we were invited to participate in a fundraiser event at Tulum Art Club for a local animal sanctuary called Nojoch Keej (pronounced, Nohoch Keh) meaning “White Tailed Deer”. Some of our friends, who also work in ecotourism, supported the event and spoke very highly of the project and the

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Cenote & Archaeological Zone of Yaxuna

If you are looking for an archaeological site far away from tourists and experience the calmness of being on top of a pyramid, Yaxunah is for you. If you come from Pisté, you should deviate 15 km towards the south until find this sign: Admission costs between 30-50 MXN. It is operated by the “ejidatarios”

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