Visiting Nogales, Mexico: What You Need to Know

Is Nogales, Mexico safe? Will we get caught up in drug trafficking? How long will it take to cross the border? Is it even worth it? Despite the reputation for drug violence and underground tunnels, we decided to see what the town is really like. Below is what happened when we crossed the border for … Continue reading Visiting Nogales, Mexico: What You Need to Know

Mexico’s Mayan Ruins: How to Decide What to See

So you only have a few days in Cancun? Or maybe Tulum? There are literally hundreds of archaeological sites in Mexico and you can't see them all, or can you? We spent six weeks traveling around the Yucatan, and still didn't see everything. However, we did get a pretty good feel for what to see, … Continue reading Mexico’s Mayan Ruins: How to Decide What to See

How to Not Tour Isla Mujeres During a Hurricane

Isla Mujeres The Island of Women. Fifteen minutes by ferry from Cancun and you're there. It's rumored to be one of the most beautiful spots in the Caribbean Sea. While this small Caribbean island is truly beautiful, it's also one of the places that I've experienced true fear while traveling. The trip to Cancun didn't go well … Continue reading How to Not Tour Isla Mujeres During a Hurricane

Your Guide to the Epic Mayan Ruins of Coba

The Mayan ruins of Coba are some of the most spectacular and underrated ruins in the Yucatán. While many travelers include Chichen Itza and Tulum in their itinerary, Coba is frequently bypassed. Even with that, Coba can still get on the crowded side. Coba is unique in the fact that you're still allowed to climb … Continue reading Your Guide to the Epic Mayan Ruins of Coba

Valladolid Cathedral

Have A Special Photo to Share? Confession time. Six weeks in Mexico totally changed us forever. We can't wait to visit again. We look at our thousands of photos often. There's no way to share all the photos in blog posts. With that being said, I've decided to restart the photo of the week feature. … Continue reading Valladolid Cathedral

Zamas Resort: How to Find Beachfront Bliss

Looking back on six weeks in Tulum, Mexico we have a lot of great memories. One of the highlights of our visit was our stay at Zamas Beachfront Resort. We were invited for a complimentary stay in an ocean-front bungalow. Below is a recap of what we experienced at Zamas for three blissful days. The … Continue reading Zamas Resort: How to Find Beachfront Bliss

A Disappointing Day at the Grand Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, studied it, read about it, taught it to my high school students for years. There's no great joy in saying it was the most disappointing of all of our visits to Mayan ruins. Sure the pyramid is impressive, but the site is grossly over-hyped. The hype is probably one of the reasons for … Continue reading A Disappointing Day at the Grand Chichen Itza

The Solitary Beauty of Muyil

Spectacular Mayan ruins, the sounds of nature in its full grandeur, the deepest of blues and the greenest of greens. Would you like to experience these sensations in one place? If the answer is yes, then all you have to do is venture just 10 miles south of Tulum. There you will find the archaeological and … Continue reading The Solitary Beauty of Muyil

Tulum Ruins: How to Have an Awesome Visit

The Tulum Ruins They're amazing, and definitely worth the visit. The Tulum ruins are second in number of visits only to the ruins outside of Teotihuacan. Hoards of tourists from Cancun and Playa del Carmen descend on the archaeological ruins in Tulum every day. By noon the site is so crowded you can't walk around … Continue reading Tulum Ruins: How to Have an Awesome Visit

How to Pack Like an Expert for Long-Term Travel

We're off! Six weeks in Mexico, maybe more. It's agonizing trying to decide what to take, but I finally packed everything in my Osprey Porter 46 and a small tote bag. Joe managed to get six weeks of gear into a Jansport school backpack (I'm jealous!) He's never been on a long-term trip, but somehow … Continue reading How to Pack Like an Expert for Long-Term Travel