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Category: Mexico travel

A First Hand Experience with Dental Tourism in Mexico

Update January, 2017: It has been less than a year since I had my porcelain veneers done at a dentist office in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (see article below). Within two weeks, the first veneer fell off. I had it replaced by a different dentist, as I was back on the road by…

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The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living

I dug into my huevos rancheros with gusto during my last morning on Isla Mujeres, a tiny island off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. Five days earlier I had arrived, tired and dispirited, with little appetite and less energy. Of late, I’d been struggling with the question of whether I should be doing…

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Caving at Rio Secreto – One of the Most Exciting Adventures of My Life

The first time I stood at the edge of the Grand Canyon I couldn’t stop thinking what it must have been like for the very first person who saw it. I imagined an American Indian emerging from the dense pine forest that surrounds the canyon and stopping in his tracks, overwhelmed by the…

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Living the Good Life on Mexican Riviera Maya

Faithful readers of Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel know that I am no fan of all-inclusive resorts, so when Iberostar Resorts invited me to be part of a press trip to Mexican Riviera Maya, I thought long and hard before accepting. My previous experiences with all-inclusives have left a bad taste in…

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Whispers of Guardian Spirits Echo Through Sacred Cenotes of the Yucatan

From the top of Cenote Samula at Dzitnup I peered into the abyss. Only five or six rough hand-hewn steps were visible before the cave’s gloomy interior swallowed the ancient staircase. Digging my fingertips into sweating limestone walls I descended gingerly, concentrating on keeping my footing on the slick, uneven stones. At the…

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Feathered Serpents Litter the Grounds at Chichen Itza, But One Can Only Be Seen on the Equinox

Worship of a feathered serpent deity may have begun as early as 200 B.C. at Teotihuacan near present day Mexico City, but it reached its pinnacle at Chichen Itza, the Mayan cultural capital in the north central plains of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Named Quetzalcoatl by Nahua residents of Teotihuacan, to Maya the plumed serpent…

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