The Pisté Résistance: A Surprising Discovery in The Yucatán, Mexico

In our travels it is often a slice of unassuming, everyday life that delivers the unexpected, and satisfying, taste of a destination.

As a gateway to Chichen Itza, we expected Piste to be dominated by tourist traps, but we found the exact opposite.

We couldn’t resist an evening enjoying some genuine Yucatán life…. CONTINUE READING >>

In our travels it is often a slice of unassuming, everyday life that delivers the unexpected, and satisfying, taste of a destination.

As a gateway to Chichen Itza, we expected Piste to be dominated by tourist traps, but we found the exact opposite.

We couldn’t resist an evening enjoying some genuine Yucatán life…. CONTINUE READING >>

A Dose of Dos Cancúns in Mexico

Just over forty years ago, there was nothing but jungle and sand along this isolated stretch of Caribbean shoreline. 

You may equate Cancun with beaches, relaxation, and high-rise resorts — and you’d be right — but there is another side of Cancun that we discovered.

Find out how we found the wonderful in each… CONTINUE READING >>

Just over forty years ago, there was nothing but jungle and sand along this isolated stretch of Caribbean shoreline. 

You may equate Cancun with beaches, relaxation, and high-rise resorts — and you’d be right — but there is another side of Cancun that we discovered.

Find out how we found the wonderful in each… CONTINUE READING >>

Perfectly Preserved: Colonial Spain in Valladolid, Mexico


Just because a place is off the beaten path doesn’t mean that a path should not be beaten to it.

We’ve discovered this to be true on several occasions — sometimes by accident — other times by design, as with our visit to Valladolid.

We had heard that this impressively preserved colonial settlement hidden away in the heart… CONTINUE READING >>


Just because a place is off the beaten path doesn’t mean that a path should not be beaten to it.

We’ve discovered this to be true on several occasions — sometimes by accident — other times by design, as with our visit to Valladolid.

We had heard that this impressively preserved colonial settlement hidden away in the heart… CONTINUE READING >>

We Had Our Minds Blown at Chichén-Itzá in Mexico


We did our best to keep our cool at Chichén Itzá.

We were privileged enough to be touring the mind-blowing site with an archaeologist, after all. We didn’t want to be uncouth.

Follow along with your GypsyNesters as we take into the surreal, surprisingly advanced and somewhat violent world of the ancient Mayans… CONTINUE READING >>


We did our best to keep our cool at Chichén Itzá.

We were privileged enough to be touring the mind-blowing site with an archaeologist, after all. We didn’t want to be uncouth.

Follow along with your GypsyNesters as we take into the surreal, surprisingly advanced and somewhat violent world of the ancient Mayans… CONTINUE READING >>

Street Food Eating our Way Through Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Across Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, we set out to sample as many street delicacies as possible and got off to a jumping start at a weekend street fair in Cancun.

In the Yucatán, many of the favorite foods can be traced back to Mayan times. In addition to building incredible cities, the Maya people grew… CONTINUE READING >>

Across Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, we set out to sample as many street delicacies as possible and got off to a jumping start at a weekend street fair in Cancun.

In the Yucatán, many of the favorite foods can be traced back to Mayan times. In addition to building incredible cities, the Maya people grew… CONTINUE READING >>

Floating Down an Underground, Secret River in Mexico

So… a guy was chasing an iguana, and discovered this…

The Yucatan Peninsula is hiding miles and miles of secret rivers.

This was revealed to us just outside the Riviera Maya town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico when we descended beneath the surface and into Rio Secreto.

By into, we really mean in to… CONTINUE READING >>

So… a guy was chasing an iguana, and discovered this…

The Yucatan Peninsula is hiding miles and miles of secret rivers.

This was revealed to us just outside the Riviera Maya town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico when we descended beneath the surface and into Rio Secreto.

By into, we really mean in to… CONTINUE READING >>

The Ancient Mayan Ruins at Tulum, Mexico

Tulum is not the kind of place that even the most wandering GypsyNesting-type will stumble upon by accident. It’s not on the way to anywhere.

But since we found ourselves on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, what’s known as the Riviera Maya, we hopped on a bus to the ancient Mayan site.

We wanted to enjoy both a … CONTINUE READING >>

Tulum is not the kind of place that even the most wandering GypsyNesting-type will stumble upon by accident. It’s not on the way to anywhere.

But since we found ourselves on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, what’s known as the Riviera Maya, we hopped on a bus to the ancient Mayan site.

We wanted to enjoy both a … CONTINUE READING >>

Spice Up Your Holidays with a Tamale Party

Do you need some spice in your life? Here’s a festive holiday idea!

Whether it’s a tamale party or your own special holiday tradition, please be sure to get together with family and friends this year.

Enjoy each other… CONTINUE READING >>

Do you need some spice in your life? Here’s a festive holiday idea!

Whether it’s a tamale party or your own special holiday tradition, please be sure to get together with family and friends this year.

Enjoy each other… CONTINUE READING >>

Are We at the End of Days? This Mayan Says…

Did the Mayans know something we don’t? Does their calendar predict our eminent doom?

We had no idea where these ideas came from and, being lovers of this kind of stuff, set out on a quest for the truth.

We even went as far as traveling to the ancient and mysterious ruins at Tulum in Mexico to ask a REAL Mayan (with a great sense of humor!) what the official scoop is. Here’s what we found:

In 1957… CONTINUE READING >>

Did the Mayans know something we don’t? Does their calendar predict our eminent doom?

We had no idea where these ideas came from and, being lovers of this kind of stuff, set out on a quest for the truth.

We even went as far as traveling to the ancient and mysterious ruins at Tulum in Mexico to ask a REAL Mayan (with a great sense of humor!) what the official scoop is. Here’s what we found:

In 1957… CONTINUE READING >>

7 Night Cruise Live-Blog, Part One

Heck yeah! It’s another GypsyNester flat-out, no-plans, on-the-cheap, get-on-a-mode-of-transportation-and-go live-blog!  This time we’re storming a 7 night cruise – neither of us have ever been on a cruise before, so we have no idea what we’re in for.

We asked our readers to let us know what they wanted us to report on, and we’re going to cover as much of their suggestions as humanly possible.

Make sure you check in often this week – don’t miss a… CONTINUE READING >>

Heck yeah! It’s another GypsyNester flat-out, no-plans, on-the-cheap, get-on-a-mode-of-transportation-and-go live-blog!  This time we’re storming a 7 night cruise – neither of us have ever been on a cruise before, so we have no idea what we’re in for.

We asked our readers to let us know what they wanted us to report on, and we’re going to cover as much of their suggestions as humanly possible.

Make sure you check in often this week – don’t miss a… CONTINUE READING >>

Pleasing the Palate in Puerto Peñasco

A huge part of how we acquire knowledge about new locales is by exploring their culinary fare. On our expedition to Mexico’s Puerto Peñasco we continued in that tradition.

As is often the case, we found that the typical food of an area is not what we Americans expect when we think of “ethnic” food. Italian pizza is not even remotely comparable to the Dominos version and real Mexican food ain’t no Taco Bell. In fact, “real” Mexican food varies drastically depending on the region in which the meal is prepared. In Puerto Peñasco real means …  CONTINUE READING >>

A huge part of how we acquire knowledge about new locales is by exploring their culinary fare. On our expedition to Mexico’s Puerto Peñasco we continued in that tradition.

As is often the case, we found that the typical food of an area is not what we Americans expect when we think of “ethnic” food. Italian pizza is not even remotely comparable to the Dominos version and real Mexican food ain’t no Taco Bell. In fact, “real” Mexican food varies drastically depending on the region in which the meal is prepared. In Puerto Peñasco real means …  CONTINUE READING >>

Flaming Waterfall of Mexican Coffee!


enlarge video
This is CRAZY! Watch as our waiter, with skill, flair and a bit of daring, creates a cascade of blazing liquid in a bold double waterfall technique! Tequila, Kahlua and… CONTINUE READING >>


enlarge video
This is CRAZY! Watch as our waiter, with skill, flair and a bit of daring, creates a cascade of blazing liquid in a bold double waterfall technique! Tequila, Kahlua and… CONTINUE READING >>

Making a Rocky Point About Mexico

Everyone in the United States has heard the horror stories about Mexico, especially the border region, but the idea that our southern border is an open, unchecked thoroughfare for illegal activities is patently absurd.

Driving along the US-Mexico border from California to Texas, we never went more than a few minutes without seeing the United States Border Patrol doing what they do best, patrolling…  CONTINUE READING >>

Everyone in the United States has heard the horror stories about Mexico, especially the border region, but the idea that our southern border is an open, unchecked thoroughfare for illegal activities is patently absurd.

Driving along the US-Mexico border from California to Texas, we never went more than a few minutes without seeing the United States Border Patrol doing what they do best, patrolling…  CONTINUE READING >>

I Love LA

“I love LA” certainly has a better ring to it than “I love El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de la Porciúncula.” Maybe that’s why the name has been shortened over the years to the point that now it’s just two letters. This gives Los Angeles… CONTINUE READING >>
“I love LA” certainly has a better ring to it than “I love El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de la Porciúncula.” Maybe that’s why the name has been shortened over the years to the point that now it’s just two letters. This gives Los Angeles… CONTINUE READING >>