[ { "nid": "241", "title": "Adventure, History, and Good Eats in Jamaica", "path": "jamaica\/ocho-rios\/activities-and-events\/tours\/adventure-history-and-good-eats-jamaica", "field_title_highlighted": "Adventure, History, ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Adventure Comes Fast and Often in Ocho Rios", "field_description_1": "Yaaman Adventure Park in Ocho Rios gives visitors a little of everything but a lot of fun. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/yaaama%20buggy%205.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Main%20Mobile%20Yaaman.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-05-22 00:00:00", "body": "Visiting Jamaica? There are some things you already know: You\u2019ll be able to relax on a beach out of a James Bond movie, sipping a cocktail or Red Stripe, while peering out at the clear waters of the Caribbean. You\u2019ll be able to enjoy jerk chicken, or pork, or goat. You\u2019ll jam to some reggae. Yeah mon, indeed. But Yaaman? Yeah, that too.
\r\nAlong the pristine coastline in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and just a stone\u2019s throw away from the all-inclusive Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> resort, Yaaman Adventure Park<\/a> beckons locals and tourists alike with acres of lush forest, adorable local creatures, and exciting treks through the grounds. Yaaman is the Jamaica for those looking for action.
\r\nWhether you get behind the wheel of a dune buggy, jump on a state-of-the-art Segway, tantalize your taste buds during a culinary tour of Jamaican cuisine, or experience a camel ride, the thrill-seeking options don\u2019t seem to stop when taking a Yaaman Adventure Tour.
\r\nLearn About Jamaica\u2019s Rich Agricultural History<\/strong>
\r\nLocated on an 18th Century Estate agricultural property full of rich history and culture (formerly known as Prospect Plantation),
Yaaman Adventure Park<\/a> gives you a front row seat to partake in a true adventure in the tropical Jamaican scenery. 
\r\nYour Yaaman Adventure Tour starts with a guided open-air carriage ride through the gorgeous estate with a bird\u2019s eye view of the magnificent White River Gorge, where you\u2019ll experience Jamaica's culture, countryside and beautiful coastline<\/strong>, along with stories about the colorful history of the estate, which includes one of the oldest fortified great houses in Jamaica.
\r\nCamels, Horses, Ostriches, Oh My!<\/strong>
\r\nLooking to get up and close and personal with adorable creatures? Yaaman Adventure Tour has you covered. When visiting the park, you can wander through the spectacular Bird Aviary<\/strong>, where exotic and local birds like the Jamaican mango and the red-billed streamertail fly overhead or kick up the adventure a notch by sidling through the forest aboard a camel. Yes, a camel!
\r\nThe animal-loving activities don\u2019t stop there. At Yaaman Adventure Tour, you can also embark on an exciting horseback ride, feeding ostriches and the newly added petting zoo.
\r\nGet Your Buggy On<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re ready to get down and dirty, embark on Yaaman Adventure Tour\u2019s signature attraction, fasten your seatbelt and prepare to feel the excitement on an exhilarating mud buggy ride<\/strong> through the 1,000-acre property full of lush gardens and homegrown local crops.
\r\nPrefer a more relaxing (and cleaner) way to explore the grounds? Jump on a Segway for a more laidback way to take in the impressive sights of the historic estate.
\r\nEnjoy a Taste of Authentic Jamaican Dining <\/strong>
\r\nThere's no better way to end your visit than indulging in a tasty Jamaican lunch<\/strong> at the Garden Grill Restaurant, where every dish, prepared by a local Jamaican chef, is sure to make your mouth water.
\r\nAnd, if you want to learn how to make some of those famous Jamaican signature dishes, like Jerk Chicken or Ackee and Saltfish, try your hand at Jamaican cooking during a culinary tour and class that unlocks the ingredients in many of your
favorite Jamaican dishes<\/a>, alongside the local foodie celeb, appropriately known as \"Chef Irie.\"
\r\n
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Yaaman-Adventure-Park-Jamaica.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Last%20Mobile-%20yaaman%20copy.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Left%20Yaaman.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Right%20Yaaman.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Whether you get behind the wheel of a dune buggy, jump on a state-of-the-art Segway, tantalize your taste buds during a culinary tour of Jamaican cuisine, or experience a camel ride, the thrill-seeking options don\u2019t seem to stop when taking a Yaaman Adventure Tour.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Crystal McCormick<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Visiting Jamaica? There are some things you already know: You\u2019ll be able to relax on a beach out of a James Bond movie, sipping a cocktail or Red Stripe, while peering out at the clear waters of the Caribbean. You\u2019ll be able to enjoy jerk chicken, or pork, or goat. You\u2019ll jam to some reggae. Yeah mon, indeed. But Yaaman? Yeah, that too.
\r\nAlong the pristine coastline in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and just a stone\u2019s throw away from the all-inclusive
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> resort, Yaaman Adventure Park<\/a> beckons locals and tourists alike with acres of lush forest, adorable local creatures, and exciting treks through the grounds. Yaaman is the Jamaica for those looking for action.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": "Learn About Jamaica\u2019s Rich Agricultural History", "field_description_1": "

Located on an 18th Century Estate agricultural property full of rich history and culture (formerly known as Prospect Plantation), Yaaman Adventure Park<\/a> gives you a front row seat to partake in a true adventure in the tropical Jamaican scenery. 
\r\nYour Yaaman Adventure Tour starts with a guided open-air carriage ride through the gorgeous estate with a bird\u2019s eye view of the magnificent White River Gorge, where you\u2019ll experience Jamaica's culture, countryside and beautiful coastline<\/strong>, along with stories about the colorful history of the estate, which includes one of the oldest fortified great houses in Jamaica.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": "Camels, Horses, Ostriches, Oh My!", "field_description_1": "

Looking to get up and close and personal with adorable creatures? Yaaman Adventure Tour has you covered. When visiting the park, you can wander through the spectacular Bird Aviary<\/strong>, where exotic and local birds like the Jamaican mango and the red-billed streamertail fly overhead or kick up the adventure a notch by sidling through the forest aboard a camel. Yes, a camel!
\r\nThe animal-loving activities don\u2019t stop there. At Yaaman Adventure Tour, you can also embark on an exciting horseback ride, feeding ostriches and the newly added petting zoo.
\r\nGet Your Buggy On<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019re ready to get down and dirty, embark on Yaaman Adventure Tour\u2019s signature attraction, fasten your seatbelt and prepare to feel the excitement on an exhilarating mud buggy ride<\/strong> through the 1,000-acre property full of lush gardens and homegrown local crops.
\r\nPrefer a more relaxing (and cleaner) way to explore the grounds? Jump on a Segway for a more laidback way to take in the impressive sights of the historic estate.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "Enjoy a Taste of Authentic Jamaican Dining ", "field_description_1": "

There's no better way to end your visit than indulging in a tasty Jamaican lunch<\/strong> at the Garden Grill Restaurant, where every dish, prepared by a local Jamaican chef, is sure to make your mouth water.
\r\nAnd, if you want to learn how to make some of those famous Jamaican signature dishes, like Jerk Chicken or Ackee and Saltfish, try your hand at Jamaican cooking during a culinary tour and class that unlocks the ingredients in many of your
favorite Jamaican dishes<\/a>, alongside the local foodie celeb, appropriately known as \"Chef Irie.\"<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "18.4170638", "field_longitude": "-77.064229" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Last%20Mobile-%20yaaman%20copy_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumbnail_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Great%20Plantation%20House.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Last%20Mobile-%20yaaman.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "239", "title": "Surviving and Thriving On Your Trip During Soccer\u2019s Craziest Month", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/events\/surviving-and-thriving-your-trip-during-soccer\u2019s-craziest-month", "field_title_highlighted": "Surviving and Thriving On Your Trip", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Live the Excitement of The Biggest Soccer Tournament in The World on Your Vacation", "field_description_1": "From June to July, the world comes to a stop for soccer, but your vacation goes into high gear. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-detail-cover_25.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_99.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Crystal McCormick", "field_date": "2018-05-15 00:00:00", "body": "Even if your travel plans don\u2019t include landing in Moscow, St. Petersburg, or any other Russian city this summer, chances are you will still feel the effects of the world\u2019s largest soccer tournament being played from June 15 to July 15.  
\r\nExpect to see hordes of travelers donning soccer jerseys, breaking out into anthems, and generally acting riotous in airports, bars, and hotels and resorts across the globe. 
\r\nEvery four years, the world collectively celebrates the planet\u2019s largest sporting event with more than just a tinge of nationalistic pride. 
\r\nGet ready. It could get crazy. 
\r\nBut far from fearing this fervor, the best way to approach it is to embrace it. Whether you like soccer, futbol, calcio, futebol, or however else you want to call the sport, experiencing the tournament while on vacation can make any trip an even more memorable experience.  
\r\nIn destinations like Mexico, which has a particularly fanatical love affair with the sport, the country\u2019s daily routine and business world come to a virtual standstill; while the partying and celebrating go into maximum overdrive. 
\r\nThe fact that Mexico is participating in the tournament will only add to the excitement. After all, there is no way to feel a closer kinship with people from another country than watching a game with them (and rooting for their team, of course!). 
\r\nWant to make a lifelong Mexican chum? Jump and yell, \u201cSi Se Puede!\u201d (Yes we can!) , when \u201cEl Tri\u201d (the nickname for Mexico\u2019s national team) scores a goal or wins a game. 
\r\nThroughout the country, the celebrations will be omnipresent and
Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> and Palace Resorts<\/a> in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and Los Cabos will give the quadrennial event its due. Click here to see all the events planned in Mexico at the resorts. <\/strong>
\r\nWhile Jamaica\u2019s
Reggae Boyz<\/a> did not qualify for this year\u2019s tournament, the island nation won\u2019t let that stop it from embracing the event, as love for the sport runs deep and long. None other than the country\u2019s most iconic figure, Bob Marley, always had a soccer ball close to his feet and once famously told a journalist<\/a>, \u201cFootball is Freedom.\u201d It\u2019s no coincidence that a statue of Marley graces the National Stadium in Kingston, where he once played with the national team. 
\r\nToday, another legendary Jamaican, Usain Bolt,
even chases dreams of being a footballer<\/a> after hanging up his sprinting cleats. As for the rest of the island, expect them to follow suit and watch as if their own team was competing.
\r\nAt
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> the resort will host watch parties for every game so that guests feel the true love of the game on the island. 
\r\n5 Tips To Enjoying the Soccer Hysteria on Vacation<\/strong>
\r\nGet Ready to Faux Lip-Sync Anthems\/Chants in Different Language
\r\nIf you\u2019ve ever been at a concert and felt out of place because you didn\u2019t know the lyrics that thousands of revelers were singing, well, expect that feeling to return, in spades. You may know the lyrics to your own country\u2019s anthem or soccer chants, but you\u2019ll never know them to all 32 countries in the tournament, especially with the likes of Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and other smaller countries involved. Best thing you can do is put on a smile and move your lips without actually making any noise. Join the party.
\r\nDon\u2019t Be Alarmed By Sudden Hysteria
\r\nHearing and watching people break into instantaneous convulsions, both joyful and despondent, can be quite shocking. But you should get ready for it from June 15 to July 15. It\u2019s going to happen. Prepare yourself to starting jumping for joy or offering condolences.  
\r\nPrepare for Unexpected Hugs 
\r\nThe tournament is a time where public displays of affection come out to play. If you are on the street, or in a bar, or at the pool of your resort, and you suddenly hear a wave of euphoria take over all living things in your vicinity, get ready to embrace the person next to you. Just open your arms, they\u2019ll come to you. 
\r\nCareful What Color Shirt You Wear
\r\nTake this scenario. You\u2019re at the Moon Palace Cancun resort enjoying a cocktail by the pool bar. Mexico is playing its inaugural game against the defending champions Germany. You find yourself in a sea of green shirts representing Mexico, and you just happened to wear that black, red, and orange t-shirt your wife gave you a while back. Only problem is, Germany\u2019s colors are black, red, and orange. Things could get uncomfortable, and fast, especially if the Europeans score or win. Be aware of what you wear. For everyone\u2019s sake!!!! (we\u2019re only half joking here!)
\r\nGet Ready to Party
\r\nThere will be joy and there will be tears. But whatever happens, there will be a celebration, an unadulterated party of pure joy, or a commiseration with tears flowing like Coronas or Red Stripes. Engage in the emotion. No matter what colors you wear or what country you root for, the spectacle brings everybody together to celebrate the world\u2019s game. 
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_53.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_mobile_42.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley1_67.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-image-galley2_63.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Whether you like soccer, futbol, calcio, futebol, or however else you want to call the sport, experiencing the tournament while on vacation can make any trip an even more memorable experience. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Crystal McCormick<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

Even if your travel plans don\u2019t include landing in Moscow, St. Petersburg, or any other Russian city this summer, chances are you will still feel the effects of the world\u2019s largest soccer tournament being played from June 15 to July 15.  
\r\nExpect to see hordes of travelers donning soccer jerseys, breaking out into anthems, and generally acting riotous in airports, bars, and hotels and resorts across the globe. 
\r\nEvery four years, the world collectively celebrates the planet\u2019s largest sporting event with more than just a tinge of nationalistic pride. 
\r\nGet ready. It could get crazy. 
\r\nBut far from fearing this fervor, the best way to approach it is to embrace it.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

In destinations like Mexico, which has a particularly fanatical love affair with the sport, the country\u2019s daily routine and business world come to a virtual standstill; while the partying and celebrating go into maximum overdrive. 
\r\nThe fact that Mexico is participating in the tournament will only add to the excitement. After all, there is no way to feel a closer kinship with people from another country than watching a game with them (and rooting for their team, of course!). 
\r\nWant to make a lifelong Mexican chum? Jump and yell, \u201cSi Se Puede!\u201d (Yes we can!) , when \u201cEl Tri\u201d (the nickname for Mexico\u2019s national team) scores a goal or wins a game. 
\r\nThroughout the country, the celebrations will be omnipresent and
Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> and Palace Resorts<\/a> in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and Los Cabos will give the quadrennial event its due. 
\r\n
Click here to see all the events planned in Mexico at the resorts. <\/strong><\/a><\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

While Jamaica\u2019s Reggae Boyz<\/a> did not qualify for this year\u2019s tournament, the island nation won\u2019t let that stop it from embracing the event, as love for the sport runs deep and long. None other than the country\u2019s most iconic figure, Bob Marley, always had a soccer ball close to his feet and once famously told a journalist<\/a>, \u201cFootball is Freedom.\u201d It\u2019s no coincidence that a statue of Marley graces the National Stadium in Kingston, where he once played with the national team. 
\r\nToday, another legendary Jamaican, Usain Bolt,
even chases dreams of being a footballer<\/a> after hanging up his sprinting cleats. As for the rest of the island, expect them to follow suit and watch as if their own team was competing.
\r\nAt
Moon Palace Jamaica<\/a> the resort will host watch parties for every game so that guests feel the true love of the game on the island. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": "5 Tips To Enjoying the Soccer Hysteria on Vacation", "field_description_1": "

Get Ready to Faux Lip-Sync Anthems\/Chants in Different Language<\/strong>
\r\nIf you\u2019ve ever been at a concert and felt out of place because you didn\u2019t know the lyrics that thousands of revelers were singing, well, expect that feeling to return, in spades. You may know the lyrics to your own country\u2019s anthem or soccer chants, but you\u2019ll never know them to all 32 countries in the tournament, especially with the likes of Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and other smaller countries involved. Best thing you can do is put on a smile and move your lips without actually making any noise. Join the party.
\r\nDon\u2019t Be Alarmed By Sudden Hysteria<\/strong>
\r\nHearing and watching people break into instantaneous convulsions, both joyful and despondent, can be quite shocking. But you should get ready for it from June 15 to July 15. It\u2019s going to happen. Prepare yourself to starting jumping for joy or offering condolences.  
\r\nPrepare for Unexpected Hugs <\/strong>
\r\nThe tournament is a time where public displays of affection come out to play. If you are on the street, or in a bar, or at the pool of your resort, and you suddenly hear a wave of euphoria take over all living things in your vicinity, get ready to embrace the person next to you. Just open your arms, they\u2019ll come to you. 
\r\nCareful What Color Shirt You Wear<\/strong>
\r\nTake this scenario. You\u2019re at the Moon Palace Cancun resort enjoying a cocktail by the pool bar. Mexico is playing its inaugural game against the defending champions Germany. You find yourself in a sea of green shirts representing Mexico, and you just happened to wear that black, red, and orange t-shirt your wife gave you a while back. Only problem is, Germany\u2019s colors are black, red, and orange. Things could get uncomfortable, and fast, especially if the Europeans score or win. Be aware of what you wear. For everyone\u2019s sake!!!! (we\u2019re only half joking here!)
\r\nGet Ready to Party<\/strong>
\r\nThere will be joy and there will be tears. But whatever happens, there will be a celebration, an unadulterated party of pure joy, or a commiseration with tears flowing like Coronas or Red Stripes. Engage in the emotion. No matter what colors you wear or what country you root for, the spectacle brings everybody together to celebrate the world\u2019s game. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9798684", "field_longitude": "-86.8339578" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small-thumbnail_63.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium-thumbnail_70.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-banner-cover_27.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20soccer%20.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "237", "title": "Historical Valladolid, Mexico Brings History and Charm", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/tours\/day-trip-experience-old-style-charm-valladolid", "field_title_highlighted": "Historical Valladolid, Mexico", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Immaculate Streets, Colonial Architecture, and Natural Wonders Define Valladolid", "field_description_1": "Deep in the heart of the Yucatan jungle is a gem that has captured the imagination of visitors for centuries. 
\r\n " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/article-banner-cover_35.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article-detail-maincover-mobile_98.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2018-05-04 00:00:00", "body": "A couple of hours away from the world-famous resorts of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, is a true slice of Mexican history nestled in the plains of Yucat\u00e1n. One of Mexico\u2019s oldest towns, Valladolid is the perfect spot for delving into Mexico\u2019s past. Visitors will take a trip through time of sorts and experience traditions, folklore, natural wonders, and architecture along its immaculate streets.
\r\nHere are some of the experiences you definitely should look forward to during your day trip to historic Valladolid:
\r\nYou\u2019ll witness some magic<\/strong>. Well, that\u2019s due to Valladolid\u2019s status as a \u201cPueblo M\u00e1gico,\u201d a government program that acknowledges select townships in Mexico as bearers of unique traditions, historical relevance, and an enchanting appeal to visitors. This town, founded in 1543 by Spanish conqueror Francisco de Montejo, obtained the \u201cPueblo M\u00e1gico\u201d status back in 2012, and the steady influx of international tourists is proof of its enduring charm.
\r\nYou\u2019ll take a trip to the past<\/strong>. Valladolid\u2019s architecture is the first thing that captures the eye, and many consider it a small-scale version of M\u00e9rida, the state capital that\u2019s also considered one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Most of the colonial buildings and the classic mansions are well over a hundred years old, and great care is placed in their maintenance. Nearly every edifice has a story of its own, whether from the time of Spanish rule and the Mayan Caste War to the early days of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. 
\r\nYou\u2019ll eat like a king.<\/strong> Hungry for some traditional Yucateco cuisine? Most restaurants around the downtown area will sate your appetite with delectable standards like the ubiquitous cochinita pibil (slow cooked pork in achiote sauce), sopa de lima (a tangy spicy soup that kinda resembles Thai food) and Longaniza de Valladolid, a sausage that\u2019s highly sought after by charcuterie connoisseurs.
\r\nYou\u2019ll get refreshed.<\/strong> By now you must know about the
cenotes<\/a>, those freshwater sinkholes found all over the Yucatan peninsula. Well, Valladolid has Cenote Zaci smack dab<\/a> in the middle of the town, providing visitors with the welcome respite of its cooling, pristine waters. You can also take a short trip to nearby Ek Balam<\/a>, another spectacular cenote that also happens to be located right next to a Mayan archeological site.
\r\nYou\u2019ll shop \u2019til you drop<\/strong>. Valladolid is also famous for its wide variety of leather goods and traditional attire (cotton, wool and linen for the most part), and also for fairly priced handcrafts and souvenirs. Take your time to look around the shops and stalls, the walk in itself is a perfect way to enjoy every corner of this magnificent place while you run into your
dream bargain<\/a>.
\r\nYou\u2019ll make new friends.<\/strong> It\u2019s often said that natives of Valladolid are amongst the friendliest people in the entire country, and their hospitality is just a sample of how much they care for those willing to experience their unique town. There are plenty of English speakers around to assist you, since the area\u2019s historical richness guarantees an overabundance of knowledgeable tour guides. So pick a spot on a bench at the Park of the Heroes, eat some mango slices while you people watch, and tell the nearest local how much you\u2019re enjoying your time there: It will guarantee you\u2019ll get a smile in return. 
\r\nTours of Valladolid\u2019s Colonial grandeur, invigorating cenotes, and rich history depart from
Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> and Palace Resorts<\/a> properties, with guests able to use Resort Credit<\/a> for the tour.", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/large-image-gallery_52.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%20-%20medium%20mobile%20Valladolid.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/gallery%20right%20Valladolid.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/left%20gallery%20valladolid.jpeg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "Most of the colonial buildings and the classic mansions are well over a hundred years old, and great care is placed in their maintenance. ", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Juan Sempere<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

A couple of hours away from the world-famous resorts of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, is a true slice of Mexican history nestled in the plains of Yucat\u00e1n. One of Mexico\u2019s oldest towns, Valladolid is the perfect spot for delving into Mexico\u2019s past. Visitors will take a trip through time of sorts and experience traditions, folklore, natural wonders, and architecture along its immaculate streets.
\r\nHere are some of the experiences you definitely should look forward to during your day trip to historic Valladolid:<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

You\u2019ll witness some magic<\/strong>. Well, that\u2019s due to Valladolid\u2019s status as a \u201cPueblo M\u00e1gico,\u201d a government program that acknowledges select townships in Mexico as bearers of unique traditions, historical relevance, and an enchanting appeal to visitors. This town, founded in 1543 by Spanish conqueror Francisco de Montejo, obtained the \u201cPueblo M\u00e1gico\u201d status back in 2012, and the steady influx of international tourists is proof of its enduring charm.
\r\nYou\u2019ll take a trip to the past<\/strong>. Valladolid\u2019s architecture is the first thing that captures the eye, and many consider it a small-scale version of M\u00e9rida, the state capital that\u2019s also considered one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Most of the colonial buildings and the classic mansions are well over a hundred years old, and great care is placed in their maintenance. Nearly every edifice has a story of its own, whether from the time of Spanish rule and the Mayan Caste War to the early days of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

You\u2019ll eat like a king.<\/strong> Hungry for some traditional Yucateco cuisine? Most restaurants around the downtown area will sate your appetite with delectable standards like the ubiquitous cochinita pibil (slow cooked pork in achiote sauce), sopa de lima (a tangy spicy soup that kinda resembles Thai food) and Longaniza de Valladolid, a sausage that\u2019s highly sought after by charcuterie connoisseurs.
\r\nYou\u2019ll get refreshed.<\/strong> By now you must know about the
cenotes<\/a>, those freshwater sinkholes found all over the Yucatan peninsula. Well, Valladolid has Cenote Zaci smack dab<\/a> in the middle of the town, providing visitors with the welcome respite of its cooling, pristine waters. You can also take a short trip to nearby Ek Balam<\/a>, another spectacular cenote that also happens to be located right next to a Mayan archeological site.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "You\u2019ll shop \u2019til you drop<\/strong>. Valladolid is also famous for its wide variety of leather goods and traditional attire (cotton, wool and linen for the most part), and also for fairly priced handcrafts and souvenirs. Take your time to look around the shops and stalls, the walk in itself is a perfect way to enjoy every corner of this magnificent place while you run into your dream bargain<\/a>.
\r\nYou\u2019ll make new friends.<\/strong> It\u2019s often said that natives of Valladolid are amongst the friendliest people in the entire country, and their hospitality is just a sample of how much they care for those willing to experience their unique town. There are plenty of English speakers around to assist you, since the area\u2019s historical richness guarantees an overabundance of knowledgeable tour guides. So pick a spot on a bench at the Park of the Heroes, eat some mango slices while you people watch, and tell the nearest local how much you\u2019re enjoying your time there: It will guarantee you\u2019ll get a smile in return. 
\r\nTours of Valladolid\u2019s Colonial grandeur, invigorating cenotes, and rich history depart from
Moon Palace Resorts<\/a> and Palace Resorts<\/a> properties, with guests able to use Resort Credit<\/a> for the tour." }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.688114", "field_longitude": "-88.2204456" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/small%20thumb%20-%20medium%20mobile%20Valladolid_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/medium%20thumbnail%20Valladolid.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/article%20detail%20valladolid.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/last%20mobile%20Valladolid.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "234", "title": "No Matter Your Level, Golf in Cancun is a Hole in One", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/activities-and-events\/wellness\/fitness\/no-matter-your-level-golf-cancun-hole-one", "field_title_highlighted": "No Matter Your Level, ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "The Options for a Golf-Centric Vacation Are Limitless in Riviera Maya", "field_description_1": "From professional tournaments, to Jack Nicklaus-designed courses, Cancun is a golf sportman's paradise. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/1.%20Main%20Cover%20Image%201920x570_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/2.%20Image%20Cover%20Mobile%20780x800.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Brant Long", "field_date": "2018-04-18 00:00:00", "body": "You\u2019ve just struck an amazing five-iron shot right on the green, inches from the hole. You stroll up beaming, confident that this simple tap-in will be the birdie you\u2019ve been waiting for all day. You don\u2019t even need to take your time on this one. You casually swing back your putter and\u2026 miss.
\r\nThis, in short, is golf. Wonderful one minute, dreadful the next. So why are you still smiling? Well, that\u2019s because this isn\u2019t your typical round. You are soaking in the sun on the fairways and greens at
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>.
\r\nAnd in Cancun, you\u2019ll still be smiling after a wayward drive or pitch into the bunker. With spectacular courses and dreamlike weather, it is a literal golfer\u2019s paradise. Here are five sure-fire ways for a \u201chole-in-one\u201d golf vacation in Cancun.
\r\nGolfing Jewel of the Caribbean <\/strong>
\r\nDid you know Cancun is home to one of
Golf Digest magazine\u2019s Best All-Inclusive Golf Resorts<\/a>? Designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Moon Palace Cancun Golf Course<\/a>, located at the Moon Palace Resort, is a 7,165-yard, 72-par golf course boasting lush native vegetation and wetlands.
\r\nIn typical Nicklaus design, it is both challenging and open with selectively placed bunkers and water features. The 17th -- a par-3, 151-yard hole --  sees golfers hit onto an island green with the winds of the Caribbean at their back. Just down the road from Moon Palace is Riviera Golf Course, another Nicklaus design. Completed in 2008, Riviera cleverly incorporates the natural reserve that surrounds the golf course and even offers up scenic ocean views for duffers on the 14th and 15th holes. 
\r\nTee time any time of the Year<\/strong>
\r\nWith average temperatures in the mid to upper 70s and limited rainfall, any day is the perfect day to set a tee time to golf in Cancun. The temperate climate in Cancun feeds the area\u2019s lush tropical surroundings, giving golfers unique vista they can\u2019t see at their local course. 
\r\nFine-tune those Skills<\/strong>
\r\nWant some tips on that short game or a tweak to help your drive? Moon Palace Resorts has onsite assistance for you through the Moon Palace Golf Academy, located at the resort. With PGA-certified instructors, you can learn new techniques both on practice greens and fairways or indoors with integrated state-of-the art technology.
\r\nDrive and Put to Your Heart\u2019s Content<\/strong>
\r\nWant to golf all day? Moon Palace Resorts offers a unique package that includes
unlimited golf<\/a>, accommodations, transportation to and from the course, food and drinks on the course and at the clubhouse when you\u2019re done and free golf balls for practice. Whenever you\u2019re ready to hit the course, it\u2019s ready for you.
\r\nWatch How the Pros Do It<\/strong>
\r\nYou can see the real thing in action at the
OHL Classic at Mayakoba<\/a> in nearby Playa del Carmen<\/a>, the first PGA Tour event played outside the United States or Canada. The event will be held from November 5 - 11, 2018 at the Greg Norman-designed El Camale\u00f3n Golf Club. Boasting a purse of  $7,200,000 and an invitation to the Masters for its winner, the OHL Classic draws more than 125 of the world\u2019s best golfers.
\r\nSo tee it up extra high and swing for the fences. Or put some fire behind that 40-yard putt that you typically just try to get close. In Cancun, the ocean breeze, sunshine and smell of the manicured greens will quickly erase the memory of any shot and have you bouncing to the next tee box. 
\r\n
\r\n ", "field_gallery": { "field_video": null, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Main%20Gallery%20Image%201030x380_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Image-Moble-780x561_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_left_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Left%20Image%20510x380_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_gallery_right_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/Gallery%20Right%20Image%20510x380_0.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } }, "field_description_1": "With average temperatures in the mid to upper 70s and limited rainfall, any day is the perfect day to set a tee time to golf in Cancun.", "field_paragraph_subtitle": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

By Brant Long<\/h4>\r\n\r\n

You\u2019ve just struck an amazing five-iron shot right on the green, inches from the hole. You stroll up beaming, confident that this simple tap-in will be the birdie you\u2019ve been waiting for all day. You don\u2019t even need to take your time on this one. You casually swing back your putter and\u2026 miss.
\r\nThis, in short, is golf. Wonderful one minute, dreadful the next. So why are you still smiling? Well, that\u2019s because this isn\u2019t your typical round. You are soaking in the sun on the fairways and greens at
Moon Palace Cancun<\/a>.
\r\nAnd in Cancun, you\u2019ll still be smiling after a wayward drive or pitch into the bunker. With spectacular courses and dreamlike weather, it is a literal golfer\u2019s paradise. Here are five sure-fire ways for a \u201chole-in-one\u201d golf vacation in Cancun.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_2": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Golfing Jewel of the Caribbean <\/strong>
\r\nDid you know Cancun is home to one of
Golf Digest magazine\u2019s Best All-Inclusive Golf Resorts<\/a>? Designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Moon Palace Cancun Golf Course<\/a>, located at the Moon Palace Resort, is a 7,165-yard, 72-par golf course boasting lush native vegetation and wetlands.
\r\nIn typical Nicklaus design, it is both challenging and open with selectively placed bunkers and water features. The 17th -- a par-3, 151-yard hole --  sees golfers hit onto an island green with the winds of the Caribbean at their back. Just down the road from Moon Palace is Riviera Golf Course, another Nicklaus design. Completed in 2008, Riviera cleverly incorporates the natural reserve that surrounds the golf course and even offers up scenic ocean views for duffers on the 14th and 15th holes. 
\r\nTee time any time of the Year<\/strong>
\r\nWith average temperatures in the mid to upper 70s and limited rainfall, any day is the perfect day to set a tee time to golf in Cancun. The temperate climate in Cancun feeds the area\u2019s lush tropical surroundings, giving golfers unique vista they can\u2019t see at their local course. <\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_3": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "

Fine-tune those Skills<\/strong>
\r\nWant some tips on that short game or a tweak to help your drive? Moon Palace Resorts has onsite assistance for you through the Moon Palace Golf Academy, located at the resort. With PGA-certified instructors, you can learn new techniques both on practice greens and fairways or indoors with integrated state-of-the art technology.
\r\nDrive and Put to Your Heart\u2019s Content<\/strong>
\r\nWant to golf all day? Moon Palace Resorts offers a unique package that includes
unlimited golf<\/a>, accommodations, transportation to and from the course, food and drinks on the course and at the clubhouse when you\u2019re done and free golf balls for practice. Whenever you\u2019re ready to hit the course, it\u2019s ready for you.<\/p>\r\n" }, "field_paragraph_subtitle_4": { "field_subtitle": null, "field_description_1": "Watch How the Pros Do It<\/strong>
\r\nYou can see the real thing in action at the
OHL Classic at Mayakoba<\/a> in nearby Playa del Carmen<\/a>, the first PGA Tour event played outside the United States or Canada. The event will be held from November 5 - 11, 2018 at the Greg Norman-designed El Camale\u00f3n Golf Club. Boasting a purse of  $7,200,000 and an invitation to the Masters for its winner, the OHL Classic draws more than 125 of the world\u2019s best golfers.
\r\nSo tee it up extra high and swing for the fences. Or put some fire behind that 40-yard putt that you typically just try to get close. In Cancun, the ocean breeze, sunshine and smell of the manicured greens will quickly erase the memory of any shot and have you bouncing to the next tee box. " }, "field_location": { "field_latitude": "20.9874037", "field_longitude": "-86.8424566" }, "field_thumbnail_small": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/7.-Thumbnail-Small-Image-780x561.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_thumbnail_medium": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/8.-Thumbnail-Medium-Image-500x252.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_cover_image": { "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/9.-Article-Detail-Image-1920x570.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/10.-%28Last%29-Image-Mobile-780x581.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" } } }, { "nid": "232", "title": "Cinco De Mayo Done Right in Mexico", "path": "mexico\/cancun\/lifestyle\/explore\/history\/cinco-de-mayo-done-right-mexico", "field_title_highlighted": "Cinco De Mayo ", "field_summary": { "field_subtitle": "Thinking About Spending Cinco De Mayo In Mexico? Here's What You Should Know", "field_description_1": "Forget the debaucherous partying in the USA, CInco de Mayo has real significance in Mexico. It's time you learned it. " }, "field_image": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/field\/image\/1-Main%20Cover%20Image%201920x570.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_image_mobile": { "uri": "https:\/\/www.thetravelcurrent.com\/sites\/default\/files\/2-Image%20Cover%20Mobile%20780x800.jpg", "alt": "", "title": "" }, "field_written_by": "Juan Sempere", "field_date": "2018-04-18 00:00:00", "body": "

You checked your calendar and noticed that May 5th is right around the corner, and your heart skipped a beat because you know what that<\/em> means: Hard-partying people wearing Mexican sombreros\u2026 Bottomless bowls of chips and guac\u2026 Shot after shot of Tequila\u2026 Colorful pi\u00f1atas hanging from the roof of your preferred watering hole\u2026 That\u2019s right, it\u2019s Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican national holiday that everyone knows and loves!<\/p>\r\nSettle down, my amigos, it\u2019s not quite<\/em> like that. Granted, Cinco de Mayo is a huge deal in America, but oddly enough in Mexico it doesn\u2019t carry the same panache. That doesn\u2019t mean you should stop yourself from getting loose with a few cold beers and some pico de gallo \u2013 or even choosing to shoot over to Cancun to celebrate<\/a> \u2013 but we\u2019ll let you in on a few secrets that will give new significance to this annual event. So grab another taquito and listen up\u2026\r\n\r\n