Photo Of The Day – Caribbean Gradient

Title: Caribbean Gradient Location: Cozumel Island, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America ( 87° 1’27.56″W  20°22’12.52″N) Description: Some shots are best taken while on vacation and from a beach lounger. A passing hurricane had stirred up sediment and brought some larger waves (yes, these were the largest waves we saw) Continue Reading →

2015 Calendars Are Ready!

I’m happy to announce this year I am releasing not one, not two, but seven different 2015 wall calendars! And because of price drops, all calendars are just $15 (+S&H). The subjects of each calendar are : US National Parks Sunrise & Sunset Himalayas in Color Himalayas in Continue Reading →

Riviera Maya Caves And Cenotes Worth Returning To

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The place was called Indiana Joe’s and yes, they used the same font at the Indiana Jones franchise, so I knew there was a good chance of cheesiness involved. Joe’s was made up around two central, natural features, a pretty cool cave system and a cenote, which is a naturally occurring underground pool.

My daughter and I were visiting Indiana Joe’s along the Riviera Maya coast of Mexico on a press trip and dang it was hot. Melting-my-brain hot. Or at least, frying-my-patience-for-a-heat-weary-kid hot. We were luxuriated with an air conditioned van, a driver and a local guide, so it seems odd to complain, but we’re from the Pacific Northwest and this kind of heat saps our strength.

Once outside of the van at Joe’s the temperature could be felt and we were eager for the caves, knowing they would be naturally air conditioned. Later we would find the cenote to be frigid, but in a good way. I have no pictures of the cenote and that is a shame, because it is a cool swim-around cave.

The funny thing about tourist attractions in this part of Mexico is they often have to make stuff up to gain tourists and Indiana Joe’s is no different. We not only visited the cave and cenote, but also the ‘zoo’ they have there. We passed on the ziplines, opting to do those another day at another place. It’s a little cheesy, but understandable since most tourists in this area want to sit on the beach and maybe see some Mayan ruins at Tulum. Maybe.

The cave system was a leisurely 50 minute walk as I remember it and quite fascinating. In places they have to chisel new paths, but 80% of the cave is natural formations and passages. It’s not a ‘true’ caving experience as there are lights-a-plenty, but it is pretty cool to look at all the same. Kids will love it and if they don’t, just mention, “Where do you think the dragons sleep?” and you will have them hooked. It’s that kind of awesome.

I love places like this, honestly. The fact that thousands of people have been through the caves and they have been blasted in places to make passage does not take away from the awe and childish wonder in me. I love the formations and marveling at what time and water can do.

Take a look for yourself at the images above. (If you can’t see the images, click here to see the post online)

Oh wait! Obligatory, but useful, links to our hosts: Indiana Joe’s & Riviera Maya.

This is one place I would visit again on my own. It was cool (and refreshing!) and I love caves. If anyone else wants me to take pictures of their caves, drop me a line.

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Traveling Through Colors: Green

Green is a good, all-purpose, calming color and I can use some calm today. Continuing with my series to explore the world I have photographed through color, I present to you, the color Green. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions with shooting information and a slideshow. Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Blue

There are beautiful blue skies in California today and maybe that’s why so many of the images in this post are of the gorgeous skies contained therein. Whatever the case, enjoy this trip around the world with the color blue. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Underground Lake

Title: Underground Lake Location: Aktun Chen Natural Park, Riviera Maya, Mexico, North America Description: The caves of Aktun Chen are a fun exploration for all ages. Sabrina really enjoyed all the stalactites and stalagmites but really didn’t like it when they shut off the lights to show just Continue Reading →

Riveria Maya’s Xplor Waterpark And Ziplines

Xplor is a waterpark with a zipline problem. It had a chance to be super campy. Xplor. Even the name seemed a bit over the top. Yet Xplor turns out to be a lot of fun. The park is a newer addition to the Riviera Maya coast of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Through The Jungle

Title: Through The Jungle Location: Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico, North America Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey This image for sale as a print or may be licensed for use Photo Tours To Nepal, Bhutan and Italy now scheduling for Fall of 2011!  More Information. Photography Workshops in Seattle, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Drip Of Time

Title: Drip Of Time Location: Aktunchen, Riviera Maya, Mexico, North America Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey This image for sale as a print (form below) or may be licensed for use Photo Tours To Nepal, Bhutan and Italy now scheduling for Fall of 2011!  More Information. Photography Workshops Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Riviera Maya Dock

Title: Riviera Maya Dock Description: Before heading out for a morning of snorkeling, this dock was begging for some relaxing meditation.  Or maybe a margarita. Location: Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey This image for sale as a print (form below) or Continue Reading →

One Per Trip – Favorite Travel Photos From 2010

It’s a challenge, but I am limiting myself to just one favorite travel photo from each of my trips this year.  Why just one?  So as to not inundate you with the hundreds I really like and because life is more simple this way.  I hope you enjoy Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Tulum And The Caribbean

Click On Image For Larger Version Title: Tulum And The Caribbean Description: The dramatic location of Tulum along the Riviera Maya coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula always makes for great photography.  Yes, the water really is that color. Location: Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America Photograph Copyright Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Tulum Ruins

Click On Image For Larger Version Title: Tulum Ruins Description: The ruins at Tulum, Mexico, are some of the most scenic of the Mayan legacy.  Located as a port city on the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is an easy afternoon explore, while the many paths and excellent tour maps Continue Reading →

Exploring The Mayan Ruins At Coba

COBA!! Why do I type it like that? Check out the view from the top of the Nohoch Mul temple. Nohoch Mul is the tallest temple at Coba, Mayan ruins found 44km from the Carribean Sea and 40km from the more famous Tulum ruins. While Tulum has its Continue Reading →

Sabrina’s First Snorkel In Mexico And Overcoming Fears

Sabrina was very excited to go snorkeling in Mexico last month.  I was happy too, because I was worried her swimming ability would hold her back.  (she’s comfortable in the water, but not solid confident yet)  We rode a catamaran out into the shallows around the Riviera Maya Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – ChichenItza Sun God – Tomasz Wagner

Title: ChichenItza Sun God Location: Quintana Roo, Mexico Description: This must have been one of my very first favourite photographs. Photograph Copyright Tomasz Wagner Portfolio | Blog | FB Fan | Twitter | Flickr | 500px | Contact me

Extend Your Holiday: Steal The Soap (Shampoo, Too!)

That’s right, I said it. Steal the soap. And the shampoo too. Personally, I usually draw the line at the little mending kits, though.  I have enough of those for now. Ok, maybe it’s not stealing. They’ve got their name all over it so they must want you Continue Reading →

Playing In The Waters Of Mexico

Sabrina and I had a great time in Mexico earlier this month, playing in the waves, the cenotes and Xplor, the ziplinning, water splashing, cave exploring fun park that it was. Here’s a quick video that shows the waterborne fun to be had. Having Fun In The Waters Continue Reading →

A Great Stay At Dreams Tulum In The Mexican Riviera Maya

Luxury is not my normal beat. But I also don’t turn my back on it. Maybe you would call it a hybrid lifestyle or some other goofy catchphrase. I’m simply not one to quickly poo-poo nice accommodations because they cost more per night than my tent costs altogether. Continue Reading →