Category: South/Central America

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

PUERTO  MORELOS,“The Jewel  of The Caribbean” Part One: The Old Village and Port I am in love, Yes, I know you cannot wait to know who the object of my affection is — wait no longer.  It is not a person, it is a town called Puerto Morelos on the Riviera Maya.  A short twenty-minute […]

Gotcha!! — The Historic Town of Quito, Ecuador

Gotcha!! — The Historic Town of Quito, Ecuador

I could not wait to visit Quito, having read about the Historic Old Town with its colorful restored buildings… … and beautiful, almost medieval churches. In doing my research, there was mention that petty crime was rampant, because of the number of foreign tourists visiting the neighborhood who were proving to be good revenue for […]

The Magic of Tulum on the Mexican Caribbean

The Magic of Tulum on the Mexican Caribbean

Could this be Paradise? The Tulum landscape is a jungle of dense tropical foliage, a blend of many greens: tangled hanging vines, twisted mangrove tree branches, more exotic palm trees than it is possible to imagine. All this verdure is juxtaposed against a blue sky that drops into the aquamarine ocean with rows of gentle […]

STRIKING ARCHITECTURE IN PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

STRIKING ARCHITECTURE IN PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

(Originally written 2013. Scroll to the end for the unexpected twist about an American presence in Panama that became rather infamous several years later…) Mention the word “ARCHITECTURE” in Panama City and the response is always in superlatives, like “ICONIC,” a word they love, or “it is the highest,” “the tallest,” “has the most rooms,” […]

CUENCA – The Athens of Ecuador

CUENCA – The Athens of Ecuador

History Cuenca is the third largest City in Ecuador, and the second to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other WHS site is the capitol city,  Quito. There is much rivalry as to which is the more beautiful. I will not take sides, except to say that Cuenca is known as the “Athens […]

Chaos on the Roads in Panama City, Panama

Chaos on the Roads in Panama City, Panama

Note: This Blog Post was first written on September 24th, 2013.  The website Phylonthego.com was hacked and destroyed.  Fortunately one of my friends had saved the original blogs written at that time and the article was recently re-constructed. The momentum of the economy in Panama has slowed very little and the country continues to advance. […]

Casa Kimberly, Puerto Vallarta

Casa Kimberly, Puerto Vallarta

The Backstory Going back in time to the tumultuous love affair of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1960’s. Casa Kimberly built above the historic Old Town of Puerto Vallarta was the love nest of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton after they had fallen in love and carried on a torrid love affair in […]

Merida Coqui Coqui

Merida Coqui Coqui

The City of  MERIDA in the YUCATAN  PENINSULA, is one of the most picturesque cities in Mexico. History Merida, the Yucatan Capital as well as the largest city of the Yucatan Peninsula is in the heart of the Yucatan. Located in the North Western corner, two hundred miles West of Cancun. The two Cities could […]

Casa Malca, a Boutique Hotel in Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Casa Malca, a Boutique Hotel in Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Visiting CASA MALCA in Tulum on the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Webster Dictionary describes the word “Magic” as “The art of producing illusions by sleight of hand, mesmerized, dazzled, in a state of awe.”  No words can adequately describe Casa Malca, set in the tangled Caribbean jungle of the Riviera Maya. This is a spectacular setting for […]