An outdoor modern art exhibit stands at the southern tip of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, a colorful tribute to the area’s indigenous Mayan civilization. Situated about five miles away from the island’s little downtown area, Punta Sur Sculpture Garden was created in 2001 – the work of almost two dozen Mexican artists as well as sculptors from around the world. Travelers wanting to mix a little culture into their beach vacation can get to the exhibit by renting a golf cart or by walking your way there early in the morning, before the sun bakes you into the roadway.
Once you reach the end of the island, you’ll enter Garrafon Reef Park, where you’ll find a path that leads to a cliff on which the temple to the Mayan goddess Ixchel stands. Strolling this path you’ll encounter dozens of sculptures popping up along the way. These kaleidoscopic works of art could stand alone in their allure. But the sky, the cliff and the Caribbean Sea as their backdrop turn this into a uniquely impressive garden of art.
Sabina Lohr finds that home is not where the heart is, and a good chunk of her life revolves around plotting her next trip, or traveling. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in German which, like many liberal arts degrees, has gotten her nowhere except overseas to study. Unlike so many other travelers, she has never kept track of the number of countries she’s traveled to but knows her continent count stands at only three. The other four are calling.