Posted July 26, 2017 by Kay Walten in Ecotourism,Podcasts
My guest this week, Kenneth Johnson, is an American-born Mexican who studied Marine Biology in Mexico City before moving to the Riviera Maya to start his passion project, EcoColors, an eco-travel company dedicated to educating visitors about the amazing wildlife of the area. Kenneth says he decided on the Mexican Caribbean because it has the second largest coral reef in the world, amazing jungles, wetlands and, in 1997, about four million visitors. Along with his passion of sharing...
Posted July 24, 2017 by Kay Walten in Activities,Ecotourism
You take care of your favorite car, your favorite watch or your garden, when you love something dearly. We love the sea, and we know that everyone that visits the Rivera Maya and Costa Maya comes for the sea. So we need to take care of it, like we do our favorite things. It is easy to take the bluest of the blue sea for granted, thinking that it will be there forever, like the sun that rises every day, but we do have an obligation to be a part of its ongoing beauty. But how? How can I make a...
Posted May 12, 2017 by Kay Walten in Activities,Ecotourism
Whale Shark Season is approaching and you can play a large part in conserving and protecting the largest fish in the world by participating in one of these tours! How? Why? Read on and find out. Snorkeling with the Whale Sharks is the best way to protect this fish. As of 2016, the Whale Shark was placed on the endangered species list, not due to activities in Mexico, but due to activities in Asia where Whale Sharks are fished and taken to market for their meat and fins. Mexico has the best...
Posted April 21, 2017 by Kay Walten in Ecotourism
When you think of eco-traveler destinations, visions of mountain ranges, national parks, northern lights, glamping or all of the above come to mind. I would bet money that the Riviera Maya does not even pop up in that list. Well that's a shame, as the Riviera Maya has a diverse eco system that has some of the most spectacular eco activities one can do. And they are only found here! Let me share just a few highlights: World Class bone fishing - Check One of a kind cavern snorkeling...
Posted April 14, 2017 by Kay Walten in Ecotourism,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Travel Tips
Oh Isla, how I love thee. Isla Holbox is a favorite day trip destination of ours from the Riviera Maya. It can turn into a long day if you take everything in, but well worth it. Located right where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico, how could you not think this place is magical. If a long day is not what you were hoping for, we suggest a trip up for lunch, take in the beach and return pronto. For those who want to do more, read more and plan your perfect day on Isla Holbox. Finding...
Posted March 24, 2017 by Kay Walten in Ecotourism,Family vacations
We love beautifully and thoughtfully designed vacation properties and boutique hotels. We have been known to just stop at a stunning property and ask for tour to see if it is worthy for our guests. Just recently we seem to have a slew of properties recognized for their historical significance or their sustainable architecture and design. Interested? Read on to find out which of our properties were recognized for their sustainable design that takes any vacation beyond the usual. Casa Xixim in...
Posted March 17, 2017 by Kay Walten in Ecotourism
A big part of the Riviera Maya is the Caribbean Sea that lines the beautiful beaches and frames the sunrise each morning. It is also the home of the second largest barrier reef in the world - The Mesoamerican Reef, the playground and observation area for divers and snorkelers who travel to see the tropical fish and coral that makes up this glorious live aquarium. Did you know that Mexico has declared just under 500 square kilometers (123,553 acres) of the reef system a protected national...
Posted August 24, 2015 by Kay Walten in Ecotourism
I so love this fish sculpture on the pier in Mahahaul. The entire fish, created by artist Sabrina Coco, is made of recycled material; soda cans, plastic bottles, beer cans, tops of food cans, old plastic bags, and more! Named 'El Pez', this fish sculpture represents more than a Caribbean fish. All the items used to create El Pez were foraged from the beach. El Pez is a reminder to take care of our oceans, seas, and lagoons that cover more than 70% of the planet. EL Pez in Mahahual -...
Posted April 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Ecotourism
Oh the beaches of the Riviera Maya! This is why we fell in love and continue to fall in love with the area. The beaches of the Rivera Maya fill the coast line for over 130 kms/65 miles. No matter where you are staying, Playa Secreto, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Akumal or Tulum, you will have a little piece of paradise to enjoy every day. Beach Love in the Riviera Maya This is the beach in Puerto Morelos to the south of the town center. This is the beach in Playa del Carmen, one...
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