Posted October 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler
Not sure if you are aware, but the Riviera Maya is a collection of very diverse ecosystems that are more delicate than meets the eye, or scuba mask. As a visitor, it is easy to come and go and not worry about the impact your vacation activities have on the local environment. We can all be accused of situational sustainability, sustaining environments that we know best. But the planet is everyone's home and every square inch needs to be treated as though it is our own backyard. We have...
Posted August 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations
Tulum has been one of the hottest beach destinations in recent years. It has become THE place to go to for the fashionistas, celebs and wanna-be's of the world side by side with the hippies and hipsters hanging out. Known for its bohemian vibe shadowed by big Mayan temple at the Tulum ruins, any night of the week you can find live music, waiting-lines at the trendiest eateries but few places offer the luxuries discerning people seek while staying on one of the most incredible beaches in...
Posted November 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment
It is World Kindness Day and this year we had a thought. Being kind to people, pets and places is a normal mantra, but there is a critical piece of our being that sometimes goes unnoticed. Water. As strange as it sounds, as weird as it is, we are hoping this World Kindness Day will put water at the forefront. Water is the root of existence. Without it we could not exist, without clean water we have more issues than if we were not kind to each other. The Riviera Maya is blessed to have the...
Posted August 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment
Svetlana Aleksandroff has created a beautiful and noteworthy reference book that is a great travel companion when exploring the Yucatan Peninsula. This is not a tour book, it is much more than that. Svetlana, a Riviera Maya local, has created a reference book to everything and anything Mayan. Beautiful Photography and Cultural History Explained To understand the Mayan culture is to understand indigenous plants, art and food. Plants of the Mayan World is so much more than just plants. It is a...
Posted July 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment
A Riviera Maya community cleans up Wow seems to be the word that escapes the lips of people who have seen the big mats of sargassum float in these last few days. Even the old-timers have never seen anything like it. Hats off to all the people who are working hard in Akumal, Soliman Bay, Playa del Carmen and the other areas of the Riviera Maya cleaning up the seaweed.
Posted July 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment
Beach Clean up in the Riviera Maya is underway The Mexican government announced a temporary employment program to remove seaweed from beaches of Quintana Roo, including Cancun and the Riviera Maya. “This is a phenomenon we have not experienced before, neither on Mexico’s beaches nor those around the Caribbean,” he said. “It is a phenomenon that, unfortunately, affects all countries in the Caribbean.” Preliminary research has found that in some areas, sargassum beds extend as...
Posted June 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
Art is becoming a reef in Cancun This interesting equation has been done by artist and Ted Talks Fellow, Colleen Flanigan. Colleen is working on sculpture in Cancun. This project is the first of its kind in the area using steel and mineral accretion technology!* *Not sure what mineral accretion is... I had to look it up too before I spoke to Colleen... Biorock, also known as Seacrete or Seament, to refer to the substance formed by electro-accumulation of minerals dissolved in...
Posted November 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism
We all know the culinary term farm to table, or the sustainable food term, buy local, but we hope that you start adopting Hive to Table when on vacation in the Riviera Maya. Mayan families are great cultivators of honey from a local stingless bee called the Melipona. Honey production has a long history in Tulum, and today is helping to build family businesses. Using Yucatan honey shows support for local bee keepers. Knowing the history and cultural significance of the stingless bee makes that...
Posted October 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Community Organizations,Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya events,Sustainable Tourism
Don't miss a fantastic event: "No Mas Plastik" November 15 at El Pez at Turtle Cove in Tulum. The participants at this unique art show will be creating projects with a message "Creative Solutions to the World's Plastic Problem" They have been given the task to create an art piece from recycled and found plastic to turn harmful trash in the environment into a work of art. There will be a silent auction for the pieces to help support the artists for their work. Come and bid on your...
Posted October 15, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos
The invasive Lion-fish Lionfish in the Caribbean have no predators so scuba divers in the Caribbean have started hunting them. These fish breed prolifically and basically eat anything they can fit into their mouths, which means they are eating the reef fish. Lionfish hunting is the only viable method for controlling lionfish populations in the small areas. Native fish have rebounded in areas that are regularly maintained by hunters.
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