Seawater + metal + electricity + webcam = new reef

Posted June 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Coral reef restoration in Cancun

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...

Support The Maya in Tulum – Use a Bit of Honey

Posted November 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

melopina bee in tulum, mexico

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...

Turning Trash Into Art

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...

Riviera Maya Photos of the Day

Posted October 15, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos

Lionfish hunting Akumal Riviera Maya Mexico

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.

Stars brightly shining in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment,Riviera Maya Services

stars in caribbean mexico

Plans for  new planetarium in Playa del Carmen In 2015, a planetarium will be built in Playa.  This will be the fourth planetarium in the State of Quintana Roo.  The Cancun planetarium Ka´Yok´  has been open about 1 year,  Cozumel is just about complete, and the third is in the state's capital city of Chetumal. There is also talk of a fifth planetarium to be built in Tulum or Carrillo Puerto in the future.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day: Traveling the Maya Canals

Posted October 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

Adventures in the Mayan Riviera

The Mayan canals near the Mayan ruins of Muyil While traveling by boat from Muyil to the Boca Paila bridge of Sian Kaan we navigated through this grassy savanna.   Learn more about the Muyil Ruins Stay in Tulum near Muyil and the Sian Kaan Biosphere.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Howler Monkey at Punta Laguna

Posted September 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

howler monkey at punta laguna near coba yucatan

Howler monkeys at Punta Laguna. Just before dusk is a good time to see the howlers and hear their evening roar that echos through the jungle. Punta Laguna Reserve near the Coba ruins is a community run monkey reserve. The the official name  Otoch Ma’ax Yetel Kooh, Maya for “the home of the spider monkey and the puma.”  

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Touring the Mayan Canal in Sian Kaan

Posted September 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

mayan canal tour of Sian Kaan from Muyil

A great shot of our boat captain Jorge who negotiated our way through the Mayan canals from Muyil to the sea through the lagoons of Muyil, Chunyaxche and Campechen to the sea entrance at Boca Paila.   The tour is an good example sustainable tourism where  the local community participates in tourism to promote not only the culture, but the people and environment.

Ancient shipwreck booty found in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos,Watersports


Forgotten shipwreck remnants in Akumal After 22 years of living in the Riviera Maya, Loco Gringo co-founder Gary Walten was surprised to discover forgotten shipwreck remnants in his own backyard. Gary recently found ship relics from an epic time in the history of the Caribbean, the 16-18th centuries. It just goes to show that the path less traveled still holds secrets for those who take it, no matter how much time has passed in the Mexican Caribbean. It just takes a pair of observant eyes to...

A Friendly Reminder: It’s Still Turtle Season in the Riviera Maya

Posted August 8, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism,Vacation tips

Vacation Tips about watching the Sea Turtles nest in the Riviera Maya

Baby Turtles and Late Nesters on the beaches of the Mayan Riviera Late in the summer is when the baby sea turtle hatchlings begin to make their way to sea.  Yes they are cute, but please don't interfere with Mother Nature and let the babies head out to sea without picking them up!  It is our understanding that baby turtles hatch as the moon becomes full, following the moonlight as they make their way to the sea, so  keep your lights off, or dimmed in your villa or condo in the evenings, as...

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