Plants of the Mayan World – Written by a Riviera Maya Local

Posted August 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment

Plants of the Mayan World - Written by a Riviera Maya Local

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...

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Sargassum & Smiles – Photo of the day

Posted July 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment

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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.  

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Are you singing the seaweed blues?

Posted July 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment

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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...

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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...

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Support The Maya in Tulum – Use a Bit of Honey

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

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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...

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Turning Trash Into Art

Posted October 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Community Organizations,Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya events,Sustainable Tourism

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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...

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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.

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Stars brightly shining in the Riviera Maya

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.”  

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