Posted October 15, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment,Riviera Maya Services
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.
Posted October 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos
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.
Posted September 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
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.”
Posted September 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
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.
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...
Posted August 8, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism,Vacation tips
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...
Posted July 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Yucatan Activities
Valladolid is the second oldest colonial city in the Yucatan peninsula. Valladolid sits on top of an ancient Mayan city of Zacil. Rich in history and culture Valladolid has been a popular day trip for visitors staying in Tulum, Akumal, Playa del Carmen and Cancun. It is a must to visit the zocalo, poke your head into the church, and saunter down the street to the convent. But the cenotes of the area are not to be missed. Visit two beautiful cenotes right out side Valladolid Jump into...
Posted June 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Sustainable Tourism
Xcaret, the Riviera Maya eco park has been very active and dedicated to their program to reintroduce the scarlet macaw into its natural habitats in Mexico. In a little over a year, the scarlet macaw population flying free in the jungles of Mexico has increased 41%. A 2013 study showed that there were no more than 240 of these beautiful birds living free in Mexico's jungles due to the destruction of their habitat and illegal wildlife trafficking In June 2014, the population of healthy...
Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler
Back in 2002 the Maya ruins of Calakmul in the Yucatan peninsula state of Campeche was named World Heritage site. Well the jungle surrounding Calakmul has been named a "mixed natural and cultural" World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. UNESCO stated: "The city played a key role in the history of this region for more than 12 centuries and is characterized by well-preserved structures providing a vivid picture of life in an ancient Maya capital." The area added to the list is in the southern...
Posted June 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism
Create a safe environment for the turtles As female turtles make their way to nest on the beaches of the Riviera Maya. Truly it is amazing to watch these nest, and to watch the babies hatch later in the summer, but please be respectful these endangered animals and remember the following tips: Do not take flash photography or use any white light on the beach at night. Use a red flashlight with a red filter. Keep the lights of your condo or vacation home turned off. Do not touch or...
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