Ancient shipwreck booty found in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos,Watersports

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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...

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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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Discover Cenote Samula

Posted July 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Yucatan Activities

Cenote Samula Valladolid, Yucatan

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...

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Local company does good to help the Macaw species in Mexico

Posted June 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Sustainable Tourism

xcaret releases macaws at Los Tuxtla Biosphere Reserve

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...

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A new Mexico UNESCO World Heritage site

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler

UNESCO site Calakmul ruins Campeche Mexico

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...

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Sea turtle nesting season tips

Posted June 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

Sea turtle protection, Riviera Maya Mexico

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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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Kids LOVE turtle season

Posted April 9, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Family vacations,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

turtle season for family vacations

Turtle season begins in May. Kids love to experience this time of year in the Riviera Maya when females are venturing out of the sea and onto the beaches to lay their eggs. Witnessing these miracles of nature instills in children a love and respect for nature. Learn more about turtle nesting habits.

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Choose Sustainable Tourism in the Riviera Maya

Posted March 26, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

sustainable tours in yucatan

Tourism has incredible potential to do positive things not just for us as individuals, but for all people collectively and for the planet. According to the World Tourism Organization, "Tourism is an effective way of redistributing wealth and a catalyst for gender equality, cultural preservation and nature conservation." It is estimated that over 1 billion people travelled internationally in 2012. With so many tourists changing the way they used to travel and choosing instead to put into...

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Riviera Maya Sustainable Travel Tip – Rechargeable batteries

Posted March 21, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

sustainable travel tips

Avoid using disposable batteries while traveling in the Riviera Maya. These are of particular concern in this area because they will degrade in dumps and leak toxic chemicals into the earth that cannot be filtered out by the limestone surface, ultimately poisoning our water supply. A more responsible choice is to pack a charger and use re-chargeable batteries. Discover more about sustainable travel in the Riviera Maya.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Artificial wetlands

Posted March 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

using constructed wetlands for waste water in riviera maya, mexico

Artificial wetlands, or aquatic gardens, treat waste water before it makes its way into the ocean. Waste water flows into the artificial wetland which is constructed of gravel and plants. The dirty water that moves into the wetland is treated aerobically by plants as it flows through the root systems, turning it into practically clean water that can be used to irrigate the garden. The artificial wetlands in Riviera Maya serve as a model of sustainable living because they show it is...

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