Mindful Traveller

Sustainable Travel and Eco Vacations in the Riviera Maya

A Mindful Traveler is an explorer who wants to feel engaged and connected to their vacation destination. There is a burning desire to learn about the culture, history, people and nuances that each vacation place inherently possesses. Searching and finding the true nature of a destination is accomplished by discovering local secrets, traveling off the beaten path, and recognizing serendipitous moments.

Mindful Travelers make it their mission to uncover the nuggets that define a community and country. It is accomplished by being an observant participant, a travel sponge, a social investigator. The delight is when you recognize similarities and treasure the differences.

Mindful traveler’s journey

Discovering local treasures and realities comes from a variety of experiences and explorations, not just one incident. The Mindful Traveler’s journey is a calculated risk, a passion and a desire to search out local food, cultural traditions, architectural designs, artists, unique accommodations and lifestyles. We consider ourselves mindful travelers, people deeply interested in the locations we visit and the natural environments we find. The journey of the Mindful Traveler goes deeper than sustainable tourism and sustainable travel. It is a drive that determines where you visit, where you go and where you play.

Let the destination leave a footprint on you

Our initial visit to the Riviera Maya in 1990 was motivated by cave diving and exploration. This introduction to the environmental and geological diversity found in the Riviera Maya led us to the Costa Maya and Yucatan, important destinations that influenced the development of the Mexican Caribbean coast. The passion has not left us nor has it dwindled. It has continued to grow and deepen as we discover more local secrets, more historical locations and uncover more about the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Yucatan.

If you are a Mindful Traveler, join us in our discoveries, enthusiasm, passion and explorations that have kept us in Mexico. Read about our adventures, take advantage of our Loco Adventure Travel Itineraries and share your stories with others. Our hearts have been forever effected by the human, cultural and environmental wealth found here. Let your hearts be effected as well.

LocoGringo suggests these great vacation spots:


Costa de Cocos Bungalows

Costa de Cocos Dive Resort is a perfect place to kayak or motor about, snorkel or dive on pristine reefs, fish, or take a trip to Banco Chinchorro atoll. This secluded resort offers water view bungalows with private bathrooms.  Fishing and diving trips can be arranged on-site. The restaurant and bar, are a funky central meeting point to share fish stories over a cold cerveza.

Casa Carolina, Xcalak

This small 4 room beach front hotel is a sustainable property using alternate energy offering pristine Caribbean diving & fishing just off Xcalak, 4.5 hours south of Cancun. Each hotel room has a kitchenette, fridge, 2 burner stove, hot water private bathroom w/shower

Sol Caribe

Known as “the best beach getaway location”, this eco-friendly resort brings together the raw beauty of Sian Ka'an beach with the exclusive privacy of 2 beach cabanas and 5 fan-cooled hotel suites. An on-site restaurant is run by the well-known chef and owner, Mauricio Riba.


Check out the adults only alternative to the mass marketed Caribbean vacation. Great for couples seeking a relaxing, romantic getaway. These ocean/beach front bungalows are all wood and glass w/ private bath, hot tub on their ocean deck

Posada Margherita

This shabby chic eco hotel, perched on the silky white sand of Tulum beach, is perfect for couples. Each of the 8 bungalow-style suites comes with a private bathroom and a big hardwood porch or a terrace. An Italian beachfront restaurant, serving vegetarian-friendly dishes, is right on site.

Casa Behla

One of very few alternate energy beach houses on awesome Tulum beach. Great location for beach combing. There are 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a rooftop observation deck. All sand front yard to the surf line. Plenty of interior space.

Elefante Volador

This Sian Kaan Biosphere alternate energy beach house has 3 bedrooms near Punta Yuyum, 4km south of the Boca Paila bridge. Sacifice convenience to shopping for spectacular beach front isolation. This is the place to get away from it all.

Hemingway Cabanas

'Luxury' and 'simplicity' can co-exist in one place! Just picture 11 eco-friendly, palapa-roof 'cabanas' set right on the powdery Tulum beach, modern amenities and an on-site beach restaurant that serves complimentary breakfast as well as delicious, freshly-cooked meals. It’s a perfect romantic escape!

Organic Yoga

Organic Yoga is a rustic ecological resort near Akumal, Mexico. Their primary focus is yoga, organic food, reconnecting with your peaceful self, and nature. 4 comfortable air conditioned jungle bungalows have 24-hour electricity and are economically priced. Sleeps 2-6 guests.

Behla Palapita

Enjoy this not so little palapita [little house] right on Tulum beach, with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and lots of charm. Alternate energy 24 hour electricity. Meal plan available. Next door to Casa Behla & Behla La Chiquita for larger groups.

Behla La Chiquita

One of 3 houses all by the same owner and on a very nice part of the beach. This alternate energy house has 24 hour electricity, equipped kitchen, rooftop furnished observation deck, cook & spa services can be easily arranged. Close to restaurants and adventures on the Riviera Maya.

Villas HM Paraiso del Mar

Beach front hotel on Isla Holbox with air conditioned Master and Junior suites, swimming pool, restaurant, 2 bars, B&B rates or modified meal plans. Tours to the area's best sights especially whale sharks. Water sports, bikes, golf carts and more

Condominios Lindos

Condominios Lindos offer great rates on six 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms beachfront condos in Puerto Morelos. A large fully-equipped kitchen, private ocean view terrace, flat screen TV, and a beach side pool for your ideal relaxing vacation.

Posada Yum Kin

This eco-friendly boutique hotel is one of the top picks in terms of price and quality. Located 5 miles from the beach, it boasts 11 unique guestrooms with kitchenettes, private porches, en-suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi.

Casa Palapa

This eco-chic oceanfront house is spacious enough to accommodate up to 10 people, stylish enough to host a wedding and rustic enough to be different. Minimalist design, a master suite with a Jacuzzi, jaw-dropping outdoor lounge, a private pool.

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