Isla Contoy – A Natural Jewel of the Caribbean Crown

Posted September 18, 2013 by LocoGringo in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

isla-contoy-mexico

Wonderfully wild places can be found all over the Yucatan Peninsula, and one of these precious gems is Isla Contoy. It is located at the conflux of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 30 kilometers north of Isla Mujeres. The island is only 8.5 kilometers long and has a surface area of just over 300 hectares. This tiny Caribbean island has been a federally protected area since 1961 and was declared a national park in 1998 because of its rich biodiversity. The only inhabitants...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Iguana – Strike a pose!

Posted by LocoGringo in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos

iguana in the Riviera Maya

This little guy struck a majestic pose the moment he saw us snapping his photo. Seems he is used to the paparazzi. Our scaley friend gladly accepted a handful of gummy fruit snacks in exchange for his image. Meet local wildlife at this interactive Riviera Maya zoo.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Nature Photography 101

Posted by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Photos

nature-photography in the Riviera maya

Getting sharper shots of constantly moving nature is always a challenge. While you can't control nature's movement you can minimize your own which also affects the shot. Use a tripod. Get in the habit of using it for all your nature shots. Tripods come in all sizes - even pocket-sized. If a tripod is not available use your shoe or anything that will steady your camera. Enjoy this cenote photo essay article from our past spotlights.

Isla Mujeres Photo of the Day – Bird’s eye view from Punta Sur

Posted September 17, 2013 by LocoGringo in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

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WOW! The view from the cliffs at Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres is stunning.  No matter how long we live here we never cease to be amazed by the color of the water. From this bird's eye view into the gin clear water we say rays and baracuda. Here you will find a sculpture park, cliff caves, a small ruin to explore and numerous beautiful photo ops. Find other special places at these Riviera Maya eco-parks.

Caribbean Photo of the Day – Palm Frond Weaving – It’s an art!

Posted September 16, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

palm-frond-weaving in Riviera Maya

Anywhere there are palm trees you will find masters of palm frond origami. Palm frond weaving is a traditional art practiced by Caribbean natives and the Mexican Caribbean is no exception. In this photo the weaver is making hats, but in the Riviera Maya you will find frond weavings of anything from insects to animals to flowers. Read other posts about local art in the Riviera Maya.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Think Organik Spa – Natural beauty

Posted by LocoGringo in Riviera Maya Destinations

organik-spa in Puerto Morelos

Think Organik Spa in Puerto Aventuras is a true advocate of all-natural beauty and local sustainability. The products used and sold here are all-natural and made by locals so therefore support the local communities. So, if you are looking for a 100% organically grown Mexican souvenir choose one of their many spa/beauty products.  They also give fabulous massages at unbelievable prices! Thinking about a wellness vacation? Think Riviera Maya.

Loco Adventure – Road trip to Izamal in the Yucatan

Posted September 14, 2013 by LocoGringo in Loco Adventures,Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

izamal convent

Exploring more of the Yucatan in Mexico About 50 miles east of Merida is the Spanish colonial town and ancient Maya city of Izamal, where Franciscan monk Fray Diego de Landa built the largest convent in the Americans in the early 16th century. We came here to re-visit Izamal, take some pictures and see how things had changed since 1994 when we first visited. Izamal is full of history. The "San Antonio De Padua" convent sits on top of a former Mayan temple (Pop-hol-Chac) whose stone was...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Coconut Water – Nature’s sport drink

Posted September 13, 2013 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

coconuts-for-hydration in the Riviera maya

Coconut water has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink...and it is naturally fat and cholesterol free!  The Maya say a coconut a week will keep internal parasites away. So on your next Riviera Maya vacation when you hear the street vendor yelling "Cocos!" run and get one of these yummy, natural health drinks. Check out our FAQs for more Riviera Maya health tips.

Cancun Photo of the Day – The Mexican Flag – It’s Independence Day!

Posted by LocoGringo in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos

Mexican-Flag-for-independance-day

Mexico's Independence Day is September 15th. The Mexican flag that flies over the Cancun hotel zone is HUGE! It measures 50 meters by 28.6 meters (approximately 184 x 94 feet) and weighs 230 kilos (approximately 507 lbs).

Sian Kaan Photo of the Day – Wild, Wonderful Dolphins!

Posted September 12, 2013 by LocoGringo in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

dolphins-in-the-sian-kaan

Wow! Dolphins! The most charismatic marine animal anywhere in the world, and these babies are wild and free! Take a wild dolphin tour in the Sian Kaan.

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