Costa Maya Photo of the Day – Balamku Inn

Posted January 29, 2014 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya Activities,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

Mahahual, Mexico

We LOVE the round design of Balamku Inn in Mahahual, Costa Maya. This eco-chic hotel is all about sustainable tourism, right down to the shampoo they provide their guests. The wind and the sun are their power sources,  all waste water supports constructed wetlands and when building they take special efforts to protect the endangered trees on their property. No wonder they were nominated one of Mexico's leading green hotels. Check out other fabulous Costa Maya hotels.

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Hangin’ out in Valladolid

Posted January 28, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

Valladolid, Mexico

Young people are the same wherever you go. These teenagers are just hangin' out chatting and listening to music in the town zocalo of Valladolid, Mexico. Find out more about this historical city in Yucatan.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Glorious hammocks!

Posted January 27, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

shopping in the Riviera Maya

Hammocks are probably the most popular Riviera Maya and Yucatan souvenir - right up there with gaudy, giant sombreros. They are the Mayan bed, more common in local houses than mattresses. The hammocks sold here are hand made by locals. Buying hammocks in family owned shops like this one in Macario Gomez is sustainable tourism. We LOVE lounging in a hammock with a good book or a refreshing cocktail. Discover other ways to support sustainable tourism.

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Puerto Morelos Vacation Tip – The hidden restaurant

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Riviera Maya restaurant

Puerto Morelos has lots of great dining options, but one little gem we really love is Restaurante Las Palmeras. If you didn't know where it was you would walk right passed some of the freshest seafood for the best price in town!  The facade of the restaurant is easy to overlook and the restaurant itself is hidden beyond souvenir shops and a dive shop (located next to Pelicanos on the beach), but once you step inside the view is, well see for yourself. Check out the laid back fishing village...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – ADO, a cheap way to go

Posted January 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Cancun shuttle buses from the airport

Looking for the most economical way to the Riviera Maya from the Cancun Airport? ADO first class buses with air conditioning and comfortable seating run shuttle from the airport to the Playa del Carmen bus station for $120 pesos (about $10 USD) per person. You can reserve online or buy your tickets at the airport. Pros: It's SUPER cheap. Cons: The buses have set departure times your incoming flight must coordinate with, which usually means a wait time. You will be taken to the bus station...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Isla Mujeres Playa

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Smooth as glass. This photo was taken from Playa Sol beach in Isla Mujeres. Whether you are floating on a paddle board or cruising in a yacht, there is a space for everyone on this very special island. Learn about the island's BIGGEST attraction.

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Ek Balam Mayan ruins

Posted January 23, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

Ek Balam Mayan ruins in Mexico

Winter vacations in Yucatan, when the days are not too hot, are perfect for ruin trekking! Look at this awesome, sunny day at Ek Balam ruins. Visit the Mayan ruins of Yucatan.

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Yucatan Vacation Tip – Merida Art Tour

Posted January 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Destinations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities

Art tour in Yucatan, Mexico

February 15, 2014, the Merida English Library is hosting the Artists' Studio Tour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  This is a rare chance to step inside the homes and studios of over 20 local artists and see where the magic happens. Be your own guide and meet the artists who interest you most. Admission is $200 pesos. Find a hotel in historical Merida.

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Costa Maya Photo of the Day – Tranquility found

Posted by Kay Walten in Costa Maya Activities,Mexico Destinations

mahahual mexico

Totally unplug in Costa Maya, Mexico. Meet Mahahual

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Loco Fun and Adventure on the Caribbean Sea

Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities

Akumal sailing tours

Last month, the Loco Gringo crew booked a sailing trip out of Akumal for the annual company Christmas party. We had all done this catamaran tour before with visiting friends and family but had forgotten how much fun the Robinson Crusoe Sailing Adventure really is. With jobs, growing families and daily responsibilities, even those of us living in paradise can forget to take time out to enjoy life. We were certainly reminded that, without a doubt, this was one of the coolest excursions in the...

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