Riviera Maya Nature Vacation Tip – Temazcal – A Mayan Cleansing

Posted September 9, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services

Mayan Temazacal in Tulum Mexico

Nature vacations should be physically renewing as well as spiritually, and according to the Maya, time spent in a temazcal is both. The Mayan culture believes the temazcal, a brick domed structure for steam baths, to be the "womb of the Earth" where one goes to purify and reconnect with the natural world. Temazcals can be found in spas all over the Riviera Maya and some treatments are even led by Shamans. Locate a Riviera Maya spa.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Turquoise Browed Motmot

Posted September 6, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism


These little guys are beautiful ambassadors of the Yucatan. With over 350 bird species in the Riviera Maya, birders vacationing here have found their paradise. Birdwatching tours can be found all over Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Yucatan, and depending on where you are staying you can just step outside your vacation rental and look up - who knows what feathered discoveries you will make! Check out some of our vacation rentals in the Sian Kaan where the birdwatching is second to none!

Riviera Maya Nature Travel Tip – Bio-Natural Organic Market – Keepin’ it real!

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services

Organic foods and Organic restaurant in Playa del Carmen Riviera Maya

Bio-Natural is a small organic food market and vegetarian cafe located in Playa del Carmen on 10 av between Constituyentes and 16 street (Behind Quinta Alegría Mall. Almost next to Scotiabank.).  For a healthy alternative and a happy place for vegetarians and vegans, this is the stop. Try their delicious hummus and horchatas. Restaurant open from 9am to 9:30 pm Store open from 8am to 10 pm Find other great restaurants in Playa del Carmen.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Tropical Pine Trees

Posted September 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos

tropical pine tress in the mexican caribbean

The mention of pine trees usually conjures images of Christmas, snow and cold weather, but pine trees are also part of the tropical landscape too here in the Riviera Maya. There are a number of pine tree species that flourish happily in this hot, humid environment. Learn more about tropical flora on a nature vacation in the Riviera Maya. Photo by Scott Brown

Rio Lagartos, Yucatan – A Naturalist’s Place of Worship

Posted September 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism


Rio Lagartos is a small fishing village located on the north end of the peninsula in the state of Yucatan. With a population of 3,000, life here is pretty much lived the way it has been for hundreds of years, in tune with and dependent on nature. In 1979, the Mexican government established this area as a bio-reserve that protects over 60,000 hectares of beach, mangrove, forest and lagoons.  Over 380 bird species have been identified in this reserve along with 59 species of mammals and 80...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Xtabentun Flower – Bloom of Mayan Legend

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Xtabnetun flower in yucatan, mexico

The Xtabentun flower grows wild in the Yucatan and produces the pollen Yucatecan honey bees use to create the sweet nectar needed to make a delicious Mayan liquor. Like many things Mayan, this unique flower has a a legend attached to it that goes something like this. There once lived a beautiful Mayan woman named Xtabay who was said to have given herself to anyone who solicited her love. However lusty she may have been, she was just as much a kind soul who gave help to anyone in need, no...

Cancun Nature Travel Tip – Isla Blanca – All natural, all beautiful

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

isla-blanca-near-cancun mexico

Did you think all the beautiful beaches in Cancun were lined with resorts? Not Isla Blanca located 25 minutes north of Cancun. It is a peninsula running between the Caribbean Sea and Chacmuchuc Lagoon. There are no tourists or facilities here, just miles of unspoiled coastline.  The beach is not wide but it has several sandy coves like this one.  On a weekday, pick your spot and chances are you will be the only one there all day. Other great beaches in the Riviera Maya.

Cancun Photo of the Day – Sunset over Nichupte Lagoon – Natural beauty even in the Hotel Zone

Posted September 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos

sunset-over-Nichupte-Lagoon Cancun Mexico

Natural beauty is found everywhere in the Mexican Caribbean, even in Cancun's glitzy, touristy Hotel Zone. We caught this fabulous Cancun sunset while dining at Fish Fritanga located on the quiet shore of Nichupte Lagoon. Check out these other great places in and near Cancun.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Along came a spider

Posted September 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos

banana-spider in the Riviera Maya Jungle

We are not sure, but this looks to be a banana spider which is common in tropical jungles.  They are also called golden orb-weavers and their webs are particularly strong. Nature's creatures right down to the tiniest are truly amazing! The Yucatan jungle is filled with some of the strangest and most beautiful. Find out where you can meet some of the local wildlife.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Botanical Garden – Jungle beauty all around

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Sustainable Tourism


The Jardin Botanico del Dr. Alfredo Barrera, also known as Ya'ax Che, in Puerto Morelos is an off-the-beaten path gem for nature lovers. Discover the Riviera Maya's bio richness!  See the area's indigenous flora, meet monkeys, explore archeological ruins and learn about Mayan culture.  Be sure to take biodegradable insect repellant. Visit other eco-parks in the Riviera Maya

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