Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Shamans – Natural healers

Posted September 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

shaman-ceremony in Tulum

Shamans are still very much a part of Mayan society today. They are the healers and spiritual leaders of their communities. They treat their patients with natural remedies that have been passed down for centuries and perform ceremonies honoring their gods that control the natural world. Read more about Mayan ceremonies in the Riviera Maya.

Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Reserve – What Nature Intended

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

spider-monkey-at-punta-laguna

The Riviera Maya is filled with spectacular spaces where nature rules and Punta Laguna Reserve near the Coba ruins is one such place. Punta Laguna was set aside as a protected area by the Mexican government  in 2002 (35 years after the owners originally petitioned for such) and was given the official name  Otoch Ma'ax Yetel Kooh, Maya for "the home of the spider monkey and the puma."  What makes this place so unique, besides it's incredible jungle beauty and rich natural resources, is that...

Yucatan Nature Travel Tip – Photography in the jungle

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Photos

Jungle Photo in the Riviera Maya

The photo pros advise taking outdoor pics early in the morning or at dusk when the light is at its magic hour, but  if you’re trekking through the Yucatan jungle, shoot in the middle of the day when the light filters through the tree canopy. Click here and sign up to receive our  "5 Most Important Tips to Having a Memorable Vacation" Photo by Scott Brown

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Maya Bee Keeping – A dying art

Posted September 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

The Art of Mayan bee Keeping

The Maya cultural practice of bee keeping dates back thousands of years. The ancient Maya used honey then the same way the modern Maya use it, as a sweetener, antibiotic, and as an ingredient in fermented spirits. Unfortunately, this art of animal husbandry is fading away due to loss of habitat for the bees and the young Mayans' loss of interest in carrying on the tradition. Read about chicle, another agricultural tradition of the Maya that has faded into history.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Rio Secreto – Amazing caves!

Posted September 9, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Rio Secreto cave tour and eco park in the Riviera Maya

WOW! Without a doubt, the limestone caves of the Yucatan Peninsula are one of the most amazing features of this naturally rich place! A great place to explore these surreal subterranean spaces is Rio Secreto. Include one or more of these really cool Riviera Maya nature theme parks on your next visit.

Riviera Maya Nature Vacation Tip – Temazcal – A Mayan Cleansing

Posted 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

mot-mot-bird-riviera-maya

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-flamingos-and-pelicans

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...

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