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

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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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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...

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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Get Back to Nature with an Eco-vacation in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Riviera Maya kiteboarding destination

Why an Eco-vacation? Researchers believe that getting back to nature and away from the technological, modern world most of us spend our daily lives in is both healthful and stimulating. Studies have shown that employees who take holidays with a focus on nature and the outdoors come back to work more productive than those who take urban vacations. An eco vacation returns one home feeling mentally. emotionally and physically renewed, even inspired! Naturalist and essay writer John Burroughs...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Currency – Keep the Change

Posted August 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

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We often get asked questions about tipping. Who? How much? But did you know coins other than pesos have no value here in Mexico? Your quarters, nickles and dimes cannot be exchanged for Mexican currency. Please keep this in mind when leaving a tip for housekeepers, waiters and other service providers when visiting Mexico. Read other FAQs about vacationing in Mexico.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – The Jungle Place – Passion for preservation

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

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Meet Mariachi. He lives at The Jungle Place, a Spider monkey sanctuary in the Riviera Maya. He along with several of his friends have been rescued by Joel and Heidi, two big hearted people with a passion for preserving one of the Yucatan's most lovable endangered species. You can visit Mariachi and his extended family in Chemuyil, just south of Akumal. Read more about the Yucatan and where to stay.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Xelha ruin – Ancient Mayan art

Posted August 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

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This mural was discovered at the Xelha ruins near Akumal, a small but very interesting ruin site that should not be missed by those with a passion for Maya history. The painting, done sometime between 300 and 600 AD,  seems to be of birds flying over buildings that look like cages. An ancient artist's statement about freedom perhaps? Read more about the Xelha ruins. Photo by Scott Brown

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