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Costa Maya Photo of the Day – Balamku Inn

Posted January 29, 2014 by Kay Walten in 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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Find Food Passion in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 28, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food

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Foodies from around the world come to Yucatan and the Riviera Maya to experience food created by some really passionate chefs. If you have a passion for cooking, take home more than just memories of your Mexico vacation, take home new kitchen skills and a knowledge of Mexico's fascinating culinary history. What better place to take a cooking class than Mexico, the country with a cuisine that has been dubbed by UNESCO a world cultural heritage? Learn to Cook with Passionate People in The...

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Hangin’ out in Valladolid

Posted 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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Nature Tours that Will Inspire You!

Posted January 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

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The biodiversity in the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Yucatan is incredibly rich. Aside from the amazing white sand, azure water beaches, there are jungles filled with exotic wildlife and lush flora, mangroves teaming with over 300 species of tropical birds, Caribbean reefs bursting with colorful marine life, limestone caves that have taken millions of years to form… And the best part? We've got a tour for all that! Tours in the Riviera Maya that Will Change the Way You Look at...

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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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Go where few have gone before

Posted January 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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Did you know archaeologists estimate that less than 10% of the ancient Mayan ruins believed to exist have actually been excavated? WOW! AND an even smaller percentage are regularly visited by tourists. That means there is so much more Mundo Maya for you to discover. Why would you want to venture off the beaten path and make the extra effort to visit a lesser known ruin site? Because when exploring an ancient place where just you and nature are present you are overcome with a sense of mystery...

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