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A 3 Day Itinerary to Exploring the Sian Ka’an Biosphere

Posted September 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Self Guided tours through the Sian Ka'an Biosphere in mexico

In 1986, the Mexican government established a 1.5 million acre nature reserve just south of Tulum beach. The Sian Ka'an (meaning "where the sky is born" in Maya) Biosphere Reserve is an Unesco World Heritage site and the largest reserve in the state of Quintana Roo. The reserve's rich biodiversity is amazing. Four different ecosystems inside the reserve are home to over 300 species of birds, over 100 different mammals, 1200 plant species and 52 different types of fish.  Monkeys, manatee,...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – The Conch Shell House

Posted September 24, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

COnch shell house on Isla Mujueres

Taking their cue from nature's design, the owners of this very unusual house on Isla Mujeres have built it in the shape of a conch shell. Very cool! Check out some of our Riviera Maya vacation villas.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Cliff of the Dawn, Isla Mujeres

Posted September 23, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

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Be the first in Mexico to see the rising sun. This cliff in Punta Sur park in Isla Mujeres is the easternmost tip of Mexico, and the view of the Caribbean from this point is stunning. Discover other islands in the Riviera Maya.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Best Times to Snorkel

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

Best time to snorkel in the Riviera maya

As with most wildlife observation like birding, early mornings and dusk are the best times for snorkeling.  These are the times when animals are searching for food. For the best light while snorkeling, swim out just as the sun has come up. The water is still cooled off from the evening and the sea life is on the hunt for breakfast. This is the optimum time for an underwater encounter! Read more snorkel tips in our spotlight articles.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Mayan Wedding Symbols – What do they mean?

Posted September 20, 2013 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Symbols in Mayan weddings

Mayan wedding ceremonies are popular here in the Riviera Maya.  For the Maya, the ceremony is performed to bring the couple to the four directional points (north, south, east and west) to unite them as one and present them to the feminine Mother Earth and the masculine Cosmic Energy. Flowers are used in the alter to represent the four points. North is represented by red flowers, East with yellow, South with purple, and West with white. The conch shell is used to call to the gods of these four...

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Maya Ruins – Venture to the lesser known

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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Trips to the famous cliff ruins of Tulum or the great ancient city of Chichen Itza are very enticing, but if you are feeling adventuras and want a more authentic ruin trek, consider going off the beaten path to the lesser known ruins. In Quintana Roo there are numerous sites that only receive a handful of tourists per day! Ruins with observation towers, lagoons, cenotes, painted murals and masks. There is nothing more mysterious than exploring a forgotten city, just you and the...

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Bats – An unsung hero

Posted September 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos

bats in the Riviera Maya

Mark Twain said of bats they are "beautifully soft and silky; I do not know any creature that is pleasanter to the touch..." Well, we don't know about petting them, but as residents of the Yucatan Peninsula we sure can appreciate what they do for us.  There are over 50 types of bats found in the Yucatan and their main diet is flying insects, particularly MOSQUITOS! Three cheers for the bats! Visit the mysterious bat cave at Xcaret park!

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Isla Contoy – A Natural Jewel of the Caribbean Crown

Posted September 18, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

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Wonderfully wild places can be found all over the Yucatan Peninsula, and one of these precious gems is Isla Contoy. It is located at the conflux of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 30 kilometers north of Isla Mujeres. The island is only 8.5 kilometers long and has a surface area of just over 300 hectares. This tiny Caribbean island has been a federally protected area since 1961 and was declared a national park in 1998 because of its rich biodiversity. The only inhabitants...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Iguana – Strike a pose!

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos

iguana in the Riviera Maya

This little guy struck a majestic pose the moment he saw us snapping his photo. Seems he is used to the paparazzi. Our scaley friend gladly accepted a handful of gummy fruit snacks in exchange for his image. Meet local wildlife at this interactive Riviera Maya zoo.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Nature Photography 101

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

nature-photography in the Riviera maya

Getting sharper shots of constantly moving nature is always a challenge. While you can't control nature's movement you can minimize your own which also affects the shot. Use a tripod. Get in the habit of using it for all your nature shots. Tripods come in all sizes - even pocket-sized. If a tripod is not available use your shoe or anything that will steady your camera. Enjoy this cenote photo essay article from our past spotlights.

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