Playa del Carmen photo of the day – Sustainable wedding ideas

Posted March 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Enviroment,Riviera Maya Destinations

wedding arrangements that can be reused and are sustainable

This was a unique decoration used at a Riviera Maya destination wedding in Playa del Carmen. The Wedding Planner used palm leaves that had been trimmed from the tree during tree maintenance, coconuts and oil lanterns to create a tropical ambiance at this beach front wedding ceremony. The Coconuts were opened by the bride and groom the next day for breakfast, the palm leaves were composted and the lanterns used for another wedding the following week. There is nothing in this sustainable wedding...

Tulum photo of the day – sustainable design highlights

Posted March 21, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

sustainable design and sustainable development in the Riviera Maya

Love this bamboo door that we saw! The innovation in sustainable design is getting us excited! This concept is not new here in the Riviera Maya, bamboo doors have been used for years. What we love now is that people may be interested and more people will appreciate the use of sustainable materials for functional purposes. As fans of the outdoors and unique spaces, we were drawn to the Riviera Maya for just that, interesting use of natural materials that did not harm the environment and were...

The Maya as an heirloom culture – Riviera Maya lessons

Posted March 20, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations

the maya as an heirloom culture

  In our continued amazement for Mexico, it dawned on us that the Maya are an heirloom culture that continues to preserve and honor its lifestyle and cultural traditions, with determination and loyalty. As America trends towards the vintage, the DIY and eco-design culture, some people are recognizing the deep roots of the Maya lifestyle, an heirloom culture that preserves and honors its unique traditions. Understanding Heirloom and how it relates to culture, not a tomato Thank...

Riviera Maya Travel tips – Driving in the Riviera Maya

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

driving tips in the riviera Maya

I think we answer this question at least 10 times a day. Is it safe to drive in Mexico? Should I rent a car or hire a driver? Driving in Mexico is no different from driving in North America except for a few unwritten road rules that make driving safer. These unwritten driving rules are for safety, but if you are unaware of these rules it could seem a bit confusing. If you are New Yorker, you know the unwritten driving rules in New York. If you are from any city there are cultural driving...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – Happy Earth Day! from Mexico

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Sustainable Tourism

Earth day celebrations march 20 at the spring equinox in Mexico

If this photo is not a celebration of the planet earth, I am not sure what is! This tree located in the jungle in the Riviera Maya, shows the root system growing down to a cenote, for a source of fresh water. The natural wonders all over the world amaze us, but the first time we saw this, it was outstanding. The roots will burrow through pores in the limestone shelf and make their way to the water that they need! Amazing, truly how the earth will take care of all living species...

Yucatan photo of the day – faces of the Yucatan Peninsula

Posted March 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Kids in the Riviera Maya living their daily life near the beach and in Mayan villages

We came across this group of young children when trekking through the Yucatan. When reviewing the photo, we realized these are the faces of the Yucatan, and a really big reason why we decided to settle in the area. The Yucatan is a hop, skip and jump from the Riviera Maya and holds strong to the roots of the Maya. As a Mayan settlement area, the small towns that you come across hold generations of families who work largely in agriculture and honey. A day trip through the local roads takes you...

Riviera Maya Travel Tips – Walk the beach

Posted March 18, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations

walk on the beach in the riviera Maya every day

The beach is not just for sitting! Take a walk, explore and see what else is out there. In all the cities in the Riviera Maya, there are main areas to beach. These areas have people, sometimes lots of people on the beach. If you walk a little to the north or a little to the south, you will find beach areas that feel private, or yours. All beaches are public in Mexico so you are free to walk as far as your heart will take you. This freedom is what makes the Riviera Maya so wonderful. Grab...

Tulum photo of the day – colorful art is everywhere you look

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

Tulum art and color on the beaches of Tulum mexico in the Riviera Maya

Tulum has always had a special place in our heart. Famous for its beaches, there is a real community and creative feel to Tulum that continues to be enhanced throughout the years. Tulum is attracting local and international artists to the town and this photo highlights some of the unexpected art you may find. This door is at the beachfront hotel Hemingway's. It is a nice surprise when using the public bathrooms to see the bathrooms stalls painted with vibrant colors and a Mexican man and woman....

Riviera Maya Travel tips for Easter – Semana Santa

Posted March 15, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities

Easter celebrations in the Riviera Maya

Easter or Semana Santa in Spanish, is the largest holiday in the Riviera Maya! Travel tips are essential during this time as things can get a bit crazy when lent is ending. For international travelers, Easter is a great time to travel due to the four-day weekend. For national travelers, Easter is a time to travel so you can indulge yourself and your family after 40 days of restricted activities. Mexican people fought long and hard for their religious freedom after the Mexican Revolution. The...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – One of many species of birds

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

Green things in the Riviera Maya, why sustainable tourism is important

St. Patrick's Day is coming up this weekend so we looked for a green photo to start off the celebrations. This Tucan seen in a tree in the Riviera Maya just may get people excited about green beer and more?? Guess not but we love the green background and we love the Tucan! The Riviera Maya is home to many species of birds, the Tucan being one of over 388 species that can be found in the winter months in the area. If you travel to the Sian Kaan, a UNESCO heritage site that is the largest...

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