Akumal photo of the day – playing on the beach

Posted March 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations

Playing on the beach in Akumal

We could not resist! This is such a wonderful vacation photo of a young child and his father relaxing on the beach without a care in the world. This is what it means to be relaxed, this is what a beach vacation is all about. Both are doing what they want to do, the young boy burying his dad in the sand and a father reading and relaxing without a care in the world. That could be you! Really it could be you. Check out the beaches in the Riviera Maya and decide if a beach vacation is just what...

Playa del Carmen Travel Tips – Bean to Bar Craft Chocolate

Posted March 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

bean to bar chocolate in Playa del Carmen

Now this caught our eye. Just before Christmas, only to be discovered by us after the holiday season, is a new chocolate shop that makes bean to bar chocolate. Not only are the chocolates super pretty, but they taste great! The chocolates are filled with unique flavors like horchata, tequila, chipotle, jamaica, and they have a 100% cacao truffle that ...is...to...die....for...... Cocoa Craft Chocolate Maker is a husband and wife team that make their chocolate from scratch, yup, straight from...

Yucatan photo of the day – hand-made ceremonial dresses

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Sustainable Tourism

Traditional Yucatecan dress for parties, dancing and ceremonies

These young girls are dressed in the Yucatan ceremonial dresses called a Terno, which is a bit more elaborate than the daily dress called “huipil“worn by Yucatec woman on a day-to-day basis. The difference is the three layers the girls are wearing, the jubón is a short, fully embroidered, square-necked blouse worn over the huipil. The Huipil is made of silk and is the secondary layer that has a lace bottom, and thirdly the fustán which is a third and final layer acting as a lace...

Mayan Ruin Travel tips – Rent a bike at the Coba Ruins

Posted March 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexico Vacation Tips

Renting a bike at the Coba Ruins in the Riviera Maya near Tulum

This is a brilliant way to see the Coba Ruins at any time of the day! For a few dollars you can rent a bike at the entrance to the Coba Ruins and travel this Mayan cultural and historical site on bike! The Coba Ruins is located to the west of Tulum is a significant Mayan Ruin that played an important role in local and international trade when in operation. The site is big and unique. It is estimated that there are over 6500 structures on this site with only a small portion excavated for public...

Playa del Carmen photo of the day – Sustainable wedding ideas

Posted 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...

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