Be an Eco-Packer for your Riviera Maya Vacation

Posted February 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism


What the heck is an eco-packer? And what does this have to do with my vacation in the Riviera Maya? Well, here's the scoop. Very few people know that the coast of the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya are extremely diverse and sensitive environments. The ocean, jungle and fresh water cenotes require a delicate balance to maintain a healthy environment. Eco-packers pack for a vacation taking the ocean, the jungle, and the cenotes in mind. Knowing that this is a eco-sensitive area makes this task all...

Think local, act local and join the fun in Merida

Posted November 7, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

bici-ruta merida yucatan

Peddle your way on the "Bici-Ruta" Every Sunday in the city of Merida, more than 5 kilometers of roads are closed and people take to the streets on bikes. This family event is not competitive just a leisurely ride through the oldest colonial city in Yucatan from La Ermita de Santa Isabel (the square block bordered by Calles 77, 66, 79, and 64A in Centro), north to the San Juan Park, continues north to the Main Plaza, up Calle 60, then north along the Paseo Montejo. You can jump in at any...

Support The Maya in Tulum – Use a Bit of Honey

Posted November 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

melopina bee in tulum, mexico

We all know the culinary term farm to table, or the sustainable food term, buy local, but we hope that you start adopting Hive to Table when on vacation in the Riviera Maya. Mayan families are great cultivators of honey from a local stingless bee called the Melipona. Honey production has a long history in Tulum, and today is helping to build family businesses. Using Yucatan honey shows support for local bee keepers. Knowing the history and cultural significance of the stingless bee makes that...

Day of the Dead Food: Bread of the Dead

Posted October 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler

bread of the dead with sugar a traditional food for day of the dead in Mexico

In the days and weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead, in the markets and bakeries across Mexico you will see "Bread of the Dead" being sold.  It's a Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead. It is custom to shape a round loaf of bread with rolled strips of dough layered on top that resemble the bones of the dead. A glaze of melted butter and orange zest is then brushed on top, followed by a generous sprinkling of sugar. The bread is typically flavored with anise seed. The...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day

Posted October 29, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

  Experience the Mayan culture Ojos Mayas in village of Señor  is the first community tourism experience focused on promoting ecotourism, supporting the social and economic development of Mayan communities.  They offer a wonderful day-long experience to this pueblo located near Felipe Carrillo Puerto south of Tulum.

Festivities Start as Turtle Season Comes to an End

Posted October 16, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya events

Sea turtle protection, Riviera Maya Mexico

Today starts the 12th annual Turtle Festival! At Xcacel-Xcacelito festivities begin with a sand sculpture contest. The sand sculpture contest  is for local kids from 6 to 12 years old. Tomorrow the fun happens in Tulum at the Maya Culture Park underneath the dome.  Starting at 9 AM, until 2pm, there will be environmental and academic activities. At 3pm there will be artistic events, local entertainment and games for kids. On Sunday there will be live entertainment by Kermes at the...

International Art Residency Final Artist Show of 2014

Posted October 15, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya events

Akumal art residency program

Akumal International Artist Residency AIAR presents works of five artists that came to Rivera Maya from Germany, Mexico and both East and West Coasts of the United States. Different backgrounds, including places of their origins and media they work with meld in the very unique location of Mexican Caribbean. As one of the artists, Diana Juneck, describes in her artistic statement, you encounter the four worlds: the jungle, the ocean, tourism and the pueblo. According to that, there is the vast...

Mystical, magical Yucatan

Posted October 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities


Take 5 minutes to virtually travel through the Yucatan with all its beauty and culture....

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Howler Monkey at Punta Laguna

Posted September 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

howler monkey at punta laguna near coba yucatan

Howler monkeys at Punta Laguna. Just before dusk is a good time to see the howlers and hear their evening roar that echos through the jungle. Punta Laguna Reserve near the Coba ruins is a community run monkey reserve. The the official name  Otoch Ma’ax Yetel Kooh, Maya for “the home of the spider monkey and the puma.”  

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Touring the Mayan Canal in Sian Kaan

Posted September 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

mayan canal tour of Sian Kaan from Muyil

A great shot of our boat captain Jorge who negotiated our way through the Mayan canals from Muyil to the sea through the lagoons of Muyil, Chunyaxche and Campechen to the sea entrance at Boca Paila.   The tour is an good example sustainable tourism where  the local community participates in tourism to promote not only the culture, but the people and environment.

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