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It is Easy (and Important) To Be Green In the Riviera Maya

Posted October 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler

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Not sure if you are aware, but the Riviera Maya is a collection of very diverse ecosystems that are more delicate than meets the eye, or scuba mask. As a visitor, it is easy to come and go and not worry about the impact your vacation activities have on the local environment. We can all be accused of situational sustainability, sustaining environments that we know best. But the planet is everyone's home and every square inch needs to be treated as though it is our own backyard. We have...

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Tried and True – Summer Whale Shark Adventure in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Activities

Summer Whale Shark Adventure in the Riviera Maya

Well folks, it's that time of year, your opportunity to snorkel with the whale sharks. We love this adventure and hope that everyone who travels to the Riviera Maya takes this fantastic tour that teaches you about the largest fish on the planet. Whale sharks tours are lead by certified and responsible tour operators that teach you how to observe these fish in their natural habitat. WE are divers so we know we are just visitors in the sea, but if you are new to water activities, there may be...

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Let’s all go to Valladolid

Posted November 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

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If it's on LocoGringo we have been there! Valladolid in Yucatan is an easy day trip, and yeah all of our staff has been there before, heck Jose is from there... but we wanted to see Valladolid through your eyes, the eyes of a visitor. So recently we jumped into a van for the day and headed to Valladolid to basically have FUN! Complete with stops at the convenience store for munchies, we left the Riviera Maya at 8:30 for a full day of checking out the second oldest colonial city in Yucatan....

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Local Community Tour Companies

Posted September 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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We are big fans of community tour companies no matter where we travel in the world. Supporting local communities while learning about local traditions, culture and history is how we have been traveling forevah! This passion does not change when we tour around the Riviera Maya. We love to hop in the car and just go, I think you can gather that from our articles and itineraries, but we also know that we can learn more about the area through community tours. There are hundreds of people who have...

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Be an Eco-Packer for your Riviera Maya Vacation

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

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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...

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Think local, act local and join the fun in Merida

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

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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...

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Support The Maya in Tulum – Use a Bit of Honey

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

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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...

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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

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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...

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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.

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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...

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