Exploring the Balamku Ruins

Posted August 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Loco Adventures

Balamku Ruins

The Balamku Ruins was an impromptu ruin visit we made in Campeche. Our destination was the Calakmul ruins, but we felt we hit the Mayan ruin jackpot when we decided to visit Balamku. This is how it happened, and man are we ever glad our spidy senses were working well that day. Stumbling Upon the Balamku Ruins After an 8 hour drive from Akumal, we arrived in the late afternoon to our hotel, Puerto Calakmul, the closet hotel to Calakmul Ruins. It was too late to make the drive into the Calakmul...

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Environmental Art in the Costa Maya

Posted August 24, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Sustainable Tourism

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I so love this fish sculpture on the pier in Mahahaul. The entire fish, created by artist Sabrina Coco, is made of recycled material; soda cans, plastic bottles, beer cans, tops of food cans, old plastic bags, and more! Named 'El Pez', this fish sculpture represents more than a Caribbean fish. All the items used to create El Pez were foraged from the beach. El Pez is a reminder to take care of our oceans, seas, and lagoons that cover more than 70% of the planet. EL Pez in Mahahual -...

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Plants of the Mayan World – Written by a Riviera Maya Local

Posted August 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment

Plants of the Mayan World - Written by a Riviera Maya Local

Svetlana Aleksandroff has created a beautiful and noteworthy reference book that is a great travel companion when exploring the Yucatan Peninsula. This is not a tour book, it is much more than that. Svetlana, a Riviera Maya local, has created a reference book to everything and anything Mayan. Beautiful Photography and Cultural History Explained To understand the Mayan culture is to understand indigenous plants, art and food. Plants of the Mayan World is so much more than just plants. It is a...

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Loco Gringo Adventure – Misol Ha Falls in Chiapas

Posted August 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures

Misol Ha Falls in Chiapas

On previous trips to Chiapas we stopped by Agua Azul, a great waterfall found just south of Palenque en route to San Cristobal de las Casas. Our recent trip had us stopping at Misol Ha Falls, another natural wonder of Chiapas. Misol Ha is located just before Agua Azul. Though the falls are smaller, they are by no means less spectacular. Bring your bathing suit, wear good rubber soled shoes or hiking boots, and remember your camera. the falls are the highlight but there are places to explore...

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Sargassum & Smiles – Photo of the day

Posted July 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment

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A Riviera Maya community cleans up Wow seems to be the word that escapes the lips of people who have seen the big mats of sargassum float in these last few days.  Even the old-timers have never seen anything like it.  Hats off to all the people who are working hard in Akumal, Soliman Bay, Playa del Carmen and the other areas of the Riviera Maya cleaning up the  seaweed.  

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Are you singing the seaweed blues?

Posted July 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Enviroment

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Beach Clean up in the Riviera Maya is underway The Mexican government announced a temporary employment program to remove seaweed from beaches of Quintana Roo, including Cancun and the Riviera Maya. “This is a phenomenon we have not experienced before, neither on Mexico’s beaches nor those around the Caribbean,” he said. “It is a phenomenon that, unfortunately, affects all countries in the Caribbean.”  Preliminary research has found that in some areas, sargassum beds extend as...

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Whale Sharks are back – Are you up for it?

Posted by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities

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We love this time of year. Summer to us means return of the Whale Sharks, the largest fish in the ocean. The return of the Whale Sharks means a great day trip! For the past 15 years we have been heading up to the Gulf of Mexico to swim with our favorite fish, the Whale Shark, and hang out with some other great sea friends; manta rays and dolphins. In the early days, we would head up to Holbox and spend at least two days on the island. Our guide was the same person every year, and we would leave...

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A Mayan Ruin Vacation in Mexico and the Mayan Riviera

Posted July 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

A Mayan Ruin Vacation in Mexico and the Mayan Riviera

Oh the joys of digging into the past and traveling off the grid. Mayan ruins in the Riviera Maya, Cancun, Yucatan and Campeche can keep you busy for a long, long, time. Deciding which ruins to go to can be a challenge when you have limited vacation time. Read on as we have a solution for you! Mayan Ruin Overviews in One Place - Easy Trip Planning Loco Gringo has one of the most comprehensive lists of travel information about the Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula. Our love for the Mayan...

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Calakmul Ruins and the Calakmul Museum

Posted June 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations

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When we last visited Calakmul Ruins it was a long drive into the reserve along a rather rocky back road. On a recent visit to the Calakmul Ruins we have discovered some improvements to the Calakmul journey that we want to share. The drive into the ruins is still long. The entrance to the ruin site is located in the heart of the Calukmul Biosphere. But don't let this deter you as the drive is well worth it! The road is now paved, albeit narrow but paved so it allows you to drive over 40 kms...

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Seawater + metal + electricity + webcam = new reef

Posted June 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Coral reef restoration in Cancun

Art is becoming a reef in Cancun This interesting equation has been done by artist and Ted Talks Fellow, Colleen Flanigan. Colleen is working on sculpture in Cancun. This  project is the first of its kind in the area using steel and mineral accretion technology!* *Not sure what mineral accretion is... I had to look it up too before I spoke to Colleen... Biorock, also known as Seacrete or Seament, to refer to the substance formed by electro-accumulation of minerals dissolved in...

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