Posted November 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
There are some special vacation rentals that feel part of the diverse landscape that defines the Riviera Maya. These extra special places immerse you into the beauty that draws so many millions of people to the beaches, jungles, historical locations and cultural masterpieces. These homes and the owners who built them go beyond a good beach view, jungle retreat or sustainable vacation rental. These homes bring the environment where they were built into the house. The architects have studied...
Posted October 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler
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...
Posted August 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations
Tulum has been one of the hottest beach destinations in recent years. It has become THE place to go to for the fashionistas, celebs and wanna-be's of the world side by side with the hippies and hipsters hanging out. Known for its bohemian vibe shadowed by big Mayan temple at the Tulum ruins, any night of the week you can find live music, waiting-lines at the trendiest eateries but few places offer the luxuries discerning people seek while staying on one of the most incredible beaches in...
Posted June 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Sustainable Tourism
Xcaret is one of the Riviera Maya's prized ecoparks that educates over one million visitors per year about Mayan history, local marine and wild life, indigenous culture, and the delicate ecosystem that defines the Mexican Caribbean. Its history is fascinating, the decisions and visions that developed the park determined partly by the history of the area, and partly by an architect, with insight from a family of entrepreneurs, who felt that the property should be part of a bigger and more public...
Posted June 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities
If I had to choose one Mayan Archeological site to visit in the Riviera Maya, I would pick Muyil. Just south of Tulum this ancient city, which is not well known, played an important role in shaping the inland Maya communities through trade routes and imported products. I love the Peten architecture, a style similar to the Mayan city of Tikal found in Guatemala, its proximity to the lagoons of the Sian Ka'an, its energy, and most of all the tranquility. This is not a popular site for...
Posted June 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Activities
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...
Posted February 29, 2016 by Steve Moen in Loco Adventures
Have you planned a trip the Riviera Maya but are scratching your head about what to do during your vacation? We have a trusted Bucket List of Adventures that we sent to all of our guests but we thought it was time for an update. Here are some new adventures you might want to check out in addition to our original suggestions. Loco Gringo Bucket List Adventures 2016 1. Ojos Mayas - This is a great off the beaten track full day adventure that takes you into small Mayan villages in the south. No...
Posted January 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Destinations
Google maps has been slow in updating Riviera Maya places on their maps app. We found some pretty cool places you will not find on Google maps. If you love adventure, off the beaten track day trips and historical sites, put down your phone and start trekking. One of our finds is a foodie find so keep reading! Ake Ruins in the Yucatan This is a full day trip but worth the drive. Ake Ruins is one of the oldest ruins in the area. It was occupied in 300 BC and finally abandoned in 1300s. The...
Posted January 13, 2016 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Sustainable Tourism
For many years we peered down jungle paths, saw tortilla making at a distance, smelled the kitchen fire of local houses, and struggled through learning which plants helped our insect bites, bad stomach, or headaches when pharmacies were few and far between. We read a lot about the local Mayan culture but did not see nor could see the culture first hand. In 2011 two guys, who volunteered in local Mayan villages, saw an opportunity to involve both local Mayan families and visitors in an...
Posted December 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures
We have followed the ancient footsteps of the Maya up pyramids, into cenotes and through the jungle. These experiences and adventures are what drew us to the Riviera Maya, and still intrigue us. But the Maya were not just land dwellers. With their communities located along the Caribbean Sea, water was as much a part of their life and lifestyle as the jungle. After following their footsteps on land we started hopping into boats to follow the history of the Maya on the water. Chunyaxche Mayan...
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