Playa del Carmen photo of the day – Mayan pole dancers

Posted April 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

mayan pole dance in Playa del Carmen

In the heart of Playa del Carmen, the Mayan pole dancers have been given a spot in the central zocalo, Parques Fundadores, to show off the famous Mayan pole dance. This Dance is called Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), or Palo Volador (Pole Flying) and is a ritual performed by Mayans in both Mexico and Guatemala. Thankfully, the dance of the flyers can be seen each hour in the center of Playa del Carmen or at the entrance to the Tulum ruins. This ceremony was said to be used to...

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Akumal photo of the day – family fun day at Yal ku Lagoon

Posted April 12, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Family vacations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

This a great candid shot taken in Akumal at the entrance to the Yal ku lagoon. The lagoon is super famous in Akumal and throughout the coast of the Riviera Maya.

This a great candid shot taken in Akumal at the entrance to the Yal ku lagoon. The lagoon is super famous in Akumal and throughout the coast of the Riviera Maya. For new snorkelers, the lagoon offers a safe, shallow area to try snorkeling. The water is a mix of fresh and salt water so the experience is unlike other snorkeling adventures. For experience snorkelers, the variety of fish that can be seen in the lagoon is amazing! Fish migrate in and out of the lagoon making this a haven for the sea...

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Yucatan photo of the day – Flamingos, flamingos, flamingos

Posted April 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

flamingos in Rio Lagartos Riviera maya tours and Riviera Maya birds

Love this photo and love the flamingos in Rio Lagartos. You don't need to be a bird watcher to enjoy this super photo of the day. Nor do you have to be a bird watcher to venture out to see hundreds of flamingos in the Yucatan. Rio Lagartos is a true working fishing village in the Gulf Of Mexico just 3 hours from the coast of the Riviera Maya. As a one day adventure, by rental car or by a tour, seeing the flamingos in their natural habitat is worth this day trip! Local tour guides are more...

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Riviera Maya photo of the day – this is what we know

Posted March 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Riviera Maya vacations are a stepping stone to many different activities and adventures

The Riviera Maya is a stepping stone to learning more about Mexico. The beaches are beautiful, the people attentive and friendly. Your Riviera Maya vacation, like our first Riviera Maya vacation, is a path and window into a land of adventure, a land of new experiences and a land of endless things to do. There are many surprises and lots of treasures. Try the beach our first, then venture out and find out about the real Riviera Maya, the jungle, the communities, the people, the traditions....

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Tulum photo of the day – a Tulum archive photo

Posted March 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

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 an old Tulum photo but not much has changed at the beach cross roads. Before the internet this is how visitors found their hotel, a maze of signs at the end of road leading from the highway. The signs are still there, not all hotels are represented but the signs are a part of the Tulum hotel beach road culture. This is something that will never go away! Check out Tulum beach hotels and see if there is a Tulum hotel that just seems to be calling your name!

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Yucatan photo of the day – hand-made ceremonial dresses

Posted March 25, 2013 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...

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Playa del Carmen photo of the day – Sustainable wedding ideas

Posted March 22, 2013 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...

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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...

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Riviera Maya photo of the day – Happy Earth Day! from Mexico

Posted March 20, 2013 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...

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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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