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...

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...

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...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – One of many species of birds

Posted March 15, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

Green things in the Riviera Maya, why sustainable tourism is important

St. Patrick's Day is coming up this weekend so we looked for a green photo to start off the celebrations. This Tucan seen in a tree in the Riviera Maya just may get people excited about green beer and more?? Guess not but we love the green background and we love the Tucan! The Riviera Maya is home to many species of birds, the Tucan being one of over 388 species that can be found in the winter months in the area. If you travel to the Sian Kaan, a UNESCO heritage site that is the largest...

Riviera Maya photo – Efficiency at its best

Posted March 13, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Relax. That is what a vacation is all about right. Recharge your batteries, recharge your mind, take a break and renew yourself.

There are days when you see interesting things in the Riviera Maya and the piñata man is no exception. After a double take and little smile, our comment was, that man is efficient and resourceful. After 20 years of living in the Riviera Maya, there are some days where we still do a double take when we see something out of the ordinary. Funny enough we are noticing that we get a double take when others witness the Locogringos doing something out of the ordinary. The exception is the norm...

How to recycle on your Riviera Maya vacation

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Sustainable Tourism

recycling in the Riviera maya

We all like to do the right thing, and part of the right thing, right now is to recycle as much of your waste as you can no matter where you are in the world. Plastic, paper, cans, organic waste and more can be put to good use if you know how to dispose of your garbage thoughtfully. For many Americans and Canadians, garbage separation and recycling is a way of life. You separate your garbage, put it on the curb and the city will take your recycled garbage and dispose of it for you. In Mexico,...

Valladolid travel tips – Calle Frailes, the Friar’s Street

Posted March 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

Calle Friales in Vallidolidid, Yucatan, the new artists street to watch

Valladolid is known for is Church in the main Zocalo, but Calle Frailes, the Friar's Street is one of the most beautiful streets we have seen in a while. This street is full of Spanish Architecture and is a short row of houses (now Shops) on both sides of the street. After careful restoration, the street is beautiful and soon to be the next artisans street for local artists. The owner of Coqui-Coqui in Tulum has a perfume shop on this street that leads to the Convent, and a tequila store is...

Riviera Maya travel Tips – Ways to play in the ocean

Posted March 8, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Sustainable Tourism,Watersports

ways to play in the Riviera maya ocean activities

The ocean is the focus in the Riviera Maya but if you do not live by water, it can seem like a big playing field without directions. The ocean is a playground and there lots of things to do and experience in beautiful blue pool! 1. Jump waves - the nice thing about the waves in the Riviera Maya is that they are not big so anyone can jump waves, body surf or play in the Caribbean. You can spend hours on a windy day playing in the waves making this a great workout. 2. Snorkel. Guided tours...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – poster child for the real Mexico

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

cute mexican little girl that is a part of the sustainable tourism loop in the Riviera maya

We love this photo! A super cute Mexican little girl who we think reflects the true Mexican culture. Ditch your vision of the man sitting on the street with the sombrero. This little girl is the Mexico that we know and love. Her smile is a killer, her joy abundant. Mexican culture is a fun-loving culture that takes pride in community, laughter and fun. It has taken us a few years to understand the continued jokes and pranks that Mexicans like to play on each other. It is a sign of joy and love...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – ecotourism at it best!

Posted March 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

How great are these Mexican accents in this well designed ocean front hacienda. I find it dreamy, respectful and a great use of vintage tools found in the Yucatan.

Scattered throughout the Riviera Maya are cenotes (say-note-tays) that are naturally formed sink holes holding a fresh water source. If you are looking for an adventure and your own DIY sustainable tour, cenotes are the best way to go! Throughout the Riviera Maya are privately owned cenotes that can be entered for a small fee. Bring your bathing suit, a snack or lunch, snorkeling gear and enjoy the day going between sun, water and jungle. The fresh water in the cenote is clear as bell, most...

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