Posted April 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
Check this cool guy out on a boat in Mahahaul. This is a great photo taken in the Costa Maya that really portrays the area well. Cool captain, great boat for snorkeling and scuba diving on the Chinchurro Banks, a laid back feel and beautiful. Could you get a bluer sea or a bluer sky? Could it be more picture perfect? Costa Maya is located just to the south of the Riviera Maya. The first town is Mahahual, a cruise ship destination but a neighbourhood Mayan village. Xcalak and Bacalar are also...
Posted April 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
Love this photo of local Mayan women working and laughing together in a local market. One woman is carrying a clay pot, the other women are surrounded with market items of the day, banana leaves, gourds, boxes and more. What amazed us was the incredible piles of banana leaves that are used to steam fish and to make tamales. Tamales are indigenous to the area, a paddy of corn flour, meat and salsa wrapped in banana leaves and roasted over an open fire. Tamales are our road trip food and a...
Posted April 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
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...
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. 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...
Posted April 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
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...
Posted March 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
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....
Posted March 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
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!
Posted March 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Sustainable Tourism
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...
Posted March 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Enviroment,Riviera Maya Destinations
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...
Posted March 21, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
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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