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Yucatan vacation tip – inland water pools for cooling off

Posted June 14, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Sustainable Tourism

Mexico-Valladolid-Cenote-Zaci-in the yucatn for great water experiences

The draw to the Riviera Maya is the beaches, the sea, the amazing blue water and the fun filled week that centers around this main attraction. The Yucatan has inland waters that are just as blue, just as crystal clear and just as fun. The cenotes are the focus of each Yucatan village. Villages and cities settled around a water source, the source of life. In any yucaton village or city is a cenote and they are the center of water fun on those hot tropical days and nights. When visiting the...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Coatimundi, the Yucatan Raccoon

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos

Coatimundi Live on the Yucatan Peninsula

Don't be surprised if you come across one, or a pack, of these guys while visiting the Riviera Maya. Coatimundi are cousins of the raccoon and they are everywhere on the Yucatan Peninsula. They make their home in the jungle, but are known to forage the occasional garbage can. Coatimundi are generally docile, but best to keep your distance because they have long claws and sharp teeth they won't hesitate to use if they feel threatened. Although, feel free to take photos as they don't seem to...

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Riviera Maya photo of the day – Hogfish in the Caribbean

Posted June 12, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

oceans in the riviera maya hogfish

There are three places you will see the hogfish in the Riviera Maya, diving in the sea, snorkeling in the sea and cooked on a plate at a local restaurant! The hogfish, known in spanish as a 'Boquinetta' is an indigenous fish to the Mexican Caribbean and a popular one! They are great to see in the ocean in their natural habitat and can be identified by their large front teeth (no they don't bite) and spiny backs when you get too close. Being a fishing area, the Riviera Maya restaurants think of...

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Riviera Maya vacation tip – finding the best snorkeling spots

Posted June 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism,Watersports

how to find great snorkeling in the Riviera maya

So how do you find good snorkeling spots from the shore of the beaches of the Riviera Maya? Look for darker areas in the sea. The darker patches in the water show where there are clusters or group of coral. Coral is where the fish and animals love to hang out. Coral clusters are like a playground and food court for the fish and animals that live in the sea. If you are located on a patch of beach that is just crystal clear water, white sand and no coral patches, no fear, the Mesoamerican reef...

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Riviera Maya vacation tip – protect the sea and cenotes

Posted June 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

cenotes of the Riviera maya and the best way to protect the cenotes

It is all of our job to protect the sea and cenotes while living in or visiting the Riviera Maya. The Riviera Maya has a very delicate water system that affects the ecosystem. It is all connected! There are some basic measures you can take to protect the waters and life of the sea and cenotes. This includes fish and planets, coral and algae, all important aspects of the underwater environment. 1. Wear a biodegradable suntan lotion. Many lotions are harmful to our skin and the sea. Find a...

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Riviera Maya photo of the day – Whale shark season

Posted June 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

This aerial shot of the Sian Ka'an biopshere shows the lagoon and ocean in this UNESCO park. The Sian Ka'an is full of wonderful surprises and this photo shows it all.

Well June marks the official opening of whale shark season in the Riviera Maya. For as long as we can remember we have been making the trip up the Gulf of Mexico to see the whale sharks. Why? Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean. Their size ranges from a few meters long up to 7 meters in length. That is bigger than many boats that conduct the tours! Whale sharks migrate from the south each spring and head up to the Gulf of Mexico just north of Cancun to feed and breed. We get to go...

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Sian Ka’an photo of the day – reefs in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

The barrel sponges spawn each August in the Mexican Caribbean and are an incredible natural activity to watch. Barrel sponges are either male or female.

Wow, wow, and wow. This aerial shot of the Sian Ka'an biopshere shows the lagoon and ocean in this UNESCO park. The Sian Ka'an is full of wonderful surprises and this photo shows it all. The Sian Ka'an is a protected biosphere so tours and activities are conducted by local guides who are knowledgable and trained in local birds, eco-diversity, indigenous plants and the history. If you look at this photo you will see dark patches in the sea, the coral reefs in the Sian Ka'an. Amazing and...

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5 secret places to visit in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Sustainable Tourism

5 secret destinations in the riviera maya

We have been talking about our favorite things to do, eat and see in the Riviera Maya this month. We have saved the best for last! Five secret places in the Rivera Maya that you can see and do! These are not just off the beaten path areas and sites, these are secrets. These are five places that few talk about as they are sacred. Are you ready to get a peek into the local life as we know it? These spots are so secret I would bet that many locals who live in the Riviera Maya don't even know about...

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Akumal Travel Tip – Wednesday is Farmers’ Market Day in Akumal. Buy Local!

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism

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Every Wednesday in Akumal, local farmers bring their fresh fruits and vegetables to sell in the open-air plaza in the center of town. A practice of the sustainable traveler is to buy local and support the indigenous community.  We encourage you to shop at this traditional Mexican market and enjoy delicious produce for a great price! Check out some of our Akumal vacation rentals!

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Favorite cultural things to do in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

favorite cultural things to do in the Riviera Maya

  The Riviera Maya is a multicultural area that has successfully blended many different cultures in one area. It has been labeled cosmopolitan to describe this unique blend, celebrating the mixture of the original roots of the area with the global influences that shape the community. Our cultural interests lie in exploring the roots of the area, the influence of the Maya, their beliefs and rituals, their continued struggle to work with or be conquered by others. The history is...

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