How to recycle on your Riviera Maya vacation

Posted March 13, 2013 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...

Riviera Maya Mindful Traveler – The ocean, cenotes & lagoons

Posted March 6, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Sustainable Tourism,Watersports

ariel photo of the riviera maya locogringo

  Mindful travelers and Mindful vacationers can recycle, reduce and reuse on land, but what about the ocean, the cenotes, the lagoons of the Riviera Maya? With over 73% of the planet housing bodies of water, having some back pocket ideas on how to treat the oceans mindfully is a great way to travel lightly while on vacation in the Riviera Maya. We think of the Caribbean as our backyard, the place where we play, dine, hang out with friends and build many of our memories. Our impact...

Playa del Carmen tips and tricks – bicycle travel in the city

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

bike riding on t 5th ave in playa del carmen is not allowed

We love the fact that there are so many people looking to sustainable options to get around Playa del Carmen. The number or bike rental agencies reflects the desire for people to get around without a car. Hip Hip Hooray! Before you hop on that bike and start motoring, lets just review a few bike rules that are NOT publicized in this Riviera Maya city. Bike rules in Playa del Carmen: 1. Bike riding is not allowed on 5th Ave. Walk your bike on this pedestrian walkway to avoid any...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – Full rainbow over the ocean

Posted March 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

sustainable tourism in the Riviera Maya

This was a blissfull day! A full rainbow with clear skies that was seen from end to end over the Mexican Caribbean in the Riviera Maya. Could life get any better? Could a photo be any more perfect. In our wanderlust and amazement, we thanked the gods for the incredible environment that we live in. We call ourselves locogringo, but really when you see this I don't think we are that crazy! People have shied away from the Riviera Maya reporting a lack of services, disappointed with the use of...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – sustainable furniture design

Posted March 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

sustainable furniture in Riviera Maya Villas and condos

Riviera Maya villas are full of sustainable furniture made from local woods, bamboo and metal that artists and workers have handmade. Unknown to many, the heart of the Riviera Maya is a DYI culture. With many hard woods, bamboo and natural materials to work with, local artists have been making and designing furniture for years. Who needs Dwell magazine when there are so many artists and crafts people who are naturally drawn to sustainable furniture design. This wood table is in one of the many...

What is sustainable travel and a mindful traveler?

Posted March 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Sustainable Tourism

Benefits of being a mindful traveler in the Riviera Maya

For 20 years we have been mindful travelers in the Rivera Maya. Our passion has been to share our unique experiences with others out of love for the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and the Yucatan. It seems that more and more people are looking for experiences such as these to enrich not only their vacation but themselves. Our continued intention is to share more of our mindful travel experiences and highlight the activities in the Riviera Maya that follow the beliefs of a mindful traveler. What...

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