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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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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