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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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Riviera Maya photo of the day – Xcacel cenote a local secret

Posted May 16, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

xcacel hidden free cenote in the Riviera maya

We have talked about Xcacel a few times and rave about the pristine beaches, the quiet, the solitude and more. We have mentioned that it has a free cenote that all visitors can go and swim in but I don't think we have shared a photo! So here it is! This is the cenote tucked away in the jungle at Xcacel. The path is now easier to find. Enter the beach entrance and just to the south is a small path leading into the jungle that will take you to the cenote. This is truly a local secret and one that...

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Costa Maya photo of the day – Mahahual boat captain

Posted April 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

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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...

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Yucatan photo of the day – Mayan woman at work!

Posted April 26, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Mayan ladies at the Market in the Yucatan riviera maya mexico 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...

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