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...

Tulum photo of the day – Tulum beach fun

Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Tulum local beach photo with a boat and children

If you ever wondered what Tulum beach was like for locals who live in the town of Tulum. Here is a great photo that shows kids playing in a boat that was brought up to shore. Tulum life is simple and simple pleasures is what makes life in this popular beach vacation spot. Unlike other resort and vacation towns, Tulum is a wonderful mix of residents and visitors. As a city, Tulum has made a conscious effort to ensure that the local community remains a priority while tourism develops. The town of...

Rio Lagartos photo of the day – the pink lagoon

Posted February 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

salt mines in Rio lagaratos north of the Riviera Maya

This photo is real, Photoshop has not been applied to make this pink and we love what we saw in Rio Lagartos. This photo was taken at the Los Coloradas salt mines, an ancient Maya tradition still used to mine salt from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This is truly a spectacular sight when you travel to most northern point in the Yucatan. Just 3 hours form Playa del Carmen, 2 hours from Tulum and about 2.20 hours from Akumal, the salt mines are the entrance into the Rio Lagartos Biosphere that...

Riviera Maya vacation tip – where to see turtles in the ocean

Posted February 15, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities

turtles in the Riviera maya - Locogringo vacation tip

Turtle lovers and scuba divers already know this fabulous tip about Turtles in the Riviera Maya. The Riviera Maya is a huge breeding ground for green turtles, logger head turtles and more! During the months of May the turtles start to lay their eggs on beaches up and down the coast of the Riviera Maya. Tulum, Xca-cel and Akumal are some of the highlighted areas where you can witness the laying and hatching of turtle nests. In October you can see the baby turtles hatching and running in the...

Riviera Maya vacation tips- after sun or after too much sun relief

Posted January 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations

after sun products you can use on your riviera maya vacation

I am not a product gal nor are we a product company, but when you find something good, I am really really good, I love to share. I will say up front that this is not a sponsored blog post, it is my opinion made from years of use. There are two wonderful after sun products that I love. I am sharing this as I think that this question is one of the most asked questions we get. The first product is a local product that many small businesses carry. Mayan clay is a natural clay product that you can...

Riviera Maya vacation tips – Public transport is the way to travel

Posted January 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Destinations

Riviera maya travel tips take the collectivo

The days of chicken buses and hitch hiking are gone along the coast, though you will still see hitch hikers on the beach road in Tulum getting rides into town. Hello fancy air conditioned vans and big massive buses with television, movies, and in some cases on bus beverage service. Public transportation rocks for those quick trips, or even not so quick trips making the entire Yucatan easy to get around and open for all to see. We currently are a one car family and if I am going to Merida or...

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