Posted March 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism
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...
Posted March 8, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Sustainable Tourism,Watersports
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...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
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...
Posted March 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
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...
Posted March 6, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Sustainable Tourism,Watersports
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...
Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism
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...
Posted March 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
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...
Posted March 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
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...
Posted March 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Sustainable Tourism
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...
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
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...
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