Yucatan Photo of the Day – Mayan altars

Posted March 19, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Yucatan Activities

Mayan alter in Riviera Maya Mexico

Many of the Yucatan Peninsula's modern Maya still practice the religion of their ancestors, building altars to present their gods with gifts and offerings. This photo was taken in Punta Laguna where visitors can witness and even participate in a Mayan cleansing ceremony. Discover the natural beauty of the Punta Laguna Reserve.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Mayan ruins of Muyil

Posted March 18, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Muyi ruins near Tulum , Mexico

Ruin trekking is a mindful traveler activity.  These gorgeous ruins are rarely visited and located right here in the Riviera Maya. The Mayan archeological site of Muyil is located just South of Tulum and is full of surprises! Check out other Costa Maya and Riviera Maya Ruins. Photo by Scott Brown

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Eat local!

Posted March 13, 2014 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Sustainable Tourism

eating local is sustainable travel

We LOVE the local food. Taco and torta stands, coco frios, menu del dia...it's all good! Forgo the international chains and have an authentic foodie experience on your Mexico vacation. read about some of our Riviera Maya foodie addictions!

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Easter customs in Mexico

Posted March 12, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

Customs in Yucatan, Mexico

The mindful traveler learns about a country's culture. Mexico celebrates Pascua de Resurrección, or Easter in English, with great passion. This photo was taken in Izamal, Yucatán and is of the Mexican custom Vía Crucis (Way of the Cross), a street procession of actors portraying Roman soldiers and Christ bearing a cross. This custom is practiced in many Yucatecan cities. Discover historical cities of the Yucatan.

Supporting Sustainable Business in the Riviera Maya

Posted by LocoGringo in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism

sustainable businesses in the riviera maya

Everyone has heard the sustainable battle cry "Buy local!" When traveling, the 'buy local' focus changes.  Instead of looking for products from your home country, look to buying and enjoying things from where you're visiting. It is the difference between eating at McDonald's and buying tacos from a street vendor, or choosing to purchase a dress made by a local artisan rather than one sold at Walmart.  An important practice of the mindful traveler is to support each destination's local...

Puerto Morelos Photo of the Day – Music Festival

Posted March 11, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Music Festival in Riviera Maya

Attending local festivals on your vacation is a way to get to know the culture and support the community. Each year, Puerto Morelos hosts an international music festival. Check out this Akumal festival coming in April.

Riviera Maya Mindful Travel Tip – Sustainable AI

Posted March 10, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

sustianable travel in the Riviera Maya

Hacienda Tres Rios began as an ecological park and then became an all inclusive hotel with sustainability as their goal. The hotel employs a staff trained and certified in sustainable tourism practices, referred to as their "Green Team," and the hotel uses state-of-the-art technology to reduce the resort's environmental impact.  This is one resort that walks their talk!  If you want to enjoy eco-luxury on your Mayan Riviera vacation, make it Hacienda Tres Rios. Find out more about...

Akumal Vacation Tip – Akumal Comedy Festival 2014

Posted March 7, 2014 by LocoGringo in Community Announcements,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

akumal fundraisers

Getting involved in the local community festivals and fundraisers while on vacation is a huge step in the mindful travel direction! The annual Akumal Comedy Festival begins April April 29 and runs through May 3. This year's proceeds will benefit the Red Cross in Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Find an Akumal villa. Photo by Scott Brown

Cancun Photo of the Day – Isla Blanca, the last frontier

Posted March 6, 2014 by LocoGringo in Cancun Photos,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler

Isla Blanca, Cauncun

Isla Blanca is not actually an island, it is the last wild beachfront in Cancun. There are no glitzy resorts, no paved parking areas and no loud techno music...just the sound of the waves and sweet little coves where you can park your beach chair. Book your Cancun vacation package.

Take Riviera Maya Sustainable Travel to a Higher Level

Posted March 5, 2014 by LocoGringo in Community Organizations,Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

riviera maya charities

Now that you are familiar with sustainable travel, are you ready to take it to the next level? Mindful travel is more than just recycling aluminum cans, taking environmentally friendly tours and buying locally made souvenirs. Contributing something to the place or community you are visiting, beyond just the money you are spending for your vacation, is a way to experience an area and get to know its people. It is an opportunity to help with problems you may not see closer to home, and for kids,...

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