Costa Maya Photo of the Day – Birding

Posted March 27, 2014 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya Activities,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

birding in Mexico

There are over 350 varieties of birds in the Costa Maya. Just stepping outside your hotel or bungalow in the early morning, you never know what you may see. Birdwatching is a sustainable tourism activity. Find your Costa Maya escape.

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Choose Sustainable Tourism in the Riviera Maya

Posted March 26, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Vacation Tips,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

sustainable tours in yucatan

Tourism has incredible potential to do positive things not just for us as individuals, but for all people collectively and for the planet. According to the World Tourism Organization, "Tourism is an effective way of redistributing wealth and a catalyst for gender equality, cultural preservation and nature conservation." It is estimated that over 1 billion people travelled internationally in 2012. With so many tourists changing the way they used to travel and choosing instead to put into...

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Riviera Maya Sustainable Travel Tip – Rechargeable batteries

Posted March 21, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

sustainable travel tips

Avoid using disposable batteries while traveling in the Riviera Maya. These are of particular concern in this area because they will degrade in dumps and leak toxic chemicals into the earth that cannot be filtered out by the limestone surface, ultimately poisoning our water supply. A more responsible choice is to pack a charger and use re-chargeable batteries. Discover more about sustainable travel in the Riviera Maya.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Artificial wetlands

Posted March 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

using constructed wetlands for waste water in riviera maya, mexico

Artificial wetlands, or aquatic gardens, treat waste water before it makes its way into the ocean. Waste water flows into the artificial wetland which is constructed of gravel and plants. The dirty water that moves into the wetland is treated aerobically by plants as it flows through the root systems, turning it into practically clean water that can be used to irrigate the garden. The artificial wetlands in Riviera Maya serve as a model of sustainable living because they show it is...

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Mayan altars

Posted March 19, 2014 by Kay Walten 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.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Mayan ruins of Muyil

Posted March 18, 2014 by Kay Walten 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

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Eat local!

Posted March 13, 2014 by Kay Walten 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!

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Easter customs in Mexico

Posted March 12, 2014 by Kay Walten 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.

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Supporting Sustainable Business in the Riviera Maya

Posted by Kay Walten 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...

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Puerto Morelos Photo of the Day – Music Festival

Posted March 11, 2014 by Kay Walten 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.

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