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Posted July 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Yucatan Activities

Cenote Samula Valladolid, Yucatan

Valladolid is the second oldest colonial city in the Yucatan peninsula. Valladolid sits on top of an ancient Mayan city of Zacil.  Rich in history and culture Valladolid has been a popular day trip for visitors staying in Tulum, Akumal, Playa del Carmen and Cancun.   It is a must to visit the zocalo, poke your head into the church, and saunter down the street to the convent.  But the cenotes of the area are not to be missed. Visit two beautiful cenotes right out side Valladolid Jump into...

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Local company does good to help the Macaw species in Mexico

Posted June 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Sustainable Tourism

xcaret releases macaws at Los Tuxtla Biosphere Reserve

Xcaret, the Riviera Maya eco park has been very active and dedicated to their program to reintroduce the scarlet macaw into its natural habitats in Mexico. In a little over a year, the scarlet macaw population flying free in the jungles of Mexico has increased 41%. A 2013 study showed that there were no more than 240 of these beautiful birds living free in Mexico's jungles due to the destruction of their habitat and illegal wildlife trafficking   In June 2014, the population of healthy...

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A new Mexico UNESCO World Heritage site

Posted by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler

UNESCO site Calakmul ruins Campeche Mexico

Back in 2002 the Maya ruins of Calakmul in the Yucatan peninsula state of Campeche was named World Heritage site.  Well the jungle surrounding Calakmul has been named a "mixed natural and cultural" World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. UNESCO stated: "The city played a key role in the history of this region for more than 12 centuries and is characterized by well-preserved structures providing a vivid picture of life in an ancient Maya capital." The area added to the list is in the southern...

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Sea turtle nesting season tips

Posted June 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

Sea turtle protection, Riviera Maya Mexico

Create a safe environment for the turtles As female turtles make their way to nest on the beaches of the Riviera Maya.  Truly it is amazing to watch these nest, and to watch the babies hatch later in the summer, but please be respectful these endangered animals and remember the following tips: Do not take flash photography or use any white light on the beach at night. Use a red flashlight with a red filter.  Keep the lights of your condo or vacation home turned off. Do not touch or...

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A great little hotel in Mahahual: Almaplena Eco Resort

Posted June 5, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

Almaplena Eco Resort Mahahual

Get off the beaten path!  Almaplena Eco Resort is located about 20 minutes or so south of Mahahual where the the busyness of the world fade away.   This quaint 8 room resort is one of Loco Gringo's newest listings.  Almeplena won the Certificate of Excellence 2013 from TripAdvisor.  One guest commented: "Perfect place to unwind and disconnect. Beautiful rooms and place." Another guest said: "The beautiful, serene beach and open air lobby are your's for the day. There are an abundance of...

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Riviera Maya photo of the day – Vist Coba a local Mayan treasure

Posted April 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Loco Adventures

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The Maya did not recognize Easter holidays, but they did celebrate the Spring Equinox in style. Easter falls about a month after the Spring Equinox this year but that does not mean that a visit to the Coba ruins during your Easter vacation is not a worth while endeavor. We love all Myan ruins and particularly love the Mayan archeological site of Coba. The main pyramid can still be climbed unlike other Mayan sites, you have the option of using the Mayan Limos to take you around this large site,...

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Tulum Photo of the Day – New Easter activity SUP!

Posted April 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism,Watersports

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So we have decided to start a new Good Friday and Easter Weekend tradition. We are keeping our Easter routine of Margaritas on the beach, a down time and beach time, but are adding SUP to the Easter weekend menu. The weather forcast of this weekend is looking good; clear skies, flat seas and the sun a shinin'. We have been Stand Up Paddle Baording for a couple of weeks now and find it to be an easy, fun activity that can be done up and down the coast and in the larger cenotes. Life jackets are...

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Kids LOVE whale sharks

Posted April 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Yucatan Activities

whale shark tours for family vacations

Whale shark season begins June 1, just as the kids are getting out of school for the Summer. Swimming next to these gentle giants blows our minds as adults, just imagine what an incredible experience it is for kids. We highly recommend this Mexican Caribbean activity to anyone 8 years or older. Check out our whale shark adventure!

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Kids LOVE turtle season

Posted April 9, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Family vacations,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

turtle season for family vacations

Turtle season begins in May. Kids love to experience this time of year in the Riviera Maya when females are venturing out of the sea and onto the beaches to lay their eggs. Witnessing these miracles of nature instills in children a love and respect for nature. Learn more about turtle nesting habits.

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Ek Balam

Posted April 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations

Mayan ruins in Yucatan

We LOVE the Ek Balam Mayan ruins. They are perfect for family day trips from the Riviera Maya. Combine a visit to these ruins with other nearby activities like cenotes, or head to Valladolid after your visit, a beautiful colonial city just 20 minutes from this Mayan ruin. Or go north to the Gulf of Mexico and check out Rio Lagartos. Read about more Mayan archeological sites.

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