Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Artist and apprentice

Posted November 22, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Artists in Riviera Maya

We LOVE this photo of a local Mayan artist in Akumal and her little apprentice. Buying local art is sustainable tourism that supports local families.  Not only will you take home an original souvenir, but you just may encourage a bright, artistic future! Learn more about sustainable travel.

The Yucatan’s Restored Historic Homes – Something Old Into Something NEW

Posted November 13, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

Merida Centro in Yucatan

Colonial cities in the Yucatan are undergoing a renaissance of sorts.  Historic homes are being bought and restored to their former, or new,  glory by foreigners making a fresh start in Mexico.  These historic buildings have "good bones" like thick, rock walls which have kept them through the many decades, and classic architectural features such as 20 foot-high beamed ceilings, hand-painted pasta tiled floors, fountains, bright, Talavera tiled kitchens and interior courtyards. Buyers are...

Try Something NEW in Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Posted November 6, 2013 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism,Yucatan Activities

Try something new in the Riviera Maya

New Tours and Attractions in the Yucatan Peninsula Discover the Maya world with Corazon y Vida Tours in Quintana Roo. This new tour company introduces visitors to the Mayan culture with nature tour, gastronomic tours, adventure tours and wellness tours. Corazon y Vida Maya is a group of community cooperatives that promote, preserve and revitalize the Maya culture. The tours are given by local people therefore generating economic growth for local communities and an authentic experience...

Isla Holbox Photo of the Day – Island Culture – Sunset Therapy

Posted October 23, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Culture,Sustainable Tourism

isla-holbox-sunset

Life on Isla Holbox focuses on the simple everyday joys. One of them being the incredible sunsets. It is amazing how everyone on the island stops what they are doing for the last hour of the day to look to the West and become mesmerized by the glorious vista. This is islander culture. Holbox may not have a ballet company or an Opera house, but pull out your iPod and click on Mendelssohn while watching an Isla Holbox sunset...you will find no better "theater" in the world. Discover laid-back...

Yucatan Festival de la Cultura Maya 2013

Posted October 16, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Culture,Sustainable Tourism,Yucatan Activities

merida-yucatan-cultural-festival

The 2013 International Maya Cultural Festival will begin October 17 and run through November 3 with this year's theme title "The Landscape." Performances will include over 450 artists from over 20 different countries. The Festival will take place in and around Yucatan's "Pueblo Magicos" (Izamal, Merida and Valladolid) on historical stages such as haciendas, museums, parks, archeological sites and cenotes. This multifaceted festival program will include Yucatecan cooking demonstrations,...

Exploring a New Culture in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 1, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

new-culture-in-the-Riviera-Maya

Choosing to take your vacation international has the added bonus of exposure to new cultures. Learning about how other people in the world live opens up our eyes and our hearts. Traveling to faraway lands replaces fear of international travel and misunderstanding of different races.  It is said that "no man is an island", and therefore neither is an enitre culture of men and women separate from others. When we travel to other countries we get a perspective on how the problems one region is...

Yucatan Vacation Tip – San Crisanto Mangroves near Merida

Posted September 25, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

San Cristalino mangroves in the Yucatan near Merida

If you are a nature lover vacationing in the metropolis of Merida, get out of the city and take a day trip to the San Crisanto mangroves where over 13o species of animals have made themselves at home. A boat tour through the canal ways will lead you through a tropical ecosystem rich in biodiversity, and then to a refreshing cenote for a swim. Check out some of our Yucatan hotels.

Isla Holbox Photo of the Day – End of Another Whale Shark Season

Posted by LocoGringo in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

Whale Shark tours and season dates in Isla HOlbox

Another great season of swimming with whale sharks has ended, but they will be back next year for their Mexican Caribbean vacation. See you in 2014 guys! Start planning for next year's season with this whale shark tour article.

A 3 Day Itinerary to Exploring the Sian Ka’an Biosphere

Posted by LocoGringo in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Self Guided tours through the Sian Ka'an Biosphere in mexico

In 1986, the Mexican government established a 1.5 million acre nature reserve just south of Tulum beach. The Sian Ka'an (meaning "where the sky is born" in Maya) Biosphere Reserve is an Unesco World Heritage site and the largest reserve in the state of Quintana Roo. The reserve's rich biodiversity is amazing. Four different ecosystems inside the reserve are home to over 300 species of birds, over 100 different mammals, 1200 plant species and 52 different types of fish.  Monkeys, manatee,...

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Bats – An unsung hero

Posted September 19, 2013 by LocoGringo in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos

bats in the Riviera Maya

Mark Twain said of bats they are "beautifully soft and silky; I do not know any creature that is pleasanter to the touch..." Well, we don't know about petting them, but as residents of the Yucatan Peninsula we sure can appreciate what they do for us.  There are over 50 types of bats found in the Yucatan and their main diet is flying insects, particularly MOSQUITOS! Three cheers for the bats! Visit the mysterious bat cave at Xcaret park!

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