Showing posts from August, 2011

Sustainable Development in the Mexican Caribbean

Untouched tropical jungle, pristine beaches, crystal-clear cenotes and the Mesoamerican Reef are the main attractions for millions of visitors to the Mexican Caribbean each year. Travelers flock to the Riviera Maya and Cancun to enjoy natural beauty, to relax, to discover their adventurous side or to delve into the culture of Yucatan Peninsula. The 1.3 million inhabitants of Quintana Roo (the state of Mexico where Cancun is located) rely solely on tourism for their income and to feed their families, tourists are not simply welcomed, they are a necessity for the survival of all. It is easy to say "more, more, more", more tourists, more mega resorts and more dollars in everyone's pockets today, but the reality is that the future must be taken into consideration.

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." - Brundtland Commission, 1987

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Cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula

It is August, it is HOT in Cancun, it is most definitely a cenote weekend. Going to the beach is great (I'll probably do that too), but when it is demon hot I dream of crawling inside a cool cave and submersing myself in the clear, chilled waters that run through it. Eating a picnic lunch in the lush jungle. Snorkeling to check out the small fish slipping around the stalagmites and boulders. Watching the butterflies flutter by and listening to the birds calling and a chicken squawking nearby. Refresh.

Cenote Azul
A cenote (seh-noh-teh) is a natural limestone sinkhole that occurs mainly in Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula and in parts of Central America. The word "cenote"orginates from the Maya "dzonot" meaning "well" or "abyss". The ancient Maya placed great importance on the cenotes as the only source of potable water in a region with few lakes and almost no rivers. They drank from their waters and used them as a place to honour the rain god C…