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The shuttle van turned off the highway and stopped at the gate to gain entry to Hacienda Tres Rios. We arrived. The private path to the main hotel entrance might be considered a touch more “natural” than others, but when you arrive to the main reception, no doubt exists. You booked a luxury resort.

the HTR lobby (photo: Kirsten Alana)

At first you might think, well it is not unlike any other all-inclusive accommodation. And after your stay you might leave thinking – ok it’s different – the resort served better food, the service came with a bigger smile, or perhaps  you really enjoyed the on-site cenote swim. Differences, yes – but another difference exists.

As a guest, you don’t sense the sustainable aspect. Ok, when you take the excursions to the nursery established to help revitalize the hurricane damaged eco-system or take a kayak down a river thru mangroves – it’s ‘green.” But once you enter the resort grounds – it’s “normal.” It’s a luxury property in the Riviera Maya. A good one too.

The award winners pose for a photo (Photo: HTR)

And at the all-inclusive guests enjoy margaritas poolside, dine at the many restaurants, and take afternoon siestas in a cool, comfortable room.  Yet somehow Hacienda Tres Rios makes all that sustainable.

This past August, the resort achieved the Green Globe award for its second straight year. (HTR opened in Nov ’08) The award, received in recognition of it sustainable practices, conservation of the environment, support for local communities, and preservation of local culture is not easily obtained. And as I sat in the ceremony as an invited guest, I could not help but be impressed. Not solely because I understood the Spanish (I did, even though we had a translator) but more impressed about the details of what the resort created. I learned about the saltwater purification process, the elevator machine mechanics and the heating-cooling systems.  All complicated, all impressive.

the resort is so much more "green" than fauna

Then after the ceremony, after the local press took photos and interviewed the resort owners, planners, and green globe representatives the group of travel bloggers headed for a tour of the kitchen. We learned more. We learned about its commitment to reducing garbage monthly and how even with a buffet and 100s of guests it only discards 7-9% of its food. I didn’t think that was impressive until I started thinking about my own practices in my New York apartment. (Yes I cook) And, yes it is impressive.

A "green" we all can understand - the margarita.

Now, the more I look, awards and accolades continue to shower Hacienda Tres Rios. Both as a pioneer in sustainable travel and also as a luxury resort property. It seems the two are not mutually exclusive. Luxury and Sustainable together. Sounds wonderful.

But then as I left resort a few days later I wondered why the resort doesn’t promote itself as a leading sustainable resort to its guests on-site. No signs, no blatant details. My curiosity peaked. But when I watched and learned the details of eco-systems on my African adventures, I remember learning how nature just worked efficiently and quietly. So, I guess Hacienda Tres Rios took one more page from the sustainable handbook and created the process the way nature intended (and perhaps resorts guests want it too) – Seamless.

stay adventurous, Craig

Day 10 of 20 day Mexico Bicentennial tribute

I’d also like to thank HTR for the all inclusive invitation to attend the ceremony.


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On a special “MexMonday,” (it’s Mexico bicentennial celebration week) I wanted to post a photo special to me. Not solely because of the substance, but because it enabled me to meet a great community of people who promote Mexico. People I now call my friends.

a man takes a moment outside Malpica bakery

On an excursion to visit some of the charming pueblos with in a short distance of Mazatlan, the tour stopped in Malpica. With a population of less than 1,000 and basically untouched by time, the town houses a seemingly simple bakery. In a small oven, some of the finest pastries in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico are created.  And we arrived for a taste. Breakfast. And Delicious.

Outside, in between bites, I snapped this image. A memory, a moment. A man and his best friend.

Shortly afterwards, I submitted the picture for the weekly MexMonday photo contest. (~Oct ’09-Feb ’10). This photo, along with a few others I submitted over time claimed honors – It won. It’s award winning.

So, this monday I take off my sombrero (my hat) off the creator of the weekly MexMonday, my friend Stephanie, and everyone else who promotes Mexico on Mondays. I love the photos, stories, and specials.  A Feliz (Happy) MexMonday mis amigos.

stay adventurous, Craig

Day 9 of 20 day Mexico Bicentennial Tribute

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