Our beloved Riviera Maya is often referred to as Paradise. Although the Paradise we live in seems to be straight out of a dream: it is well and truly real.  Our delicate Paradise is fragile and must be protected; from us- by us.


Riviera Maya Sostenible along with the Fideicomiso de Promoción Turística (Tourism Board) and Banyan Tree Mayakoba invited BuyPlaya to attend a very special event in Chunyaxché (Muyil), a Mayan community located between Tulum and Felipe Carillo Puerto. (Oficially Muyil is an Ejido of the Felipe Carrillo Puerto Municipality that includes the biosphere reserve and many Mayan communities).

Riviera Maya Sostenible is an organization that promotes sustainable practices in our region. Their mission: fostering sustainable tourism as the main engine for local development, while preserving natural treasures, culture and local communities. They provide an intersecting platform that promotes seminars, conferences, process training and certification in sustainable strategies and solutions in the Riviera Maya.

Butterfly Conservatory, Community Tours Sian Kaan


Community Tours Sian Kaan, organizes activities and tours in Muyil and in the biosphere reserve of Sian Kaan.  They proudly introduced us to their latest project: a butterfly conservatory. This conservatory welcomes various species of whimsical butterflies as well as appropriate vegetation perfectly suited for their growth and reproduction. The Community Tours Sian Kaan's staff has been specially trained to take care of their new cohabitants and are ready to receive school groups and tourists for educational private tours at the Butterfly House.


As part of Greening Communities project, a Banyan Tree initiative, at least 12,000 trees are planted every year creating benefits to local communities, reducing the global warming impact. 25,395 trees have been planted since 2010.


Last week, Banyan Tree Mayakoba donated 2000 trees for the benefit of the Chunyaxché community, in order to contribute to the mitigation of human impact on the climate change in the Riviera Maya.


The Zona Maya; Solferino, Leona Vicario, Nuevo Durango, Chunyaxché and Coba, all traditional communities and natural paradises, has received a total of 12,000 fruit trees and trees for wood production from this community initiative. Each resident of these communities adopted a tree.  They were given the opportunity to choose the type of tree that was most suitable for the benefit of their land and their families.  These residents are now responsible for the care of these special trees in order to preserve the native species that promote the ecosystem's well-being.


A special selection of trees were chosen by experts in native flora for the donation: shade trees, fruit trees, flower trees and ornamental trees (Cedro, Zapote, Mamey, Guanabana, Cayumito, Maracuya, limon, flor de mayo, ramon, jabin etc.)



The conciliation of programs like Riviera Maya Sostenible, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Unicaribe (University of Cancun) as well as Community Tours Sian Kaan are an important and critical support for the sustainability of the Riviera Maya and its communities.

BuyPlaya has been invited to go on a future familiarization trip to find out more about the impact these programs are making on our communities. 


We can't wait to witness the hidden treasures and beauties of our awe-inspiring paradise. Together, we as citizens of Paradise, can make a positive impact on our natural surroundings.






Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a Mexican mother and a French Canadian father.  She studied cinema and photography in Argentina and Montreal, and has now been living in Playa del Carmen for a total of 6 years. Both her Mexican and Canadian roots are an important influence on her identity and how she perceives the world through her photography and writing as the content creator for BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors www.buyplaya.com


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