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TAOlife Newsletter / May 2015 / TAO Inspired Living

Dear TAO Family and Friends,

As always it is a pleasure to greet you each month. I would like to wish you all much success and prosperity in their personal and professional activities.

We are starting a month dedicated to remembering the noble and wise parenting tasks of our mothers. We wish you happiness and joy to all mothers of our community for their invaluable work and guidance.

I wish you a beautiful beginning of the month and lots of energy to enjoy this summer time fun and relaxation.

Here in the Riviera Maya the month of May is one of the busier months of the year, with a plethora of festivals and events. It seems like students barely set foot in school this month - what with labor day on the first, then Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and Teacher's Day following in quick succession. There's no shortage of cultural festivals, either, so you won't run out of things to do this month!

My quote of the month: Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love - Stevie Wonder.

Happy May

Isaac Henares
Operations Director

Discovery Weekend

Discovery Weekend

Come and join us for our next Discovery Weekend and find out for yourself why everyone is talking about the Riviera Maya and the new way of life at TAO Inspired Living.

Read more here about our next Discovery Weekend →

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Located just a few steps away from the Caribbean Sea, the OCEAN RESIDENCES offer excellent living space layouts, with a perfect blend of tranquility, sophistication and functionality.

The first floor features one bedroom with a bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen, living room and dining room overlooking the backyard patio. The second floor features two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a terrace.

Come and see it for yourself and find out why everyone is talking about TAO in the gorgeous Riviera Maya →

Investment Plans to Boost Charm of Real Estate in the Riviera Maya

Investment Plans to Boost Charm of Real Estate in the Riviera Maya

Mexico, one of the world's leading tourist destinations, is planning further investment in its tourist industry over the next three years.

According to an announcement by Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, private companies in the country are planning to invest approximately $8.6 billion in tourism infrastructure, including constructing new hotels, refurbishing existing facilities and enhancing public spaces.

Read more here about Investment Plans to Boost Charm of Real Estate in the Riviera Maya →


Researchers to drill below the Chicxulub Crater off the Yucatecan Coast

A team of scientists, led by experts of the University of Texas at Austin, will drill off the coast of Yucatan, Mexico to take core samples from the crater of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs.

More here > Researchers to drill below the Chicxulub Crater off the Yucatecan Coast →

Researchers to drill below the Chicxulub Crater off the Yucatecan Coast
Labor Day

Labor Day

Nationwide, May 1st

This is a national public holiday in Mexico. There are political and labor union marches and official speeches. Schools, banks and government offices are closed.


Day of the Holy Cross

Nationwide, May 3rd

This celebration dates back to colonial times. Construction workers decorate crosses with flowers and mount them on buildings under construction, and have picnics at the site, followed by fireworks.

Day of the Holy Cross
Cinco de mayo - Commemoration of the Battle of Puebla

Cinco de mayo – Commemoration of the Battle of Puebla

Throughout the country, but particularly in Puebla, May 5th

Cinco de Mayo is annually observed on May 5. It celebrates the defeat of the French army during the Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) in Mexico on May 5, 1862. It is not to be confused with Mexico's Independence Day.


Mother’s Day

Nationwide, May 10th

Mother's Day is always celebrated on May 10th in Mexico, regardless of the day of the week (unlike in the U.S. where it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May). Mothers are held in very high esteem in Mexican culture and on this day they are celebrated in style. The day may start off with serenades of Las Mañanitas, schools have festivals in honor of the mothers of students and restaurants are packed as moms take the day off from cooking and are treated to a meal out with their families.

Mother's Day
Teacher's Day

Teacher’s Day

Nationwide, May 15th

Usually classes are suspended on this day - so teachers get the day off, or there will be a small party and students give their teachers gifts as a sign of their appreciation.


Sacred Mayan Journey

Xcaret, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, May 22 and 23

Recreating the pilgrimage of the ancient Maya to worship the Goddess lxChel, canoeists in pre-hispanic-style vessels race from Xcaret Park to Cozumel, a journey of approximately 17 miles.

Sacred Mayan Journey
International Brothers Day

International Brothers Day

May 24th

Brother’s Day celebrates the bond between brothers – an amazing gift and should be cherished. Take this day to make contact with your brother and tell him how much he means to you. Why not arrange to take your brother out for a meal and discuss your family memories?


World No Tobacco Day

May 31st

No Tobacco Day is a day to draw attention to the negative effects of tobacco and smoking, where each year the WHO awards individuals and organizations who make an exceptional contribution to the reduction of smoking and tobacco consumption.

More info here →

World No Tobacco Day
Turtle Paradise of Riviera Maya at X'cacel

Turtle Paradise of Riviera Maya at X’cacel

If you’d like to experience what the fine Caribbean beaches were like before the Riviera Maya became a hot spot for Hollywood stars, honeymooners and vacationers, head to X’cacel beach. It's the #1 beach where turtles go, and a local favorite! Nestled away in a remote location, enjoy soft sand beaches, a small freshwater cenote and off shore snorkeling that is accessible from the shore.

Located between Chemuyil and Xel-Ha water park, off highway 307, this remote beach area is easy to miss. Only a small number of people visiting Cancun and Riviera Maya actually get a chance to see it or in some cases find it.

When you visit X’cacel beach, the local sanctuary requests a donation of 10 to 20 pesos per person to ensure their protection program remains. This donation helps the ongoing research that goes on at X’cacel throughout the year. We find this a small fee to access some of the most private beaches in the Riviera Maya. This fee also covers your entrance into the small cenote that is hidden in the jungle off shore. Unknown to many, X’cacel has a small mangrove cenote for freshwater swimming. We have always thought of the cenote as a nice added bonus to our X’cacel visit.


TAO Foundation

Here at TAO we are a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the social and ecological conditions of the Riviera Maya and related global regions. We do this by donating talent and funds; creating sustainable local projects; capacity building; and education. Locally, we focus on the social welfare and the preservation of the Mayan community, it´s culture, and our jungle and ocean ecosystems.

If you would like to find out more about the TAO Foundation please contact or check out our Facebook Page.

TAO Foundation


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