This week, Peter Greenberg Worldwide broadcasts from Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Joining Peter Greenberg this week is Historian Tiziana Roma, with a report on the real story behind the Mayan ruins and their physical foundations as well as the state’s ports. Roberto Diaz, President and Founder of the Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA), shares the history of this special subaquatic museum and its mission to save the coral reefs, plus a report on how much marine life has returned to the permanent sculptures installed below the surface. And Otto Von Bertrab, the General Director of Rio Secreto, shares the story of how he discovered Rio Secreto and why it took him almost a year to traverse all 31 miles of the semi-flooded, underground cave. There’s all of this and more as Peter Greenberg Worldwide broadcasts from Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda in Playa del Carmen.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda
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, Historian and Environmental Activist, shares the young history of the city that is growing with people from all over the world. Tiziana also speaks about the Mayan ruins and ports, why tourists have become part of the local culture in Quintana Roo and why locals are having a hard time enjoying their home. She comments on the foundation of the city and how if it were being founded today, it would have a lot of environmental hurdles to overcome.
Conrad Bergwerf, Managing Director at Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, speaks about being one of three finalists for Responsible Tourism for Tomorrow Awards at WTTC in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He expands on the importance of community involvement in Playa del Carmen and emphasizes giving back what you receive.
, Owner of LocoGringo.com, discusses safety in the Quintana Roo area and the sensationalism created by the press–many people these days are reading headlines as opposed to the actual articles. Kay also talks about the ancient Mayans, their key to the underworld and the underwater caves in the area that form part of the largest cave system in the world.
, Freelance Writer, Food Blogger & Contributor to CNN, speaks about being a writer living in Playa del Carmen and why she chose Quintana Roo as her place in the world. Kerra then describes the most perfect date she’s never had and what she would do and eat in the area–including swimming at the foot of the Tulum ruins and eating cinnamon sticky buns.
Otto Von Bertrab
, General Director of Rio Secreto, joins the program to share the story of how he discovered Rio Secreto, its unique system and why it took him nearly a year to traverse all 31 miles of the semi-flooded underground cave. He speaks of his passion for eco-tourism in the Mayan communities and a unique
species of fish that inhabit the caves.
, Director and Founder of Na’atik Language and Culture Institute, speaks about actively preserving Mayan culture, helping the indigenous people reclaim their heritage, and the variety of Mayan dialects among the regions of Mexico. The younger generations have a new interest in learning and conserving their own Mayan language now that foreigners want to learn themselves.
, Writer for The Yucatan Times
and MID CityBeat
, describes Playa del Carmen when she first arrived in the 1990s
and discusses the safety of the region from a mother’s perspective. She also reveals what surprises her friends most when they come down to visit and talks about the incredible fusion of foods and tastes that have become part of the local culinary scene in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Roberto Diaz, President and Founder of the Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA), shares what makes the subaquatic museum unique and its mission statement. He then speaks about saving the coral reefs, the marine life that has returned since the underwater museum’s inception and the interesting reason why fish and other species love the sculptures.
By Alessandra Taryn Bea for PeterGreenberg.com