The tribal beat sounds of ancient Mayan drums invaded the silence within the grounds of Hacienda Tres Ríos, as the resort went dark during Earth Hour 2010; a global attempt for actions against climate change.

As a leader in Mexico’s ecotourism development, Hacienda Tres Ríos joined the millions of businesses, cities, and individuals who turned off their lights on March 27th, 2010 in a record-breaking effort to raise awareness on the climate change issue.

All the non-essential lights at the green resort were turned off for the Earth Hour 2010 initiative. Approximately 120 guests attended a special Mayan show offered by the resort where only torches, candles and the moonlight illuminated the presentation. Other guests were able to enjoy a pleasant candle-lit dinner at the Hacienda Grill Restaurant.

More than 126 countries from around the world joined Earth Hour 2010, making of this initiative the largest global effort to call for actions against climate change.

Already at the forefront of sustainable development, the all inclusive resort continues to work toward its mission for sustainable luxury tourism in the Mexican Caribbean. Since its conception, careful planning and building have ensured the long-term conservation of the natural environments in the Riviera Maya.

Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort: Best Environmental Practices

  • Conservation of 2,700 plants and 11 endangered species in the Tres Ríos Nature Park nursery.
  • Architecture reduces entry of sunlight in rooms, lowering the need for air-conditioning.
  • In-room sensors to shut down unnecessary energy use when rooms are empty.
  • Cold water from deep wells pre-cools air-conditioning systems.
  • Heat emitted from air-conditioners is used to heat water in the resort, eliminating the need for boilers or the burning of fuel.
  • Over 50,000 plants and 108 acres of mangrove forests were reforested to restore hurricane damage.
  • Only desalinated and filtered sea water is used throughout the resort.
  • Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort will continue to work with local organizations, in addition to the Tres Ríos Green Team, to accomplish the best environmental practices and continue to be the leading model for luxury ecotourism in Mexico.

Take a sneak peak at the Mayan show for Earth Hour 2010:

Earth Hour 2010 – Riviera Maya, Mexico from HaciendaTresRios on Vimeo.