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Mari Pintkowski

Mari Pintkowski

AKA Moe Mulrooney


Mari Pintkowski closed one door of her life as Moe Mulrooney and entered another with a different culture, language and environment waiting to be explored.

Moe Mulrooney spent 25 years of her adult life as a teacher and director at an early childhood program, The Learning Tree, that she founded and taught at in Vail, Colorado. In 2001, she closed the school and after one year consulting with other professionals and sharing her knowledge as an early childhood educator, walked out of this life and opened another door that she and her husband, Lou Pintkowski, entered. She has chronicled this journey from Vail to Tulúm, México, where they reinvented their lives and entered a new world with a different culture, language and environment just waiting to be explored. Her travel memoir, "Embarking on the Mariposa Trail," describes the adventures they encountered buying property on the Caribbean coast and their move to a small Maya pueblo, just 15 minutes inland, where they built and currently operate a very unique and popular boutique hotel, La Selva Mariposa.


Mari Pintkowski also is a contributing writer for www.sac-be.com and www.playamaya.news. When she and her husband encounter a new adventure along their "Mariposa Trail," Mari shares the details with their present and possible hotel guests through her stories.


In 2007, when their grandson, Kaidan Mykal Leeper, was born, she wanted to find a way to share the beauty and uniqueness of the tropical jungle that surrounds La Selva Mariposa, and writing a children's book seemed like the most logical avenue. She wrote the book "Molly the Gecko Hunter" to introduce the three house dogs, Molly, Zoie and Rosie, and the flora and fauna at the B&B to her grandson. The glossary at the end of the book was a suggestion from one of the children at the elementary schools in Vail where Mari shares her stories. During visits over the past five years to Vail, Mari always makes time to visit the local pre-schools and elementary schools to talk to the children about her life as a writer and B&B operator at La Selva Mariposa in México.

Walking in the Footsteps
of Michel Peissel
- By Mari Pintkowski
Walking in the Footsteps
of Michel Peissel: Part Two
- By: Mari Pintkowski
Following in Michel Peissel's Footsteps: Part 3 - Mari Pintkowski
2012/13: BEACH CLUBS OF TULUM (updated version) - by Mari Pintkowski - One of our most popular features has been updated.
2014: Beach Clubs of Tulum (updated version) - The Winds of Change
2015: Beach Clubs of Tulum - Updated by Mari Pintkowski
2016: Beach Clubs of Tulum - Updated annually by Mari Pintkowski
A Nostalgic Look at the Facades of Northern Yucatan's Coastal Fishing Villages - by Mari Pintkowski - A photojournalist's look at the architecture
A Shining Star on the Street in Macario Gomez - by Mari Pintkowski
A Two-Day Getaway:
Travels in the Mayan Interior, 02/11
- By Mari Pintkowski
An Alternative Way to Start Your Evening in Tulum - Mari Pintkowski meets Margo in Mexico for a feel-good workshop in the Riviera Maya
B&B Chefs – Finally Going to School - La Selva Mariposa owners attend The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos.
Beach Clubs of Tulum, February 2009 - By Mari Pintkowski
Beach Clubs of Tulúm 2011 - Mari Pintkowski
Biking Westward From Tulum - Amazing Adventures Await Any Ready To Peddle Their Way West Of Tulum
Chacchoben - Little-known Maya ruin near Bacalar in the Costa Maya, by Mari Pinkowski
Colonial Valladolid Offers an Authentic Cultural Treat - By: Mari Pintkowski, August 2008
Discovering Laguna Bacalar by Boat - Laguna Bacalar is known for its 7 colors.
Discovering New Cenotes, Westward from Tulum - BY: Mari Pintkowski
Discovering Secrets of the Mayan Riviera: Part 1 - Regular Short Description: An adventure beyond the golden coastline might just lead you to your ultimate destination.
Dream Catchers in the Maya World - by Mari Pintkowski
Erika Whittman Had a Dream - After-school Program and Children's Library Opens in Macario Gomez
Exploring the Yucatan - Where East meets West, or Does It?
Exploring the Yucatan
(Part 2)
- a continuation of Exploring the Yucatan
Family Entertainment, au natural - April 2009 - San Agustin, By Mari Pintkowski
Finding Ways to Show You Care as a Member of a Community - Before you dive in and are disapppointed, read on.
Giggling Between Topes - BY: Mari Pintkowski, May 2009
How Does Your Garden Grow? - Rooftop gardening, by Mari Pintkowski
How Long Is Long Enough? - Part One - Mexico City, by Mari Pintkowski
La Casa de las Mariposas Butterfly Garden on Road from Tulúm to Cobá - by Mari Pintkowski, February 2010
Lessons in Nature Along the Mariposa Trail - By Mari Pintkowski, June 2008
Los Muñecos Viejos (The Old Dolls) - By Mari Pintkowski, January 2010
MOLLY THE GECKO HUNTER, 11/08 - A Children’s Story, By: Mari Pintkowski
More Than Swimming with the Whale Sharks August 2009 - By Mari Pintkowski
Multi-Tasking Leads to Auto Accident - by Mari Pintkowski
On Being a Well-informed Traveler - Traveling to Calakmul by Mari Pintkowski
Part 2: Spanish Language School, AGAIN - By Mari Pintkowski, November 2009
Part 2: The Time Is Now - Mari Pintkowski's adventures in Mexico City continue ...
Part 3: Mexico City, a Quest to Learn about Mexico's History and Culture - Mari Pinkowski's trip to Mexico City continues.
Reflections on Living in a Mayan Pueblo - By: Mari Pintkowski, May 2008
Reinventing Our Lives - Mari Pintkowski Series January '09 - By: Mari Pintkowski (this is adapted from Mari’s book Embarking on the Mariposa Trail)
Renewing Our FM2 Documents:
A Cautionary Tale (March 2011)
- Mari Pintkowski
Rio Lagartos or Hol’koben - Mari Pintkowski writes about their visit to Río Lagartos in the northern tip of the Yucatan.
Rooftop Gardening: A Learning Process - at La Selva Mariposa, by Mari Pintkowski
Rosie and the Sleeping Giant - Children's book by Mari Pintkowski
Rosie and the Sleeping Giant - Children's story by Mari Pintkowski
Ruins of Muyil - by: Mari Pintkowski aka Moe Mulrooney
Shifting Gears: A Journey of Reinvention
by Mari Pintkowski
- New book, released in 2011, about a journey of self-discovery.
SURPRISE! What's Around the Next Corner? - Permanent Resident means no more driving U.S.- plated vehicle
Taking an Ecological Inventory
(June 2011)
- Mari Pintkowski
The Best of Both Worlds: Maya Jardin and La Selva Mariposa - Did you have trouble like we did trying to decide if your Riviera Maya vacation should begin each morning with a swim...
The Best of Both Worlds: The Beach And The Jungle - This is our third spring living in the Yucatan Peninsula and we are ready to greet each new day from our jungle lair.
The Everyday Challenges of Living in the Yucatan - It was the start of what I thought was going to be an easy day.
The Secret is Clay - April 2008 by Mari Pintkowski
The Wilder West Of Tulum - The continuation of travel memoirs off the beaten trail by Mari Pintkowski
Things to Do on a Cloudy Day (September 2011) - Things to do when you can't go beaching - by Mari Pintkowski
Things to Do on a Sargasso Day - by Mari Pintkowski
Treasure Hunting Along the Cobá Road - By Mari Pintkowski
Turtle Baths, Silky Clay, and Sister Friendships - By Mari Pintkowski - December 2009
Update on accident victims in Macario Gomez - And information on how you can help
What's Down Below - by Mari Pintkowski, a visit to a newly opened cenote
Where Do All the Children Go? - Save the Children, the largest International non-profit working for the well-being of children
Where Have All the Turtles Gone? - by Mari Pintkowski