Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try Mucbipollo, a Maya tradition.

Posted October 28, 2013 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips

mulbipollo-Yuctatecan day of the dead food tradition

Mucbipollo is a traditional Maya dish usually prepared for the Day of the Dead celebrations. It is a chicken or pork tamale pie that is wrapped in banana leaves and baked in an underground oven called a pib. You can find this dish in just about every ecocina (small, local kitchen) beginning the end of October through November 3. Mayan ladies sell it on the roadside too, so be sure to eat your "pibs" if you are enjoying the Dia de los Muertos festivities in Riviera Maya. Discover fabulous...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Festival of Life and Death at Xcaret

Posted October 25, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

festival-of-life-and-death-at-xcaret in the Riviera Maya

Each year beginning October 30th and running through November 3rd, Xcaret eco-theme park in Playa del Carmen hosts a Dia de los Muertos Festival that is a first class production. Music, dancing, storytelling, children's workshops, theater, art exhibits, a photo contest, regional food and so much more. This is one of the biggest festivals in Riviera Maya - you won't want to miss it!

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Isla Holbox is pet friendly

Posted October 23, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexico Vacation Tips

isla holbox is pet friendly

Like to take your four-legged "kids" with you on vacation? Isla Holbox is really animal friendly. Just about all the private home accommodations will accept pets and you can take your doggy with you everywhere on the island - even the beaches! Something you can't do anywhere in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. They even get to ride on the ferry for free.  Please remember to pick up after your pooch. Let's keep the beaches clean and healthy for everyone. Find out more about this animal-loving...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Halloween party in Puerto Aventuras

Posted October 21, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Restaurants

puerto-aventuras-halloween parties

Latitude 20, bar and grill in Puerto Aventuras, is having its 2nd annual Halloween Costume bash on October 31 beginning at 7PM. Come on out and see the cool costumes. Or better yet, dress in costume and join in the fun! Read more about the upscale marina community of Puerto Aventuras. Photo by Scott Brown

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Visit Casa de los Venados

Posted October 18, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Yucatan Activities

casa de los venados in Valladolid

While vacationing in the Riviera Maya, take a day trip to Valladolid to get immersed in real Mayan culture. This colonial city has been dubbed a "Pueblo Magico" and has some real cultural gems. One being the folk art museum, Casa de los Venados. This restored historical hacienda is home to the largest, private Mexican folk art collection in the world, over 3000 pieces. Visit another Pueblo Magico of the Yucatan.

Yucatan Vacation Tip – Amaro in Merida – Enjoy live trova music

Posted October 16, 2013 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities

amaro-restaurant-merida

A great place to enjoy dinner, drinks and live regional music is Restaurante Amaro in Merida. A restored 18th Century mansion, the building is a romantic setting with quite a history.  Enjoy an intimate dinner while taking in the cultural guitar music know as Yucatecan trova. Learn more about the oldest city in the Americas, Merida.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try authentic Yucatecan for cheap!

Posted October 11, 2013 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Restaurants

tikin-xic-yucatcan-fish

Touted as the oldest restaurant in Playa del Carmen, El Faisan y El Venado (The Pheasant and the Deer) located on the North bound side of the highway, serves authentic Yucatecan specialties at a very low price. Here is a wonderful opportunity to taste several delicious regional dishes, like papadzules, panuchos, cochinita pibil and tikin xik and not break the budget. This place is hopping with local businessmen during the lunch hours and filled with Maya families at night. Find other...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Where to eat some of the best tacos around

Posted October 4, 2013 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Restaurants

National tacos-day

In celebration of National Taco Day we want to share the location of some of our favorite Riviera Maya taquerias. All of these taco eateries are consistently fabulous and sooooo budget friendly. El Arbolito in Puerto Aventuras on the highway. Tacos here are a little different as this is a cazuelas-style restaurant, meaning the taco fillings are Mexican stews and casseroles served from steaming pots. Don't be shy, lift the lids and ask. By the way, these tortillas are hand-made and some of...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Photography Etiquette – Say please!

Posted October 2, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips

photo-etiquette when taking photos in the Rivieria Maya

When exploring a different culture while on vacation, it is easy to get camera trigger happy with all the new sites but before you ask a human photo subject to say "Cheese!", ask them if it is ok to take their picture. Simply point to the camera and ask, "Esta bien?" Usually, especially the Maya, will smile real big and nod. Some indigenous cultures in Mexico take offense when their image is "stolen". Check out Locogringo on Pinterest!

Exploring a New Culture in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 1, 2013 by LocoGringo in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

new-culture-in-the-Riviera-Maya

Choosing to take your vacation international has the added bonus of exposure to new cultures. Learning about how other people in the world live opens up our eyes and our hearts. Traveling to faraway lands replaces fear of international travel and misunderstanding of different races.  It is said that "no man is an island", and therefore neither is an enitre culture of men and women separate from others. When we travel to other countries we get a perspective on how the problems one region is...

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