5 drinks that define Mexico

Posted July 6, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

5 drinks that define Mexico

These five drinks are fascinating and speak to the entire country not just the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Yucatan. Three are alcoholic drinks, two are not. Beer, believe it or not, is not included. Beer is not a historical drink in Mexico. As popular as it is on a hot day, beer was introduced by Europeans, as was wheat. These five traditional drinks define Mexican culture, and are woven into local historical events. When you take a deeper look at the history of each beverage, it is...

New Concierge Services at Loco Gringo

Posted July 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

New Concierge Services at Loco Gringo

We love to be on the cutting edge. Twenty years ago when we heard about this thing called the internet, we started Loco Gringo. Our vacation philosophy has remained the same since our first website in 1996, but how we deliver those vacations has changed. We believe that vacations should be extraordinary in every way. Our local perspective is what makes Loco Gringo vacations extraordinary and we want to add to our local. A Local Concierge is the best Concierge There is something about a local...

10 Iconic Yucatan Foods You Must Try

Posted July 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

10 Iconic Yucatan Foods You Must Try

If you are a fan of culinary history, you know that location, local vegetation, and cultures define local cuisines. The Yucatan is no exception and has a distinct culinary history separate from Central and Northern Mexico. With internal migration and the influence of tourism, some Mexican communities have embraced other culinary influences, but Yucatan families take great pride in their culinary history and preserve the ancient recipes handed down from their ancestors. All we can say is...

Local Perspective – Milka from Loco Gringo

Posted June 29, 2015 by Kay Walten in Interview with a Local,Mexico Destinations

Milka of Loco Gringo

Now this is a real local perspective about what to do and see in the Riviera Maya. Milka has been working with Loco Gringo for a few years now. She is a great asset to the team and super funny. Milka was born in Chetumal just south of the Costa Maya at the Belize border but moved north to Akumal over 8 years ago. She has yet another list of inside tips about the area for you to enjoy. What do you love most about the Riviera Maya? I think the Riviera Maya is a true paradise that offers...

Perfect Summer Adventure – Rio Lagartos

Posted June 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities


We have been talking about Rio Lagartos for some time now. It is a favorite day trip for us and we love this part of the Yucatan. We were just talking to some friends about their summer vacation in the Riviera Maya, and Rio Lagartos came to mind, again. Rio Lagartos - Flamingos, Flamingos, Flamingos This is a great destination to see hundreds of Flamingos on the Gulf Coast. We always hire a local guide to take us through the mangroves and out to the Gulf to get a look at one of our favorite...

Resort Specials in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 24, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations


We have been known for over 20 years as the local traveling voice for the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. We advocate local adventures, unique vacation villas and super cool experiences. But we do know that this type of traveling or vacation is not for everyone. We have friends that just want to be taken care of, who don't want to think about their vacation, they just want to book it. This is why we offer resort and all-inclusive vacations to our Loco Gringo friends. Resort Vacation Specials at...

Summer Camp for Kids in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities


Think about it. An international summer camp as part of the family summer vacation is a great for both you and the kids. First everyone comes to the Riviera Maya. Parents can send their kids off to Day Camp, while they create their own day camp on the beach, at cenotes, eco parks or archeology sites. Your kids will return at 4 pm giggling with new stories, adventures and understandings. The evenings are yet another adventure as a family bringing a wonderful balance to your family summer...

A Mayan Ruin Vacation in Mexico and the Mayan Riviera

Posted June 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

A Mayan Ruin Vacation in Mexico and the Mayan Riviera

Oh the joys of digging into the past and traveling off the grid. Mayan ruins in the Riviera Maya, Cancun, Yucatan and Campeche can keep you busy for a long, long, time. Deciding which ruins to go to can be a challenge when you have limited vacation time. Read on as we have a solution for you! Mayan Ruin Overviews in One Place - Easy Trip Planning Loco Gringo has one of the most comprehensive lists of travel information about the Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula. Our love for the Mayan...

Give Mexican Wine a Chance

Posted June 19, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink


Argentina and Chile are known for their wine around the world, not to mention Italy, California, Germany, and more. For some reason, Mexico remains the wine underdog. From our perspective we are not sure why. It could be that tequila is this countries legend, but that should not throw great wine out as an option. Lately we have been trying more Mexican wines; partly out of solidarity and partly out of an increased curiosity. We are loving the experience. Like anywhere, not every bottle is...

El Oasis is back in Downtown Playa del Carmen

Posted June 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants


What a wonderful sight to see the other day as I was walking through Playa. My favorite seafood taco place is back on 12th street! Ten years ago ( how times fly) El Oasis was located on 12th street on the north side of the street. It was my go-to taco place when in Playa. Sadly this second location closed, leaving me with the only option of eating at the El Oasis restaurant located on the highway. Some of the Best Shrimp Tacos in Playa El Oasis is now located on the south side of 12th street...

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