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No One Celebrates the Day of the Dead Like Mexico

Posted October 30, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

No One Celebrates the Day of the Dead Like Mexico

But why? Why is this holiday such a festive time when families are honoring such a sad moment - the passing of a family member or friend? Read on to find out the historical and changing face of the Day of the Dead Original Day of the Dead Celebrations Well, looking at the history of the festival provides the answers we need. Day of the Dead, El Dia de los Muertos was originally celebrated in the 9th month of the Aztec calendar before Mexico was conquered by the Spanish. Pre Hispanic cultures...

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Sites that Rock – Not to be missed Cenotes

Posted October 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Destinations

Cenotes of the Riviera Maya

Okay, okay; okay, we all know how much we love the cenotes. We also know that cenotes are a unique feature in the Mexican Caribbean jungles that are a main attraction in the area. But we want to highlight some less traveled, off the beaten path cenotes that you can visit while you are touring some popular cultural sites. Not only do the cenote sites rock, but the combination we are proposing seriously rocks! Not To Be Missed Cenotes in the Riviera Maya So you have been to Dos Ojos, Gran...

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Tulum Beach Road Distances

Posted October 27, 2015 by Steve Moen in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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Measured from the Coba road & Tulum beach road intersection Distances measured in kilometers (km.) and miles (mi.) calculated from the intersection of the Coba road and the Tulum beach road, to the various beach destinations both north and south along the Tulum beach road. The Coba road / Tulum beach road intersection is also where the Blue Tulum all inclusive resort is located. Tulum ruins are roughly a ¼ kilometer north of Sante Fe and Mirador 2.7 km ~ 1.7 mi -- Sante Fe...

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Intimate portrait of the Good Life – Luxury Vacations in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services

Luxury Vacations in the Riviera Maya

'You have to dream before your dreams can come true - A.P.J Abdul Kalam' We all dream and we all dream of things that eventually we can have. My dream was to move to the Riviera Maya, and eventually we did. Many of our LG friends dream of the ultimate luxury vacation that includes an amazing place to stay, but also includes all the bells and whistles that a luxury vacation should have, for them. The Riviera Maya is laid back, but there are some extremely luxurious vacation options...

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Local Interview – Meet Paulina from Loco Gringo

Posted October 24, 2015 by Steve Moen in Interview with a Local

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Paulina has just recently joined the Loco Gringo team as our personal concierge. Her position is new but her experience is not. Paulina is super fun, knowledgeable and most importantly believes in great service. She has your vacation as her priority and works super hard to make sure you can access information, activities and more when you are planning your next adventure. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? I think I am torn between two things, the...

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72 hours in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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Oh 72 glorious hours in the Mexican Caribbean. Sun, beaches, outdoor dining, Mayan culture and more history than you could ever imagine. Deciding what to do and how to do it is a challenge when you don't know your way around. But with the help of a local (pointing to self) 72 hours in the Riviera Maya is full of fun and adventure! First 24 hours in the Riviera Maya Once you have checked out the beach near your vacation rental, hop in a rental car and head to Coba, one of the best Maya...

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School Is In So You are Out!

Posted October 19, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Fall Specials in the Riviera Maya

There is this wonderful time between the Canadian Thanksgiving and American Thanksgiving (second Sunday in October to the third week of November) where kids are so busy with school, they don't even notice that their parents are around. Whether your kids are in university, or in K to 12, this time of year is all about school. There are no holidays, teachers are handing out lots of homework...so why not take advantage of this parenting lull and run off on vacation, just the two of you. Not...

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Try the Local Smoke – Great Smoked Meats in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Smoked meats in Mexico

We have said it before and we will say it again. The city of Temozon just a few minutes from Valladolid has some of the best smoked meat, evah! The pueblo of Temozon is dedicated to producing smoked short ribs, smoked pork loin, smoked sausage and more. They supply the entire Yucatan Peninsula with smoked meat with people driving hours for their specialties. It is not unusual to hear that someone from Chetumal, Bacalar, Campeche, or Playa del Carmen has made the drive to buy pounds of this...

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Where to Get Your Om on in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

Yoga in the Riviera Maya

One request that we get often from our LG friends is, where is a good yoga studio? The Riviera Maya is known for great yoga studios, yoga teachers, and a variety of yoga classes for all yogis. Kundalini, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Power Yoga, Restoration Yoga, Yoga for Kids, SUP yoga and Hot yoga can all be found in Riviera Maya cities. Throughout the year, international studios host various yoga retreats, local yoga teachers host special classes and teacher trainings. There is an endless amount...

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Walking and Talking Travel with the Family – Local Walking Tours

Posted October 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

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One thing we love about the Riviera Maya are the walking cities that are in abundance in the area. Many of our friends who live in Playa del Carmen or Puerto Morelos, or even Tulum, rarely use their car when in the city. The default walking tour in the Riviera Maya is the beach. People can walk for hours, both north and south, as this beach is long, wide and breath taking. But there are so many more walking tour ideas that will keep you active and connected as a family, walking tours that...

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