Posted October 30, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
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...
Posted October 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Destinations
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...
Posted October 27, 2015 by Steve Moen in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
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...
Posted October 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services
'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...
Posted October 24, 2015 by Steve Moen in Interview with a Local
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...
Posted October 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
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...
Posted October 19, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
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...
Posted October 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
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...
Posted October 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
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...
Posted October 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations
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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--Joyce & Hugh,
"A company made up mostly of American Expats living in the Riviera Maya with a booking list of many hundreds of properties. Big enough to know each property intimately and small enough to know each customer personally. A level of service simply impossible for the giant companies to provide.
--Jim T., Colorado
"I have booked most of my Mayan Riviera trips through Loco Gringo and can only say I wouldn't even consider using anyone else to handle my bookings for stays in that area.
Their booking process is simple, fast and friendly, and they will answer your questions and queries until you are completely satisfied that every single detail has been taken care of.
Who else would know the area better than folks who live and work right there? Try to get that level of expertise and knowledge with a booking agent who lives and works several hundred, or even thousands of miles away.
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"And their amazing website is one of the main reasons we started going regularly to the Riviera Maya and especially Akumal. No other place around the Caribbean has nearly as good a web presence as LG has given this area."
--Dan, St. Louis MO,
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--Tim A and Teri A, Salem, UT
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--Bernie in Denver,
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"We spent a lot of our time sitting on the second floor porch with our feet propped on the railing just staring at the water. Coming home was hard this year..Staying for two weeks still wasn't long enough."
"When we use LG to book a trip we get immediate help with all of our questions in a very timely way by people who know what they are talking about and are extremely helpful, patient, knowledgeable, and congenial. They really get how to do customer service.
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--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
"We have been Booking our Riviera Maya vacations from Loco Gringo since 2005. Always Great communication, helpful tips and quick responses to our questions. They were especially helpful when Hurricane Wilma hit and put a stop to our Vacation plans. They made sure we knew about the weather situation and did all the work with re-booking our vacation in Paradise!"
"I had contacted you before I left for my first trip to Mexico and all of your recommendations were spot on. I started in Playa Del Carmen and worked my way to Tulum. I had only expected to stay 2 nights there and instead wound up staying for a week-and that still was not nearly enough time. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks! I will be checking in with you guys as I am tring to plan a trip to Holbox next. That place looks amazing!"
--Louis Skip Gonzalez, Unidos Magazine
"You always recommend amazing accommodations and we are always comfortable and feel safe. Your staff does a fantastic job at making our vacation each year a ” hassle free ” experience ! All we have to do is ” show up ” and the rest is already taken care of. We will continue in future to use LocoGringo and also continue as we have done already, to highly recommend your company to anyone we know that is planning a vacation."
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