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Matt Adcock – Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

Posted January 17, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Matt Adcock

Today’s Loco Gringo guest, Matt Adcock, is an innovative, award-winning photojournalist, who picked up the love of photography from watching his grandfather take photos. American Photo magazine calls him one of the top-10 wedding photographers in the world, and the Huffington Post calls him a trailblazer for his innovations in the trash-the-dress theme. Listening to Matt’s love and enthusiasm for the Riviera Maya is pure gold. It will bring a smile to your heart. Matt came to Mexico from...

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Photo Travel Journal of Valladolid Mexico

Posted January 16, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

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Valladolid. Close to the Riviera Maya. Colonial Yucatan City. Glorious change from the beach. Great Yucatecan food. This is one of our favorite getaways when we are looking for something different. When we are having a dinner party, the local municipal market is where we like to shop for local produce, tortillas and fresh meat. This is a photo journal of some of our recent trips to Valladolid. Enjoy! Valladolid Photo Journal - An Afternoon Adventure in the Yucatan The main Cathedral in...

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Beyond the Beach in the Riviera Maya – So Many Things to Do

Posted January 13, 2017 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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We love the beach, really love the beach, but there is so much more to the Riviera Maya than the beach. This area was developed in the 70's because the beaches and the Caribbean Sea are beautiful. Pristine white beaches and turquoise blue sea. How could it get any better than that! Well, in the 20+ years we have been living here, we can say there is so much more to the Riviera Maya than the beaches. Cultural activities and environmental diversity compliment the beautiful beaches, they do not...

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Where to Listen to Live Music and Bands in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 11, 2017 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

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I am over 50 and do love a great live band that is not techno DJ music. The Riviera Maya has some great restaurants and bars that have live music throughout the week for us non-techno music lovers. Live music at these bars and restaurants feature local bands that love to play either nightly or weekly. So if you love the sound of live music, the strumming of a guitar, the actual voice of a singer, not the techno generated music kids seem to love today, check out these live music hubs in the...

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Michael Stewart – All This From A Little Yoga Studio in Akumal

Posted January 10, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Michael Stewart

Today’s guest, Michael Stewart, is a friend of mine from the Akumal yoga community. Michael, who is originally from Chicago, shares his journey as well as his parent’s special journey from the windy North to the sunny Caribbean beaches of the Riviera Maya. Michael has always loved traveling the world but in 2005, while he was in Laos, he realized how long it would take him to respond to his aging parents should they need him. He knew he had to find a place for them that had top-notch...

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Walk This Way In Playa del Carmen – Great Walks to Explore the City

Posted January 9, 2017 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Vacation tips

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Part of a local experience is smelling, seeing and understanding a city. What we love about Playa del Carmen and what has made Playa so popular is that this location is a walking city. You walk to the beach, you walk to the grocery store. The focal point of the city, 5th Avenue, is a pedestrian walkway filled with restaurants, shopping, and small bars. The beach is always a great place to walk along the coast. No matter where you choose to stay in Playa, there are various walking routes that...

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Super Cool Mayan Ruin 90 Minutes from the Riviera Maya – Naranjal Ruins

Posted January 6, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins

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We are back to our off the beaten track exploring and man, we are having a blast. We are once again weaving through small pueblos, finding interesting road side places to eat, and quite frankly having the time of our lives. Our latest adventure took us to the archaeological site of Naranjal, an unexcavated Mayan ruin found by local Chicleros in the early 1900's. Now this really is a Mayan 'Ruin'. INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) has not found the funding to start...

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Spring Time Getaways in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 4, 2017 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

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-30 C, 0F, 36F, 40F, 55F, 1C. These are some of the reported temperatures to the north, mainly northern US states and Canada. Weather reports say this will be the year of weather extremes, from very cold to unseasonably warmer temperatures. Sounds like people will be reaching for winter coats one week, and light spring jackets the next. How labor intensive, no? Reach for your Flip Flops and Bathing Suit in the Riviera Maya So far this year we have been reaching for flip flops and bathing...

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Iaax Page – Under the Spell of Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

Posted January 3, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Iaax Page

My guest on the today’s podcast is a dear friend whom I have known for almost 10 years. Iaax Page grew up in Western Mexico, but his heart is in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Iaax first came to Cancun to visit his father when he was just four-years-old. He says it was mostly jungle at the time. He would take long rides with his father, mesmerized by the lagoon. Something drew him to this area. He says it was like he was under a spell. At 14, he moved to the area, and has been here ever...

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Going to Chichen Itza? Stop at the Balankanche Cave!

Posted December 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins

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We continue to take local adventures off our Bucket List. Yes we live here, but the Bucket List continues to grow! Just when we think we have ticked everything off our list, we hear about another interesting place to check out. And boy did we find a great place this time. Note: This is not a regular blog post, nor are the photos of the quality that we like to maintain. As hard as I tried, it was extremely difficult to capture this underground cave well as lens started to fog up from the...

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