Posted June 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food,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...
Posted June 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations
When we last visited Calakmul Ruins it was a long drive into the reserve along a rather rocky back road. On a recent visit to the Calakmul Ruins we have discovered some improvements to the Calakmul journey that we want to share. The drive into the ruins is still long. The entrance to the ruin site is located in the heart of the Calukmul Biosphere. But don't let this deter you as the drive is well worth it! The road is now paved, albeit narrow but paved so it allows you to drive over 40 kms...
Posted June 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
Art is becoming a reef in Cancun This interesting equation has been done by artist and Ted Talks Fellow, Colleen Flanigan. Colleen is working on sculpture in Cancun. This project is the first of its kind in the area using steel and mineral accretion technology!* *Not sure what mineral accretion is... I had to look it up too before I spoke to Colleen... Biorock, also known as Seacrete or Seament, to refer to the substance formed by electro-accumulation of minerals dissolved in...
Posted June 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
Oh ceviche, the one food that we feel is synonymous with the beaches of the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. The Riviera Maya experience is felt in its entirety once you dig into the glorious dish. Basic Ingredients for Ceviche If you are not familiar with ceviche, this is a fresh fish and seafood local delicacy that is marinated in lime juice. The acidity of the lime 'cooks' the ingredients which changes the texture of the fish and seafood. Unlike other South American ceviches, where ceviche is...
Posted June 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events
July 24, 25 and 26 mark the first reggae festival in Playa del Carmen. Luciano Jah Messenger a popular Jamaican reggae artist from the 1990's will be there along with Pantheon Rococo of Mexico. The weekend will be full of music across Playa, the schedule is still being finalized. Tickets are $200 pesos.
Posted June 10, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services
If you have traveled the free highway between Cancun and Merida, you know that this highway is significantly different from the optional toll road. In the 'old' days the free road was the only way to get to Chichen Itza. It was a well traveled route but with the introduction of the Cancun-Merida toll highway and the new Playa del Carmen-Nuevo Xcan toll highway fewer cars use this route, which may be why improvements are happening. Recently we were driving around and found ourselves on the...
Posted June 8, 2015 by Kay Walten in Interview with a Local
Scott is one of our own and is known by many friends of Loco Gringo. Having grown up in Akumal, he has the inside-inside scoop of what happens up and down the coast of the Riviera Maya. If you have booked with us, it is more than likely that Scott helped you plan you rvacation. What some of you may not know is the wealth of extra-curricular activities that Scott takes part in outside of Loco Gringo. He volunteers at the Akumal Comedy Festival, is a great photographer, and has a full house with...
Posted June 5, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food,Mexican Recipes
Well it is Chocolate Ice Cream Day today, June 5, and we are ready to celebrate it the Mexican way! A favorite local ice cream in the Riviera Maya is Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream. Thanks to Jen at Turtle Bakery and Cafe in Akumal, we are addicted. Today is just another great excuse to savor our favorite Mexican Ice Cream Flavor! Recipe for Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream I have found myself craving this amazing ice cream flavor when I am away from the coast. In dire need of a chocolate fix, I...
Posted June 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations
We had a good 5 days in San Cristobal and surrounding villages, but there was one highlight of our Loco Adventure that was unexpected, heartwarming and culturally rich. One reason we decided to venture as far as San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas was to buy some new fabric for the house. Chiapas is known for their hand-woven textiles, with each village defined by their patterns and methods. Yeah, yeah, yeah I can buy some of the textiles on the coast, but why not use this as an excuse for a...
Posted June 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations
We were inspired a few weeks ago to hop in the car and hit the road. It was time to revisit a local area that we had not ventured to in a long, long, time. We chose Palenque and San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas for a few reasons. I was itching for some new textiles for the house, some great mountain air, and trip down memory lane. The last time we headed south was in 2006. I hate to think that was 8 years ago, but we all know that time flies when you are having fun!. Getting to Palenque...
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