Posted October 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos
The Mayan canals near the Mayan ruins of Muyil While traveling by boat from Muyil to the Boca Paila bridge of Sian Kaan we navigated through this grassy savanna. Learn more about the Muyil Ruins Stay in Tulum near Muyil and the Sian Kaan Biosphere.
Posted September 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
The worlds top wake boarders descend on Cancun this Fall for the WWA Cancun Pro competition. This event celebrates the 25th year of the World Wakeboard Association. The Cancun event will be October 3-5 at Puerto Cancun. For more information please visit the World Wakeboard Associations website.
Posted September 26, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips
One of the most frequently asked questions we get by our customers is: "How much should we tip?" We created a cheat sheet with tipping guidelines, based on our local knowledge. At your vacation rental: Maids: 3% of the rental cost Gardener: 2% of the rental cost Chef, or local cook: $100 pesos per meal or $200 pesos a day Tours and activities: Spa service providers: 15% on average Dive-masters: $50 pesos per person per one tank dive. Fishing Captain and crew: 10-15% of...
Posted September 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Riviera Maya Photos
If you don't recognize this Mayan ruin in the Riviera Maya near Playa del Carmen, don't worry. Many people won't. This building complex is closed to the public. It's called the Blue House and it's near the coast, located on the property of the port of Calica just south of Xcaret.
Posted September 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
As street food goes the sweetest of all, churros! Wandering the streets of the Yucatan be it in Cancun Centro, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Valladolid or Merida the smells, sights and sounds of street food tantalizes curious visitors. Tacos are easily identifiable as well as corn on the cob slathered with mayo and chili powder, but one of the yummiest treats on the streets is churros. Who can resist fried dough with sugar? History of the churro There are several countries that want to lay...
Posted September 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities
Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve is the newest in destinations for Loco Gringo to represent! For yoginis, you will find Rio Lagartos to be a mellow place to breathe and be. Join up with Jo Cope in "Rio" October 24 - 26, the weekend includes yoga, meditation, paddle boarding, a fire ceremony and more. The retreat is hosted by Ashtanga instructor Jo Cope and meditation by Donna Carey. For more information visit Joga Yoga Retreats Facebook page.
Posted September 19, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
Music on the beach in Playa del Carmen The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival has an incredible musical program for this November. Among the line up Hiram Gomez from Cancun. Hiram and his band are not new to the Riviera Maya Jazz Fest and the local favorite. Hiram originally from Mexico City started his music career at the age of 7 playing bass for “Los Hermanos Blazquez” and continued playing with them until the age of 13. Mexico City kid hits the big time At 18, Hiram became a studio...
Posted September 17, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Enviroment,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism
Howler monkeys at Punta Laguna. Just before dusk is a good time to see the howlers and hear their evening roar that echos through the jungle. Punta Laguna Reserve near the Coba ruins is a community run monkey reserve. The the official name Otoch Ma’ax Yetel Kooh, Maya for “the home of the spider monkey and the puma.”
Posted September 15, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
Spiced Mayan Pineapple Cubes Did you know? The "bird pepper" is commonly used as a spice especially in Mexican cuisine to add a burst of flavor. Pequin peppers (or "Piquin") is a small hot chile pepper, birds love to eat, hence the nickname. For a refreshing healthy treat, with a zesty flavor, Maya families enjoy this recipe filled with vitamins and natural carbohydrates to bring energy to a tired body. Buy, if you can, an organic fresh pineapple that is ripped but with a firm flesh! Best...
Posted September 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Destinations,Vacation tips
This is no fish tale! There's a lot more going on in Xcalak than just fly-fishing and scuba diving. Our great friends Dave and Ilana Randall owners of Costa de Cocos Resort have been concocting some strange brew that is now being sold in select Riviera Maya bars & restaurants. We caught up with Ilana and Dave recently and asked them a bit about how they got into the micro-brew beer biz: Q: How did you guys get into making your own micro-brew beer? A: We were on vacation in...
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