Posted March 5, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art
Mexico is known for its culture and colors. Local artist Enrique Diaz's work can be seen along the beach in Tulum. We hope all our friends who celebrated the 4th of July and Canada Day, have had a great week. The summer is in full swing here in the Riviera Maya, just about half way through the year until we reach the end of the Mayan calendar. Dining out is one of the most anticipated activities while on your vacation. The Riviera Maya has no of shortage tasty eateries, and it is hard to...
Posted by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Family vacations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism
Now that you are familiar with sustainable travel, are you ready to take it to the next level? Mindful travel is more than just recycling aluminum cans, taking environmentally friendly tours and buying locally made souvenirs. Contributing something to the place or community you are visiting, beyond just the money you are spending for your vacation, is a way to experience an area and get to know its people. It is an opportunity to help with problems you may not see closer to home, and for kids,...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
Akumal, Mexico is an ecologically minded fishing village with a focus on protecting its bays and reefs. Discover Akumal
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Mindful Traveler
Calderitas is a small Mayan coastal village situated on the western side of Chetumal Bay. For those who don't need much more than amazing ocean views, cold beer and the best tasting seafood ever, this might be a place for you to check out. Rent a kayak and paddle around the bay or rent a boat to sail around the naturally diverse Tamalcab Island. You will love this fantastic beach front hotel in Mahahual, Costa Maya
Posted March 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism,Yucatan Activities
A vacation to Isla Holbox is all natural, all beautiful and all mindful. There are no discos or fancy resorts, just kayaking, birdwatching, swimming, beach combing and sunset watching. Check out this very chic eco-resort.
Posted March 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Family vacations,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism
The month of March is all about sustainable travel or "green" travel, and who doesn't want to be mindful about protecting Mexico's natural beauty when visiting? Let's all do our part to protect the Riviera Maya's amazing jungles, cenotes, wildlife and reef systems by taking simple steps to travel responsibly. Pack Like a Mindful Traveler Being a mindful traveler begins even before you leave the house. Packing ecologically friendly products is the first step you can take that will lead to...
Posted by Kay Walten in Community Announcements,Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism
One aspect of being a mindful traveler is giving back to the communities you visit. Playa Animal Rescue in Playa del Carmen is holding their annual fundraiser on March 13th from 7PM to 10PM at Bad Boys Beach Bar located on the beach between 2nd and 4th. There will be live music, a raffle, a silent auction and happy hour drink prices with a purchase of an armband. Playa Animal Rescue offers hope to the four-legged locals of the Riviera Maya and is 100% funded by donations. If you are visiting...
Posted by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism,Yucatan Activities
Choosing to experience the Yucatan's animals living free in their natural habitat is sustainable travel at its best! Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve is one of our favorite places to visit when we want to get WILD! Check out another really cool Riviera Maya monkey hangout.
Posted March 2, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
Well, we can't be sure the Mayans celebrated the first happy hour, but we do know they made their own liquor and partied in honor of the gods. Riviera Maya is chocked full of lively salsa dancing bars, local watering holes and peaceful retreats. Whichever setting you prefer to take in a stunning Mexican sunset and sip your favorite elixer, Loco Gringo wants to help get you there. According to Mayan legend, there was once a woman called Xkeban, who lived a life filled with passionate love. It...
Posted March 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
For many people food is an important part of any vacation. You may like to just try new flavors and taste bud sensations because you're an adventurous foodie, or you look to food as connecting with the local culture. Cochinita Pibil is a traditional Yucatecan dish not to miss when you are visiting the Riviera Maya this winter. Sneak away for a quick vacation this year Cochinita pibil is the most famous dish originated in Yucatan. The extraordinary gastronomical variety of this region...
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Once we book through LG we never have to worry about any of it again. We are always amazed at how smooth and trouble free our bookings through LG have been."
--K.B., Fort Worth, TX
"It is like having a friend make your reservations for you .... we always feel comfortable knowing LG will be in charge of our arrangements because they know the area first hand, they live there ..... you ask a question and they answer it with good humor and great knowledge of what they speak. I will always recommend Loco Gringo in a heart beat!"
"I would recommend Locogringo to everyone I know. It is such a great service that they provide from researching and booking the perfect place to stay to finding all the needs you could possibly want during your stay. Thanks Locogringo."
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--Theressa - Middlesex U.K.,
"I will be bragging about your site to any and all who will listen. Our experience was phenomenal!!!"
"Not sure if we will be returning next summer, but will definitely let you know if we are, as Loco Gringo is the ONLY way to go for us!"
--Lesley P., Texas
"Now is a great time to tell you how wonderful you and your staff are at making it so easy to find and book the best vacations, THANK YOU !"
--Joyce & Hugh,
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"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
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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,
"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
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
"I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU! The trip we booked through Loco Gringo was perfect! The price was exceptionally good and the service was second to none! If you’ve never booked with Loco Gringo before, we *highly* recommend them!"
"She & her new Husband had a fantastic hassle free trip. This was their very first time to Mexico and her comment upon return was " Dad, 7 days is NOT enough time ! " Super job, LG."
--Bernie in Denver,
"Loco Gringos is the VERY BEST booking site I have ever worked with. They respond to emails promptly, work hard to honor special requests, answer questions etc. They ALWAYS take great care of their customers and are conscientious and professional at all times. We have booked 8 trips with this company and NEVER hesitate to use them or recommend them when traveling to the Riviera Maya."
"Both in 2011 and this year we have booked our room through Locogringo.com. We searched and found a great rate at the resort we wanted, and then Locogringo met that price, and with their booking came their amazing customer service and the peace of mind that if we need anything while we are there we simply need to call. I always get a fast turnaround on any email I send them, and they work so hard to find us the best rates and the rooms we want. We hope to have a long relationship with them, and recommend their site to everyone we know."
--Tim A and Teri A, Salem, UT
"and for the past five years we have used Loco Gringo for every reservation, I'm sorry that we did not find them sooner.
I have been searching Loco Gringo for all these years and one thing I have not yet found ........... someone who is not fabulous to work with. Great people, great owners and a great way to run a business."
--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"We usually need reservations for 2 to 4 people but for 2 years we needed reservations for 7 to 9 people, adults and kids and they have always done a flawless job in getting the resort we wanted and at the best price too!!"
"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.
Not only that, but they are genuinely nice people as well, who really care for their customers and the community and area that they call home
Keep up the great work Loco Gringo!!"
"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."
--Nancy & Bill, Toronto, Canada
"LocoGringo.com books total trip packages and I recommend LG to all my friends and even to strangers I hear talking about going to Mexico!!"
"It's a great comfort to visit the Riviera Maya and know that Loco Gringo is there to help, if needed. "
--Bryan in IN,
"Thanks for everything you have done with Locogringo… the site is great and your staff has been nothing short of incredible when it comes to helping us plan our trips. Maybe we’ll run into you on one of your walks some day."
"...for your patience with me and making this process go soooo much smoother! I truly appreciate you and the staff at LocoGringo. Thanks again! I can't wait to be sitting on the beach!
Maggie in Colorado"
"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."
"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 was soooo delighted with the Loco Gringo services. Everything was trouble free and all my questions were always answered promptly. Thanks for a GREAT trouble free vacation!""
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