Posted October 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Restaurants
In celebration of National Taco Day we want to share the location of some of our favorite Riviera Maya taquerias. All of these taco eateries are consistently fabulous and sooooo budget friendly. El Arbolito in Puerto Aventuras on the highway. Tacos here are a little different as this is a cazuelas-style restaurant, meaning the taco fillings are Mexican stews and casseroles served from steaming pots. Don't be shy, lift the lids and ask. By the way, these tortillas are hand-made and some of...
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
There is no doubt, this traditional dish is an icon of Mexico! Americans have come to love tacos so much, they gave the taco it's own special day. Taco stands are ubiquitous throughout the Riviera Maya. Shrimp tacos are the local favorite but you will find taco stands selling numerous variations of tacos; seafood, chicken, veggie, beef, lamb, pork...and the combinations are limitless. The word "taco" comes from the silver mines in Mexico in the 18th century. "Taco" referred to the...
Posted October 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
The tradition of Maya embroidery dates back for centuries. Today, many of the Maya village women who create these stitched masterpieces still do it by hand or work on an old model Singer sewing machine, the model with the foot pedal they sold in the Sears catalogue back in the late 1800s. The next time you are shopping in Tulum or Playa del Carmen, look closely at the embroidery and you may notice a repeating pattern through these colorful pieces. Each family has a unique weaving pattern...
Posted October 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
Palapas are thatched roofs that are very common in the Caribbean and other tropical areas of the world. Palaperos, men who construct these amazing roof structures, are artists. They create these grass roofs to be wind, rain and even hurricane resistant. This sustainable building practice has been around for centuries and continues to be the best construction option for the Riviera Maya. Live like a local and try out a thatched roof bungalow the next time you are in the Riviera Maya.
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips
When exploring a different culture while on vacation, it is easy to get camera trigger happy with all the new sites but before you ask a human photo subject to say "Cheese!", ask them if it is ok to take their picture. Simply point to the camera and ask, "Esta bien?" Usually, especially the Maya, will smile real big and nod. Some indigenous cultures in Mexico take offense when their image is "stolen". Check out Locogringo on Pinterest!
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events
The Fall months in the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan are filled with culture. We've got culture, yes we do! Ancient Mayan traditions combined with old world Spanish customs give us the unique Yucatecan flavor we enjoy today. Not to mention, the international communities that have made the Mexican Caribbean their home. Italian, French, Canadian, American, Argentinean, Cuban - the coast is one big melting pot full of cultural diversity, and all these influences can be experienced in so many...
Posted October 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
Pirates are very much part of the Caribbean culture and history. Fermin Anonio Mundaca was a pirate who lived on Isla Mujeres in the late 1800s . As legend has it, he made his fortune by selling captured slaves to plantations and by pirating. He built a huge hacienda on the island and dedicated it to an island girl whom he fell in love with. Unfortunately she married another leaving Mundaca to die a lonely, recluse. You can see his empty grave (he died in Merida, Yucatan) in the island...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism
Choosing to take your vacation international has the added bonus of exposure to new cultures. Learning about how other people in the world live opens up our eyes and our hearts. Traveling to faraway lands replaces fear of international travel and misunderstanding of different races. It is said that "no man is an island", and therefore neither is an enitre culture of men and women separate from others. When we travel to other countries we get a perspective on how the problems one region is...
Posted September 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos
Taking a long walk off of this Mexican Caribbean pier will land you in some of the clearest, most refreshing water in the world. The Caribbean Sea temperatures range from the low 70s to mid-80s...mmm warm welcoming waters. Check out this interesting article about some of the artifacts found under the waters of Mexico.
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Watersports
It's football season and we know guys (and lots of gals too) hate to miss cheering on their favorite team while on vacation. Here is a list of great sports bars in Cancun and Riviera Maya. Cancun - La Taberna, 2 locations, Yaxchilan and Avenida del Sol in Centro Playa del Carmen - End Zone on 5th Avenue across from Calle Corazón Tequila Barrel - on 5th Avenue Puerto Aventuras - Latitude 20 Hippos located on the marina Akumal - Lol Ha Tulum - Mateo's on the beach...
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"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
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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
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"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
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--Joyce & Hugh,
"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,
"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
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"quick and informative replies from Bart ( thanks Bart) , easy booking procedure plus online management of your booking . I am highly impressed."
--Theressa - Middlesex U.K.,
"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
"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!!"
"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,
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"Loco Gringo has an AWESOME website with great info, it is lots of fun to visit, be sure to join their forums. The forums hold more information and trip reports than you can 'shake a stick at'!"
"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 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!"
"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."
"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!!"
"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."
"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 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!""
"...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"
"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
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"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!"
"It's a great comfort to visit the Riviera Maya and know that Loco Gringo is there to help, if needed. "
--Bryan in IN,
"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."
"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."
"What an amazing company Locogringo is. Every silly question I have.... they answer , If something comes up like a travel day change, adding more people, or whatever it might be... you get a response from a real person ... who seems to love what they do . That is hard to find these days and I really appreciate that."
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