Yucatan Photo of the Day – The Zocalo

Posted March 14, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

colonial cities in Yucatan

No matter which colonial Mexico town you are in, there is a zocalo. The zocalo is the town's center, usually a park, where the locals gather usually at mid-day and evenings. This is where town events usually occur and where street vendors sell their goods. The zocalo is the heart of any town in the Yucatan. Find out in which Yucatan city this zocalo is located.

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Easter customs in Mexico

Posted March 12, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

Customs in Yucatan, Mexico

The mindful traveler learns about a country's culture. Mexico celebrates Pascua de Resurrección, or Easter in English, with great passion. This photo was taken in Izamal, Yucatán and is of the Mexican custom Vía Crucis (Way of the Cross), a street procession of actors portraying Roman soldiers and Christ bearing a cross. This custom is practiced in many Yucatecan cities. Discover historical cities of the Yucatan.

Chocolate Fantasies Go Wild in Riviera Maya!

Posted February 5, 2014 by LocoGringo in Family vacations,Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Chocolate tours in Riviera Maya

The month of February evokes images of lacy Valentine's Day cards, bunches of red roses and heart shaped boxes of assorted chocolates. Did you know chocolate was believed by the ancient Maya to be an aphrodisiac? Aztec ruler, Montezuma, was reported to have indulged in several cups of liquid chocolate before visiting his many wives. When Conquistadors brought the exotic drink back from the mysterious New World, Spanish priests considered chocolate a sinful pleasure to be banned. Mexico is the...

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Hangin’ out in Valladolid

Posted January 28, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

Valladolid, Mexico

Young people are the same wherever you go. These teenagers are just hangin' out chatting and listening to music in the town zocalo of Valladolid, Mexico. Find out more about this historical city in Yucatan.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Glorious hammocks!

Posted January 27, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

shopping in the Riviera Maya

Hammocks are probably the most popular Riviera Maya and Yucatan souvenir - right up there with gaudy, giant sombreros. They are the Mayan bed, more common in local houses than mattresses. The hammocks sold here are hand made by locals. Buying hammocks in family owned shops like this one in Macario Gomez is sustainable tourism. We LOVE lounging in a hammock with a good book or a refreshing cocktail. Discover other ways to support sustainable tourism.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Go to the fair in Valladolid

Posted January 17, 2014 by LocoGringo in Community Announcements,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Villadolid in Yucatan

The 2014 Valladolid Expo Fair will be held from January 24 to February 9. This very cultural event will include family fun such as “Forever Circus”, children's shows, regional dance exhibitions, regional food, and local as well as national singers. If you are visiting the Riviera Maya during this time, schedule a day trip to Valladolid and enjoy an authentic Mayan celebration. Discover Mexico's "Pueblo Magico" Valladolid.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Tulum Pueblo

Posted January 10, 2014 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

tulum, riviera maya

This Caribbean town's colors are brilliant everywhere you look! And everywhere you look so are there street vendors. Fruits, snacks, newspapers, ice creams, you name it, it is probably being carted on a tricycle down the streets of Tulum. We LOVE the Mexican tradition of street vendors, and the convenience too! Discover Tulum Pueblo.

Go Crazy for Foodie Travel in Yucatan & Riviera Maya

Posted January 8, 2014 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Loco Adventures,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services

Food Travel in the Riviera Maya

Foodies from around the world have discovered that the Yucatan and the Riviera Maya are great destinations to experience food created by some really inspiring chefs. If you are crazy for cooking or just enjoy eating really great Mexican food, take home more than just memories of your Mexico vacation, take home new kitchen skills and a knowledge of Mexico's fascinating culinary history. What better place to take a cooking class than the country with a cuisine that has been dubbed by UNESCO a...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try Rosca de Reyes

Posted January 6, 2014 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Three Kings Day in Riviera Maya

Today is Dia de Tres Reyes, Three Kings Day. It is the day Mexicans celebrate the visit of the three wise men who arrived bearing gifts for the baby Jesus. This is the day to eat rosca de reyes, a great holiday sweet bread shaped in a wreath, with a small Jesus figurine baked inside.  While eating the bread, the person who gets the slice with the figurine has to provide the tamales for Candlemas, the next party on the holiday schedule. So go to the nearest bakery and get a delicious rosca de...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – New theme park!

Posted January 3, 2014 by LocoGringo in Family vacations,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Xochimilco Riviera Maya

Grupo Xcaret, the theme park creators of Xcaret, Xplor and Xel Ha have brought one of Mexico City's biggest attractions to the Riviera Maya - Xochimilco. Xochimilco, know as the ancient floating gardens, is a series of water canals that existed since pre-Hispanic times when lakes and lagoons made up the Valley of Mexico. This replica of the capitol's famous attraction includes evening boat rides, traditional live music and dancing, Mexican cuisine and culture. Discover the theme parks of...

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