Posted December 31, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
Did you know? A Mexico tradition is to eat of twelve grapes fast along with the twelve chimes of the clock at midnight, to bring luck for each of the months of the upcoming year! We hope to see you on the beach in the Riviera Maya in 2015!
Posted December 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations
Noche Buena: One of the biggest feasts of the holidays Christmas Eve in Mexico is referred to as Noche Buena "Good Night", and is one of the biggest family celebrations of the Christmas season. Last night church service "Mass of the Rooster" as it was said by the Spaniards that a rooster announced the birth of Jesus. After church there's a huge family celebration dinner. Suckling pig is traditional but has been replaced with ham and turkey by many. The kids stay up and play most of the...
Posted December 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes
Mexican Christmas "Ponche" Ponche is a traditional drink made at Christmas in Mexico. This recipe which we love is from of one of our favorite cookbooks "Mexico - The Cookbook" by Margarita Carrillo Arronte. Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Serves: 6 6 tejocotes or yellow plums 4 guavas, halved 2 apples, cored and cut into wedges 3 tamarind fruits, seeded 2 pieces of sugar cane, peeled, split into quarters and diced 1 cu. or 150 grams of...
Posted December 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
The celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe begins! Starting December 3 running teams from all over the Yucatan take the roads and highways as they begin their run in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The runners take turns running, it is not uncommon to see runners carrying torches and decorated trucks loaded up with the team awaiting their turn. Please use extra caution as you drive the roads and highways where the runners are, or if traffic is slow, it could be a sign of runners...
Posted November 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events
On November 22, come enjoy an evening with Jayne Halle and view her incredible photographs of her travels throughout Mexico: “The Faces of Mexico Caught in the Camera’s Lens.” WHEN: Saturday, November 22, 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. WHERE: Gallery at the Puerto Aventuras Information Center (on the main entrance road) Admission is free but , wine tasting will be available for a nominal charge.
Posted November 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
Those who think of the Maya as part of the ancient history of the Yucatan Peninsula, should hear Jesús Pat Chablé, or as he prefers to call himself Pat Boy. This 22-year-old rapper is influencing the Mexican hip-hop scene by writing and raping his songs exclusively in the Mayan language. With 3 albums released and a strong base of fans, Pat Boy is on a mission to resuscitate the indigenous language and bring Mayan culture to a wider audience. Around 750,000 people in Mexico now speak...
Posted October 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler
In the days and weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead, in the markets and bakeries across Mexico you will see "Bread of the Dead" being sold. It's a Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead. It is custom to shape a round loaf of bread with rolled strips of dough layered on top that resemble the bones of the dead. A glaze of melted butter and orange zest is then brushed on top, followed by a generous sprinkling of sugar. The bread is typically flavored with anise seed. The...
Posted October 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events
One of my favorite Mexican Holidays is approaching fast. I feel like a kid at Christmas, but really I am an expat looking forward to Day of the Dead. Last year I was invited to the inaugural ceremony of Xcaret's four-day celebration of El Dia de Muertos. That was a spectacular event that had me running around the park taking in so many musical, dance and day of the dead activities! Kids were lined up for face painting, I saw some incredible altars and the cemetery was truly the highlight of the...
Posted October 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations
Yucatan Haciendas have a similar history to the Plantations in the southern United States. Land owners accumulated large pieces of land in rural communities to grow one crop. In the US it was cotton, in the Yucatan it was Sisal, or Henequen. The Hacienda story is bittersweet. The production of henequen, agave plant fibre, was used to make industrial strength rope. This one crop creating agriculture and manufacturing opportunities in rural Yucatan. The rope was exported and created an...
Posted August 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Vacation tips
Mayan libations may make you horny According to Mayan legend, there was once a woman called Xkeban, who lived a life filled with passionate love. It is said that when she died, the vines that sprouted from her grave produced a tiny aromatic flower and that the nectar of this flower was as intoxicating as her love life. An aphrodisiac perhaps? The Xtabentun (pronounced: shtah ben toon) flower grows only in the Yucatan, and from the fermented honey of this local flower is produced a...
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--Jim T., Colorado
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"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!!"
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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.
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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
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"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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"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."
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