Local Perspective – Milka from Loco Gringo

Posted June 29, 2015 by Kay Walten in Interview with a Local,Mexico Destinations

Milka of Loco Gringo

Now this is a real local perspective about what to do and see in the Riviera Maya. Milka has been working with Loco Gringo for a few years now. She is a great asset to the team and super funny. Milka was born in Chetumal just south of the Costa Maya at the Belize border but moved north to Akumal over 8 years ago. She has yet another list of inside tips about the area for you to enjoy. What do you love most about the Riviera Maya? I think the Riviera Maya is a true paradise that offers...

Perfect Summer Adventure – Rio Lagartos

Posted June 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities


We have been talking about Rio Lagartos for some time now. It is a favorite day trip for us and we love this part of the Yucatan. We were just talking to some friends about their summer vacation in the Riviera Maya, and Rio Lagartos came to mind, again. Rio Lagartos - Flamingos, Flamingos, Flamingos This is a great destination to see hundreds of Flamingos on the Gulf Coast. We always hire a local guide to take us through the mangroves and out to the Gulf to get a look at one of our favorite...

Resort Specials in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 24, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations


We have been known for over 20 years as the local traveling voice for the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. We advocate local adventures, unique vacation villas and super cool experiences. But we do know that this type of traveling or vacation is not for everyone. We have friends that just want to be taken care of, who don't want to think about their vacation, they just want to book it. This is why we offer resort and all-inclusive vacations to our Loco Gringo friends. Resort Vacation Specials at...

Calakmul Ruins and the Calakmul Museum

Posted June 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations


When we last visited Calakmul Ruins it was a long drive into the reserve along a rather rocky back road. On a recent visit to the Calakmul Ruins we have discovered some improvements to the Calakmul journey that we want to share. The drive into the ruins is still long. The entrance to the ruin site is located in the heart of the Calukmul Biosphere. But don't let this deter you as the drive is well worth it! The road is now paved, albeit narrow but paved so it allows you to drive over 40 kms...

Seawater + metal + electricity + webcam = new reef

Posted June 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Coral reef restoration in Cancun

Art is becoming a reef in Cancun This interesting equation has been done by artist and Ted Talks Fellow, Colleen Flanigan. Colleen is working on sculpture in Cancun. This  project is the first of its kind in the area using steel and mineral accretion technology!* *Not sure what mineral accretion is... I had to look it up too before I spoke to Colleen... Biorock, also known as Seacrete or Seament, to refer to the substance formed by electro-accumulation of minerals dissolved in...

Loco Adventure – Sergio Castro and the Museum of Regional Clothing

Posted June 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

Sergio Castro and the Museum of Regional Clothing

We had a good 5 days in San Cristobal and surrounding villages, but there was one highlight of our Loco Adventure that was unexpected, heartwarming and culturally rich. One reason we decided to venture as far as San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas was to buy some new fabric for the house. Chiapas is known for their hand-woven textiles, with each village defined by their patterns and methods. Yeah, yeah, yeah I can buy some of the textiles on the coast, but why not use this as an excuse for a...

Loco Adventure – Bacalar to Calakmul to Palenque

Posted June 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations


We were inspired a few weeks ago to hop in the car and hit the road. It was time to revisit a local area that we had not ventured to in a long, long, time. We chose Palenque and San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas for a few reasons. I was itching for some new textiles for the house, some great mountain air, and trip down memory lane. The last time we headed south was in 2006. I hate to think that was 8 years ago, but we all know that time flies when you are having fun!. Getting to Palenque...

Should I Visit Yucatan Colonial Cities or Beaches in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Yucatan Activities

Riviera Maya . Yucatan Peninsula map

We think this one of the top questions we receive in our email. "Should we visit Riviera Maya beaches or the Colonial cities in the Yucatan." Our first response is, this does not have to be an 'or' question. Colonial cities are close to the beaches of the Riviera Maya so think about visiting both!. Experience Colonial Cities and Beautiful Beaches on your Riviera Maya Vacation The Riviera Maya is located along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. If you want to...

Photo and Video of the Day – Howler Monkeys in Calakmul

Posted April 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations

Howler Monkeys in Calakmul Ruins, Chetumal, Mexico

The Howler Monkey is easily found in the southern part of Quintana Roo and Campeche near the Calakmul and Kohunlich ruins. We recently retraced some of our past adventures and came across the Howler Monkeys yet again. This video is what the monkeys really sound like. It was freaky, intriguing, and amazing all at the same time! Video of the Howler Monkey Find out more about the Calakmul Ruins and Kohunlich Ruins in the southern part of the state.

Beach Love!

Posted April 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

Beaches of the Riviera Maya

Oh the beaches of the Riviera Maya! This is why we fell in love and continue to fall in love with the area. The beaches of the Rivera Maya fill the coast line for over 130 kms/65 miles. No matter where you are staying, Playa Secreto, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Akumal or Tulum, you will have a little piece of paradise to enjoy every day. Beach Love in the Riviera Maya This is the beach in Puerto Morelos to the south of the town center. This is the beach in Playa del Carmen, one...

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