Posted April 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
Are you thinking about taking in a different part of Mexico? Curious about other parts of Mexico? If you are comfortable in the Riviera Maya but want to explore a little more, take a step just to the west and experience a different kind of Mexico close to the Riviera Maya. Merida is the capital city of the Yucatan Peninsula, so it has all things most capital cities have. Vibrant neighborhoods, rich history, thriving arts and culture scene and of course, some great food. But like any large...
Posted April 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
Getting ready to explore? Looking for something new to do in the Riviera Maya? Is the view of the beach, sand, beautiful skies and lots of bikini clad people just about enough? LOL! There is more to this area than beaches, bars and burritos. Under 100 miles or 125 kms from the Riviera Maya is a beautiful colonial city that will pack more history into a day tour than you ever imagined. For 500 years this little city of Valladolid has been the center of local Mexican history in the Yucatan and...
Posted November 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities
If it's on LocoGringo we have been there! Valladolid in Yucatan is an easy day trip, and yeah all of our staff has been there before, heck Jose is from there... but we wanted to see Valladolid through your eyes, the eyes of a visitor. So recently we jumped into a van for the day and headed to Valladolid to basically have FUN! Complete with stops at the convenience store for munchies, we left the Riviera Maya at 8:30 for a full day of checking out the second oldest colonial city in Yucatan....
Posted September 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations
Admittedly we have been admiring this incredible masterpiece tucked in the back of La Casona Restaurant in Valladolid. Built in 2012 by the Xcaret cultural workshop, the Virgin de Candeleria Fountain is a work of art that fuses cultural beliefs, art, and traditions into a glorious fountain. The Vision Behind the Fountain Valladolid is an historical colonial town to the west of the Riviera Maya. Its roots are in the State of the Yucatan and the community takes great pride in its history,...
Posted August 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Mexico Destinations
We recently took a trip to Bacalar, just south of Mahahual in the Cost Maya to revisit some old haunts. First on our list the Fort of San Felipe where the Bacalar Museum is located. This is a double bill-good bang for your buck attraction that shares the history of the southern state of Quintana Roo. It is impossible to reiterate the wealth of knowledge found in the Bacalar Museum, and only photos can show the beautiful view of the lagoon from the San Felipe Fort. This is a trip worth taking if...
Posted June 29, 2015 by Kay Walten in Interview with a Local,Mexico Destinations
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...
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...
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...
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...
Posted June 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Sustainable Tourism
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...
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"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!"
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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--Bryan in IN,
"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!!"
"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'!"
"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."
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"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
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