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Let’s all go to Valladolid

Posted November 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

Valladolid Yucatan Mexico

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....

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Super Cool Discovery in Valladolid – Talavera Fountain

Posted September 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations

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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,...

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San Felipe Fort and the Bacalar Museum – Photos

Posted August 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Mexico Destinations

San Felipe Fort and the Bacalar Museum

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...

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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...

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Perfect Summer Adventure – Rio Lagartos

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

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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...

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Resort Specials in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 24, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations

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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...

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Calakmul Ruins and the Calakmul Museum

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Loco Adventure – Bacalar to Calakmul to Palenque

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

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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...

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