10 Iconic Yucatan Foods You Must Try

Posted July 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

10 Iconic Yucatan Foods You Must Try

If you are a fan of culinary history, you know that location, local vegetation, and cultures define local cuisines. The Yucatan is no exception and has a distinct culinary history separate from Central and Northern Mexico. With internal migration and the influence of tourism, some Mexican communities have embraced other culinary influences, but Yucatan families take great pride in their culinary history and preserve the ancient recipes handed down from their ancestors. All we can say is...

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Local Perspective – Milka from Loco Gringo

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

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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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Summer Camp for Kids in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

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Think about it. An international summer camp as part of the family summer vacation is a great for both you and the kids. First everyone comes to the Riviera Maya. Parents can send their kids off to Day Camp, while they create their own day camp on the beach, at cenotes, eco parks or archeology sites. Your kids will return at 4 pm giggling with new stories, adventures and understandings. The evenings are yet another adventure as a family bringing a wonderful balance to your family summer...

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Give Mexican Wine a Chance

Posted June 19, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

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Argentina and Chile are known for their wine around the world, not to mention Italy, California, Germany, and more. For some reason, Mexico remains the wine underdog. From our perspective we are not sure why. It could be that tequila is this countries legend, but that should not throw great wine out as an option. Lately we have been trying more Mexican wines; partly out of solidarity and partly out of an increased curiosity. We are loving the experience. Like anywhere, not every bottle is...

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El Oasis is back in Downtown Playa del Carmen

Posted June 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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What a wonderful sight to see the other day as I was walking through Playa. My favorite seafood taco place is back on 12th street! Ten years ago ( how times fly) El Oasis was located on 12th street on the north side of the street. It was my go-to taco place when in Playa. Sadly this second location closed, leaving me with the only option of eating at the El Oasis restaurant located on the highway. Some of the Best Shrimp Tacos in Playa El Oasis is now located on the south side of 12th street...

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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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5 Authentic Ceviches You Can Make at Home

Posted June 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

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Oh ceviche, the one food that we feel is synonymous with the beaches of the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. The Riviera Maya experience is felt in its entirety once you dig into the glorious dish. Basic Ingredients for Ceviche If you are not familiar with ceviche, this is a fresh fish and seafood local delicacy that is marinated in lime juice. The acidity of the lime 'cooks' the ingredients which changes the texture of the fish and seafood. Unlike other South American ceviches, where ceviche is...

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