Posted November 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
After a beautiful mid -afternoon Thanksgiving feast (thanks Turtle Bakery) our group of thankful friends hopped into the car and headed to Playa del Carmen. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival was opening tonight and none of us wanted to miss it. Who can turn down a jazz festival that starts at sunset on the beach. Not us! Parking was best on 38th street just below 5th Avenue. A coffee at Ah Cacao (5th Avenue between 38th and 40th street) was in order before we slung our beach chairs on our back,...
Posted November 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements
While we celebrate our 20th Anniversary at Loco Gringo, we are feeling more than thankful this Thanksgiving. Wow, for 20 years we have been exploring, trekking and discovering everything about the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan. We have also been laughing, crying, giggling and just having a great time meeting people from all over the world, people who pick us to plan their vacation. We have shared more happy hours than we would like to admit over the past 20 years with so many great friends...
Posted November 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
You may be wondering and we may have some answers. Our answers are based on the experiences of our staff who have toddlers and our guests who travel with toddlers. Many people say, do it! Travel with your toddler for the mere sake that they fly free under two. The second reason to start traveling with your toddler early is to make travel a part of their life. When travel starts early parents and kids have great memories to share, a location to return to and if anything, mom and dad have a...
Posted November 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins
Pilgrims, the travelers of the world, be it for religious or new cultural experiences. Pilgrim is the name given to the early settlers in Canada and the US from Europe, and pilgrim is the term used for any travelers who decide to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. In the Yucatan Peninsula, there are many cultural travels that visitors and locals can experience. If you are looking for some great trips to enhance and expand your understanding of the Maya, the Caste War, the Spanish...
Posted November 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips
Travel insurance. The budget question for today's traveler. Do you buy or do you not buy? Under what conditions should you buy, and what is a good price? With global weather as unpredictable as ever, travel insurance is a great and very smart idea, no matter where you are traveling. Travelers can be held up on their end or they can be held up in their vacation destination. It is the ongoing unpredictability of climate and economies that makes travel insurance smart. Trip and Medical...
Posted November 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants
This is not intended as a restaurant review, but after a super lunch at Rincon Yucateco in Playa del Carmen, we had to share. This is officially a GREAT local find. I think it is safe to say that this great little restaurant has the best cochinita pibil that has ever crossed these lips! Hands down! And there has been some great cochinita consumed over the years. Authentic Yucatecan Food in Playa del Carmen Rincon Yucateco is located at the corner of 10th Ave and CTM (46th street). It is...
Posted November 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
Guacamole, a favorite snack for many, a basic staple in Mexico. There are many guacamole recipes all over the world, but there is only one, authentic Guacamole recipe for the Riviera Maya. History of Guacamole The Aztecs are responsible for guacamole, called ahuaca-mulli in their native tongue. Guacamole was thought to be an aphrodisiac, hence its popularity with both the locals and the Spanish. But it was truly the high fat content that made guacamole popular. The Aztec diet was very low in...
Posted November 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment
It is World Kindness Day and this year we had a thought. Being kind to people, pets and places is a normal mantra, but there is a critical piece of our being that sometimes goes unnoticed. Water. As strange as it sounds, as weird as it is, we are hoping this World Kindness Day will put water at the forefront. Water is the root of existence. Without it we could not exist, without clean water we have more issues than if we were not kind to each other. The Riviera Maya is blessed to have the...
Posted November 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures
Sometimes it is nice to have a slow morning. Coffee on the terrace, breakfast at a beachfront restaurant, and then a few hours just staring at the turquoise blue ocean. This sounds like paradise, and it is paradise. You can have this routine every single day of your vacation if you like. The struggle some days is this. It is nice to get out and about for a few hours, have an adventure and then sink back into your beachside hammock in the late afternoon. But where? What are some great...
Posted November 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
Remember when Tulum was a small town by the ruins? Remember when this Mayan village was the place to find great BBQ chicken, dive in the cenotes and meet cave explorers? We do and even with the boom in Tulum tourism, we know that this Tulum is still around for people to enjoy. Budget Tulum Places to Stay Believe it or not there are still some great Tulum hotels and cabanas on and off the beach at reasonable rates. These are our best kept Tulum secrets that puts Tulum inside of a reasonable...
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"It is like having a friend make your reservations for you .... we always feel comfortable knowing LG will be in charge of our arrangements because they know the area first hand, they live there ..... you ask a question and they answer it with good humor and great knowledge of what they speak. I will always recommend Loco Gringo in a heart beat!"
"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'!"
"And their amazing website is one of the main reasons we started going regularly to the Riviera Maya and especially Akumal. No other place around the Caribbean has nearly as good a web presence as LG has given this area."
--Dan, St. Louis MO,
"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!!"
"She & her new Husband had a fantastic hassle free trip. This was their very first time to Mexico and her comment upon return was " Dad, 7 days is NOT enough time ! " Super job, LG."
--Bernie in Denver,
"I will be bragging about your site to any and all who will listen. Our experience was phenomenal!!!"
"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
"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
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"Go to the home page or check the forum."
"A company made up mostly of American Expats living in the Riviera Maya with a booking list of many hundreds of properties. Big enough to know each property intimately and small enough to know each customer personally. A level of service simply impossible for the giant companies to provide.
--Jim T., Colorado
"It's a great comfort to visit the Riviera Maya and know that Loco Gringo is there to help, if needed. "
--Bryan in IN,
"Now is a great time to tell you how wonderful you and your staff are at making it so easy to find and book the best vacations, THANK YOU !"
--Joyce & Hugh,
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"quick and informative replies from Bart ( thanks Bart) , easy booking procedure plus online management of your booking . I am highly impressed."
--Theressa - Middlesex U.K.,
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"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!"
"LocoGringo.com books total trip packages and I recommend LG to all my friends and even to strangers I hear talking about going to Mexico!!"
"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."
""I was soooo delighted with the Loco Gringo services. Everything was trouble free and all my questions were always answered promptly. Thanks for a GREAT trouble free vacation!""
"When we use LG to book a trip we get immediate help with all of our questions in a very timely way by people who know what they are talking about and are extremely helpful, patient, knowledgeable, and congenial. They really get how to do customer service.
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."
--K.B., Fort Worth, TX
"and for the past five years we have used Loco Gringo for every reservation, I'm sorry that we did not find them sooner.
I have been searching Loco Gringo for all these years and one thing I have not yet found ........... someone who is not fabulous to work with. Great people, great owners and a great way to run a business."
--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
"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."
"Not sure if we will be returning next summer, but will definitely let you know if we are, as Loco Gringo is the ONLY way to go for us!"
--Lesley P., Texas
"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!!"
"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
"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!"
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