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Opening Night at the #RMJazz in Playa del Carmen – Free Concert

Posted November 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events

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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,...

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Happy US Thanksgiving from the Riviera Maya!

Posted November 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements

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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...

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To Travel with Toddlers or Not? What Do You Think

Posted November 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Family vacations

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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...

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Be a Culture Pilgrim in the Yucatan Peninsula

Posted November 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins

Culture Pilgrim in the Yucatan Peninsula

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...

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5 Smart Reasons to Buy Travel Insurance for your Vacation

Posted November 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips

Travel Insurance

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...

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Local Find In Playa del Carmen – Food Adventure

Posted November 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

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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...

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Happy Guacamole Day! Get Your Local Guacamole Recipe

Posted November 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

Authentic Mexican Guacamole Recipe

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...

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World Kindness Day – Be Kind to our Water Sources

Posted November 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment

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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...

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An Afternoon Adventure in the Riviera Maya

Posted November 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures

An Afternoon Adventure in the Riviera Maya

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...

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Design Within Reach – Budget Places to Stay in Tulum

Posted November 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations

Tulum Budget Hotels

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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