Posted September 2, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Services
Did you know that our Local Scoop Blog at Loco Gringo has over 1500 articles and vacation tips for your next vacation? We write every week, three to five times a week, and gather local information about all Riviera Maya cities and attractions. Documenting our adventures, experiences and local information is so much fun for us that we forget sometimes how valuable this resource is. There are many ways to use the Local Scoop Blog but there are 5 great ways to use it when planning your Riviera...
Posted August 31, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Yes, there are free things to do in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan that will take your vacation from good to great. We have put together a list, albeit not a complete list, but a list of free things to do in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan for you to enjoy. Free Things To Do In The Riviera Maya Snorkeling in Soliman Bay - Just in front of Chamico's restaurant at the end of the Soliman Bay Beach road you can snorkel from the beach and see great sea life. We love spending the day here, but you...
Posted August 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
I am sitting here enjoying a fresh, sweet mango that has a bit of a spicy kick. Thanks to Tajin, a chili and lime condiment found in Mexico, this mango is more than just a tropical treat. It is an authentic Mexican snack. I was introduced to Tajin decades ago and have been addicted to its flavor ever since. Add a Bit of Spice to Food and Drink Tajin is known for its lime, chile and salt combination; a popular flavor found in Mexico. This shakable condiment is put on fruit, rimmed on a beer...
Posted August 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Loco Adventures
The Balamku Ruins was an impromptu ruin visit we made in Campeche. Our destination was the Calakmul ruins, but we felt we hit the Mayan ruin jackpot when we decided to visit Balamku. This is how it happened, and man are we ever glad our spidy senses were working well that day. Stumbling Upon the Balamku Ruins After an 8 hour drive from Akumal, we arrived in the late afternoon to our hotel, Puerto Calakmul, the closet hotel to Calakmul Ruins. It was too late to make the drive into the Calakmul...
Posted August 24, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Sustainable Tourism
I so love this fish sculpture on the pier in Mahahaul. The entire fish, created by artist Sabrina Coco, is made of recycled material; soda cans, plastic bottles, beer cans, tops of food cans, old plastic bags, and more! Named 'El Pez', this fish sculpture represents more than a Caribbean fish. All the items used to create El Pez were foraged from the beach. El Pez is a reminder to take care of our oceans, seas, and lagoons that cover more than 70% of the planet. EL Pez in Mahahual -...
Posted August 21, 2015 by Kay Walten in Interview with a Local
Chef Daveed is a friend of Loco Gringo and has been for a long time. Check out his local interview and discover new places to explore in the area. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? The Riviera Maya has beautiful surroundings; stunning beaches, amazing cenotes. Very few places can compete with the natural diversity and weather found here. I also love the new activities that are coming into the area including restaurants, music festivals and...
Posted August 19, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
With free Wi-Fi in Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Merida, using smart phone apps while on vacation in Mexico got easier and affordable. We have been using these five travel apps for a while and think you may enjoy them as much as we do. We have more apps to share but start with these great travel apps first and see if they are useful for your vacation! Hopper - Find Cheap Airfare Hopper is a great app to help you find the lowest priced and cheapest airfare for your vacation. Their price...
Posted August 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment
Svetlana Aleksandroff has created a beautiful and noteworthy reference book that is a great travel companion when exploring the Yucatan Peninsula. This is not a tour book, it is much more than that. Svetlana, a Riviera Maya local, has created a reference book to everything and anything Mayan. Beautiful Photography and Cultural History Explained To understand the Mayan culture is to understand indigenous plants, art and food. Plants of the Mayan World is so much more than just plants. It is a...
Posted August 14, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
This is a nice twist on the regular French fry and an even better twist on the avocado. Avocado fries...yum yum....To make this recipe go from good to great, once you finish making your fries, dip your avocado fries in a little chipotle mayonnaise. This recipe and the resulting Avocado Fries rocked my world today! Recipe for Avocado Fries Ingredients 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or rice flour for gluten free 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup plain...
Posted August 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures
On previous trips to Chiapas we stopped by Agua Azul, a great waterfall found just south of Palenque en route to San Cristobal de las Casas. Our recent trip had us stopping at Misol Ha Falls, another natural wonder of Chiapas. Misol Ha is located just before Agua Azul. Though the falls are smaller, they are by no means less spectacular. Bring your bathing suit, wear good rubber soled shoes or hiking boots, and remember your camera. the falls are the highlight but there are places to explore...
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