Posted August 16, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
Originally from a failing tourist town in Washington State, an offhand comment prompted a friend to tell Margo about a management opportunity in Xamach Dos in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. In just four days after speaking with the owner of the property, she arrived ready to work. She had no electricity and had to take a 2-hour drive just for groceries, and this was in 2006. Margo finds the small town of Punta Allen inspiring due to the multi-generational Mayan families and...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations
Maroma has always been on of the most exquisite beaches in the Riviera Maya. Back in the old days there was remote to the people who were fledglings in the newly formed destination Cancun. Once a coconut plantation, in the 1970's famous Mexican architect Jose Luis Moreno, working in Cancun, built his vision of a place to stay known today as Kin Sol Soleil. The hotel and villas are located at Maroma Beach, world-renown as one of the best beaches not far from the Cancun Airport. The...
Posted August 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Enviroment,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations
Tulum has been one of the hottest beach destinations in recent years. It has become THE place to go to for the fashionistas, celebs and wanna-be's of the world side by side with the hippies and hipsters hanging out. Known for its bohemian vibe shadowed by big Mayan temple at the Tulum ruins, any night of the week you can find live music, waiting-lines at the trendiest eateries but few places offer the luxuries discerning people seek while staying on one of the most incredible beaches in...
Posted by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
If you have been to Xcaret and Xel Ha, two eco and cultural parks in the Riviera Maya, you just might want to read this. Experiences Xcaret, the company that created the ever so popular eco parks mentioned above, have added a new experience to their list of amazing things to do. Xenses opened July 20, 2016 and people are talking about this new adventure park that throws your sense for a loop. Xenses has three objectives. One, to throw your senses off and have you question how you perceive...
Posted August 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
I was just recently in Mexico City and learned that the area of the Yucatan is a treasured location by all. This is what our friends said in Mexico City about the Yucatan: Love the Food! Wish we could be in a cenote right now! I love the people. They are so nice, so warm, and so welcoming when we visit The colonial towns are so full of history, a history different from the interior of Mexico. This is one of our favorite places to visit when we have vacation. You are so...
Posted August 10, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
Move over Mezcal and Tequila, Pulque is making a comeback! Pulque is a Mexican fermented alcoholic drink made from the sap of the maguey plant. Like Mezcal it was a working man's drink. Like many things, Pulque is experiencing a revival, and finds itself now trending all over the world, not just Mexico. The revival of this drink is partly due to the increasing popularity of Mexican food, and also the desire for Mixologists to find unique and vintage alcohol that they can contemporize. The...
Posted August 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts
Originally from Mexico City, Claudia came to the Riviera Maya in 2000 when she was hired by the tourism board to create a hardcover publication called Destination Riviera Maya for hotels. At that time, the Riviera Maya was known as Playa del Carmen, or just Cancun South. When Claudia’s father passed away she decided to turn her life upside down and start doing what she loved, so she could have more time with her son. She started freelancing for travel writers as a scout and eventually...
Posted August 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Watersports
Have no fear. Revealing one of our favorite secret destinations in the Riviera Maya will not have it over run with visitors. We have decided to share a secluded, secret destination as this is an adventure to get to. It will take time and a special spirit to venture into this local secret hang out. If you are up for an adventure, are you curious to see Riviera Maya beaches in their primitive state, and hope to do a bit of shore snorkeling or lagoon kayaking, the Sian Ka'an is your place....
Posted August 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Worn down from work? Need a boost from long days? We suspect this is why you are going on vacation. It is so easy to over eat when away from home. Diving into local food, trying new cocktails, digging into the authentic Mexican dishes you have seen posted on Instragram. Taco comas are easily to fall into when you come to the Riviera Maya. But is that what you really need during your vacation? Most of us would say, heck ya! It is hard to get authentic Mexican food anywhere else in the...
Posted August 3, 2016 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips
Some days we need a break, a way to push all the responsibilities and stress aside and just sit and watch the waves roll in. Funny thing, if you do this, for a day, a few days or even a week, you will find that you are far more productive and focused than if you just kept at it till the list is done. Like all of our natural resources, our own energy is finite. The New York Times wrote about this concept in 2015. We have worked hard to building renewal systems for all of our external energy...
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--Bryan in IN,
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--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
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--Lesley P., Texas
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--Theressa - Middlesex U.K.,
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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.
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"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
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"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."
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"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,
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"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."
"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
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"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."
"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,
"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,
"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
"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!"
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