Posted September 30, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities
2011 marks the sixth annual celebration of the “Festival of Life and Death” at Xcaret. The park will be alive with the pungent scent of burning copal, the rhythmic beat of drums, faces painted like skeletons, and orange and yellow marigolds scattered about, all to set the stage for the Day of the Dead remembrance that is observed yearly throughout Mexico. During this four day celebration, festivities will include concerts, plays, dances, art exhibitions and a variety of children's...
Posted September 13, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations
Cancun, Mexico - Food and wine lovers from all over can mark their calendars as the countdown to the First Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival has begun. Bringing national and international affluent consumers to one of the most visited and picturesque destinations in the world, the inaugural event will take place March 15 - 18, 2012. Celebrating Star Chefs, Wines and Spirits of the Americas’ continent, Mexican Gastronomy, and special guest of honor, Ferran Adrià -- this...
Posted September 1, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture
Have You Ever Dreamed of Retiring on a Beach in Mexico? Imagine running away to the Mexican Caribbean and never coming back. That dream became reality for author Jeanine Kitchel and her husband a decade after their first trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in 1985. While vacationing, they met an adventurous contractor who offered to sell them a beachfront lot south of Cancun. In 1996 they quit their city jobs to begin a new life in Puerto Morelos, a small fishing village on the Quintana...
Posted August 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
Destination: Rio Secreto What: Nature theme park featuring an underground cave system with a river running through it. Visitors to this cave will see amazing rock formations, stalagmites, stalactites, cave creatures, an unbelievably pristine river and flooded cave. When: The park is open every day all year long. This tour is the perfect way to spend a rainy vacation day as it takes place underground away from the weather. Who: This tour is for anyone over the age of 6. Rio Secreto...
Posted August 8, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture
Take a holiday to Mexico and you'll have the chance to tuck into a wide range of tasty cuisine that draws on a number of influences. Indeed, the food that you sample in the Latin American country today not only has Mayan and Aztec elements to it but has also been influenced by the Spanish and French settlers who arrived during colonial times. Some people don’t like trying any of the local food during their holiday, especially if it’s an all inclusive holiday, but whatever your palette,...
Posted July 29, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations
Isla Mujeres is a small island off the coast of Cancun. You can actually see the Hotel Zone's beachfront, mega resorts from the quiet island's palapa dotted shore - the two cities are so close and yet, they are a world apart. Getting to the island is an easy 20 minute ferry ride from the Gran Puerto Cancun dock located in Pto Juarez. Though it might be tempting to sit in the air conditioned cabin, opt for the outside seating up top. We saw sea turtles, barracuda and what appeared to be...
Posted July 26, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture
On July 23rd, a huge turnout of Akumal tourists and locals welcomed international artists and their works at Ondarte. What was for many years the beloved Italian bistro Que Onda, has now reinvented and reopened as an artists' retreat and gallery with the purpose of supporting artists and promoting culture. The opening's featured artists from around the world were Cathryn McEwen from Australia, Jorge Llamos Gonzalez from Cuba, Nasser Lubay from the Philippines, Diane Richey Ward from the...
Posted July 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports
It had been years since I last attended a live baseball game. As a kid, the great American past time was a family ritual. We headed to the ballpark, piled into the bleachers with our roasted peanuts and cotton candy, and sang along to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"... last Friday night, the lyrics were sung in Spanish. The Tigers http://www.tigresqr.com/2011/ are Quintana Roo's baseball team and they have made Cancun their home. The Tigers are also a winning team. Last Friday, they beat...
Posted July 2, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services
We were invited by our friends at Cancun Valet www.cancunvalet.com, the official transfer service for Loco Gringo, to join them on a tour of some of their favorite places in Cancun. This made us think about how little time most Akumalians actually spent in Cancun and decided it would be fun to see more of the city, something other than the inside of the airport and Cost Co. We started at the Crococun Zoo www.crococunzoo.com on Highway 307. Now, this is actually located just outside of...
Posted June 28, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture
I was one of more than 300 canoeists who participated in the Maya Sacred Journey. The event, held on the 21st and 22nd of May 2011, consisted of canoeing 18 kilometers from Pole (Xcaret) to Cuzamil (Cozumel) to the sanctuary of the Ixchel goddess to pay tribute to the goddess of the Moon, medicine and fertility. Why did I enter the crossing? Because it was a strong challenge, a new adventure, something different. I like challenges. When training for the Travesía Sagrada Maya, I...
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--Lesley P., Texas
"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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"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!"
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--Bernie in Denver,
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--Theressa - Middlesex U.K.,
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--Bryan in IN,
""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!""
"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
"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
"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
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"...for your patience with me and making this process go soooo much smoother! I truly appreciate you and the staff at LocoGringo. Thanks again! I can't wait to be sitting on the beach!
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"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"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,
"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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"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,
"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!"
"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!"
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