Meet Akumal local Enrique Alcaraz

Posted May 1, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Destinations


Enrique Alcaraz Meet Akumal local, Enrique Alcaraz.  He is an accomplished painter and architect who was born in Mexico City but has called Akumal his home since the early 80s.  His fanciful paintings have been described as "a poem within a riddle embedded inside a myth" while some of his water themed works, upon first glance, have been mistaken for photographs. Enrique has also designed some of Akumal's luxury, vacation villas. Casa de Colores LG: Was there someone who...

“YUCATAN: A Culinary Expedition.”

Posted April 27, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations

Chef David Sterling at work (c) Eduardo Cervantes

Last month, Loco Gringo received word that the Yucatan's very own Chef David Sterling, owner and head chef of Los Dos Cooking School in Merida, Mexico, is under contract with the University of Texas Press to publish a cookbook.  Publication date is scheduled for September 2013. If I had to give the "elevator pitch" for the book, it would be "Epic Travelogue with Recipes," says David of his cookbook with the working title "YUCATÁN: A Culinary Expedition."  Part of his goal for the book is...

10 tips for green travel on the Riviera Maya

Posted April 25, 2011 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations


In 2010, best estimates from the Mexico Tourism Board tell us that over 10 million people passed through the Cancun International Airport. This number considersforeign and domestic passengers including tourists, business travelers and general transit to Quintana Roo. A great many of these visitors are drawn to this area and the Riviera Maya in particular for the astounding array of flora and fauna that can be found in this relatively small geographic region. Let’s all do our part to protect...

Loco Gringo’s Favorite Eco Friendly Tours

Posted April 22, 2011 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations


What better way to celebrate the natural beauty and wonder of the Yucatan than booking an ecotour during your visit to the area?  True ecotours generate income for local communities and implement practices so their tours have a low impact on the environment.  The main purpose of these tours is to educate travelers and instill in them a greater appreciation of natural habitats. Here are some of the best tours given by local, eco-minded companies that you can feel good about...

Disconnect to Reconnect | Why Tulum is Our Ideal Family Vacation

Posted April 17, 2011 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

Reconnecting with the famiy

While flipping through an April 2010 Conde Nast Traveler magazine (yes, I still read printed materials!), the Room with A View article peeked my interest. It looked like the perfect spot for warmth after a long, snowy Vermont Winter. The spot was Tulum, Mexico—just about a two-hour drive south of Cancun. On a whim, we booked our first trip to the area called Tulum Beach and even chose the same hotel from the article—Playa Mambo. This “whatever/whenever” girl has traveled extensively...

Casa de los Venados in Valladolid

Posted April 8, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations

Casa de los Venados in Valladolid

Contributed by Marieke White On a weekend excursion this weekend, we had the pleasure of visiting the most incredible place!  Casa de los Venados in Valladolid.  This is 400 year old 18,000 sq. ft. private home/museum of Mexican folk and contemporary art owned by an American couple who spent nearly 10 years renovating this masterpiece of colonial architecture. There are over 3,000 pieces of art in this collection which is one of the most comprehensive and extensive collection of Mexican...

Mayan X-Tri: Challenge Worthy of a Warrior

Posted April 4, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Watersports

Maya XTri Logo

The second annual Mayan X-Tri is Sunday, May 8, 2011. This Mexican triathlon will take place in the beautiful Riviera Maya and will consist of swimming 1 Km in the Caribbean Sea, cycling 20 Km through technical trails in the jungle and running 8 Km through jungle and caverns. Sportsmen and women of all kinds, triathletes, cyclists, runners and swimmers, from all over the world are invited to participate in this unique, eco-extreme event. Is your inner warrior up for the challenge? Mayan...

Food, Fun and Culture at The Little Mexican Cooking School

Posted March 28, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

Pablo Espinosa the chef

Mexican cuisine has been deemed a cultural treasure by UNESCO and has the distinction of being one of the world's first fusion cuisines. No where on the coast is this celebrated more than The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos. Touted by USA Today and Trip Advisor (and now Loco Gringo) as one of the Riviera Maya's top tourist attractions, The Little Mexican Cooking School offers a half day foodie adventure that teaches students Mexico's history through its dishes. Classes are a...

EcoColors Tours – Eco Adventure with a Conscience

Posted March 11, 2011 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Watersports

Cenote Snorkeling

EcoColors is an environmentally aware tour operator stationed in Cancun, México.  They offer ecotours to the amazing Maya world in the Yucatan Peninsula and beyond. The tours include a variety of adventures such as hiking, kayaking, bird watching, diving with bull sharks, snorkeling with whale sharks, ruin tours, wetland tours that include crocodile encounters, swimming with sailfish and much more. What makes EcoColors different from other tour companies is that they are a real ecotour...

Carnival in the Yucatan

Posted March 3, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

Carnival in the Yucatan

Cozumel – March 2 to 9 It's that time of year again for one of the most popular festivals in the Mexican Caribbean - Carnival! For over 100 years, Cozumel has brought this pre-Lenten celebration to life in an explosion of colors and exciting music. Cozumel's celebration includes parades of costumed characters, such as Harlequins, rumba dancers, Spaniards, gypsy women, fairies, princesses, bullfighters and kings and queens. As the week progresses and momentum builds, the island's...

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