Loco Gringo’s Favorite Eco Friendly Tours

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

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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

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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

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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...

BuyPlaya 5K Run for Ak Lu’um

Posted February 18, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

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Ak Lu'um International School, Mexico’s first ecological school, invites all Riviera Maya athletes and families to participate in the second annual ‘BuyPlaya 5K Run for Ak Lu’um’.  Sponsored by Playa del Carmen’s leading real estate company, BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors, the race will take place on March 20, 2011 at 8:00am sharp. Participants will run, walk or stroll the 5 kilometer course leaving from the Parque Leona Vicario, making the loop through Playacar and finishing in...

Mayakoba Golf Classic

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

Day 3 of Safeway Classic

Lorena Ochoa, Mexico's most successful and decorated professional golfer, will participate in the Mayakoba Golf Classic's Wednesday pro-am when Mexico's only PGA TOUR event celebrates its fifth anniversary February 23-27, 2011. This marks the first time Ochoa will visit the Mayakoba Golf Classic. While her exact tee time is yet to be determined, the four-time LPGA Player of the Year will play Wednesday morning, February 23 at El Camaleon Golf Club. This is a great honor to have Lorena join...

Romantic Things To Do in the Riviera Maya

Posted February 9, 2011 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities

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Dinner at Hechizo in Tulum Fall under the enchanting spell of Hechizo, Tulum's finest dining establishment.  The custom service includes Chef Stefan welcoming you and personally presenting the evening's menu, and a staff super attentive to every detail.  Hechizo has been favorably reviewed in Food & Wine Magazine because of such mouthwatering fare as goat cheese on watermelon with a honey balsamic reduction dressing, fillet mignon with goose liver and truffle sauce, and decadent...

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