Organicamente Celebrates You in June! – Great prices for spa treatments

Posted June 1, 2011 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services

Organicamente Spa in Puerto Aventuras -Loco Gringo

Our amigos at Organicamente Spa in Puerto Aventuras is dedicated to providing natural and organic products for individuals who truly care about their health and the environment, and for entire month of June, they want to celebrate their clients with a 25% discount off all products and services! Just a great deal so we thought we would pass it along if you want to pamper yourself. Check out these great discounted prices! * Deep Cleansing Facial (with foot and hand massage) US$49.00 *...

Eco Adventure with a Conscience

Posted May 27, 2011 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities

Eco Colors Tours

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...

An Artsy Fartsy Night in Playa del Carmen

Posted May 24, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Destinations

dolphins & mayans

Playa del Carmen artist, Jose Llehi Sol displayed his work at Casa del Agua on 5th Avenue last Wednesday. His photographic series entitled "Los Mayas" featured models adorned and painted in ancient Maya dress while interacting with nature. The photos while staged were visually stunning. A fierce Maya warrior painted in jaguar spots, surrounded by a flock of green parrots all intensely staring back at you is most captivating. The underwater shots of Maya and dolphins had an undeniable sensuality...

Stand Up! Records presents:

Posted May 22, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

comedy muertos

We all know that Akumal is a home to and vacation destination for all manner of people from around the world, but did you know it’s also the playground for some of the fastest rising stars of American stand up comedy? For the last three years, comedian, actor, and producer Gus Lynch has hosted a comic's retreat at Villa de Valhalla in Akumal. Every year in late Spring a group of stand up comedians gather in Akumal for a week of fun and frolic, daydreaming about mounting a show on the...

PEACE Cook Books

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

Support PEACE Isla Mujeres

The second edition of Cocina Isle compiled by PEACE Isla Mujeres has arrived and is available for purchase. This fantastic bilingual (Spanish-English) cookbook offers roughly 200 recipes from local and international residents and establishments of Isla Mujeres, with a few of the best that were resurrected from the first edition (published in 2001). The collection was created with the flavor and available ingredients of Isla Mujeres in mind. It also comes complete with stories to go with many...

Learn how to scuba dive

Posted May 11, 2011 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Watersports

learn to scuba dive PADI

I took some close friends for their first dive last week. It's eye opening to introduce someone you have known for over twenty years to experience something for the first time that you do every day. One of my friends said that their first dive felt like being in the womb and flying over alien cities all at once. I guess that is one of the better descriptions I have heard. After several years of teaching people to dive here in Akumal, I have generally given up trying to describe diving. Instead...

Kiss the cook

Posted May 6, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

Cooking classes at Altamar Tulum

For information on how you can join a cooking class contact Altamar Tulum telephone 52 -998-282-8299. Located on Av Tulum, the main road going through the pueblo and the corner of Calle Beta Sur. Altamar Tulum

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...

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