Posted May 22, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
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...
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture
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...
Posted May 11, 2011 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Watersports
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...
Posted May 6, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations
For information on how you can join a cooking class contact Altamar Tulum [email protected]
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...
Posted April 27, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations
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...
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...
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...
Posted April 17, 2011 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations
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...
Posted April 8, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations
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...
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--Bernie in Denver,
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--Lesley P., Texas
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"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
"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,
"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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--Bryan in IN,
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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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Once we book through LG we never have to worry about any of it again. We are always amazed at how smooth and trouble free our bookings through LG have been."
--K.B., Fort Worth, TX
"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
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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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"Loco Gringos is the VERY BEST booking site I have ever worked with. They respond to emails promptly, work hard to honor special requests, answer questions etc. They ALWAYS take great care of their customers and are conscientious and professional at all times. We have booked 8 trips with this company and NEVER hesitate to use them or recommend them when traveling to the Riviera Maya."
""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!""
"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,
"Loco Gringo has an AWESOME website with great info, it is lots of fun to visit, be sure to join their forums. The forums hold more information and trip reports than you can 'shake a stick at'!"
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"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."
"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!"
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