Mystical, magical Yucatan

Posted October 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities

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Take 5 minutes to virtually travel through the Yucatan with all its beauty and culture....

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day: Traveling the Maya Canals

Posted October 1, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos

Adventures in the Mayan Riviera

The Mayan canals near the Mayan ruins of Muyil While traveling by boat from Muyil to the Boca Paila bridge of Sian Kaan we navigated through this grassy savanna.   Learn more about the Muyil Ruins Stay in Tulum near Muyil and the Sian Kaan Biosphere.

Get your OM on in Rio Lagartos

Posted September 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

Yoga on the beach in Mexico

Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve is the newest in destinations for Loco Gringo to represent! For yoginis, you will find Rio Lagartos to be a mellow place to breathe and be.  Join up with Jo Cope in "Rio" October 24 - 26, the weekend includes yoga, meditation, paddle boarding, a fire ceremony and more.  The retreat is hosted by Ashtanga instructor Jo Cope and meditation by Donna Carey. For more information visit Joga Yoga Retreats Facebook page.

Ancient shipwreck booty found in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Photos,Watersports

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Forgotten shipwreck remnants in Akumal After 22 years of living in the Riviera Maya, Loco Gringo co-founder Gary Walten was surprised to discover forgotten shipwreck remnants in his own backyard. Gary recently found ship relics from an epic time in the history of the Caribbean, the 16-18th centuries. It just goes to show that the path less traveled still holds secrets for those who take it, no matter how much time has passed in the Mexican Caribbean. It just takes a pair of observant eyes to...

Scuba Diving in the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Cozumel

Posted August 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Vacation tips,Watersports

Scuba diving in the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Akumal

Scuba diving is not just for the vacations in the Riviera Maya or Cozumel. It's an easy activity where you learn some basic underwater skills so you can fulfill your Jacques Cousteau fantasies.   Many of your local YMCA's and area dive shops will be offering Open Water Certification programs. The minimum age to begin is 10 years of age for The Junior scuba class, so you and your kids can learn together. Jump in no matter where you are! The wonderful thing about learning to scuba dive near...

Xtabentun: nectar of the Mayan Gods

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Vacation tips

xtabentun Mayan liquor made in Yucatan Mexico

Mayan libations may make you horny According to Mayan legend, there was once a woman called Xkeban, who lived a life filled with passionate love. It is said that when she died, the vines that sprouted from her grave produced a tiny aromatic flower and that the nectar of this flower was as intoxicating as her love life. An aphrodisiac perhaps? The Xtabentun (pronounced: shtah ben toon) flower grows only in the Yucatan, and from the fermented honey of this local flower is produced a...

Mayan Art Takes to the Streets of Tulum

Posted August 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

Graffiti art in Tulum Mexico

Twenty-first century Mayan Art in Tulum If you are driving around the Tulum pueblo keep an eye open for some incredible graffiti-style art.    

Restaurant review: El Meson de Marques in Valladolid

Posted August 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

tapas at Posada Margherita, Tulum Beach Mexico

Traditional Mexican Cuisine in Valladolid We recently had the opportunity to stop in Valladolid for an early dinner after a day at the ruins at Chichen Itza with amigos from Brazil who were scouting for a film shoot.  Needless to say they loved the ruins of Chichen Itza. One of our favorite places to eat is El Meson de Marques in Valladolid.  We arrived around 5:30 pm and the there were a few people there, but by 7:00pm the place was packed with locals and visitors!  Why, because here...

A local favorite you must try: ceviche!

Posted August 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Vacation tips

yucatan mexico ceviche recipe

Ceviche a seafood medley marinated in lime juice Ceviche that has become one of the world's favorite ways of enjoying fresh seafood. Ceviche is just one of the reasons UNESCO has honored Mexico for its cuisine. You can make it at home easily with this recipe from Los Dos. In classic Maya cities, fish was a luxury reserved for the upper crust... Even then, it was salted, dried, smoked or pre-cooked. The Incas, too, preserved their fish by salt curing, and they even developed methods for...

Discover Cenote Samula

Posted July 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Yucatan Activities

Cenote Samula Valladolid, Yucatan

Valladolid is the second oldest colonial city in the Yucatan peninsula. Valladolid sits on top of an ancient Mayan city of Zacil.  Rich in history and culture Valladolid has been a popular day trip for visitors staying in Tulum, Akumal, Playa del Carmen and Cancun.   It is a must to visit the zocalo, poke your head into the church, and saunter down the street to the convent.  But the cenotes of the area are not to be missed. Visit two beautiful cenotes right out side Valladolid Jump into...

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