Posted January 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
Did you know that the local Mexican tradition of gift giving is not on Christmas? Local families have adopted some western Christmas traditions, like Santa Claus, but the real gift giving day is January 6, not December 24th or 25th. El Dia de los Tres Reyes is a fun fiesta where kids get their presents and the family breaks bread. Kings Bread or Rosca de Rey, is a traditional sweet yummy holiday egg bread that is covered in candied fruit. If you are in Playa del Carmen on Kings Day you can...
Posted December 31, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
There are many Mexican traditions for New Years Eve, and many have been shared here on the Local Scoop. One favorite tradition is to eat twelve grapes at midnight on 31st December, making a wish on each grape. But the most fun tradition is the yellow or red underwear tradition. Yes you read that correctly. If you wear yellow underwear you will have financial success in 2016. If you wear red underwear you will have more love in your life in 2016. And no you cannot wear both. But what you wear...
Posted December 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
Christmas in Mexico is fun. There is lots of music, great weather, a festival feel and a wonderful tradition that local families love. Los Posadas could be easily be explained as 9 days of traveling cocktail parties but there is a bid more to these festivities than just great food and drink. When we make the suggestion that this tradition is one worth adopting, not for the deep roots in religion but for the community involvement this traditions provides. The History behind Los...
Posted October 30, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture
But why? Why is this holiday such a festive time when families are honoring such a sad moment - the passing of a family member or friend? Read on to find out the historical and changing face of the Day of the Dead Original Day of the Dead Celebrations Well, looking at the history of the festival provides the answers we need. Day of the Dead, El Dia de los Muertos was originally celebrated in the 9th month of the Aztec calendar before Mexico was conquered by the Spanish. Pre Hispanic cultures...
Posted October 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
One request that we get often from our LG friends is, where is a good yoga studio? The Riviera Maya is known for great yoga studios, yoga teachers, and a variety of yoga classes for all yogis. Kundalini, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Power Yoga, Restoration Yoga, Yoga for Kids, SUP yoga and Hot yoga can all be found in Riviera Maya cities. Throughout the year, international studios host various yoga retreats, local yoga teachers host special classes and teacher trainings. There is an endless amount...
Posted October 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations
One thing we love about the Riviera Maya are the walking cities that are in abundance in the area. Many of our friends who live in Playa del Carmen or Puerto Morelos, or even Tulum, rarely use their car when in the city. The default walking tour in the Riviera Maya is the beach. People can walk for hours, both north and south, as this beach is long, wide and breath taking. But there are so many more walking tour ideas that will keep you active and connected as a family, walking tours that...
Posted September 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports
As some of you may know, we have a bit of a passion for cenotes, okay a huge passion for cenotes. These natural sink holes are a true wonder both above and below the surface. Our love for the Riviera Maya started at these very pools and grew to regions near and far as we explored the Yucatan Peninsula. We thought it might be fun, and useful, to build a cenote check list. This list will keep you pretty busy, and could have you racing back for more on another vacation. This is exactly what...
Posted September 21, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
Not all of us want to sit on the beach all day long for seven days. We get it, and we support those who want to get out and about and learn more about the local culture, other than the beach culture. Sifting through hundred of tours can be daunting. It is easy to get caught up in choosing who to tour with, where to go, and which activity. We have solved the tour issue with our Loco Gringo Ebooks, mini tour guides and tour company suggestions from Loco Gringo friends and family. Get your...
Posted July 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities
We love this time of year. Summer to us means return of the Whale Sharks, the largest fish in the ocean. The return of the Whale Sharks means a great day trip! For the past 15 years we have been heading up to the Gulf of Mexico to swim with our favorite fish, the Whale Shark, and hang out with some other great sea friends; manta rays and dolphins. In the early days, we would head up to Holbox and spend at least two days on the island. Our guide was the same person every year, and we would leave...
Posted June 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
Think about it. An international summer camp as part of the family summer vacation is a great for both you and the kids. First everyone comes to the Riviera Maya. Parents can send their kids off to Day Camp, while they create their own day camp on the beach, at cenotes, eco parks or archeology sites. Your kids will return at 4 pm giggling with new stories, adventures and understandings. The evenings are yet another adventure as a family bringing a wonderful balance to your family summer...
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"We have been Booking our Riviera Maya vacations from Loco Gringo since 2005. Always Great communication, helpful tips and quick responses to our questions. They were especially helpful when Hurricane Wilma hit and put a stop to our Vacation plans. They made sure we knew about the weather situation and did all the work with re-booking our vacation in Paradise!"
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