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Places that Matter in the Riviera Maya

Posted August 17, 2016 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

Places that Matter in the Riviera Maya

I started this article with a list of places to go and things to do, cenotes, Folk Art Museums, archeological sites, eco parks, all areas that matter in the Riviera Maya. These places and things to do are what define the Riviera Maya and have put it on the map. But when thinking about what really matters, I had a very different thought. What really matters in the Riviera Maya are the people, not the places and the things to do. What makes this area different are the people who come here,...

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A Cause for Paws, Giving Back to the Local Riviera Maya Community

Posted June 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

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Last month we attended the grand opening of Coco's Animal Welfare CAW newest facility in Playa del Carmen. It was a great evening that celebrated everything we love about the Riviera Maya; friends, community, volunteers, and animals. Some people have asked me why we choose to support animal welfare programs when there are children and families, and students who need help. Our support in Riviera Maya communities extends beyond CAW. We support various programs both locally and internationally...

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Loco Gringo Named a Real Hero of Mexico

Posted May 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements

Loco Gringo Named a Real Hero of Mexico

Surprises come in many forms, and today we had a big surprise. Unbeknownst to our team, we have received acknowledgement from The Mexico Report for our contribution to Mexico. Their annual 'Real Heroes of Mexico' features everyday Heroes in Mexico that work hard to increase the positive Image of the country. We are one of those everyday heroes in 2015. "The Real Heroes of Mexico is a one-of-a-kind initiative (launched in 2012 by The Mexico Report) was created specifically to showcase these...

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Giving Gringos – A Sweet Story of How News Travels Fast

Posted February 20, 2016 by [email protected] in Community Organizations

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So I received a nice email a few weeks back and wanted to share. The Director of KKIS (Keep Kids in School) a Playa del Carmen Not-for-Profit organization emailed us a few weeks ago with some 'Feel Good' news. This is a Giving Gringo Story. This past September we sent out a news letter to all of our LG friends. It highlighted Back to School and talked about the KKIS organization. The information resonated with a reader from the Great Lakes Seep company and motivated them into action. The...

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Feeding the Senses – Local Arts Scene in Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Posted February 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

Local Arts Scene in Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Mexico is an artist's community. For centuries all forms have art have shaped the country and its culture. Folk art, muralists, painters, singers, poets and actors are what attracted many visitors to the Mexico originally. Now beautiful beaches, colonial architecture, sustainable tourism and food attracts so many more visitors. Many art forms are still the back bone to understanding and appreciating Mexico. In Yucatan cities, the arts is an established institution. In the Riviera Maya, the...

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Christmas market in Puerto Morelos

Posted December 8, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya events

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Begin your celebration in Puerto Morelos. Come along to see over 30 artists from all over Riviera Maya who will be showcasing their wares next Saturday 11am-4pm Av Rojo Gomez 776, Casa Caribe Bed and Breakfast in Puerto Morelos.  Find great gifts and local artwork. The local food trucks will be there with great eats.  Get involved by donating local school, so bring some school supplies, or stop by and help out with a cash donation to the Red Cross. Click to share on Twitter: Tweet:...

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Opening Night at the #RMJazz in Playa del Carmen – Free Concert

Posted November 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events

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After a beautiful mid -afternoon Thanksgiving feast (thanks Turtle Bakery) our group of thankful friends hopped into the car and headed to Playa del Carmen. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival was opening tonight and none of us wanted to miss it. Who can turn down a jazz festival that starts at sunset on the beach. Not us! Parking was best on 38th street just below 5th Avenue. A coffee at Ah Cacao (5th Avenue between 38th and 40th street) was in order before we slung our beach chairs on our back,...

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Happy US Thanksgiving from the Riviera Maya!

Posted November 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Announcements

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While we celebrate our 20th Anniversary at Loco Gringo, we are feeling more than thankful this Thanksgiving. Wow, for 20 years we have been exploring, trekking and discovering everything about the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan. We have also been laughing, crying, giggling and just having a great time meeting people from all over the world, people who pick us to plan their vacation. We have shared more happy hours than we would like to admit over the past 20 years with so many great friends...

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Cultural Centers in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

Casa de Cultura Playa del Carmen

Cultural Centers in Mexico are similar to community centers in the US and Canada but with a cultural/arts focus. Community Centers as we understand them are a mix of sports and recreation, classes, and learning centers. In Mexico cultural centers are classes, learning centers and a large influence on the community. As Riviera Maya cities grow, and visitors become more curious about daily life, local culture, and unique local experiences, cultural centers are broadening their scope beyond...

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Libros Libre! New Book Exchange in Playa del Carmen

Posted September 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

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Looking for some new books? Want to donate some books that you have read? The Libros Libre book program at Parque La Cieba in Playa del Carmen is a new concept for free books and book exchange, with multiple languages. This community project is open to everyone, not just Spanish speaking readers. Libros Libres literally means Free Books. The community program is modeled after a project that started in Cancun, The New Club of Forgotten Books, that was very successful. The concept is pretty...

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