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History Lesson – The Story of Xcaret Eco Park

Posted June 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Sustainable Tourism

History Lesson - The Story of Xcaret Eco Park

Xcaret is one of the Riviera Maya's prized ecoparks that educates over one million visitors per year about Mayan history, local marine and wild life, indigenous culture, and the delicate ecosystem that defines the Mexican Caribbean. Its history is fascinating, the decisions and visions that developed the park determined partly by the history of the area, and partly by an architect, with insight from a family of entrepreneurs, who felt that the property should be part of a bigger and more public...

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My Favorite Ruins Destination in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities

My Favorite Ruins Destination in the Riviera Maya

If I had to choose one Mayan Archeological site to visit in the Riviera Maya, I would pick Muyil. Just south of Tulum this ancient city, which is not well known, played an important role in shaping the inland Maya communities through trade routes and imported products. I love the Peten architecture, a style similar to the Mayan city of Tikal found in Guatemala, its proximity to the lagoons of the Sian Ka'an, its energy, and most of all the tranquility. This is not a popular site for...

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Tried and True – Summer Whale Shark Adventure in the Riviera Maya

Posted June 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Activities

Summer Whale Shark Adventure in the Riviera Maya

Well folks, it's that time of year, your opportunity to snorkel with the whale sharks. We love this adventure and hope that everyone who travels to the Riviera Maya takes this fantastic tour that teaches you about the largest fish on the planet. Whale sharks tours are lead by certified and responsible tour operators that teach you how to observe these fish in their natural habitat. WE are divers so we know we are just visitors in the sea, but if you are new to water activities, there may be...

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New Loco Gringo Bucket List Items for the Adventurous

Posted February 29, 2016 by Steve Moen in Loco Adventures

New Loco Gringo Bucket List Items for the Adventurous

Have you planned a trip the Riviera Maya but are scratching your head about what to do during your vacation? We have a trusted Bucket List of Adventures that we sent to all of our guests but we thought it was time for an update. Here are some new adventures you might want to check out in addition to our original suggestions. Loco Gringo Bucket List Adventures 2016 1. Ojos Mayas - This is a great off the beaten track full day adventure that takes you into small Mayan villages in the south. No...

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Four Places in the Riviera Maya You Won’t Find on Google Maps

Posted January 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Destinations

Places in the Riviera Maya You Won't Find on Google Maps

Google maps has been slow in updating Riviera Maya places on their maps app. We found some pretty cool places you will not find on Google maps. If you love adventure, off the beaten track day trips and historical sites, put down your phone and start trekking. One of our finds is a foodie find so keep reading! Ake Ruins in the Yucatan This is a full day trip but worth the drive. Ake Ruins is one of the oldest ruins in the area. It was occupied in 300 BC and finally abandoned in 1300s. The...

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For Curious Travelers Only – Experience the Mayan Way of Life

Posted January 13, 2016 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Sustainable Tourism

Ojos Maya Tour - Riviera Maya Mexico

For many years we peered down jungle paths, saw tortilla making at a distance, smelled the kitchen fire of local houses, and struggled through learning which plants helped our insect bites, bad stomach, or headaches when pharmacies were few and far between. We read a lot about the local Mayan culture but did not see nor could see the culture first hand. In 2011 two guys, who volunteered in local Mayan villages, saw an opportunity to involve both local Mayan families and visitors in an...

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Sometimes the Road Less Traveled Isn’t a Road

Posted December 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures

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We have followed the ancient footsteps of the Maya up pyramids, into cenotes and through the jungle. These experiences and adventures are what drew us to the Riviera Maya, and still intrigue us. But the Maya were not just land dwellers. With their communities located along the Caribbean Sea, water was as much a part of their life and lifestyle as the jungle. After following their footsteps on land we started hopping into boats to follow the history of the Maya on the water. Chunyaxche Mayan...

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Let’s all go to Valladolid

Posted November 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

Valladolid Yucatan Mexico

If it's on LocoGringo we have been there! Valladolid in Yucatan is an easy day trip, and yeah all of our staff has been there before, heck Jose is from there... but we wanted to see Valladolid through your eyes, the eyes of a visitor. So recently we jumped into a van for the day and headed to Valladolid to basically have FUN! Complete with stops at the convenience store for munchies, we left the Riviera Maya at 8:30 for a full day of checking out the second oldest colonial city in Yucatan....

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Be a Culture Pilgrim in the Yucatan Peninsula

Posted November 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins

Culture Pilgrim in the Yucatan Peninsula

Pilgrims, the travelers of the world, be it for religious or new cultural experiences. Pilgrim is the name given to the early settlers in Canada and the US from Europe, and pilgrim is the term used for any travelers who decide to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. In the Yucatan Peninsula, there are many cultural travels that visitors and locals can experience. If you are looking for some great trips to enhance and expand your understanding of the Maya, the Caste War, the Spanish...

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World Kindness Day – Be Kind to our Water Sources

Posted November 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Enviroment

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It is World Kindness Day and this year we had a thought. Being kind to people, pets and places is a normal mantra, but there is a critical piece of our being that sometimes goes unnoticed. Water. As strange as it sounds, as weird as it is, we are hoping this World Kindness Day will put water at the forefront. Water is the root of existence. Without it we could not exist, without clean water we have more issues than if we were not kind to each other. The Riviera Maya is blessed to have the...

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