Costa Maya Photo of the Day – Balamku Inn

Posted January 29, 2014 by LocoGringo in Costa Maya Activities,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Sustainable Tourism

Mahahual, Mexico

We LOVE the round design of Balamku Inn in Mahahual, Costa Maya. This eco-chic hotel is all about sustainable tourism, right down to the shampoo they provide their guests. The wind and the sun are their power sources,  all waste water supports constructed wetlands and when building they take special efforts to protect the endangered trees on their property. No wonder they were nominated one of Mexico's leading green hotels. Check out other fabulous Costa Maya hotels.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Glorious hammocks!

Posted January 27, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

shopping in the Riviera Maya

Hammocks are probably the most popular Riviera Maya and Yucatan souvenir - right up there with gaudy, giant sombreros. They are the Mayan bed, more common in local houses than mattresses. The hammocks sold here are hand made by locals. Buying hammocks in family owned shops like this one in Macario Gomez is sustainable tourism. We LOVE lounging in a hammock with a good book or a refreshing cocktail. Discover other ways to support sustainable tourism.

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – ADO, a cheap way to go

Posted January 24, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Cancun shuttle buses from the airport

Looking for the most economical way to the Riviera Maya from the Cancun Airport? ADO first class buses with air conditioning and comfortable seating run shuttle from the airport to the Playa del Carmen bus station for $120 pesos (about $10 USD) per person. You can reserve online or buy your tickets at the airport. Pros: It's SUPER cheap. Cons: The buses have set departure times your incoming flight must coordinate with, which usually means a wait time. You will be taken to the bus station...

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Ek Balam Mayan ruins

Posted January 23, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mayan Ruins,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

Ek Balam Mayan ruins in Mexico

Winter vacations in Yucatan, when the days are not too hot, are perfect for ruin trekking! Look at this awesome, sunny day at Ek Balam ruins. Visit the Mayan ruins of Yucatan.

Loco Fun and Adventure on the Caribbean Sea

Posted January 22, 2014 by LocoGringo in Family vacations,Loco Adventures,Riviera Maya Activities

Akumal sailing tours

Last month, the Loco Gringo crew booked a sailing trip out of Akumal for the annual company Christmas party. We had all done this catamaran tour before with visiting friends and family but had forgotten how much fun the Robinson Crusoe Sailing Adventure really is. With jobs, growing families and daily responsibilities, even those of us living in paradise can forget to take time out to enjoy life. We were certainly reminded that, without a doubt, this was one of the coolest excursions in the...

Yucatan Vacation Tip – DIY Merida Cantina Crawl

Posted January 20, 2014 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Loco Adventures,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities

cantinas in yucatan mexico

Cantinas have always been a part of Mexican culture. The phrase "Mexican cantina" brings to mind smokey saloons filled with gun slingers. However, the cantinas of today are very different, serving botanas (free appetizers while you drink) and some even cater to families. Do your own cantina crawl with some of our favorite Merida cantinas: La Negrita located on the corner of Calle 62 and 49 El Lucero del Alba on Calla 56 and 47 El Gallito 0n Calle 45 between 60 and 62 Pico de...

Tulum Vacation Tip – New App to Explore Ruins

Posted January 13, 2014 by LocoGringo in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

tulum ruins in riviera maya

Archaeologist Dr. Edwin Barnhart’s iPhone app “Tulum – Be Your Own Guide” is complete and on sale through Apple’s online Appstore.  Focused on the Maya ruins of Tulum just south of Cancun, Mexico, it has the potential to revolutionize how people visit archaeological sites.  It works somewhat like a museum audio tour, but gps navigation capabilities allow its users to go anywhere in the site in any order.  The “what is that” function allows them to point their phone at any...

Go Crazy for Foodie Travel in Yucatan & Riviera Maya

Posted January 8, 2014 by LocoGringo in Food & Drink,Loco Adventures,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services

Food Travel in the Riviera Maya

Foodies from around the world have discovered that the Yucatan and the Riviera Maya are great destinations to experience food created by some really inspiring chefs. If you are crazy for cooking or just enjoy eating really great Mexican food, take home more than just memories of your Mexico vacation, take home new kitchen skills and a knowledge of Mexico's fascinating culinary history. What better place to take a cooking class than the country with a cuisine that has been dubbed by UNESCO a...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Macario Gomez

Posted by LocoGringo in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

riviera maya handicrafts

On the highway from Tulum to the Coba ruins, you will pass through the little roadside village of Macario Gomez where you will find a wealth of Mexican handicrafts for reasonable prices. Hammocks, tables, hanging lamps, hats...you will even find great little taco stands and fresh fruit stands where you can refuel on your way to or back from the Coba ruins. We love this pit stop on the Coba road and we think you will too! Visit the Coba ruins.

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Cenote Zaci

Posted January 7, 2014 by LocoGringo in Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

cenote in the riviera maya

Photos of the beautiful cenotes of the Riviera Maya and Yucatan are enough to get anyone excited about traveling to this naturally stunning destination! Cenotes, fresh water sink holes in the jungle, are unique to the peninsula and a delight to swim in on a hot Summer day. Cenote Zaci is in the colonial town of Valladolid. Visit both ancient Mayan ruins and cenotes at this Riviera Maya archeological site.

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