Posted February 3, 2017 by Kay Walten in Yucatan Activities
In November we wrote about a good friend who we lost in this world, Chef David Sterling, the owner and teacher at Los Dos Cooking School. My first cooking class with Chef David was in 2003, a class that found us becoming fast friends and supporters of Yucatan culinary history. Keith emailed me in January with news of what would become of this famous cooking school held near and dear to both Meridians and visitors to the Yucatan. Chef David could never be replaced, this we all knew, but his...
Posted January 16, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities
Valladolid. Close to the Riviera Maya. Colonial Yucatan City. Glorious change from the beach. Great Yucatecan food. This is one of our favorite getaways when we are looking for something different. When we are having a dinner party, the local municipal market is where we like to shop for local produce, tortillas and fresh meat. This is a photo journal of some of our recent trips to Valladolid. Enjoy! Valladolid Photo Journal - An Afternoon Adventure in the Yucatan The main Cathedral in...
Posted December 7, 2016 by Kay Walten in Yucatan Activities
Looking for something different in the Riviera Maya? Are you hoping to plan a special day trip that digs into local culture, history and food! Valladolid just a short distance from the Riviera Maya is just your ticket. Whether you drive, take the bus, or hire a private van for your group, you will have an amazing day! Photo Tour of Valladolid This is the Only Guide to Valladolid Written By Locals! Make Your Day Trip...
Posted October 7, 2016 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities
I love the Riviera Maya, but I admit I love Merida as well. The colonial architecture, Yucatecan culture, the incredible history and the great neighborhoods of Merida keep me entertained a few times per year. If you have 72 hours in Merida, know from the get go this is not enough time to see the entire city. Nor is it time to see all the museums. But you will have an awesome time no matter which museums, events, and neighborhoods you visit. In our other posts, 72 hours in Isla Mujeres,...
Posted May 4, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Watersports,Yucatan Activities
With so many cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is almost impossible to explain the unique beauty of each. We have listed all the cenotes in the Riviera Maya in our Loco Gringo Directory so you can tour through as many or as few as you wish. But we have some personal favorites that take us not only into a great cenote but add a road trip into the mix. All of the cenotes we are going to list are just a short drive away (under 2.5 hours) and will bring you into areas of the Yucatan Peninsula...
Posted November 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities
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....
Posted June 26, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities
We have been talking about Rio Lagartos for some time now. It is a favorite day trip for us and we love this part of the Yucatan. We were just talking to some friends about their summer vacation in the Riviera Maya, and Rio Lagartos came to mind, again. Rio Lagartos - Flamingos, Flamingos, Flamingos This is a great destination to see hundreds of Flamingos on the Gulf Coast. We always hire a local guide to take us through the mangroves and out to the Gulf to get a look at one of our favorite...
Posted May 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Yucatan Activities
We think this one of the top questions we receive in our email. "Should we visit Riviera Maya beaches or the Colonial cities in the Yucatan." Our first response is, this does not have to be an 'or' question. Colonial cities are close to the beaches of the Riviera Maya so think about visiting both!. Experience Colonial Cities and Beautiful Beaches on your Riviera Maya Vacation The Riviera Maya is located along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. If you want to...
Posted May 6, 2015 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities
Merida is a big city, a very big city, but thankfully it does not feel like a big city. It is this small city feel to Merida that has us venturing to the Yucatan for a break, albeit a weekend or even 2 days out of the week. This colonial city is close to the Riviera Maya and adds some cultural flavors to our oh so Mexico life. We have put together a list of things we think would make a great trip to Merida. You do not need to do all of these activities in one trip. Merida is a city to be...
Posted April 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Vacation tips,Yucatan Activities
Participate in a historical dance tradition that is exclusive to the Yucatan. Vaquerias are a religious and economic celebration honoring the patron saint of either a Hacienda or a Yucatan village. The bigger the party, the more money a village or hacienda had. These dances share the sounds of the Jarana orchestra with the sights of Jarana traditional dance. Today, no one has to travel outside Merida to a Hacienda or village to witness a traditional Vaqueria. Every Sunday at 1 p.m. or Monday...
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