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Loco Gringo Mexico

LocoGringo Mexico gives you local insights, vacation tips and stories from people who live and work in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Our host Kay Walten, will introduce you to people in Mexico who tell of their journey to the Yucatan, their local scoop on the people, the Mexico and Mayan culture, places not to miss on your next vacation, food and more. LocoGringo gives you travel info that you won’t find in a travel guidebook. Discover Mexico for your next vacation on a more intimate level than a typical tourist. As an expat, Kay has been working in vacation and tourism in Mexico since 1992. She is also co-founder of the vacation rental site LocoGringo.com.
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Dec 20, 2016

My guest on the today’s podcast is a dear friend whom I have known for almost 10 years. Iaax Page grew up in Western Mexico, but his heart is in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

Iaax first came to Cancun to visit his father when he was just four-years-old. He says it was mostly jungle at the time. He would take long rides with his father, mesmerized by the lagoon. Something drew him to this area. He says it was like he was under a spell. At 14, he moved to the area, and has been here ever since. After going to college to become a civil engineer, he started working as a receptionist at a hotel. He found sharing the information about the area with tourists very fulfilling. He made sure to give them the experience they wanted, by asking them what they wanted from their visit.

He likes people to see real Mexico. Places like Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres give travelers unforgettable, inexpensive experiences. Iaax says Cancun’s quality of customer service is underrated. Going out of your way to take care of tourists has become part of the local culture.

His second favorite place is Mexico’s Silicon Valley, Guadalajara. The second largest city in Mexico is, in Iaax’s opinion, as Mexican as it gets.

 

Iaax’s Secret Spots:

Isla Mujeres  — For a relaxing day trip.

Playa Norte  — On Isla Mujeres. Perfect for playing in the ocean.

Isla Blanca — On Isla Mujeres. A great place to see the stars.

Puerto Morelos — For an incredible Argentinian restaurant and beautiful houses.

Akumal — A great place to see the turtles.

 

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Dec 13, 2016

My guest on the today’s podcast, Pam Acosta, is originally from Chihuahua Mexico. Pam traveled to Arkansas to get her college degree in Journalism, and then returned to her home state. Shortly after returning, she found little work available to her. She made the decision to move to the Riviera Maya, where she could make the most of her excellent English speaking skills.

She did find opportunity in Cancun. Her first job was in a call center, which she remembers as being hard work. She certainly didn’t like it as much as she likes her current position working in social media and tourism. She says digital marketing has closed the gaps that previously existed in the travel sector.

Her job gives her the ability to have many adventures, such as swimming with sea turtles and whale sharks. Pam loves that she is able to explore more of the Riviera Maya as part of her job. Some of her favorite places to visit are the magical towns of Mexico, of which Valladolid is one.

 

Pam’s Secret Spots:

Playa Langosta — A nice beach with upgrades planned.

Xenotes Park — Four amazing cenotes.

Xcaret Park — A park with underground rivers.

 

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Dec 6, 2016

My guest on the today’s podcast is a longtime resident of Cancun, Jim Wehrle. Jim moved from Fort Worth, Texas, 29 years ago, and still enjoys each day here on the Riviera Maya. When he first decided to visit a sunny place for his vacation, a travel agent tried to steer him towards Acapulco. He was young, and she thought he might enjoy the clubs and  budding nightlife there, but when Jim heard about laid back, quiet place called Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula, something just felt right to him.

Jim’s history in the area dates back to when the Riviera Maya was called the tourist corridor. Everything has grown for the better, Jim says. The concern for the ecology, protecting the cenotes and mangroves; everything has been taken care of, even as the area has grown.

After teaching English and then selling for the Palace Resorts, Jim finally found a company he enjoyed working for, Sunset World. He started in administration and during his 23 years with the company, has worked  in every department. His current position is taking care of the organization’s Reputation Management, Social Media, and Internet divisions. He enjoys working in social media because it provides a real-time, two-way conversation between the supplier and the customer.

During his free time, Jim enjoys growing exotic fruits and vegetables on his little piece of dirt, just outside of Cancun. He wishes more people would leave the hotels, when they come on vacation, so they could see the amazing little towns and ruins such as Tizimin and Ek Balam. Plus, people from all over the world open up restaurants in Cancun, which feature traditional foods of their home country.

If you are planning to visit the area, the Hacienda Tres Rios hotel is an eco-minded hotel with some amazing things to do, such as kayaking through the mangroves, a sensory tour, and tequila tasting. This comes highly recommended from the Loco Gringo staff.

 

Jim’s Hidden Gems:

 

  • Quinta Avenida — A cool metropolitan area to grab a beverage and people watch.

 

 

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