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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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Now displaying: January, 2017
Jan 24, 2017

Loco Gringo welcomes Craig Zabransky, the writer and photographer behind the Stay Adventurous travel blog. Craig was working as a consultant on Wall Street, back in 2004, when he yearned to see the world. Mexico wasn’t one of the first places he visited on his sabbatical but, after being lured to Mexico City for a consulting gig, his passion for exploring the country began.

Mexico City is one of the world’s most populated cities, with over 20 million people living in it. Craig notes that it can be an intimidating place to visit for the first time, but the experience is a must. Craig has chosen it as one of his favorite places in the world and calls it the heartbeat of the country. Craig takes an annual trip to his favorite place, with a group tour he facilitates, called Stay AdvenTours Mexico City. He tries to catch the Michoacán Monarch Migration, which he calls the most amazing thing he has ever seen.

When Craig explores other parts of the country, he relishes the ruins and cenotes. His favorite ruin is Coba, because he loves the sense of discovery, walking through the jungle to climb an ancient pyramid. He loves ease of traveling to and through Cancun, and visiting the Casa de Corazón at Soliman Bay.

Catch up with Craig and all things Mexico on Twitter #mexchat.

 

Craig’s Secret Spots:

Xpu-ha The Perfect Beach Off the Beaten Path.

Cenote Multun-ha Where the water is clear as gin.

 

Use these Resources to Continue Your Journey:

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http://www.stayadventurous.com/

Staying Adventurous Podcast

Email: craig@stayadventuorus.com

Instagram: @StayAdventurous

Twitter: @stayadventurous

Stay Adventurous on Facebook

Mexchat on Facebook

 

Staying Adventurous Podcasts:

EP02 - The State of Yucatan

EP15 - Playing in Playa del Carmen

Jan 17, 2017

Today’s Loco Gringo guest, Matt Adcock, is an innovative, award-winning photojournalist, who picked up the love of photography from watching his grandfather take photos. American Photo magazine calls him one of the top-10 wedding photographers in the world, and the Huffington Post calls him a trailblazer for his innovations in the trash-the-dress theme. Listening to Matt’s love and enthusiasm for the Riviera Maya is pure gold. It will bring a smile to your heart.

Matt came to Mexico from Atlanta, Georgia in 2005, after a friend recommended he visit. He has since co-founded Del Sol Photography with Sol Tamargo. Matt loves to travel, but frequently finds himself missing the Riviera Maya while he is away. He says, as a photographer he lets his eyes guide him, and the area pushes his senses into hyperdrive.

Matt likes to adventure off the beaten track. He is in awe of the kindness and likeability of the Mayan people and their legends of ancient civilizations. One of his favorite lores is the relationship of the ancient Mayans with the cenotes and the Ceiba trees.

One of Matt’s escapes is free driving in the cenotes. He has found a treasure trove of goodies at the bottom of the water, including a GoPro camera with a family’s entire vacation recorded in it. He is using every opportunity to find the owners who lost their camera on January 4th, 2013. Watch the video and see if you know the owner so they can reclaim their vacation footage.

 

Matt’s Favorite Spots:

Chiapas The colonial town of San Miguel de Allende; you can spend an entire month, and still not take it all in.

Ruta de Cenotes — Kin Ha in Puerto Morelos; it’s also known as the Mayan underworld.

 

Use these Resources to Continue Your Journey:

Loco Gringo

Loco Gringo Directory

Loco Gringo on Facebook

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

Del Sol Photography

Matton Productions

Matt Adcock on Facebook

Matt Adcock on Google +

Matt Adcock on Instagram

Matt Adcock on Youtube

@cleric20 on Twitter

Find the Owner of the GoPro and on Facebook and the video on Youtube

Jan 10, 2017

Today’s guest, Michael Stewart, is a friend of mine from the Akumal yoga community. Michael, who is originally from Chicago, shares his journey, as well as his parent’s special journey, from the windy North to the sunny Caribbean beaches of the Riviera Maya.

Michael has always loved traveling the world, but in 2005, while he was in Laos, he realized how long it would take him to respond to his aging parents, should they need him. He knew he had to find a place for them that had top-notch medical care, as well as an environment that promoted well-being. He resorted to googling yoga + Caribbean. He found a job offer to be a yoga teacher in Akumal, and even though it wasn’t a good fit, it did place him in contact with a different, better-fit opportunity.

Shortly after arriving, Hurricane Emily hit. He was amazed at the bonding that occurred within the community after such a devastating natural disaster. He knew he wanted this to be his home, and after researching the patient care available to his parents, he brought them to live in Akumal, also.

Michael says he appreciates that physicians take the time to talk with people as individuals in Mexico, and that the cost of similar services is much less. And, with most doctors and nurses speaking both English and Spanish, bringing his parents to live in Mexico seemed the obvious choice.

Michael has a passion for yoga. He has celebrated his 20th year teaching his own style of yoga, Shanta Vira. He also practices Kirtan devotional chants. His Mantrika album features vibrational music designed to wake up qualities within humans, which may uncover deep spiritual questions, as well as assist in resolving physical issues.

Michael’s love of Mexico is vast. He enjoys visiting beaches of the Pacific, which are still untouched by most people, and the low mountainous regions near Mexico City. He says travelers or locals can always just get on a bus and find a place to stay, good food, and nice people.

 

Michael’s Secret Spots:

Muyil Mayan Ruins — A Ritual Spot Still Used Today.

X'cacel — Cenote on the Beach by a Turtle Sanctuary.

Puerto Morelos — A Beautiful Mix of Mexicans and North Americans.

 

Use these Resources to Continue Your Journey:

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Loco Gringo Directory

Loco Gringo on Facebook

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

Shanta Vira Yoga

Mantrika Album

Yoga en Akumal

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