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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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Feb 28, 2017

What does a happy dog look like? My guest, Veterinarian Erika Flores, offers advice to visitors of the Riviera Maya area about the local dog and cat populations.

Erika trained in Mexico City, where she worked for the Mexican Government Wildlife Division. The stress of the city was getting to her, and she welcomed the opportunity to move to Quintana Roo with her partner. For the last six years, she has worked for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), focusing on humane management of the dog and cat population in the Riviera Maya. The IFAW partners with local veterinarians and animal protection groups, including Coco’s Animal Welfare.

 

Travelers Take Note

The culture regarding dogs and cats is different in Mexico. If an animal is roaming the streets it doesn’t mean they need to be rescued.

Dogs have a different life than dogs in other places but they can still be happy. An animal needs exercise and social interaction.

Going to a vet can be expensive for the average Mexican worker. It can even be more costly than human care.

There is no shelter big enough to hold all the street dogs.

 

How Travelers Can Help

Find a local organization that works with needy animals and see if they need a donation for food or someone to walk the animals.

 

Coco’s Animal Welfare — They sterilize community animals and is nearly free for those who cannot afford it.

S.O.S. el Arca — Visitors can volunteer to work at a shelter and play with the animals.

Become a Sponsor — Sponsor an animal or the cost of a surgery.

Don’t Put Wild Animals at Risk by Taking Pictures.

 

*If you complain to the government about street dogs they may try to clear the streets, and it may not be in the best interest of the dogs.

 

Erika’s Favorite Places:

Isla Holbox The Best Place to Recharge Your Batteries.

Isla Mujeres — A Little Island with a Lot to Do.

El Cuyo — A Fishing Town with Flamingos.

Puerto Morelos — Great Fish!

 

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Coco’s Animal Welfare

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SOS el Arca

IFAW

Feb 21, 2017

Head Chef and Instructor at Los Dos Cooking School, Mario Canul joins me on the podcast to share his favorite places to eat in Mexico, what makes the Yucatan version of pico de gallo so amazing, and information about David Sterling’s new cookbook.

I have taken cooking classes at Los Dos Cooking School in Mérida several times. I am always amazed at how wonderful food is, and I love learning traditional Mayan recipes. Mario has roots in the Mayan community. In 2003, when David Sterling conceived the idea for the Los Dos cooking school, he passed all of his knowledge to Mario. In fact, one of the reasons Mario still teaches today, is because it honors David and the culinary education he shared.

David’s book, Yucatan: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition, is considered the bible of Yucatan cuisine. Mario was traveling with David to gather information for his second book, which is 5 years in the making. The second book includes small magical towns outside of the Yucatan, as David was interested in preserving all of the cooking histories from as many Mexican States as possible.

During their travels, two pueblos stood out for their amazing food the Oaxaca town: Teotitlán del Valle and Michoacán. In Oaxaca, there are tortillas in every color of the rainbow, due to the many varieties of corn. Mario still fondly recalls a pumpkin flower soup made by chef Abigail Mendoza. Michoacán also has amazing cuisine, with a distinct mix of sweet, spicy and seafood.

While these places offer savory tastes, Mario believes Yucatan cuisine is different from anywhere else in Mexico.

Mario describes the many specialty foods of the area, including the pico de gallo. He says the sauce made in Central Mexico is a common sauce made from Roma tomatoes, white onions, cilantro, lime and serrano chili but the Yucatan version adds habanero chili and sour orange. The taste is so distinct it has a different name, which is a Mayan word for dog nose, because after you eat it your nose runs.

 

Mario’s Special Places:

Hacienda Teya A beautifully refurbished hacienda, which serves quality, traditional Yucatan cuisine.

Manjarblanco For fantastic food.

Taquería Wayan'e They started with 2 recipes, and now have 25 different recipes.

Hunucmá The best cochinita in the world. For the best flavor, they slow cook cochinita underground, with a specific type of wood.

Temozon For the best smoked salty or spicy meat. It is THE spot to have lunch outside of Valladolid.

 

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Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition, by David Sterling

Feb 14, 2017

Steve Moen had a stressful job working in Seattle for Microsoft, before coming to the Riviera Maya. After being hospitalized for stress and anxiety, Steve realized he needed a vacation. He had always wanted to visit the Cancun area, but feared the “Spring Break” crowds. It was then a co-worker told him about Playa del Carmen.

The first thing Steve did after arriving in the laid back, stunningly beautiful Playa was to throw back a shot of tequila, and jump in the ocean. He started feeling like himself again.

It changed Steve’s life. He went back to Seattle, sold all of his belongings, bought a van and headed to Mexico. After a few not-profitable but interesting business ventures, Steve started providing web design services to real estate agencies and dive shops. He now supports the Loco Gringo site.

Steve is passionate about the beauty of the area, and the friends he has made here. During his time off he runs, travels to central Mexico, and watches football and futbol with friends.

 

Steve’s Special Places:

Rio Lagartos The area has 400 species of birds and great fishing.

Laguna Chunyaxche Boat Billed Herons abound on Bird Island.

Punta Laguna Near Coba, a spiral staircase leads to an amazing cenote.

 

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Feb 7, 2017

Originally from Veracruz, Paulina arrived in the Riviera Maya in 2007. She was required to do a college internship with a hotel to complete her tourism certification. Paulina finds that working in tourism gives her an opportunity to meet travelers and to learn different languages.

Paulina says the Riviera Maya offers everything to travelers and to people working in tourism. There are beautiful beaches, interesting people, and delicious food. During her time off, she takes short trips to Tulum, Cancun, and Merida, but she always returns to her home in the Riviera Maya. Her home has become a foster house for dogs who need rescuing. Locals and travelers alike take part in animal welfare and rescue efforts.

As the concierge for Loco Gringo, Paulina is able to experience fun activities like snorkeling in the cenotes. She isn’t exactly comfortable in the water yet, but she is enrolling in the Discover Scuba program.

 

Paulina’s Favorite Spots:

Xpu-ha Snorkeling in a Beautiful Cenote.

Captain Quickie’s Scuba, Snorkel, Sail, and More.

Señor Visit a Mayan Village for an Educational Experience.

Tankah Bay A Private Beach near Tulum.

Ruta de Los Cenotes 20 km of Cenotes on Both Sides of the Route.

Siete Bocas Seven Different Entrances to an Amazing Cenote.

Valladolid Chocolate Factory Make Your Own Chocolate.

Folk Art Museum The Magic of Mexico’s Art.

Convent San Bernardino See the Catacombs, Hear the History.

La Senda In Akumal, for Raw and Vegan Food.

Turtle Bay Cafe In Akumal, for Homemade Ice Cream.

La Buena Vida In Akumal, Vegan Quesadillas.

Charly’s Vegan Tacos In Tulum, for Chicharron Verde Tacos.

 

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concierge@locogringo.com

984-192-1049 If calling from Mexico

512 782-9878 If calling from outside Mexico

Discover Scuba

Captain Quicky

Coco's Animal Welfare

Tierra de Animales

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