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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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Mar 28, 2017

My guest today has a history of assisting animals in need. As a little girl growing up in Wales, Laura Raikes would rescue and adopt cats and dogs to bring them to her family’s farm. She first came to Playa del Carmen 14 years ago on a holiday, and loved it so much she ended up staying. Her love for animals has made a big impact in the Riviera Maya community.

Laura’s Animal Welfare organization is named after a kitten she named Coco. Coco was hit by a car on the road and much to Laura’s surprise people joked about the travesty. It was then Laura decided she wanted to change the way people saw animals, and to keep them off the roads. Her first project was to trap cats, have them spayed or neutered, and then released.

As many as 7 local veterinarians started donating two surgeries a week. As the need grew, Laura hired her first vet, Edgar, who helped to spay and neuter thousands of animals. To complete the idea of animal welfare, Laura realized educating the local community about animal care would also go a long way in helping local animals.

In May of 2016, Cocos was able to build a state-of-the-art facility, which features a multipurpose room to function as a classroom for education, a training room for volunteers, and on Saturday mornings, there is even yoga with cats!

 

Tips for Travelers

If you are visiting the Riviera Maya, and would like to help the animals of the area:

● Make sure the animal you are trying to help isn’t already someone’s pet.

● Remember, cats here are much slimmer than cats where you may be from.

● Contact Cocos while you are still in the Riviera Maya, if you want to take the animal home with you.

● If you rescue an animal, take responsibility for the rescue. If you can’t take it home, then help it find a home here.

 

Volunteer Activities

● Kitten cuddling from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday’s.

● Adoption fair — 1st Saturday of every month.

● Second-hand sale to raise money for programs.

● Salsa dancing to raise funds.

● Help with surgery prep or around the center (two-week training course required).

Tepoztlán — special, magical place — the market. Playa is her favorite.

 

Laura’s Favorite Spots:

Tepoztlán - A special place with a magical market.

Cenote Cristalino — Beautifully clear waters.

Yal Ku Lagoon in Akumal — Unique snorkeling in the place of the turtles.

Playacar Beach - Picnic at the when the crowds are at home.

Xpu Ha Beach - A quiet beach on weekdays.

Don Chendo - The best pizza!

 

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Cocos Animal Welfare

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Whatsapp/Phone - 984-120-0572

Mar 21, 2017

My guest today fondly remembers his hometown of Mazatlan, a Pacific coastal town, for its amazing seafood. Daveed Placencia now lives in the Riviera Maya, where he owns a private chef service and in-home cooking course. His business is so popular, he has hired four other chefs to help him keep up with all the new business.

Daveed moved to Puebla in Central Mexico to study biology, but found himself spending all day, every day, in a lab. He quickly tired of being inside, so when a friend invited him to Cancun, he accepted without hesitation. Once in Cancun, Daveed accepted an opportunity to volunteer for Global Vision International (GVI). He says his life changed the moment he submerged himself underwater for the first time. He knew he wanted to study marine biology and do field work.

When he returned to school he had to change his focus. Daveed had a scholarship but it left very little money left for food. He made an arrangement with his friends to cook if they bought the food. He got permission from a professor to bring his food to school to sell and soon got paid to cook private dinners for parties.

In 2008, Daveed moved to Puerto Morelos, and got a job with Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA), monitoring the bay to make sure tourism activities were sustainable. Hotel and tour operators paid his salary by way of donations.

Daveed decided to open his chef service company while continuing to work his day job. He would go to the rental houses of tourists or snowbirds, and cook traditional Mexican recipes passed down from his mother. Today, people are requesting different menus. Daveed still has his favorite, such as his mother’s chicken with mushroom cream and chipotle, fish tacos, and his favorite dessert, zucchini chocolate cake (a recipe a Canadian volunteer shared with him). Daveed and staff also provide in-home cooking lessons, which he says are fun for both adults and children.

It’s obvious Daveed loves Mexican gastronomy and biology, but he says making happy moments is the best thing in his life. He fondly recalls the friends he made in Puebla, the town in Central Mexico where he discovered himself, started his studies and lived on his own for the very first time.

 

Daveed’s Favorite Spots in the Riviera Maya:

Banco Chinchorro — Off the coast of Mahahual. The coral reef is amazing.

Xcacel Beach — The entrance fee goes directly to the turtle protection program.

 

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Centro Ecologico Akumal

Mar 14, 2017

Liliana Cruz joins me on today’s podcast. Originally from Mexico City, Liliana moved to the Riviera Maya in 2003. After living and working in Cancun and Tulum, she now calls Playa del Carmen her home. Liliana has a passion for spa and wellness. So much so, that she now runs a mobile spa service, and sponsors an annual Alternative Health Fair.

Her background in business administration offered her an opportunity to run a spa in Tulum. She drifted from the business side to the practice of alternative therapies. Liliana studied massage, cosmetology, acupuncture, and yoga, and it has created a new life for her. She created SpaMobil Tulum in 2007. She and her team take their therapeutic practices on-the-road to perform yoga classes, set up sweat lodges, and perform massages, including the ancient practice of Mayan massage.

In 2014, Liliana split her company into 22:11 Spa & Salon and Love for Love. Love for Love provides ceremonies for weddings, renewal of vows, and birthdays.

Living near the ocean and the jungle provides Liliana the energy and peace she loves. She enjoys taking long weekends to discover little towns around the Yucatan peninsula.

Living in Tulum made her appreciate the people of the area. In an effort to give back to the community, she and her team created an Alternative Health Fair. They offer low-cost services everyone can afford. 22:11 Spa & Salon will also participate in the Alternative Health Fair in Cancun on March 22-23rd and in Playa del Carmen on April 22-23rd. Services include a therapist, team activities, organic products for purchase, and food stands.

Liliana loves the cuisine in the Riviera Maya. She recommends Panuchos, Papadzules, Lima soup, Cuernavaca, Chicharrones, and Gorditas.

 

Liliana’s Favorite Places:

Valladolid — Walking the Beautiful Streets and Visiting Cenotes.

Merida — The Energy is Beautiful.

Sacred Art Museum of Merida — Artifacts from History.

Boca Paila — A Place Between the Beach and the Ocean.

Tankah — A Bay Next to Tulum.

Soliman Bay — A Bay Near Akumal.

El Doctorcito — Delicious Ceviches.

Ah Cacao — Chocolate Brownies and Coffees.

Bio-Orgánicos — Vegan, Yucatán-Style of Food.

 

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Love for Love

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Mar 7, 2017

My guest on today’s podcast is a doctor who practices integrative healing in Playa del Carmen. Dr. Luis Suarez describes his health services as a blend of scientific medicine and complementary natural therapies. His holistic approach integrates nutrition, acupuncture,  phytotherapy, and more to ensure patients receive total health care during their visits.

Originally from Mexico City, Dr. Suarez is a pioneer in neural therapy and regenerative injection therapy, which includes platelet rich plasma and adipose tissue stem cells. Locals and travelers are eager to visit Dr. Suarez’s SANAR Center for anti-aging therapy, ozone therapy, hydrotherapy and detoxification.

Dr. Suarez finds people living in and visiting the Riviera Maya are interested in a holistic approach to health care and integrative therapies, which are not widely available in the U.S. and Canada. Ozone therapy is one such practice. It is a versatile gas which elicits a reaction from the body’s antioxidant system and boosts oxygen levels. Medical tourism is on the rise in the Riviera Maya and many repeat patients are snowbirds who are interested in pain management.

The Riviera Maya is a small place with a wide array of mindful oriented options, says Dr. Suarez. He enjoys the dynamic mix of people and believes the area is growing economically. He also loves the beach and the opportunity to scuba dive.

 

Dr. Suarez’s Secret Spots:

Xpu ha — A Beautiful Beach.

Sian Ka’an — For Camping in Wilderness.

La Pepita — Seafood Restaurant in Puerto Morelos.

Cocina Economica Marisol — Local Eatery with Prices You Won’t Believe.

 

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