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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: April, 2017
Apr 25, 2017

My guest on today’s podcast, Cristobal Tamariz, is the owner of Riviera Maya Food Tours. Cristobal believes the best way to preserve a country's culture is through sharing and experiencing local traditions. And, his way of sharing is through authentic, regional cuisine.

Born in Central Mexico, Cristobal grew up surrounded by his grandmother’s and his mother’s flavorful cooking. He thought he might become an engineer and study chemistry, but soon realized he could create chemical reactions through food, so he spent five years studying the culinary arts. Cristobal traveled to different parts of the world before his love of his culture, his food, and his family, drew him back to Mexico.

While planning a vacation to the Riviera Maya,  Cristobal received a call  offering him a job in a cooking school in the area. He accepted the position of instructor to teach cooking classes to visitors.

Cristobal loves working with locally available foods, including peppers. He says each region of Mexico uses a different type of pepper which gives each region its own distinct flavor. Mexicans have over 500 years of cooking traditions to preserve, and they consider their foods part of their identities.

 

Cristobal’s Secret Places:

● Puerto Morelos Square The Best Churros Ever!

Rincón de Archon — Puerto Morelos — Take a Food Tour.

Bacalar — The Lagoon Has Seven Different Colors of Blue.

 

Thank you to Buy Playa for sponsoring this episode. They are buyer’s agents and only sell titled properties. They are truly experts in their field!

 

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Apr 18, 2017

Ael Enciso was ‘made’ in Cozumel, and delivered in her grandmother’s living room in Mexico City. For the past 17 years, she has been in Playa del Carmen, working in just about every aspect of the tourism industry.

Ael says the Riviera Maya is best seen off the beaten track. When a visitor ‘acts like a local,’ and enjoys the laid-back atmosphere of the area, is when they have the best time.

When Ael travels within Mexico she visits the cenotes, rides her bike through trails in the jungle, and visits the colonial inland cities. She wants to travel throughout Mexico and re-visit Chiapas and Guanajuato.

Ael works in the growing industry of destination weddings in the Riviera Maya. She recommends the area because there is so much for wedding guests to do. Guests can experience a wedding and a vacation in a single trip. Brides will appreciate the wedding planners, the backdrop, the flowers, and the photography options. Brides can also include a community service component, which gives back to the community.

 

Ael’s Favorite Eateries:

Taqueria El Arbolito Puerto Aventuras — Try the Pozole.

Chamicos Bahia Soliman — For the Best Ceviche Ever!

 

Thank you to Buy Playa for sponsoring this episode. They are buyer’s agents and only sell titled properties. They are truly experts in their field!

 

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From Sea to Cenotes, ebook

Concierge@locogringo.com

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@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

Coco’s Animal Welfare

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Apr 11, 2017

My guest today, Tamara Adame, was born and raised Puerto Morelos, here in the Riviera Maya. After studying in Merida, Tamara spent 10 years in Europe, devoting most of her time to Brussels, Belgium. It was there she rekindled her love of diving and the ocean.

When she returned to Mexico, she met up with a friend who also grew up in Puerto Morelos and who, like her, wanted to educate people about environmental protections, sustainability of the reef environment, and take them underwater to experience the unrivaled beauty. So the two friends created the environmentally responsible, educational, dive company, Manatus Mexico.

Tamara remarks that the Riviera Maya area has grown so much in a short period of time. It's up to people to balance what is getting out of balance. The entire Yucatan peninsula is linked together. The reef is a complex system of life — you are looking at thousands of organisms at once.

Tamara loves the cenotes, walks in the jungle, and the colonial inland cities of the past. She recommends visitors ask as many questions, and learn as much as possible while they are in the area.

 

4 Tips from Tamara:

Go inland. It will change the way you think about Mexico.

Visit a Mayan ruin with a local guide. The structures are hand-carved and astrologically connected.

Visit the coral reef. Snorkel or dive to see the amazing fish.

Visit the Botanical Garden in Puerto Morelos.

 

Thank you to Buy Playa for sponsoring this episode. They sell only titled properties and are experts in their field!

 

Use these Resources to Continue Your Journey:

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From Sea to Cenotes ebook

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@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

Manatus Mexico

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Manatus Mexico on Facebook

@ManatusMexico on Twitter

Apr 4, 2017

My guest today puts his heart and soul into everything he does.
Ken Brownlee is the Founder and primary shooter of Visual Media Productions in Playa del Carmen. Today he shares funny stories about shooting weddings, tips for brides and his favorite food joints.

When Ken was a teenager, his parents would drive from Canada to Florida, to get away from the harsh winters. Ken loved spending a month in the water, and didn’t want to return to the cold. He decided, after college, to become a scuba instructor and travel the world.

Ken visited eight countries in four years, but once he came to Mexico he found himself in a place that instantly felt like home. He worked as a scuba instructor for tourists, and that turned into underwater photography and video, and then it morphed into weddings and landscapes.

Ken says shooting weddings appealed to his nature, because he grew up surrounded by love. He loves capturing the special moments between couples, and he feels privileged to be able to share in the couple’s special day. Ken says he has had a Bridezilla or two, but the majority of brides are walking 3 feet off the ground.

 

Ken’s Tips for Brides

● The first dance is better when you and your groom move around.

● Smile and look up when you are first announced, bride and groom.

● Take a breath and get out of your own head. Everything will be fine.

For Ken, the Mexican people are what keep him in the Riviera Maya. They are warm and friendly. He also loves the climate with its blue skies and cool nights, the delicious food, and the natural beauty.

 

Ken’s Favorite Spots:

Bacalar The lagoon of 7 colors.

El Pirata Ken’s go-to spot for ceviche in Playa del Carmen.

Las Hijas de la Tostada Great spot for lunch.

La Rana Cansada A hotel/bar that feels like home.

 

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Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

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Visual Media Productions

visualmediaproductions@hotmail.com

Ken’s YouTube Channel

Cancun Wedding Videos

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