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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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Jun 20, 2017

My guest this week, Otto von Bertrab, famously discovered Rio Secreto in 2006. Originally from Mexico City, a short trip to Akumal left him in love with the Riviera Maya and the Mayan people. Otto is the published author of four books and has 11 more in various stages of completion.  He joins me today to tell us more about his Rio Secreto project and conservation within the community.

17 years ago, Otto helped to get the Alltournative eco-tourism project off the ground in the Coba area near the Pac Chen cenote. He has always had the goal of preserving the area in pristine condition. After finding Rio Secreto, a series of underground pools, he recognized that if Playa del Carmen kept growing, the natural wonders and the clean water supply would be in danger, if there wasn’t someone guarding it.

So, Otto helped to form the Centinelas del Agua, a non-profit group who maintains strict regulations for visitors and are requesting the cenotes and underground rivers be considered biological corridors. Otto believes protecting the fresh water cenotes from sea level rise caused by global warming to be an emergency. People with children should become active participants in protecting the life-giving water sources.

Scientists are also studying the geology of the area and uncovering secrets of the Mayan culture throughout history.  Otto says the Mayan people and their culture is the true treasure of the area, and he recommends visitors rent a car, and visit the small Mayan towns which make up the Riviera Maya.

 

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!

 

Use these Resources to Continue Your Journey:

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The Riviera Maya Green Guide 

Loco Gringo on Facebook

Concierge@locogringo.com

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

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Rio Secreto

Rio Secreto on Facebook 

Rio Secreto Contact Numbers:

Toll Free US & CA: 1(800) 935-8352 

Toll Free Mexico: 01-800-845-0529 

Main Office: +52 (984) 147-60-50

Alltournative

 

Jun 13, 2017

For this week’s episode, I step out of the office and into the jungle. My guest Michael Maurus has lived in an off-grid treehouse in the deep jungle since the beginning of this year. He even has to start a fire before he can make his morning coffee.

Michael is originally from Bavaria, Germany. He made his way to the Riviera Maya by way of Munich, New York, Miami, and finally Cancun. He has lived in Mexico for 20 years, and much of that time was in Puerto Morelos. In an attempt to live the most authentic experience possible, he moved into the jungle, and provides visitors with personalized photography workshops along with a cultural journey.

Michael’s early fascination with photography began when his uncle would show him slideshows of his travel photography. Little Michael never imagined he would be working as a photographer in Mexico. Now, he knows this is where he is meant to be, and hopes his photos one day will help him to preserve and share his wonderful experiences.

For an authentic Mexican experience, Michael recommends visiting Colonia, in Puerto Morelos. The street food is amazing, and he says, interact with the local people as much as possible. Even if you don’t know any Spanish,  a smile is a great communication tool.

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!

Use these Resources to Continue Your Journey:

Loco Gringo

Loco Gringo Directory

Loco Gringo on Facebook

Concierge@locogringo.com

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

MMaurus.com

Michael Maurus on Facebook

 

Jun 9, 2017

Rob Kinnon and his wife moved to the Riviera Maya 13 years ago from upstate New York. They have seen Playa del Carmen grow from a sleepy fishing village into what it is today. Rob has extensive real estate experience in the Riviera Maya. He and his wife started Buy Playa to be a representative for and an advocate to buyers, after their first land purchase left them underwhelmed.

During this introductory episode, he answers the most common questions he receives from people looking to buy property in the Riviera Maya.

 

Q. Is it legal for foreigners to own property in Mexico?

A. Yes, but not in the restricted zones.

 

Q. What vehicles are available to me in order to purchase property in the Riviera Maya?

A. Many people open a Mexican Corporation which will hold the title to the property. The most popular way for foreigners to own property in the restricted zone is to own in Fideicomiso (akin to a bank trust). There are no additional risks to having a Fideicomiso.

 

All of the expats in the Riviera Maya were first-time buyers at one point. It can be scary, but not when you have a team of experts on your side.

 

Send Rob your questions directly and he’ll answer them on a future podcast!

 

Use these Resources to Continue Your Journey:

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Loco Gringo Directory

Loco Gringo on Facebook

Concierge@locogringo.com

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

Buy Playa

Rob@buyplaya.com

 

Jun 6, 2017

My guest on the podcast today is a diver from Playa del Carmen. In 2000, Vicente Fito came to the Riviera Maya, from Majorca Spain, for a one-year work assignment in a dive shop and has happily lived in Playa del Carmen ever since.

In 2004, Vicente opened the Playa Diving Center in Playa del Carmen to assist the booming cave diving market to explore cenotes.

He has a wife and 2 kids. Families can take the kids to the cenotes. They learn to swim safely in the fresh water. His dive center offers high-quality, entry-level scuba courses. He says people who aren’t interested in certification can get a 3-hour course to try it out. This way they can visit controlled areas within the cenotes, for a natural experience.

5 Family Friendly Cenotes You Shouldn’t Miss

1. Ponderosa

2. Crystalina

3. Cenote Azul

4. Cenote Manatee

5. Dos Ojos

For an Authentic Mayan Experience During Your Visit

1. Visit the Chacchoben Ruins.

2. Go to Merida City.

3. Relax on the Caribbean beaches South of Tulum.  

Vicente also details his recent trip to the pristine waters near Mahahual on Chinchorro Island. He was filming a  spot for a TV show which shows the life of local lobster fishermen. There are many animals living there that you don’t see often plus a lot of crocodiles.  He says you can snorkel with the crocodiles, stay overnight with the fisherman and they even have wifi! 

Vicente’s Favorite Places in the Riviera Maya:

Bacalar— Quiet, calm snorkeling along the  60 km long lagoon.

● El Cuyo & Isla Holbox — Los Colorados — Amazing beaches, no people only turtles and flamingos.

Sian Ka’an — Camping on the beach.

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!

Use these Resources to Continue Your Journey:

Loco Gringo

Loco Gringo Directory

Loco Gringo on Facebook

Concierge@locogringo.com

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

Playa Diving Center

INFO@PlayaDivingCenter.com

+52 9842673601

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