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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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Jul 25, 2017

My guest this week, Kenneth Johnson, is an American-born Mexican who studied Marine Biology in Mexico City before moving to the Riviera Maya to start his passion project, EcoColors, an eco-travel company dedicated to educating visitors about the amazing wildlife of the area.

Kenneth says he decided on the Mexican Caribbean because it has the second largest coral reef in the world, amazing jungles, wetlands and, in 1997,  about four million visitors. Along with his passion of sharing information,  he also wanted to enhance the environmental values with interesting facts about the wildlife, while offering a unique experience to his clients.

He says, if you are swimming with whale sharks, observing snakes dropping from a cave ceiling to eat bats or visiting a Mayan community, you have to have a knowledgeable guide. People are more excited about the wildlife they are seeing if they understand the natural adaptation species must make to survive.

In 1997, Mexico had only 70 protected areas, but now there are 172. So, in 20 years, Mexico has doubled the amount of protected land.  This means there is a shift towards understanding that we need to protect the wildlife we are blessed with.

Kenneth’s 40-hour course for other local tour operators promotes the idea that following the rules and environmentally-driven practices helps the tourism business and the wildlife.

When visiting the area, Kenneth recommends swimming with the whale sharks and marine turtles, enjoying the 550 different species of birds, exploring the cenotes, archeological sites, and visiting a Mayan community. He says visitors with disposable income are often pleasantly surprised about how rich the Mayans are, using happiness as their currency.

 

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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@locogringocom on Twitter

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Eco Travel Mexico

Eco Travel Mexico’s Snake, Bat, and Lizard Adventure

info@ecotravelmexico.com

 

Jul 18, 2017

My guest this week, Wendy Morrill, went on the adventure of a lifetime, with her father, along the Riviera Maya coastline. They completed a 600-mile walk from Puerto Morelos to the border of Belize. They endured hiking through grueling deep sand, dense jungle and rocky cliffs with only a machete, a backpack and a limited water supply.

Wendy and her father stopped in small towns to explore ruins and to enjoy the local culture. They found places like Xcacel, which was marked on the map as a town but was only a lean-to, and in Mahahual they had to go deep in the jungle to get around a huge security wall with armed gunmen.

When the terrain became too difficult to pass on foot they hired local fisherman to take them around rocky cliffs and even built a raft to cross a very deep inlet. They found rarely visited ruins, a boa constrictor and resort beach bars they couldn’t buy food or water from.

After returning from the experience, Wendy wrote a book and titled it The Found World of Quintana Roo, after reading Michel Peissel’s book, The Lost World of Quintana Roo, a book Wendy and her father used as a guide for their journey.

Wendy and her father are now personally sharing their experience with family by recreating their trip and visiting all the special places Wendy noted in her journal.

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 on Facebook

Concierge@locogringo.com

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

Wendy’s email — Morrill@maine.edu

Wendy’s Blog — The Found World of Quintana Roo

The Found World of Quintana Roo Book

 

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