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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: September, 2017
Sep 26, 2017

Originally from the cold white north in Saskatchewan, Canada, Parrish Konda worked in sales. He now lives in the capital city of Yucatan, Merida. Parrish can’t imagine ever going back to his previous life. He, along with his business partner, is building a residential condo development that sits on the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico in a little town named Progreso.

During today’s episode, Parrish shares the story of his first trip to Mexico, why he stays and his favorite places in Mahahual, the first pueblo he called home here.

Parrish came to Mahahual two years ago based on a friend’s recommendation.  He loves the beaches, the views, and the adventurous beach road. When his friends make their annual visit they always go to Mahahual.

 

Things to do in Mahahual:

● Diving

● Visit the Costa Maya Water Park

● Birding — Over 200 species of birds frequent the area.

● Drive to Bacalar’s Lagoon of 7 Colors.

● Drink margaritas on the beach.

 

Parrish lives in Merida, also known as the White City.  It’s a colonial town with new boutique shops and wine bars popping up along its cobblestone streets. Parrish loves the laid-back lifestyle in Mexico, the people, and their culture. His only regret, he says, is not making the move sooner.

Merida’s Mercado 60 is a unique food truck park that features live music and dancing in the evenings.

The condo development Parrish is working to create is in Progreso.

 

Things to do near Progreso:

● Visit the Dzibilchaltun Ruins.

● Visit the Uxmal Ruins.

● See the flamingos at Celestun Biosphere Reserve (Nov-Dec).

 

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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Concierge@locogringo.com — Ask Paulina

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

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Sep 19, 2017

Margo Guenther is back for another installment of “Things to Do in Tulum.” During today’s episode, she shares all the places on the jungle side of the beach road. Since Margo moved to Tulum in 2006, she says the jungle side has exploded with great places to eat, drink, and shop.

So open up a map of Tulum and follow along, so when you visit you won’t miss any of these great places.

 

La Eufemia — One of the hippest places on the beach. The Argentinian owner’s motto is “Relax and Eat Some F*ing Tacos.” That should tell you everything you need to know.

Hartwood — Big marketing dollars helped this place reach out to New Yorkers visiting the Riviera Maya for the food. It’s a bit pricey but the chef is known by name.

Cortázar Bar — Named after the Argentinian author, Julio Cortázar this bar offers high-level cocktails and is the perfect place to spend your time while waiting for your reservation at Hartwood.

Cenzontle: Jardin Secreto — One of Margo’s favorites. There is a beautiful garden out back with twinkly lights and all the drinks are named after 1920’s film stars.

Clan-Destinos — A new, hidden spot that serves up some great burgers and their own hand-crafted beers. There is a beautiful cenote to marvel at as well.

El Cangrejo Mudo — It’s a small taco cart in front of Clan-Destinos that has really good ceviche.

Casa Jaguar  — High-end food and drinks and techno music a few nights a week for their party in the mangroves.

Gitano  — A little bit of New York, New York in Tulum. Features live music during dinner.

BOLAS de Postre  — Has alcohol with ice cream. What’s not to like about that combo? It turns into quite the party scene.

Tunich  — Margo’s favorite place for breakfast and brunch. They recently introduced Boozy Smoothies.

Kitchen Table — A jungle kitchen. Check out the people camping in the old limestone mine next door.

Ahau Beach Club — When Margo goes to the beach she goes to Ahau. Food and drinks are delivered to you right on the beach and some evenings feature music.

 

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 — Ask Paulina

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

LocoGringo Mexico Vacation Free E-books

My Feel Good Way

 

Sep 12, 2017

Margo Guenther is back for her third installment of Things to Do in Tulum. During today’s episode, she shares all the happening spots that feature live music. Margo is not sure how it happened but she says she somehow became the token gringa that hung out with all the musicians. She also says that the amazing music is one of the reasons she still lives in Tulum.

 

Live Music Can Be Found At:

Batey Bar — Located downtown on the new hip street in Tulum.  It features a VW bus parked in front that has been transformed into a sugar cane press. During high-season, they have people playing music early in the front, and in the back, there is live music every night, year-round. Margo recommends the mojitos.

Curandero — Features a DJ and late-night parties.

WAYE — The music STARTS at 1 a.m. here.

La Palapa del Indio — Live Salsa dancing, a Mexican smorgasbord, and a fiesta-type atmosphere.

Infinyto — A great place to hang with locals in the upstairs bar.

Todos Santos — Popular with the younger crowd. It’s hopping on the weekends.

Encanto Cantina — A 3-man band who play classic rock near the street. Great food.

Terraza Nawal — High-quality Mescal bar exclusively for LGBT crowd.

ZAMAS — Beachfront bar with great food and amazing musicians. It’s Margo’s home away from home.

Puro Corazon — A favorite place for musicians who can sing for their supper. Visit the Ciel Rose Sunset Bar on top of the 4-story tower.

Le Bistro — You can find great specials at this quaint French restaurant.

La Malquerida Cantina — Typical Mexican food.

La Querida — Margo’s favorite flan & good prices for pizza.

Ki’Bok — A cool place to get coffee, cupcakes, and hamburgers.

Mateo’s — Mexican fare with a sunset bar.

La Luna — Features live music with BBQ every Wednesday.

La Zebra — Great live music during the DAY, the beach is super close and on Sunday nights there is salsa on the beach.

Papaya Playa — Famous for their full moon parties in which hundreds of people attend.

 

If you are planning your visit to Tulum mark all these places on the map and try and visit them all! Just make sure to follow Margo’s recommendation and take a disco nap in the afternoon.

 

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 — Ask Paulina

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

LocoGringo Mexico Vacation Free E-books

My Feel Good Way

My Feel Good Way on Facebook

Margoinmexico@hotmail.com

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Sep 5, 2017

Today’s  guest, Margo Guenther, is a long-time resident of Tulum. When Margo moved to Tulum there were only about 3,000 people. Today the town is estimated to have 30-40K people and is still growing. Margo is a fan of both the established staple restaurants and the newer progressive eateries.

 

Margo’s Favorite Traditional Places:

Antojitos la Chiapaneco Tulum  — Order the El Pastor!

Doña Tina’s — Try the Caldo. Doña Tina cooks it up fresh every day.

El Camellos Jr. — Fish at its finest. You must try the Shrimp Diablo.

Los Aguachiles — Tacos, Tostadas and Ceviche served in a Northern Mexican style.

Margo’s advice has been featured in popular publications and her list is a must-do for New Yorkers visiting the area.

 

Margo’s Favorite New Eatery:

Primitivo — Located behind the Agua Viva hotel which features an unrivaled bamboo building technique and sweat lodge, Primitivo offers two distinctly different menus. One is from Raw Love, a raw vegan local restaurant and Primitivo’s own menu which includes ribeye tacos on handmade tortillas.

Juanita Diavola in Coco’s — Fresh pizza and homemade pasta on the beach road.

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 — Ask Paulina

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

LocoGringo Mexico Vacation Free E-books

My Feel Good Way

My Feel Good Way on Facebook

Margoinmexico@hotmail.com

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