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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: February, 2018
Feb 20, 2018

My guest this week lives in the jungle of Tulum. Suzan Crane has a colorful career and travel history. She ran a famous punk club in New York, she was a PR Executive and toured with well-known musicians. After over 25 years in the business, the universe pushed her in a different direction.

 

At 47, Suzan sold everything she owned and for 14 years she backpacked to places all over the globe doing whatever was necessary to stay afloat monetarily. She turned her hobby of jewelry making into a source of income and found work as a freelance travel writer. When she felt it was time to put down roots she bought an out of the way place in Tulum.

 

She created the Ladies who Lunch/Chicas who Chat Sisterhood for women of all ages who live full or part-time in the Riviera Maya. The mission of the group is to make a positive impact in the area.

 

With photographer Sofia Hernandez she Founded an all-female interactive artisan market. The second annual market will be held on March 11, 2018, at Alumbra on the beach road. 20% of the rent from vendor booths will go to charity.

 

If you want to work with companies who support Suzan’s organization’s visit:

 

Colibri Hotels — A community conscious organization.

Habitas — A restaurant with remarkable food.

Amansala

Hip Hotel

El Vegetariano Mar Y Tierra

Loyal Order

JOSA Tulum

Global Gypsy Collection

Sophia Hernandez Photography

Margot Guenther

Carrie Haley

Tulum Now

Rivera Kitchen

Cenzontle Restaurant

Mestiza Pet Project

The Jungle Place Monkey Sanctuary

Green Tulum Recycling

Halo Bar

 

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

Ladies Who Lunch/Chicas Who Chat Tulum

Artisan Market at Alumbra

Feb 6, 2018

My guest this week has lived near the beach in Mexico for most of his life. Alejandro (Alex) Espejo is a recent addition to the Loco Gringo team. His passion for wine and nightlife is what brings him to the podcast today.

 

Shortly after attending University in Mexico City, Alex and his friends opened the first organic food store in Cancun. When one of his partners wanted to go back to Mexico City, Alex to Akumal. He got a job at a resort hotel and spent most of his time under the water, near Cozumel, diving. His instructor is one of the best-known cavern divers in the world.

 

In addition to diving, Alex loves gastronomical pleasures. He visits the new restaurants that open in Tulum and Playa.

 

Restaurants Alex enjoys are:

 

In Tulum:

 

Uno — An organic, vegan wonderland of Japanese noodles.

Arca  — Voted one of the best new restaurants in Forbes magazine.

Beso  —  Great atmosphere and great food.

Kitchen Table — Everyone loves the food here.

 

In Playa del Carmen:

 

SOMA — An Urban Sushi Bar.  

Cantina Numero 20 — Mexican food from different regions. Try the grasshoppers or fried ant eggs.

 

Alex says the weather in the Riviera Maya calls for a lighter wine, depending on your meal. And Mexican vineyards produce excellent wines in Baja. Dry Rosés like the ST Rosé and the Calixa Grenache and the El Cielo and Monte Xanic Sauvignon Blancs are must-haves.

 

A good place to find these wines is at Europa. They have a great wine selection and they can special order wines and champagnes for you. Two locations in Playa del Carmen, 8th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue or in Quinta Allegria at the corner of Av. Constituyentes and 5th Avenue.

 

For those who enjoy the nightlife, there is a full moon party in Tulum on the Saturday of the full moon. The party starts at 10 pm and goes until 4 am. And Boa’s has a sunset party on Sunday's from  12 pm to 10 pm alongside their private bay area.

 

Travelers looking for an authentic Mexican experience should go to the traditional town of Valladolid and visit the local market or spend the night in the Sian Ka’an Reserve.

 

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

Alejandro Espejo on Facebook

 

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