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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.

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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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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Episodes

088: Scott Brown Has Seen the Riviera Maya Evolve Through His Lens

1/16/2018
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My guest this week is someone who we, here at Loco Gringo, consider family. Scott Brown has been in the Akumal area since he was seven. He moved with his mother and sisters to be with their grandparents at the Akumal Dive Shop, which they started a few years before. The Yucatan was a much different place 32 years ago. Scott remembers a childhood filled with snorkeling, diving, and exploring a shipwreck for treasures. His family made weekly trips to Cancun to visit the post office and for...

Duration: 00:34:58


087: The Chemistry of Flavors with Chef Cristobal Tamariz

1/9/2018
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This weeks throwback favorite from 2017 is.....Episode 056 with Cristobal Tamariz. 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,...

Duration: 00:25:05


086: Laura and Perry McFarlin — Discovering the Yucatan with Friends

12/26/2017
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This favourite from the past year was aired on episode 33. My longtime friends, Laura and Perry, are calling in from Iowa to join me as my guests on today’s podcast. They are the couple responsible for Cancun Map and MapChick maps, and travel guides of the Yucatan Peninsula. Perry shares the amusing story of how a waiter friend had won an obstacle course contest for a free trip to a little-known place called Cancun, Mexico. When he returned from the trip he told Laura and Perry, they...

Duration: 00:32:00


085: Raising a Family in Puerto Morelos with Amber Pierce

12/19/2017
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On today's favourite throwback, we take a listen back to episode 060 with Amber Pierce. Amber Pierce, writes the very popular Puerto Morelos Blog, plus she raises her children and works as a certified real estate agent in the area. When Amber first visited Puerto Morelos she appreciated the “Mexican-ness” of the place, as compared to cities like Cancun. Amber says she accidentally became a property manager, after many snowbirds and friends asked her to take care of monthly bills and to...

Duration: 00:41:59


084: Craig Zabransky — Staying Adventurous in Mexico

12/12/2017
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As the end of 2017 closes in, we have decided to choose some of our favourite shows from this year. Hope you enjoy! Loco Gringo welcomes Craig Zabransky, the writer and photographer behind the Stay Adventurous travel blog. Craig was working as a consultant on Wall Street, back in 2004, when he yearned to see the world. Mexico wasn’t one of the first places he visited on his sabbatical but, after being lured to Mexico City for a consulting gig, his passion for exploring the country...

Duration: 00:40:14


083: Russell Grainger Invests in Playa del Carmen in More Ways Than One

11/28/2017
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My guest this week is a New Yorker who makes Chicago-style pizza in Playa del Carmen. Russell Grainger’s story of finding himself in the Riviera Maya isn’t as romantic as some of my past guests. After a long-distance attempt to run a tourist hotel and restaurant with partners didn’t pan out, Russell decided to give the venture 100% of his attention and moved to Mexico. Russell’s story took a romantic turn only after he fully committed himself to Playa del Carmen. At 50, Russell quit...

Duration: 00:48:42


082: In Akumal, Kerra Bolton Found a Great Place to Find Herself

11/21/2017
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My guest this week is a New York Times award-winning journalist, former Director of Communications for a presidential candidate, a contributor to the Loco Gringo blog and a complete and utter Foodie. Kerra Bolton left North Carolina after she said goodbye to her lover, her mother and her high-powered career. Does she miss it? No, and yes. Kerra says the Riviera Maya is her home now but visits the U.S. every three months because she just can’t seem to quit it. When Kerra’s transition to...

Duration: 00:35:55


081: A Yogi by the Sea - Ellen de Jonge Shares Her Life’s Journey

11/14/2017
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Ellen de Jonge and her friend needed a break from the hustle and bustle of city life in Amsterdam. They decided they would take a year-long break to Mexico and boarded a plane without knowing exactly where they were going. During the flight, they used a Lonely Planet guide to help them decide where to go. They made it to Isla Mujeres in the Caribbean and enjoyed life so much they decided to stay. Ellen has lived in Playa del Carmen for the past 17 years. To make ends meet she has tended...

Duration: 00:34:18


080: Kai Kirk Feels Safe Raising Kids in Family-Friendly Mexico

11/7/2017
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Before moving to the Riviera Maya, Kai Kirk lived in Texas with his wife. Both were putting in long hours for ungrateful companies. When they decided it was time to have children, they knew their existing lifestyle wouldn’t do. Kai says the decision to move to Akumal in the Riviera Maya changed their lives for the better. Now with two children, Kai says he is surprised by the number of low-cost, high-quality private schools there are near Playa del Carmen and Akumal. There are both...

Duration: 00:38:01


079: The Tulum Food, Spirits & Wine Festival: A Conversation with the Creator, Chef Diane Dimeo

10/31/2017
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You may have seen my guest today on cooking shows such as Beat Bobby Flay, The Taste, TLC Discovery or from her online syndicated cooking show, Chef Dimeo. She has also been written up in the New York Times, NY Magazine, the LA Times and more. Chef Diane Dimeo is on the show with me today because she is also the heart and soul behind the Tulum Food, Spirits & Wine Festival which starts November 9th, 2017. Diane came to the Riviera Maya area to visit a friend who was living in Playa del...

Duration: 00:34:58


078: Cooking in an Authentic Mexican Kitchen with Lina

10/24/2017
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My guest this week is an authentic Mexican Chef who shares family recipes with visitors who attend her personalized cooking classes. By opening up her kitchen, Lina is able to live out her passion for cooking while sharing her special gift with others. Lina says that many visitors are confused as to which foods are authentically Mexican. When people ask for fajitas, chili con carne, or chimichangas Lina must politely tell them the foods they are asking for are Tex-Mex. When Lina makes a...

Duration: 00:28:39


077: Park Aktun-Chen: Inside and Below the Jungle with Lorenzo Ancona Diaz de Leon

10/10/2017
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My guest today, Lorenzo Ancona Diaz de Leon, and his father are the visionaries behind the Aktun-Chen Natural Park located just South of Akumal in the Riviera Maya. In the Mayan language, Aktun means cave and Chen means underground river. Both natural wonders are featured in the luscious green park. Lorenzo studied Hotel and Business Management at a University in Cancun. His father purchased the land which is now the park — over 400 acres of pristine jungle — 25 years ago. His father’s...

Duration: 00:22:54


076: What to Expect When Visiting Akumal Monkey Sanctuary with Ricardo Arellanos

10/3/2017
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When Ricardo Arellanos’ family moved to Cozumel, the Riviera Maya was a very different place. Cancun only had two hotels and Playa del Carmen was just a small town. Today the area is abundant with visitors and many of those visitors are drawn to the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary where Ricardo works. Working at the Monkey Sanctuary allows Ricardo to live out one of his missions in life, which is to give people an experience an unforgettable experience by sharing the treasures of the Riviera...

Duration: 00:50:01


075: Lovin’ the Laid-back Lifestyle in Costa Maya with Parrish Konda

9/26/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:42:10


074: Hidden Jungle Fun in Tulum with Margo Guenther

9/19/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:22:42


073: Where to Find Great Music in Tulum with Margo Guenther #3

9/12/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:39:29


072: A Taste of Tulum with Margo Guenther #2

9/5/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:33:04


071: Magical Destination Weddings in the Riviera Maya with Ilse Diamant

8/29/2017
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Today’s guest, Ilse Diamant, is in the business of love. As a Luxury Romance Ambassador, Ilse has perfected the romance industry by providing couples with magical, destination weddings in the Riviera Maya and beyond. Born in Merida, Ilse realized 99% of the economy in the area was driven by tourism. Both her mother and father worked in the hotel and tourism industry, and helped to make the resorts in Cancun successful. Isle studied hotel and restaurant management in Mexico, and went to...

Duration: 00:48:40


070: How to Lead a ‘Xuperb’ Life in the Riviera Maya with Jorie Maloney

8/22/2017
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My guest this week, Jorie Maloney, finds the family-friendly atmosphere in Puerto Morelos a great place to live and raise her son. Jorie’s art, entrepreneurial spirit, and big heart have also been major factors in building a fulfilling life in the local community. As a child, Jorie lived in the dramatically different landscape of Baja on Mexico’s western coast. When she came to the Riviera Maya, she was pregnant with her first child, and uncertain of how her new life would play out. After...

Duration: 00:37:49


069: Rebecca Page: It’s Her Job to Stay “In the Know”

8/15/2017
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My guest this week is Rebecca Page. Rebecca is the General Director and Editor of the newspaper, The Playa Times. Based out of Playa del Carmen, Rebecca describes The Playa Times as a local conversation tourists are welcome to listen in on. Originally from New England, Rebecca visited the Riviera Maya for the first time on vacation, and immediately fell in love with the area. After moving here permanently, Rebecca started looking for work teaching English but never imagined she would be...

Duration: 00:42:37

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