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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.




074: Hidden Jungle Fun in Tulum with Margo Guenther

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...

Duration: 00:22:42

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

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...

Duration: 00:39:29

072: A Taste of Tulum with Margo Guenther #2

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

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

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”

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

068: Exploring the Unknown Freshwater Cave Systems with Sam Meacham

My guest this week is credited with a long list of accomplishments, including being a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club, a National Geographic Society Grantee, National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Best of Adventure Honoree, a NASA Space Grant Fellow, a PADI & GUE Cave Technical Diver. He has appeared in numerous documentaries filmed by the BBC, PBS, National Geographic and CNN International. But what I like the most about Sam Meacham, is that he is a great person and a long-time, close...

Duration: 00:36:14

067: Monica Tello is a Chocolate Maker with Health Consciousness

My guest this week is the Founder of Ah Cacao in Playa Del Carmen, Monica Tello. Monica’s passion for chocolate led her to the Riviera Maya from Mexico City. Since starting Ah Cacao, the business has grown to three stores and an online international marketplace. Monica shares the history of the cacao tree, the value of cacao within the Mayan culture, and some of the delectable chocolate products she produces today. During a tour of a cacao plantation, Monica discovered that there is so...

Duration: 00:39:42

066: Transforming the Ecotourism Experience with Kenneth Johnson

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...

Duration: 00:45:27

065: Finding Quintana Roo with Wendy Morrill

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...

Duration: 00:34:03

064: Preserving Rio Secreto with Otto von Bertrab

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...

Duration: 00:43:39

063: Off the Beaten Track with Michael Maurus

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...

Duration: 00:33:35

001: Rob Kinnon from Buy Playa Answers Common Questions About Buying Property in the Riviera Maya

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...

Duration: 00:12:39

062: Family Fun in Playa del Carmen with Vicente Fito

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...

Duration: 00:32:40

061: A Global Cultural Approach to Unity with Natasha Alban

My guest on the podcast today is a self-proclaimed citizen of the world. She runs an oasis of the arts, Le Lotus Rouge, in Playa del Carmen. Natasha Alban was born in Germany to parents who didn’t want her to study the arts. In 2010, Natasha became an international teacher trainer of the arts of the five continents. She fell in love with Mexico and searched the Pacific Coast for a place to settle. But since she was already familiar with the Mayan culture of Quintana Roo and she wanted to...

Duration: 00:28:52

060: Raising a Family in Puerto Morelos with Amber Pierce

My guest on the podcast today, 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 help them find someone to watch over their homes. She knew...

Duration: 00:41:27

059: Gilles Denis is Having A Blast in Playa del Carmen

My guest on the podcast today is originally from Normandy, France. Gilles Denis has been traveling to the Riviera Maya for 20 years, but it wasn’t until 2007 that he made the decision to pick up his family and move to where the sun was, Playa del Carmen. His children now speak Spanish as their first language. Gilles says he loves Playa del Carmen because it still has a village-type ambiance. Everyone seems to know each other. He says if someone were to give him the opportunity, and...

Duration: 00:31:34

058: Get Lost in the Jungle with Maria Azanza Cervantes

My guest on the podcast today grew up as a traveler. When she was a young girl, her father told her traveling was the best investment she could make, and her money was best spent on summer excursions. Maria Azanza made the decision to travel from Guadalajara to the Riviera Maya, and has lived here for the past 11 years. She shares with us her favorite places in Mexico, why she stays in the Riviera Maya, and where she goes when she wants to get lost for a few days. Maria and her...

Duration: 00:40:12

057: Diving is About Relaxing with Gerardo Orozco

Born and raised in Akumal, my guest, Gerardo Orozco has been working at his family’s diving business for over 12 years. He has seen the growth of the Riviera Maya from the ground up. Gerardo says the area grew so fast, people were not able to make the necessary adjustments to preserve the environment and plan for future development. As the operations manager for the Akumal Dive Center, Gerardo contacted the ecological center in Akumal and works with universities such as University of...

Duration: 00:34:09

056: The Chemistry of Flavors with Chef Cristobal Tamariz

My guest on today’s podcast, 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, but soon realized he could create chemical reactions...

Duration: 00:24:57

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