Loco Gringo Mexico
About This Show
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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039: Jim Wehrle - 29 Years in Cancun with No Regrets
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My guest on the today’s podcast is a longtime resident of Cancun, Jim Wehrle. Jim moved from Fort Worth, Texas, 29 years ago, and still enjoys each day here on the Riviera Maya. When he first decided to visit a sunny place for his vacation, a travel agent tried to steer him towards Acapulco. He was young, and she thought he might enjoy the clubs and budding nightlife there, but when Jim heard about laid back, quiet place called Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula, something just felt right to him. Jim’s history in the area dates back to when the Riviera Maya was called the tourist corridor. Everything has grown for the better, Jim says. The concern for the ecology, protecting the cenotes and mangroves; everything has been taken care of, even as the area has grown. After teaching English and then selling for the Palace Resorts, Jim finally found a company he enjoyed working for, Sunset World. He started in administration and during his 23 years with the company, has worked in every department. His current position is taking care of the organization’s Reputation Management, Social Media, and Internet divisions. He enjoys working in social media because it provides a real-time, two-way conversation between the supplier and the customer. During his free time, Jim enjoys growing exotic fruits and vegetables on his little piece of dirt, just outside of Cancun. He wishes more people would leave the hotels, when they come on vacation, so they could see the amazing little towns and ruins such as Tizimin and Ek Balam. Plus, people from all over the world open up restaurants in Cancun, which feature traditional foods of their home country. If you are planning to visit the area, the Hacienda Tres Rios hotel is an eco-minded hotel with some amazing things to do, such as kayaking through the mangroves, a sensory tour, and tequila tasting. This comes highly recommended from the Loco Gringo staff. Jim’s Hidden Gems: Puerto Morelos — A seaport with great food.