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Vacation to the Riviera Maya this summer!

Ready for your vacation to the Riviera Maya this summer

Summer time means fun, sun and living easy, right?!  Well I guess that all could depend on you and where you decide to spend your Summer vacation because some places are just not as fun as others.  If you are wanting to guarantee your summer vacation a success then you have got to take your summer vacation to the Riviera Maya! There are always so many great things to do in Cozumel and throughout the Riviera Maya. So here are a some reasons why a summer vacation to the Riviera Maya is one of your best bets for a great summer vacation!

Riviera Maya tours to Mayan Ruins

There is always so much going on throughout the year all over and the best things to do in the Riviera Maya never end really.  So one of the most popular Riviera Maya Activities is definitely the Mayan Ruin tours in the Riviera Maya.  The mayans were known for their mathematical and astronomical systems and so forth. The Riviera Maya is littered with Mayan Ruins and sites. The most popular Mayan Ruins in the area are Tulum and Chichen Itza.  So there are not many questions as to why a visit to the Mayan Ruins in the Riviera is one of the most popular Riviera Maya Activities.

Riviera Maya Cultural Parks and Eco Parks

With all of the ties in the Riviera to the Mayan Culture it is no wonder that there will be no

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shortage of great Cultural Parks throughout the Riviera Maya.  Many of these Cultural and ecological parks are definitely worth seeing and are located around Playa del Carmen such as Xel-Ha and also Xcaret.  In Cozumel you can make a day trip from the Riviera Maya and experience some of the wonderful experiences that Discover Mexico, Cozumel’s top Cultural Park has to offer as well. There are many other great eco parks and Cultural Parks in Playa del Carmen so don’t miss out.

Extreme tours and Adventure Tours in the Riviera Maya

If you are not as into cultural and relaxation type of activities don’t fret because there are still Things to do in the Riviera Mayaplenty of great Things to do in Playa del Carmen and Riviera.  If you want to get your adrenaline pumping and enjoy off-roading then there aree numerous ATV and off-road tours in Cozumel and throughout the Riviera Maya.  Like Dune Buggy Adventour located in Cozumel!  There are also plenty of other great unique adventure tours in Cozumel such as learning to Kiteboard, scuba Diving in Cozumel, Ziplining in the Riviera and more! Flyboarding is definitely on the rise in popularity and something that I am still eager to try out as anything like that is definitely appealing for myself.

There are some many great Things to do in Playa de Carmen and Cozumel that the possibilities are endless!  Well that’s sums up some of the recommendations so that you can get a feel for why a Vacation to the Riviera Maya is one of your best options for an unforgettable summer vacation.

What are some unique and interesting things to do in the Riviera Maya that you love?  Let us know and we may feature your picks in a future article!  Also don’t forget that we have another Alejibre Market coming up this weekend at Discover Mexico Park for all of you that want to check that out here is a post from a recent blog on a past Alebrije Market in Cozumel!

 

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Alebrije Market at Discover Mexico – Things to do in the Riviera Maya

Discover Mexico – Things to do in the Riviera Maya

If you are looking for things to do in the Riviera Maya during your vacation to Playa del Carmen Cozumel Family Activitiesthen look no further than Discover Mexico located in Cozumel. Discover Mexico is just a short ferry ride across the beautiful caribbean.  Coming to Cozumel means a great many things, it means sunshine, beautiful beaches, a look into the Mayan Culture and so much more!

With so many great Riviera Maya activities to choose from sometimes it is hard to narrow down your choices. This is why we want to help as we will give you a few reasons to visit beautiful Cozumel this weekend!

Alebrije Market Discover Mexico

One of the many reasons to visit Discover Mexico is our dedication to immersing you in the best Riviera Maya Cultural tours and activities.  We have some many great activities and tours in Playa del Carmen toursCozumel to choose from, such as; our Discover Mexico Past and present tour,  Tequila Experience by Jose Cuervo, Mexican Flavors tour and more.  All of which give you a firsthand look into the Mexican and Mayan cultures.

Well due to our passion for our Mexican and Mayan heritage we our proud to invite you to our second Alebrije Market at Discover Mexico.  Taking Place on Saturday May 28th 2016 at Discover Mexico at 5pm.  This wonderful Market will be featuring Alebrijes all from local artesans as well as products from local farmers. In addition to the opportunity for you to purchase natural and organic products from our local vendors you can also enjoy delicious local food, good music and especially this great Cozumel family activity as we aim to promote and support and educate more about our culture through local artesans and farmers.

Alebrijes – Mexican Culture

If you are still trying to figure our what Alebrijes are then don’t worry I’ll explain. Alebrijes are brightly colored spanish folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures.  Use of the term, “Alebrijes” and the very first alebrijes originated in Oaxaca Mexico with Pedro Linares who was aThings to do in the Riviera Maya Mexican Artisan in the 1930s. Linares at one time became very ill and bed ridden.  Linares was unconscious and dreamed of a strange forestlike place in which he saw ,trees, animals rocks and clouds that suddenly began to transform into strange animals that he had never seen before.  He saw animals such as a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with the horns of a bull, a lion with an eagle head, aof which all of them shouted one word, “Alebrijes”. After recovering he began to recreate the creatures that he had seen in his dream, creating sculptures of them in cardboard and papier-mâché and he called them Alebrijes.

Well now you know a little bit more about our beautiful culture and Alebrijes. Now regarding the Alebrije Market tomorrow, we will be working with more than 15 local artisans and farmers with a variety of items from which we can learn and obtain a new vision within our heritage. And most importantly we are proud to support these local talents who with natural resources have created wonderful things, products for the benefit of our health, creative items, unique pieces of art and knowledge, all of whom want to share the benefit of these products to us and the environment at no cost. So stop on by Discover Mexico and we’ll be waiting for you!

 

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Annual Mayan Canoe Crossing – Cozumel Events

Definitely something to catch during your Trip to the Riviera Maya! Travesia Maya!

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As most people know Cozumel is in Mexico but it is also directly in the heart of not just Mexican culture but also Mayan Culture.  The island of Cozumel was a very important place in ancient Mayan culture.  This is just one of many other great reasons that planning a vacation to Cozumel means that you will be having a very diverse experience during your Cozumel Vacation.  Now we are going to touch a little bit more on the Mayan culture in Cozumel and in particular about one of the coolest events in Cozumel that takes place annually.  The Sacred Mayan Journey or Traviesa Maya just went down!

Cozumel – Ancient Sacred Mayan Journey??

As Cozumel is rich with Mayan culture catching a traditional Mayan event while you are here in Cozumel is just a great plus during your Cozumel Vacation. Things to do in Cozumel The Sacred Mayan Journey is an annual event here…

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Things to do in Cozumel

Things to do in Cozumel – Discover Mexico

Things to do in Cozumel during May

When you are planning your vacation to Cozumel you have to take into consideration all of the many great activities and Things to do in Cozumel especially during one very popular month of the year to be in Mexico which is May! We here at Discover Mexico like to provide you with great Cozumel travel tips so that you have a great time here in Cozumel. So with that iin mind here are some great Cozumel travel tips for you guys looking for great things to do in Cozumel!

Cozumel Travel Tips 

Cozumel  is famous for its white sandy beaches and dense, green forests.
The Mexican island hosts the world’s most lively nightlife and scuba diving classes. If you want to enjoy endless hours of Margarita and amazing food, you should travel to Cozumel in Mexico. This is undeniably a fine summer destination. Some of the best spots in Cozumel include its Mayan ruins and diving sites. These sites can be accessed easily from anywhere. Of course, there is spectacular and never like before marine life in and around the Cozumel borders. If you are travelling to Cozumel during May, here are few things you should keep in mind.

Enjoy the Marine Life

First of all, you must explore through Cozumel’s marine life and colorful reefs. TheThings to do in Cozumelse sites are considered as some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the Western Hemisphere. There are several miles of clean water with fresh marine life. To be more precise, you will come across 200 miles of pure Barrier reefs and prestigious coral reefs. Sea life is rich across Cozumel’s shores too! This is certainly a rare sight that cannot be seen or experienced elsewhere.  This can be enjoyed in many different ways from snorkeling, to diving in Cozumel or even fishing in Cozumel.  Either way enjoy the beautiful blue sea.

Visiting the Mayan Ruins

Cozumel in May becomes very lively around the Mayan ruins. These ruins can be spotted at San Gervasio. The entire place is swallowed by tourists who wish to experience old cultures and traditions. One of the island’s key elements would be the temple of Ix Chel. This is also known as the “Rainbow temple”. The goddess is strongly linked with health, medicines, water and the moon.

Things to do in CozumelThe Chankanaab National Park

Another intuitive spot in Cozumel would be the Chankanaab National Park. Here you will come across some of the world’s smartest dolphins. These creatures are carefully protected and preserved in fine conditions. The National Park is home to more than 350 species of marine life and tropical plants. The world famous Dolphin Discovery Company is based on Cozumel. This proves the richness of Cozumel – The Beautiful Mexican Island.

Food, Food and More Food!

Funky vibes and the ocean views of Cozumel are few other enchantingThings to do in Cozumel
features to be covered during your stay! There are many recognizable eateries in the Mexican island. These eateries specialize in selling spicy Mexican dishes, strong mocktails and classic Caribbean food. Of course, the ambiance keeps inviting more-and-more people into Cozumel. Some claim that it’s the view that keeps them attached to the Mexican island.

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What’s a Molcajete?? – Cozumel Cultural Information

If you are a repeat visitor to Cozumel then that means that there is something bringing you back again and again. There could be many great and valid reasons that you love and continue to visit Cozumel.  Here at Discover Mexico Cozumel we hope that you are in love with Cozumel but also with our Native Mexican Culture. So due to our love for our culture we want to present you all to a very common item found in many homes everywhere in Mexico. So today we are talking about the Molcajete.

All about the Molcajete Bowl

The tejolote and molcajete play an important role in Mexican culture. Cozumel travel tipsThese are antique Mexican kitchen utensils that represent the pestle and mortar. The kitchen utensil is extremely useful when you have to grind different types of foods like plant leaves and grains. Most Mexican spices are smashed using the molcajete. According to experienced chefs, this gives Mexican dishes a unique, authentic flavor and taste. When compared against many other kitchen utensils that are meant for blending, chopping and dicing, the molcajete is different and special.

The Beginning of Molcajete Bowls

One would be astonished to note that the molcajete has a history that dates back by thousands of years. To be more precise, the cooking utensil’s name is derived from Nahuatl words that were once spoken by ancient Mexicans. This proves the role played by molcajetes in Mexican cuisine and culture.

The molcajete is one of the very few kitchen utensils made of volcanic rock. The utensil has a very rough surface that makes it ideal for blending and grinding spices of different flavors. Apart from being a tool for blending and grinding, you can use the molcajete to serve dishes too. That makes the unique kitchen utensil a multi tasker!

The Knack in Using Molcajete Bowls

It is quite interesting to note that many Mexican restaurants specialize inThings to do in Cozumel preparing dishes using the molcajete. These restaurants use the kitchen utensil with lots of care and concern. For example, the molcajete is neatly filled to the brim and transformed into many scrumptious molcajete specials. This dish is ideal for preparing different varieties of seafood, beef, sauces, pork, shrimp, cheeses, chicken, cured meats and chorizo. Apart from handpicked meat varieties, the molcajete dishes are made of tomatoes, onions and napoles (cactus leaves). In the Molcajete restaurants you will be able to choose fresh tortillas and ingredients from the stone dish. These ingredients are neatly rolled into the tortillas and served. Of course, it would be a delight to see how the dish is prepared and served in its purest and most authentic form.

Serving in Style, Serving with Taste

Food from the molcajete bowl can be heated in a steaming hot oven. Moving on, the warm dishes are placed on traditional wooden trivets and served heartfully. Food on the wooden trivet stays fresh for a very long time. This is because molcajete bowls are designed to retain heat.

Well there you have some more information about the molcajete.  They make for great souvenirs however if you want to take one back with you make sure you have plenty of space in your suitcase because they can be a little on the heavy side.  So come find more Cultural Tours in Cozumel and your very own Molcajete on your next trip to Cozumel!

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Where were you for Semana Santa – Cozumel travel tips

Spending the Holy Week in Cozumel

Are you planning on a Cozumel tour during the Holy week? Semana Santa alias Holy Week is a very important religious celebration in the country. It is a time when several thousand people flock into Cozumel. The Holy Week follows many other observances like Carnaval and Lent. It begins on Palm Sunday or Domingo de Ramos. With more than 80% Catholics in the country, Holy Week in Mexico is observed with care. In most parts of Mexico, you will come across Churches that weave palm leaves in different patterns. These palms are blessed and carried around the town in small processions. Apart from palm leaves, some people carry chamomile and rosemary too.

The Holy Palm Sunday Procession

Holy Week in Cozumel begins with the Palm Sunday Procession.Cozumel activitiesThis is when the island is flooded with evening celebrations. Locals step up many food booths and souvenir stalls. Once again, these booths and stalls are decorated neatly with paper flowers and palm fronds. Most residents sell homemade treats and rice puddings. These are traditional dishes of New Mexico. Of course, don’t forget to taste the local Mexican punch (ponche), roasted seeds, dry nuts and cool beverages prepared using dry red hibiscus flowers.

The Fun Side of Holy Week in Cozumel
There are so many otheCozumel family activitiesr traditional activities during the Holy Week in Cozumel. An intuitive activity involves the impromptu battles between children. These battles are equipped with egg shells that are filled with casacarones alias confetti. Some families engage in the Mexican version of Bingo. These are good old games that bring families and dear ones together during the festive Holy Week. According to Mexican traditions, the Holy Week is described as the best time to go on long walks with your family members. Conversely, families set on pilgrimage trips to Santuario. This is a 100 mile journey completed on barefoot with candles and prayers.

The Verdict

On the whole, you are fortunate to be a part of Cozumel’s Holy Week Celebrations. This is an amazing time of the year in New Mexico. The entire place lights up with people, fun filled activities and celebrations. Almost all locals step out and fill the streets with lively deeds. Meanwhile, don’t forget to attend a church mass in Cozumel during the special week. All week long, the Churches will help you understand more about the last few days of Christ.

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Tacos, Tacos and Tacos – Where to Eat in Cozume

Cozumel Travel Tips – Where to eat in Cozumel

When traveling to Cozumel you might have already figured out and scheduled your Tours in Cozumel and other Cozumel activities, but there are some things that are most likely not already planned out yet. Where to eat in Cozumel might be something that you haven’t decided on yet which is why we want to help. So today we are going to talk about one of the most popular foods for which Mexico is well known and that is TACOS!  So with that here is a list of some of our favorite Taquerias in Cozumel. This is not in any specific order and we’ll talk a little about what each of these Cozumel Restaurants has that is must try.

Cozumel’s Best Taquerias!

Los Otates – Los Otates is a great taqueria that has been open since 1990 here inThings to do in Cozumel Cozumel and is one of our favorites.  They offer the traditional tacos like Tacos al Pastor, skirt steak, chicken, beef and pork etc.  While the Tacos are great here there are 2 things here that I think are really top notch and definitely something you want to try and that is the gringas but try them with the steak they are awesome!  Also another thing that Los Otates definitely does right is the Pozole which is just great! Los Otates is located on 15 Av sur between Calle 3 and Rosado Salas. Its open air and definitely worth a visit.

El Pique – Likely one of the most well known and talked about Cozumel Taquerias El pique is Places to eat in Cozumellocated right on 30Av across the street from the supermarket, “Aki”.  El pique is very popular especially among the locals and they have quite a long list of tacos and some other things you might not find other places. Their tacos and tortas are great and the gringas are good but I still like the gringas from Los Otates more.  I would definitely put them in second place as far as Tacos al Pastor and I will mention my number one pick for Tacos al Pastor further down the list. I must recommend their Choriqueso which is just awesome! If you aren’t familiar with Choriqueso it is simply grilled melted cheese with Chorizo mixed in but it is awesome to have with chips!

Los Seras – Los Seras is another of our favorite taquerias here in Cozumel and isWhere to eat in Cozumel definitely a must.  Easy to find just like el pique it is located right on 30Av on the corner of Jose Maria Morelos. This taqueria is also popular and usually always has a constant flow of diners ordering in and taking out.  While they are on par with the other mentioned taquerias what really sets them apart is their Mexican pIzzas!  If you haven’t tried them you definitely need to stop by they are excellent!  Oh keep in mind they are closed on Wednesdays but any other night of the week they should be open.

Mister Taco – Last but not least my favorite Taqueria in Cozumel is Mister Taco!  Reason for this Cozumel activitiesis definitely due to the fact that I love their Tacos al Pastor and definitely think they have the best Tacos al Pastor on the island. One tip for you while visiting Cozumel (this also applies to other parts of Mexico), those huge things of meat on a spike next to the fire you may have seen, the bigger they are means the better those Tacos are and if there are two of those out, that is a sure sign of great Tacos al Pastor. Why you might ask? The reason being is that they have to sell all of that in a night it cannot be resused the next day so if they have 2 out that means they are doing some business moving those tacos.  So that said Mister Taco definitely is my favorite spot for tacos al pastor. If you want to avoid the rush go between 6:30pm and 7:30pm as after that the place really picks up with diners and people ordering out.  Don’t get their too late though as sometimes by 11pm they have sold out of their tacos al pastor!

Well there you have it amigos some of our favorite Places to eat in Cozumel that will also give you wallet a break from all the big restaurants you have been visiting. So if you want a truely authentic Mexican taco then any of these will suffice. That’s all we have for this week but if you have any questions feel free to contact us at Discover Mexico. Also let us know what are your favorite places to eat tacos in Cozumel?