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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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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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Carnaval Cozumel 2016

Festivities in Cozumel in Full Swing

It’s nearing the end of January and this month has been a month of plenty of commotion here in Cozumel, Mexico.  If you have been planning your Cozumel vacation and wondered what Cozumel activities might be taking place this month and next then you won’t Carnaval Cozumel 2016be disappointed. If haven’t been to Cozumel during this time of year or at all then you might not have heard about Carnaval Cozumel.  Carnaval is a very popular festival that takes place every year not only here in Cozumel but throughout the Mexico and in some other parts of North and South America and even in many other parts of the world.

What is Carnaval Cozumel?

If you have heard of Carnaval before then chances are that you probably heard about the huge and likely one of the most famous Carnaval celebrations of them all isCozumel Activities held in Rio de Janeiro.  The Carnaval in Rio is currently the Guiness record holder for the largest Carnaval celebration in the world as they have about 2 million people in attendace each day of Carnaval.  Now, it is no secret that Carnaval in Cozumel is not as huge as it is in Rio, nevertheless it is a huge deal for locals on the island and something that taken very seriously here in Cozumel.

Carnaval in Cozumel has been in celebration every year since 1873 and is always celebrated before Lent, which is a Catholic season that covers about six weeks representing the time that Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days.  Carnaval in Cozumel is among the largest of the Carnaval celebrations in the Mexican Caribbean and is an explosion of color.  Carnaval is a 5 day festival with many different activities for Families and all those visiting the island.  During Carnaval Cozumel island locals and visitors will enjoy parades, traditional meals, live music and much more.

Carnaval Cozumel 2016

So what is going to be going on in 2016 for Carnaval in Cozumel?  Good question and the answer is there is plenty of things to do in Cozumel during Carnaval this year.  Every year the local officials try to do bring new performing artists and other ideas toCarnaval Cozumel 2016 Carnaval almost as if they are in competition with themselves from the year prior.  Carnaval competitions and events have often taken place further in town at a club called, “Moby Dick” and this year much to the chagrim of many locals these will be held right in downtown at the Municipal park right on the mainstreet. The city officials have constructed a temporary hall for such events in the hopes of allowing more tourists to see more of carnaval than what they may have missed in prior years, as the club where they were held is much further in town.

This year expect all the usual events such as Costume King competitions for different age groups, the Parades are the biggest events and with the most attendance, dance competitions, Concerts by popular Mexican Artists and much more.  The events begin mid January and Carnaval comes to an end on Feb 10th 2016.  For more information you can ask any of us at Discover Mexico Cozumel.  Here is a link to the Carnaval Cozumel 2016 events calendar courtesy of Cozumel insider.

Iron Man Cozumel 2015

Iron Man Cozumel 2015!

Iron Man Cozumel 2015 

If you are planning to attend the Iron Man weekend in Cozumel, you are certainly making an intuitive decision. According to experienced travelers, Iron Man Cozumel Cozumel Eventsis a firm ground for both men and women. Defending champions and budding participants go through plenty of drama and tests before they understand their real ability. The kind of effort and dedication you should put in to master Iron Man in Cozumel is quite different. In order to know more about this annual Cozumel Event, you should hear from real participants. Here is a quick walk through what Heather Wurtele says about Iron Man Cozumel 2015.

The Best Climate

According to Heather Wurtele, Cozumel has the world’s best climate for Ironman. Everything you want to give a tough competition to your opponents is here on this beautiful Caribbean island. That is why you should handpick Cozumel, if you are set on experiencing your first Iron Man Competition. Of course, there will be times when you might find skiing and playing in snow much more fascinating but if you are planning your vacation to a warmer climate during the winter season this might be a great excuse to participate in the Iron Man and test yourself.

How to Master the Competition?

Iron Man Cozumel 2015Iron Man Cozumel follows a fine-tuned racing format. You will be astonished to note that the strategic format will push you forward and make sure you have a stunning race experience. Most participants admire the idea of practicing at super high speeds. However, the situation goes to a whole new level if you should race for three consecutive days. The process involves plenty of bike mounts, swim entrances, swim exits and transitions, so, you must be mentally prepared to face those challenges head on. To enjoy a great Iron Man Cozumel, you should engage in frequent training sessions and intense mental preparation.

Know Your Arena

In order to be a great participant during the Iron Man Cozumel weekend, you should practice on the actual grounds.  Many participants come to Cozumel with a week or more ahead of the Iron Man Cozumel to get to know the terrain. This is because no two iron man grounds can be the same. Some can be super calm, whereas others can be extremely windy. In order to enjoy a balanced Iron Man Weekend, you should be prepared to face such conditions. That is why participants are advised to practice on the Cozumel course. Early practice with the right kind of traits will have a definite influence on how you compete and how well you do in the race. Meanwhile, bear in mind that Iron Man Cozumel depends on the climate. This is an influential factor that can have a mighty impact on your overall Iron Man experience.  Anyone that has been to Cozumel knows that rainstorms can pop up on you unexpectedly so get ready to push your limits and come enjoy the Iron Man in Cozumel 2015!

Contact us about your Cozumel Tours today at Discover Mexico Cozumel!

 

 

Halloween in Cozumel

Halloween in Cozumel – Things to do in Cozumel

Celebrating Halloween in Cozumel

Do you want to enjoy a unique, never-like-before Halloween in Mexico? If yes, Cozumel is your next best destination. Locally known as Dia de Las Brujas, Halloween is extremely Cozumel Family Activitiesfamous and important in the island. It is celebrated on the 31st of October and is filled with many scintillating traditions. You will be astounded to note that Halloween in Cozumel has been celebrated for more than four long decades. Indeed, it is one of the island’s most awaited festivals of all time. Unsurprisingly, the feast is loved by little ones and teenagers. It is a special time for Mexican games like trick-or-treat and Queremos chantings.

The Amazing Days

In Cozumel, you will come across the Americanized version of Halloween too. This version of the festival became famous in recent times. Since, Halloween is a very important occasion in the country, people celebrate it with lots of enthusiasm and love. There are several versions of Halloween in Cozumel.  As you move across Mexico, you will see several different types of celebrations. With this being said, here are few things to do in Cozumel during the Halloween season.

The traditional efforts

First of all, traditional Mexican families begin by cleaning and decorating the graves of their dear ones. They use picks, hoes and shovels to clear weeds and grass from the graves. Moving on, the graves are beautifully decorated using flowers and pine needles. Next, families set up altars for their dear ones at home. These alters are decorated wonderfully with candies, bread, flowers and fruits. Some tend to keep alcohol near the altars too!  Note that this is in preparation for the Mexican Holiday, “Day of the Dead”. Day of the Dead is Nov 2nd and is confused all too often with a Mexican Version of Halloween and a piece of advice is don’t get the two confused or compare them in front of the Locals as they are proud of their cultural traditions. So remember Day of the Dead is NOT the Mexican Version of Halloween!

Halloween on a Cruise to Cozumel

Cozumel Family ActivitiesThose who want lively Cozumel family activities during Halloween opt for cruises! For example, the carnival sailing to Cozumel from New Orleans will revitalize new life through your Halloween experience. It is a guest ship decorated with pumpkins, nurtured with Halloween movies and great dance parties. Adults are allowed to enjoy their much loved witches beverages! On the other hand, kids are delighted with especially themed activities. Generally, the cruise arrives at Cozumel on the Day of the Dead! Another interesting cruise that visits Cozumel during Halloween would be the “Celebrity Cruises” from Central America. As suggested by its name, the cruise is loaded with live DJs and costume parties.

For more great Cozumel Travel Tips and info about Cozumel Cultural Events visit us at our Discover Mexico website!

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FCCA Convention 2015 coming to Cozumel – Cozumel News

 

Cruises to Cozumel are a BIG deal and most people know that, but especially the locals here on the island.  The cruise ship industry is the most significant kind of tourism that we get here on the island.  This being the case Cozumel still stands as the number one cruise destination in the Western Caribbean and so for this post we wanted to share with you some of our Cozumel News.  Monday the 2015 FCCA convention begins and this year it will be held right here in Cozumel.  So we figured we would explain a little bit more about the FCCA.

The Impact of FCCA Conferences and Trade Shows

Florida Caribbean Cruise Association alias FCCA is an antique organization

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Photos from the FCCA Conference and Trade Show 2014 in St. Marteen, Bahamas

that was founded in 1972. Since its inception, FCCA has found a sturdy place in Cozumel News. It is a non-profit organization which focuses on ports, cruises, tourism development, security and many other tourism related issues. By default, FCCA strives hard to maintain a steady relationship between public sectors and private bilateral relationships. It understands the need for upright operating practices in the cruise industry. Conversely, FCCA toils with representatives from the government, private sector and ports. They intend to maximize cruise & crew line spending and the count of cruise passengers. Almost all tour operators in Cozumel depend on the initiatives made by FCCA.

Basic Facts About FCCA

Every year, FCCA organizes a cruise convention during mid of October. This is an exquisite conference and trade show. According to sources, FCCA Cruise convention and trade show is capable of improving business in Cozumel. It is quite interesting to note that FCCA makes its way into Cozumel News with its triple digit participants from different parts of the world. The FCCA conference & trade show focuses on objectives that would

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FCCA Conference and Trade Show 2015 in Cozumel, Mexico Oct 5-9

increase the number of cruise destinations in & around Cozumel. Many influential decision makers use FCCA conferences as a platform where they can present and prove their thoughts.

Micky Arison (Chairman of FCCA and Carnival Corporation) believes that Cozumel, Mexico is the right spot for FCCA events. In terms of tourism and water sports, the island has shown drastic performance. It has contributed extensively to cruise tourism and ocean development. This is why FCCA considers Cozumel as a hub for most of its trade shows and conferences.

The Rise in Numbers

When it comes to FCCA in Cozumel, the real numbers speak of several facts. According to tour operators in Cozumel, the destination experienced an increase of 21% of passengers after the 2007 FCCA conference. Consequently, the island witnesses an increase of 10%! On the other hand, per-person expenditure increased by 17% between 2007 and 2008. These are tacky numbers that have contributed extensively to the island’s economy.

The Verdict

Since early 2008, Cozumel cruise excursions have seen more than 3 million passengers. These passengers fall in line with FCCA members. On the whole, FCCA conferences and trade shows have improved the Cozumel experience for both cruise passengers and tour operators.