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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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Xplor Park Playa del Carmen

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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Mexican Culture - Cozumel

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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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.

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Things to do in Cozumel during the Holiday season!

Spending Winter Holidays in Cozumel Mexico

Are you sick and tired of chilly winter celebrations? Do you want to warm up your winter

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Winter Vacation in Cozumel is too good to be true!

holiday? Are you prepared to enjoy Mexican culture this December? If yes, Cozumel will be a wise pick for you. Traveling to Cozumel during cool winter seasons has become a hobby amongst many ardent travelers. The Caribbean destination has evolved to be an idyllic winter getaway that can keep and add more panache and glamour to the festive spirit. Cozumel is much more than a Caribbean Island. It has something interesting for everyone in the family, and this is true at all times of the year. Here are few interesting things to do in Cozumel during winter holidays. These activities should be a part of your Cozumel travel planning process.

Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving!

New Years in CozumelIf you are travelling to Cozumel, remember to snorkel or scuba dive. The pristine island is renowned for its striking scuba diving locations. And, the best part about scuba diving in Cozumel is that you don’t have to be a professional swimmer. The destination homes some of the world’s finest reef diving spots. Located few miles from the Yucatan Penninsula, Cozumel’s San Miguel is a must visit. Diving in Cozumel will undeniably be a pristine experience and one that you won’t soon forget.

Fun with Chocolate and Culture at Discover Mexico

Things to do in Cozumel will remain incomplete without some cultural activity mixed in thereCozumel Tours somewhere.   Talking to travellers one of the most common things to do to in Cozumel that they seem to be seeking is something off the beaten path and not so touristy.  Travellers now a day are becoming much more interested in not being pampered and living a truly authentic experience.  For that we can recommend our Joy or Chocolate tour right here at Discover Mexico. This tour will give you a chance to experience the joy of learning more about one of everybody’s favorite things, “Chocolate”; but not only that also more about  the Mayan Culture which is something definitely worth immersing yourself in while in Cozumel.

The Verdict

Travelling to Cozumel during winter holidays is an amazing move. The place is loaded with too many things to do! From diving to sightseeing to dune buggy rides, to Christmas Eve posadas to candlelit progressions, the island is lively and a colorful place to enjoy the festive season. So get out of the cold this winter and Cruise to Cozumel!

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Remember Remember! Cozumel Travel Tips

HOLA! Welcome to our Cozumel Travel Guide where we talk about different topics on interest for those Cozumel travel enthusiasts.  We touch on different topics from great Cozumel Tours, Cozumel Travel Tips and some times even a little historical information to bring you an even greater understanding and appreciation for the Mexican Culture.  So this time around on our Cozumel Travel Tips we are going to educate everyone a little bit about 2 of the most important Mexican Holidays.  Both have already past for the year but they are important and believe me if you know the difference between the two and know the history behind them then you will definitely feel closer to your friends in Cozumel.

The Difference between September 16 and November 20 in Mexican History

I have spoken with A LOT of Cozumel Travelers and sometimes things can be confusing especially since sometimes travel coincides with holidays that you are not accustomed or are foreign to you as a non citizen and traveler.  A lot of people tend to confuse September 15 and November 20 in Mexico! Well, if you are aware of the Mexican history, you will understand that these are two different days with great significance.

September 16

Mexican Independence Day!

September 16 represents Mexican Independence Day. Things to do in CozumelIt is extremely famous for the Cry of Dolores. This was when the Mexican war of Independence began by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The event was triggered by Costilla (a Roman Catholic priest) and its anniversary was celebrated since October 1825. So, what did Costilla do? How did Mexico attain independence?

Father of His Country!

Mexican independence is a strategic revolt against the strong Spanish government. This was when Costilla and few other criollos pulled together a clean plan against the ruling government. Though the former royal officer (Augustin de Iturbide) played a major role in achieving independence, the credit was given to Hidalgo. He was recognized as the “Father of his Country”. As Mexico received independence on September 16, no one clearly knows what the “Father of his Country” said. However, history declares this as a very important speech that can move your hearts and minds. Moving on, September 16 has mythical importance too. That is why the day is celebrated with bells and shouts.

November 20

Revolution Day

Cozumel Cultural EventsOn the other hand, November 20 in Mexico is the revolution Day. It is a public holiday that introduced bank holidays and long weekends in 2006. The revolution day marks the anniversary of the commencement of the 1910 to 1917 revolution. It is especially dedicated to the call of Francisco I’s arms! The event signifies how Madero unseated the powerful Porfirio Diaz, who rule for nearly three long decades.

The Controversies

It is quite impressive to note that November 20 is known for its controversies and criticisms. There have being plenty of disagreements on how significant the day is. Most of these views are strongly influenced by critical political views. The day has not being seen as the same thing for many years. Unfortunately, the failure and success of these arguments are yet to be understood and settled.

Here is a quick overview through one of the most famous statements of disagreement:

            Some people questions if the birth of an independent nation is extremely important after three hundred years of stern colonial rule. After all, the 1910-1917 Rule resulted in a much more complex situation – The Promulgation of the 1917 Constitution.

So with that we hope that you will have a great understanding and appreciation for all your friends in Cozumel.  Make sure to come visit us at Discover Mexico for the best Cozumel Cultural Tours and experiences!

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!

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