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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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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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Our Top choices for great Snorkel Sites in Cozumel

Best Shore Snorkel Sites in Cozumel

Cozumel snorkel tours are extremely famous across the world. Located fewTours in Cozumel miles away from the Caribbean coast, Cozumel is a beautiful island with crystal clear water, white beaches and eye catchy homes. The world’s largest reef system is found in this island. This makes Cozumel snorkel tours a dream site for everyone. Sea life is predominantly visible in this holiday destination. Above all, Cozumel will give you a never-like-before underwater experience. With this being said, here are top few snorkel sites in Cozumel.

The Colorful Paradise Reef

Most Cozumel Island Tours begin with the paradise reef. The entire area is broken into three parallel reefs that stretch 600 ft from the shore. Paradise reef enjoys a maximum depth of 50 ft and is home to make corals, fishes and shellfishes. You will be able to see fishes that replicate the colors of the rainbow in Paradise Reef. As you dive through these waters, be prepared to see the wonders of nature!

Stay Amazed at Palancar

Palancar is another snorkeling destination that can leave you amazed. It is situated in Parque Marino Nacional Arrecifes de Cozumel. It is a fantastic spot to relax with your dear ones. Snorkeling and diving are identified as must-do activities at Palancar. The waters are home to barracuda, sharks and many more fishes. Indeed, Palancar proves to be a great destination for your next summer holiday.

Tours in CozumelHoliday at El Cielo

The list of Cozumel Island Tours will remain incomplete without “El Cielo”. The holiday destination is also known as the home of stars (what we mean here would be the star fishes)! If you are novice snorkeler, you should begin at El Cielo. It features clear, shallow waters with many phenomenal creatures.

The scrumptious Dzul- Ha

Another beautiful destination in the list of Cozumel snorkel tours would be “Dzul- Ha”. Snorkel Tours in CozumelThese waters are loaded with rays, lobsters, crabs and many other rare fishes. It is a wonderful place for snorkeling. Dzul-Ha lets snorkelers dive as deep as 10 to 15 feet. If you want to enjoy a meal underwater, you should visit Dzul-Ha.

Nemo and Chankanaab

Chankanaab is another wonderful place to snorkel. It is filled with jungles and Mayan ruins. The reef in Chankanaab is around 70 feet deep and 350 yards from the coastline. It is bold and beautiful with spectacular marine life and breath taking coral formations. Who knows you may find Nemo down here!

With all that said at the end of the day it is hard to go wrong with snorkeling in Cozumel as it is one of the best Dive sites in the world.  So Discover Mexico always loves giving you options and loves to have you visit us here in Cozumel.  So check out some any of the great Cozumel Activities that our island has to offer.  We’ll be waiting for your here in the Cozumel Cultural Park!

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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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More great Things to do in Cozumel

Top Things to do in Cozumel

Are you hunting for interesting things to do in Cozumel? Do you wish to have the moment of your life in the island of Cozumel? If yes, look no further we don’t mind giving you ideas for your Cozumel Vacation here at Discover Mexico because we want you to enjoy your vacation. This is because there are plenty of adventurous activities at Cozumel for everyone in the family. Anyone who steps into the island will find something fascinating. From Cozumel discover scuba courses to free diving, here are top ten things to do in Cozumel.

Underwater Bar – Clear Lounge Cozumel

If you haven’t heard a few months back the first underwater bar in Cozumel opened up!  Cozumel ToursWhat’s the name of this very interesting Bar in Cozumel?  None other than, Clear Lounge Cozumel. This very unique bar claims to be the world’s very first underwater oxygen bar! Here you can enter the underwater lounge and breath enriched scented oxygen all while playing with bubble guns and writing messages to others in the lounge and on the outside as it is inside the Puerta Maya Pier in Cozumel where the Carnival Cruise ships dock.  Good thing about this cool Cozumel activity is that no diving experience is needed!

 

ATV Jungle and Beach Adventure

If you love to explore through caves and ancient remains, ATV jungle & Beach adventure in Cozumel is your cup of tea. The off track journey comprises of small Mayan remains, a cenote and antique caves. This adventure is designed to keep you occupied throughout the day as there are different versions of said tour with a 2hr tour which is strictly ATVing and a 4hr tour which includes beach time and snorkeling as well.  Here is a Cozumel travel tip for you, if you tried both of these and want to ATV but see something else ask about ATV to Jade Cavern tour which is not officially up on their website!

 

Dive Certification Programs

If you want to be a certified diver, the Cozumel Dive Certification program will suffice your need! The 2 day adventurous program is hosted in four different locations. The most famous one is designed and managed by legendary Jacques Cousteau. The dive will take you to caverns, gigantic coral pinnacles and marked tunnels.  We definitely recommend diving in Cozumel with a personable dive shop someone like Scuba Mau.

Cozumel Scuba Diving

Most visitors prefer the Cozumel Scuba diving courses in the island wonderful andCozumel Tours breath taking. These courses will let you immerse yourself in crystal, clean & clear waters. The courses are designed to suit the needs of novice, intermediate and experienced learners. As you become confident and familiar with the sport, you can test your diving skills at Cozumel Marin Park (the deeper waters).

Few Other Options

Few other noteworthy travel destinations at Cozumel would be Dolphinaris, Glass Bottom boat cruise and Pirate Cruise with Lobster Dinner.

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Not just another Tequila Tasting tour – Cozumel Tours

So you decided to ditch the boring neighborhood beaches and the same ol’ parks for a little bit of a fun while in Cozumel, Mexico. But you’ve been through the open bar and want more than just plain old tequila on your trip to Cozumel. Discover Mexico is that change on your Cozumel vacation that you were looking for. Discover Mexico is “the newest and most seen park in Cozumel that offers tourists a unique Cozumel Cultural experience. The park collects all the Mexican wonders in one place and allows discovering the most representative sites, styles and art crafts of our country. Our main goal is to show guests that Cozumel is not just another island in the Caribbean but it is part of a multi-diverse country, rich in culture and Natural Resources. The park represents the best opportunity to provide guests a whole picture of our country all while promoting tourism to other parts of Mexico.”

If you’re looking to delve deeper into the culture of Mexico and understand Cozumel Toursboth its past and present, take a gander at the Video Experience Room. To see the actual arts and talents of the community, walk through the Popular Museum of Art. For an out of this world experience, take advantage of the Outdoor Walk Through Time and Space, “Explore Prehispanic, Colonial and Modern Mexican wonders on our beautiful outdoors walk with natural and exotic flora and fauna. Feel the excitement of going through time and space discovering one of the richest cultures of all times”.

To satisfy your sweet tooth or to cool off hit up  ice cream or tradition food and beverage cravings, hit up the Mercadito Corona Snack Bar to appease that appetite.  And all the venturing through the culture of Mexico has bound to get you looking to incorporate some of the arts into your life, into your house. It gives way to the perfect chance to buy something for yourself, or your family members and friends, through the Hand Crafts and Souvenir Shop.

Cozumel ToursFor a more refined look when drinking up that tequila, go and get some lessons in tasting, through the Professional Tequila Tasting. Taste the various fine spirits, and be on your way to become a professional in the tasting of these delightful drinks.

A not to miss performance, one that you must entertain yourself to, is the Voladores de Papantla Ritual. The performance of voladores, or flying men, is a fertility ritual, a sight not to be missed if you are in the Cozumel region.

With our connection to so much of Mexican culture and history, you need not to give up on modern amenities, with our free wifi, taxi services, parking lot, all weather activity, a bilingual guide, and so on.

Don’t miss out on any of the opportunities to explore the culture and fun of Mexico, something that is impossible if you take advantage of the many activities and Cozumel Tours offered by the Discover Mexico Park. Come, from anywhere in the world, and immerse yourself in the culture of Mexico.

There are so many great Cozumel Tours in which to take part while on your Cozumel Vacation.  Just make sure that you check out Discover Mexico for guaranteed fun during your visit to Cozumel.  Contact us today for more information about any one of our unique Cozumel Tours or for info about anything Cozumel!  See you soon!