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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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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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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!

Things to do in Cozumel

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!

 

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5 Picks for Great Cozumel Family Tours

Our choice for 5 of the Best Family Tours in Cozumel

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Think of the Caribbean Sea and a Mexican island bang in the middle of it and you have Cozumel. Mostly famed for its scuba diving and a popular port of call for cruise ships, what is lesser known is how family friendly Cozumel is. In fact, there are numerous Cozumel family tours that would make your vacation a memorable adventure for your entire family. These Cozumel tours are not just family tours but also fantastic Cozumel cultural tours that your family will not forget anytime soon. If you want to know about some of the best things to do in Cozumel, read on!  Now this list is just for ideas and we tried to focus on different areas and not on things that are all similar.

 

  1. Chankanaab Day Pass, Discover Mexico, and Sea Lion Show:  Organized by the Discover Mexico Park, this Cozumel family tours is one of the best things to do in Cozumel. You will also get to experience one of the best Cozumel cultural tours during this. From Riviera Maya to Chihuahua to Oaxaca, you will experience the rich heritage and historyCozumel Tours of this wonderful island in this Cozumel tours. Your five senses will be engaged as you walk through tropical rainforests that are as rich in fruits as they are in animals. Get to see turtles, iguanas and macaws as you walk leisurely through the stunning forest. A visit to a the Museum of Popular Arts will bring you face to face with the rich cultural artefacts of Cozumel, from the textiles to the brilliantly carved wood animals to the pottery made from black clay. You can buy your own souvenirs at the arts and crafts store to take back home as memorabilia of your Cozumel cultural tours. Enjoy the best of Mexican food with a taco buffet that is part of this tour. When you reach Chankanaab National Park, you can snorkel down to any of the coral reefs that surround this pristine island. A reef lagoon beneath the park can be accessed to take you directly to the ocean. In the park, children will be delighted watching the dolphins at play or swimming in their own beach inlet. The botanical garden is home to many exotic plants that will be a pleasure for your eyes. Don’t forget to watch the exciting sea lion show that is complimentary with this tour. In just one tour, cater to every member of your family, across all ages and different interests!
  1. Adventurous Cozumel Xrail tour: This well balanced tour is for those looking Best Tours in Cozumelfor some adventure while not going to extremes since this tour is operated by the same Wild Tours company that operates the extreme Xrail off-road adventure. The Adventurous is toned down, has buggies that seat four instead of two and does the off-roading at the beach on the other side of the island then returns to Playa Uvas for lunch and beach time.
  2. Pirate Dinner Cruise: Your children will be thrilled to be onboard an authentic old Spanish Things to do in Cozumelship, the Jean Lafitte. Indulge your taste buds in the scrumptious dinner while enjoying the sight and sounds of the Caribbean Sea.  You’ll be equally amused with the pirate theme and show put on by the fantastic crew!
  3. Atlantis Submarine Tour: Dive down to 100 feet in a submarine with professional crew and give your children the experience of a lifetime!  This is definitely a family tour as not everyone is ready to go scuba diving and this is definitely a memorable experience for a family.
  4. Xcaret Day trip: In this evening show, you will see scale models of Yucatan archaeological sites, Mayan ruins, stables, an aquarium and aviary, as well as a butterfly farm. Travel along the underground river through caverns and channels for an experience of a lifetime!  A sure fire way to keep the entire family entertained as your day will fly by due to such fun!
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The Joy of Chocolate Tour – Cozumel Tours

Well there it is we are now half way through the year and it has been great so far!  We have been able to see thousands of smiling faces of content clients as they enjoy our great Cozumel Cultural Tours.  So since we enjoy making you smile and providing you with unforgettable memories from your Vacation to Cozumel we are always working on new Cozumel Cultural tours and other great Cozumel Tours and combos.  Due to this some ofCozumel Toursyou might have noticed some changes on our website.

We have  made it possible for clients to book directly on the website instead of having to go through a third party booking provider as we know that quality deals is something that everyone is looking to find.  We also added a numer of new Cozumel Tours to the website as we had a very short list not long ago now we have more so here is one of the tours we are excited to provide for you on our website.

The Joy of Chocolate

On this amazing Cozumel Cultural tour you will have the chance to learn all about the history of CHOCOLATE in Cozumel and how it’s made.  You’ll learn from a professional chocolate manufacturer and artisan in Cozumel. This Cozumel tour combines this sweet experience with the Cozumel Cultural Tour at Discover Mexico Park, where you can experience the full spectrum of Mexico’s rich heritage all in one place. You will learnCozumel Tours how to make your own chocolate and even your own chocolate bar and taste a variety of delicious chocolate samples made right here.

You’ll begin the tour with an experienced chocolate maker who will teach you how to mix, grind and make your own chocolate bar with natural cocoa beans.Throughout the experience you will learn how chocolate is grown, its history and origins in the Aztec and Mayan culture as well as the health benefits. Since everyone is always looking for the ideal souvenir look no further as you’ll have an opportunity to buy handcrafted chocolates, vanilla and coffee to take home.

Your tour also includes entrance to Discover Mexico Park where you can experience the full sweep of Mexico’s history, culture and traditions. Explore with a guide or on your own with a Cozumel Cultural Toursself-guided map. Experience the Multi-Screen Theater where Mexico comes to life through images set to traditional music.  You can stroll through the gardens as you view the intricate scale replicas of the great pyramids of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Wander through the Museum of Popular Arts to view contemporary works from Mexico’s finest artisans. Surprise yourself with the Papantla Flyers Show.  This is definitely one of the most complete Cozumel Cultural Tours as you will truly be immersed in the country’s rich heritage and culture.  So contact Discover Mexico today!

 

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Discover Mexico Park entrance fee.
  • Private guide.
  • Chocolate work shop.
  • Your own chocolate bar made by you to take home.
  • One beverage (Purified bottled water)