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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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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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Summertime the season for….. – Cozumel Activities

Well as summer is now here in Cozumel there is always something fun and interesting to do!  That’s one of the great things about Cozumel!  Despite the fact that the hurricane season has officially started that doesn’t detract from the other great Cozumel Activities and Tours that are here for your enjoyment!  So we are going to talk about a couple of great Things to do in Cozumel that are seasonal and in season right now or some that will soon be in season in Cozumel!

Cozumel Turtle Rescue and Release

If you happen to be looking for something to do in Cozumel that isn’t quite so publicized or typical then helping out with the Turtle rescue and release programCozumel Toursaa might just be something out of this world for you!  I am speaking from experience I have done this a few times and even taken my small children to participate after I had experienced it and loved it, trust me this is definitely a great Cozumel Familiy Activity!  The Sea Turtles begin to arrive in May on the Cozumel beaches on the east side of the island to lay their eggs in huge nests that they dig in the sand.  The Turtle federation here on the island marks each nests and counts them on a daily basis until and after the eggs hatch.  Now this starts in May but runs all the way through September and even some in October!  So there is plenty of time to plan your Cozumel vacation and add this to your do list.  You can meet the volunteers on the other side of the island, follow them over there or get in touch and ride out there with them.  I’ll put a link with their info at the end of the article.

What you will get to do on this valiant experience is enriching as you volunteer and help check and monitor nests along with professionals from the federation.  You will help count eggs and track how many hatch and even how many survive.  If you volunteer during the earlier months you may even be going late late late at night to count eggs.  If you go during the latter part of the season you may get lucky enough to dig out the baby turtles as they hatch, count them and then let them walk out to the water on their own.  It’s really quite an experience and something that is a worthy cause and just fun.

Swim with the biggest FISH in the world

If you haven’t heard about this yet then you might be missing out on a once in a lifetime experience!  June, July and August are the season for the annual Cozumel ToursWhale Shark Migrations!  Now this tour is not here on the island but Cozumel is awesome and not far from the sites where this Gentle Giants migrate each year.  This Cozumel tour can be taken from Cozumel by either booking a tour to take you their or going directly to Holbox island, which is located on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula or you can travel to Isla Mujeres which is right by Cancun.  It’s definitely a day trip but the experience of being able to get in the water and snorkel alongside these gentle giants is unforgettable.

The whale sharks are the largest fish in the world and migrate through the area during these months in groups as they feed.  The whale sharks are curious creatures and are known to spend time in an area with swimmers if they are curious and in a playful mood.  This said you should not touch the sharks on tours as they are protected.  If you are adventurous then jsut go straight to the island on your own and hire a boat for the day.  The other way is to book a tour with a company that will usually include lunch and transportation to and from the snorkel areas.

Well there are a couple if things that are great experiences and in season NOW!!  So contact us today for more information or follow and share our blog for more great Cozumel Tours, and Cozumel Travel Tips!

 

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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)
Carnaval in Cozumel

Time for Carnaval in Cozumel! – Cozumel Travel Tips

CARNAVAL COZUMEL

Cozumel is a massive island, one of Mexico’s largest islands. Cozumel island is one of the safest locations in Mexico and offers endless possibilities as there is always a wide variety of great Things To Do Cozumel.  If you are planning to visit Cozumel on your Carnival in Cozumelnext vacation and you already have your Cozumel Tours all planned, you have to consider spending enough time to take advantage of all the amazing things Cozumel has to offer. Before traveling to Cozumel, you have to plan ahead to know the best time to visit and get better acquainted with some of its world famous events taking place during these periods. One of the best times of the year is to visit Cozumel during the “Carnaval de Cozumel”.  Carnaval is similar to the carnival celebrations in Brazil but organized in a much safer place.  There is so much to do and colorful things to see during Carnaval in Cozumel.

Carnaval Cozumel is fun island tradition celebrating an eclectic mix of cultures. Dating as far back as the late 18th century, Cozumel Carnaval started off when young people dressed in Cozumel Carnavalbeautiful costumes known as “Comparsas” or “Estudiantinas” took to the streets of Cozumel with their lovely songs and amazing dance steps. The Carnaval Cozumel which takes place every year offers tourists the opportunity to see vibrant, colorful parades that incorporate a wide range of performing groups and several beautiful costumes. The streets are usually filled with locals and tourists hours before the parade begins. On parade days, spectators will be entertained with loads of fascinating activities and also catch great view of the parade antics to delight the senses. Here you’ll find beautifully dressed harem girls, cowboys, kid wagons, Royal Court floats, butterfly stiltmen, dance groups, and lots more.

For an opportunity of having a clearer view of the colorful parades, it is advisable to be out on the streets hours before the commencement of the carnival to choose a perfect and convenient spot for yourself. The Carnaval Cozumel is one of the major fascinationsCarnaval in Cozumel of Cozumel that attracts thousands of tourists annually who come to enjoy the festivities and experience remarkable fun. Before the parades, you will see individuals and groups dancing all over the streets of Cozumel. The atmosphere is filled with excitement and since most of the streets are filled with people, there is usually heavy traffic on the roads. Every year, it is tradition for Carnavaleros to exchange candies and flowers with onlookers, and you might be fortunate enough to be selected.

Most of the people who took part in the parades are among those selected after competing for prizes. Each group is made up of at least 40 dancers. In order to ensure the event is as colorful and entertaining as ever, participants undergo several months of training and preparation.

Carnaval de Cozumel is usually celebrated the week before Mardi-Gras and Fat Tuesday in the month of February annually. If you are looking for the best time to visit Cozumel, you should consider traveling during the Cozumel carnival month. Plan your trip to Cozumel at this time and witness for yourself the fun, colorful costumes and lovely parades. There is no better time to visit than during the Cozumel Carnival celebration. It is without doubt an event not to miss out on.  So Discover Mexico invites you to come enjoy Carnaval in Cozumel!

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Discover Mexico & Chankanaaba Park Combo

DISCOVER MEXICO AND CHANKANAAB PARK

Discover Mexico is the most visited park in Cozumel and one of the island’s main tourist attractions that highlights the historical and cultural treasures of Mexico. It is a must visit during your trip to Mexico as it offers you the opportunity to learn more about the unique,Cozumel Tours colorful and rich culture of Mexico, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Discover Mexico park tour is one of a kind experience that allows you see the different ethnicities, arts, landmarks and traditions of Mexico. Here, you will find ancient and modern Mexican wonders in one place. This guided tour around the park takes you to see some of the best historical sites located all around Mexico.

On getting to this amazing park, your tour starts with a trip to the multi-screen video experience room where you’ll see dazzling award winning video presentation that showcase beautiful, cultural and natural wonders of Mexico. Learn more about Mexican history while wandering through the park, as you see miniature scale models of Mexico’s most significant archeological, and beautiful monuments and buildings. The tour will also take you to the Museum of Popular Arts where you’ll see some of the incredible works of great Mexican artists. Enjoy traditional food, snacks beverages and ice cream for lunch at the “Mercadito Corona” located within the park. Take home some lovely souvenirs at the gift shop, as it is considered one of the best in Cozumel where you can get some of the best authentic handmade articles found nowhere else on the Caribbean. Explore the fascinating outdoor natural garden with glamorous flora and fauna.

The next part of your unique excursion takes you to Cozumel’s National Park – Chankanaab. Cozumel ToursChankanaab National Park, the most popular beach park on Cozumel, was built to protect the plant and animal species found within the amazing and beautiful coral reefs on the island. Your admission into this beautiful park is also included as part of your excursion. Well-known for its fantastic snorkeling, swimming and diving activities, Chankanaab National Park is home to a botanical garden where you will find over 400 astonishing plant species; restaurants and bars for the best of traditional food and drinks; a sea lion show; a typical Mayan Village, one of the most amazing Pre-Columbian cultures; replicas of well-known archeological sites; an underground river, and a dive shop. You have the opportunity to see astounding animals at the dolphinarium, an open water exhibit, without getting into the water. Go on a guided snorkel or swim in any of the photoEscudo_COZ_Parque_Chankanaab_EX_chankanaabfamous coral reefs on the island. After having a nice time discovering the watery wonders of Cozumel, you can kick back relax under a palm tree while you take in the scene.

Discover Mexico offers plenty of great and remarkable Cozumel excursions and this is an excellent choice for first-timers and families who wish to learn about the history and culture of Mexico at Discover Mexico and  follow it up with an unforgettable moment of fun in Chankanaab Park.

What to bring:

Camera

Biodegradable Sunblock

Hats

Comfortable Walking Shoes

Extra Cash for Souvenirs and Snack Bar