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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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Cozumel Tours

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)
Cozumel Events

Cozumel Events – 5 de Mayo 2015

Well with high season winding down here in Cozumel.  Cozumel cruisers may be wondering what’s next on the things to do in Cozumel list?  Well not to worry there is still plenty going on in Cozumel so let’s go over a few of the things that are happening this week in Cozumel.  Here are a few things that are still in full swing here on the island, so plan your Cozumel tours this week considering the following.

Festival del  Cedral – Cozumel Cultural events

As of last week the fun and exciting and very popular Festival del Cedral which is now in full swing!  El Festival del Cedral is a traditional celebration that has been taking place for about 160 years now.  The Festival was started by Casimiro Cardenas who was one of the few survivors of an attack by Mayans on a religious settlemente. The Festival del Cedral is packed full of events for a little over a week.  There are plenty of Cozumel Cultural events folklore dances etc.  There are also plenty of other events such bull fights, horse race, live music (popular Mexican bands come from all over to showcase the event), and much more.  It’s definitely something that is worth looking into if you have a few days on the island and are looking for great things to do in Cozumel.

5 de Mayo!

5 de Mayo is without a doubt one of the most well known Mexican holidays and here on Cozumel it’s no different.  Cinco de Mayo is actually the celebration of the Battle of Puebla when the French army was defeated in the city of Puebla in 1862. Cozumel Events While it may not be a Federal holiday it is celebrated across Mexico and even in the United States by Mexicans that are living abroad.  In the Puebla area of Mexico it is common to see reenactments of the actual battle and Mexican Pride is running stronger this day than most others.  In Cozumel expect plenty of great deals at the local restaurants as well as traditional dishes.  This important holiday does coincide with the Festival del Cedral as well so expect plenty of festivities to be taking place for 5 de Mayo out at el Cedral.

Well as you can see despite the high season coming to an end there are still plenty of great things to do in Cozumel year round and this week is no exception.  Make sure that you come get your party on at el Cedral for this years 5 de Mayo in Cozumel.   Contact us for any information and for other great Cozumel Travel Tips!

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!

Cozumel Tours

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

 

 

 

High Season in Cozumel off to a great Start!

Cozumel Mexico High Season off to a great Start

I really do feel for all you friends out that are currently freezing your rears off in the cold weather while we are down in beautiful Cozumel enjoying warm weather and crystalline blue waters of the Caribbean.  I am sure that you are wishing you were here right now.Christmas in Cozumel  With all that in mind you may be the only ones missing out on the warm weather (not actually) and white sandy Beach in Cozumel this year as the high season has begun!  Not only has the high season begun but its started off with a bang and looks to be one heck of a season!

The Iron Man competition started off the high season with more contestants than ever about 2,500 and on top of that hotels filling up.  By October of this year the island reportedly had seen over 800,000 visitors meaning that 2014 is aiming to be one heck of a year for the locals here on the island.  This is definitely a great way to start the high season this year.   This means if you haven´t been to Cozumel Mexico yet this high season you might end up forming part of a smaller group since Cozumel is definitely teeming with tourists right now.

December in Cozumel

December is when the high season officially begins here in Cozumel and that means all kinds of festivities and great Cozumel Cultural activities and just Fun things to do in Cozumel.  For those of you that haven´t been here in December here is a little look into what the first month of high season in Cozumel brings.

  • Dec 12 Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe – This is a day that Mexicans celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe which has roots all the way back to 1531 when a man by the Cozumel things to doname of Juan Diego had a vision of the Virgin Mary.  The Virgin Mary is venerated throughout Mexico and in Cozumel there is no shortage of Festivities.  If you are here on Dec 12th there is a good chance that you will see carvans marching with a shrine and t-shirts of the Virgin de Guadalupe moving to the Cathedral in downtown.  This is all followed by music, dancing and of course food.
  • Posadas posada posadas! – Posada is a spanish word that means lodging.  What is a posada though?  A posada is a 9 day celebration that has been a Mexican tradition for over 400yrs and specifically the nine days represent the 9months of pregnancy and in particular the pregnancy of the Virgin Mary with Jesus Christ.  Posadas usually are held from Dec 16th to Dec 24th but can occur sooner than that.  Aside from its religious significance it is also a special time to gather together at night and have a very filling dinner with music and other activities.  Local businesses have come to call the end of year parties that are offered to employees “Posadas” as well.  So this is a great time to get some fantastic food and enjoy a posada here on the island.  Pozole is one typical dish this time of year and one of my personal favorites.
  • Noche Buena and Christmas Day- Noche Buena refers to Christmas Eve and is when all the celebrations for Christmas usually take place here in Mexico and on Cozumel as well.  Look for plenty of restaurants to offer traditional Christmas dinners as well as Mexican Caribbean style dishes that are very delectable.  This is a great time to go out and enjoy the town especially the town square as there is no shortage of events including live music, plenty of Colorful Piñatas for the kids and more.Mexican Culture

Cozumel is definitely one of the best places to visit in Mexico as it has something for everyone even for those who are not necessarily into full blown Mexican Culture as it caters to tourists and make sure to provide traditions that are not just Mexican.  Discover Mexico Cozumel invites you to come and enjoy the fine weather this winter here in Cozumel and immerse yourselves in the rich Culture that is Mexico!

Cozumel Historical and Cultural Park – Discover Mexico!

Cozumel Historical Park – Discover the Beauty of Mexico

Cozumel Historical Park is one of the most beautiful and unique theme park and museum that is located in Cozumel Mexico. It has a diverse and wide-ranging history, culture and style and it is one of the main attractions in Cozumel, Mexico and the most visited park on the island. If you are planning to visit Cozumel Mexico, you need to see and visit Cozumel Historical Park and have one-of-a-kind experience that you will never forget.

Explore and discover the beauty of Mexico with the help of your tour guide that will explain and introduce you to the wonders of the place. You will cross the famous sites and places in Mexico Cozumel Cultural parkthat is in a miniature scale model. You can also watch collaborative movies and have the chance to discover the intrinsic art, handiworks and antediluvian relics from around Mexico. Have a fun, interesting and educational introduction to the culture and history of Mexico together with your whole family.

The Cozumel Historical Park is will provide you the chance to learn about one of the amusing, most vibrant and warmest counties in the world. Experience Cozumel culture and the diverse civilizations tradition, construction and explore the most historical landmarks and places in Cozumel, Mexico. The Cozumel Historical Park features a contemporary main building with an art crafts gallery, a video experience room that play whimsical, authentic and award winning video of Mexico presenting its culture, art and landscape. Aside from the authentic museum, you also need to see the pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary Mexican phenomena that is located in the lovely outdoor miniature scale model and replicas plus explore and visit the natural garden with unusual and mysterious flowers and faunae.

Aside from the historical places that the Cozumel offers, you can also visit the “Mercadito Corona” and enjoy their traditional drinks and nibbles plus the ice cream. Your travel will not be complete if you don’t visit their souvenir shop that offer the finest and unique handmade artsCozumel things to do that is made by the most expert artists and you will not find it in any souvenir shops in the Caribbean. There are plenty of things you can do if you visit Cozumel Historical Park in Mexico and as you visit this amazing town, you need to try their tequila tour because this is not your ordinary tequila tour. Not only you can taste the diverse range of their tequilas but you will also learn their heritage, architecture, culture, tradition and prodigious cuisine.

The Cozumel Historical Park tour is one of the most matchless and extraordinary tour that will let you experience not only beverages and wonderful places that the place offers but Mexico as a whole. Explore the beauty of Mexico and be amazed with all the wonderful things and places you will discover in these town is rich with historical places and modern amenities. Appreciate all the Mexican wonders and relish the most seen and latest Cozumel Historical Park in Mexico.