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Discover Mexico´s Culture – Day of the Dead

Discover Mexico´s Culture – El Día de los Muertos

If you love Cozumel then you probably keep coming back and most likely do your best to Discover Mexico Cozumel - Dia de los Muertosunderstand true Mexican culture more instead of just putting it aside.  At least that is what I have come to experience when talking with travelers that are in love with Cozumel, Mexico. So today and especially today I wanted to talk a little bit about a very popular Mexican tradition and holiday. El Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead!

Speaking with many people back in the US I find that there is a common misconception that Day of the Dead is the Mexican equivalent of what Halloween is in the United States. That couldn´t be farther from the truth. Although it it begins on Oct 31st in the evening it also goes through Nov 1st and Nov 2nd its actually very different from Halloween. This is a holiday meant to honor the dead by gathering friends and family to pray for family and loved ones who have passed on and to reflect on the frailty of life. This includes the building of private altars which are called ofrendas and on these altars they are decorated with candy skulls and marigolds as well as with the favorite foods and dishes of the deceased loved ones as a way of honoring them. These private altars are usually built in the cemetery but if you have been in Cozumel during this season you may also notice some people build them right at their homes or porches.

“Why is it called DAY OF THE DEAD if its spread across 2 days?” Oct 31st is All Hallows eve and also when children in Mexico build their altars to invite the Angelitos or little angels which are the little children who have passed on Nov. 1st is actually Día de los Inocentes or Day of the Discover Mexico Cozumel -- Day of the Dead SkullsInnocents. November 1st is when the children who have passed on are honored and invited to the altars that have been built usually by the children. November 2nd is actually the Día de los Muertos but also known as All Saints Day when the adults are honored and this is the day that families normally make their visits to the cemetery.

In Cozumel you get a mix of both Mainstream Halloween and Day of the Dead. This due to the constant flow of tourists on the island combined with the understanding by the warm locals that Halloween is a fun Holiday for most people in the United States(as it has certainly lost its religious significance for some time now). There is usually trick or treating to some extent on the Plaza but usually spread across November 1st and 2nd as well. There will be many depictions of La Catrina which is a Female skeleton often depicted doing things that the living do regularly. This is a tradition that goes back to pre-Hispanic times although it has changed quite a bit. It is not a somber or morbid Holiday and is a very interesting Holiday. Discover Mexico among others always prepare and display authentic Day of the Dead altars so come check out Day of Dead here in Cozumel. If you didn´t know much about this tradition hopefully now you will understand it a little more.

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Discover Mexico´s rich history and snorkel at Playa Uvas Tour!

If you are looking for great things to do in Cozumel or just a unique look into the rich Mexican culture then let me tell you about Cozumel´s Cultural park ranked #3 on U.S. News & World Report´s travel section for things to do in Cozumel! Discover Mexico Park offers the opportunity to explore step by step, the wonders of Mexico, from the friendliness of the locals, the World famous Mexican Cuisine, crystal blue waters with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, to the Mayan pyramids and ruins.

As soon as you enter in the fascinating Discover Mexico Park, you will be able to relax in a fresh atmosphere and become excited once you see four-screen video collage,

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Fascinating videos give you an overview of Mexico´s rich culture

with stunning images from the entire vibrant Mexico, such as Riviera Maya, Oaxaca or Chihuahua.

You will discover the beautiful Museum of Mexico´s Popular Arts with its collections of textiles, pottery, glass, furniture, Pinata (a kind of toy made ​​from a variety of paper or textile which is filled with sweets or toys), plus other interesting exhibits. Here everything is organized every weekend, with exhibits of handmade products. The museum has a gift shop that has interesting things to sell, such as reinterpretations of some famous works, toys and all kinds of traditional Mexican items. Moreover, in this museum, you will have the opportunity to see the famous ‘BarroNegro’ pottery, coming from Oaxaca, renowned for its interesting and unique style, shape, color and sheen. If you like bright colors and creative shapes, Oaxacan Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures, which you will see in the Museum of Popular Arts, clearly will attract your attention.

The discovery tour continues on the trail of Aztec, Maya, Olmec and Totonac people, placing in the foreground a masterpiece of Mesoamerican architecture – Chichen Itza, the most important sacred center of Maya civilization, where the Kukulcan pyramid was chosen one

Built to size these replicas are really quite amazing!

Built to size these replicas are really quite amazing!

of the seven wonders of the modern world. What turns out to be the highlight of this pyramid and gathers twice a year thousands of visitors, is when symbolically, the ‘feathered snake’ comes down. Actually it is an exceptionally light effect that looks like a snake, being observed for ten minutes in the days of equinox: March 20 and September 21, at around 3 p.m.

After we visit the parks where have been reproduced the great cathedrals and museums, we head to the Paseo de la Reforma, the most elegant and wide avenue, which runs right through the heart of Mexico. With an attractive design and unique concept, the boulevard houses among the tallest buildings in Mexico.

For a well-deserved rest and relaxation, Playa Uvas beach club is waiting for you with arms wide open and his famous water incredibly clear and blue.

Discover Mexico provides Snorkel and cultural combo tours too!

Discover Mexico provides Snorkel and cultural combo tours too!

You will live a unique experience discovering the sea world – Chankanaab Shallow Reef, a guided snorkel tour of 30 minutes. After that, you will feel the need to eat and drink, so to charge your batteries, you can experience the incredible Mexican food, such as a plate of chicken fajitas, fillet of grilled fish, Cesar or mixed salad, all of these being included in the package.

Cozumel Travel Tips – Cultural Events

Cozumel Cultural Events

Everyone needs a vacation every once in a while. To pick the perfect destination can make or break the vacation and you should always be willing to try something new.  It´s a pretty common for most people to dream of long white sandy beaches and an island paradise. Cozumel offers plenty of different activities for you to do, a lot of different parks that could spark cultural interests, and the diversity alone is enough to make it the perfect landscape for your trip.cozumel_tequila_tasting_and_discover_mexico_park_141-132

Cozumel activities can range from plenty of sightseeing adventures for you and your family to more relaxing endeavors. One of Cozumel´s Attractions is the Discover Mexico Cozumel cultural park which allows you to study a rich history of Mexico that involves everything from the pre-Hispanic age to the modern age of today. You will be able to take pictures of the many miniature buildings and replicas of the past, look at ancient artifacts that no longer exist in today’s world, and even enjoy some fine Mexican cuisine that is the best in the world. The Cozumel cultural parks is not just a park for you to roam through but truly an experience that can take you back to an era that no longer exists. From the food to the atmosphere, there is plenty to do in these parks and the entire family will become richer for the experience.

There are other Cozumel activities to do as well. One of the best Cozumel travel tips someone can give is to do everything possible while you are there. There are snorkeling, submarine discover-mexico-art-cozumelexpeditions, tours on the beach, golf excursions, and many more activities for you to try. Another one of the best Cozumel travel tips is to keep an open mind. A lot of the things that may be done in Cozumel is not something that other western states might find normal or traditional, but that is the point of a great vacation to another country. You get to live through that culture for a little while and see how life was for that civilization.

There are plenty of ruins for you to explore, private vehicles that will take you all around the island and let you view what this Mexican place has to offer, and many other hotspots. Cozumel has been around for a very long time and there are plenty of places to walk and explore to really appreciate and soak in the rich history and diverse culture that Cozumel has to offer.

Depending on the time of year that you plan your visit you could have the opportunity to experience some of the many cultural events such as Carnaval in February or the Mexican Grito in September in remembrance of the Independence of Mexico!  There is so much to do and see that you will never get bored.  So be sure to investigate thoroughly when planning your Cozumel Vacation to this gem of an island!

Discover Mexico while on your Cruise to Cozumel

Discover Mexico Cozumel Cultural Park

 

If you are considering taking a trip to Mexico, going on a Cruise to Cozumel or you are already living in Cozumel Mexico, but you haven’t seen some of the many wonders of Mexico, one of the best places to go is to the Cozumel Cultural Park. In addition to the park, there are a variety of other things to do in Cozumel, including a variety of different activities and the world famous Cozumel Tequila tours (for adults only of course,) but there are also a variety of different Cozumel excursions to take part in with the whole family!

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While looking for things to do in Cozumel, be sure to visit Discover Mexico! Discover Mexico is an extremely unique Concept theme park and is one of the most popular parks in Cozumel. Discover Mexico offers the unique opportunity for tourists to learn and experience a wide variety of different Mexican wonders that will not only bring you into the spirit of Mexico, but give you a taste of the life and culture that is this great country. Discover Mexico features a wide variety of different Mexican wonders all in one area including different historical sites, styles that have pervaded the Mexican culture for many years, and arts and crafts from the Mexican culture of the years that visitors will have the chance to take part in.

Discover Mexico is an incredible experience when looking for things to do in Cozumel as the park offers visitors the chance to take part in a variety of Premium Cozumel Tequila tours and other Cozumel excursions, as the entire point of the park is to express the incredible diversity of Cozumel and Mexico to visitors in the best way possible, and allow tourists to gain a much larger picture of the incredible island of Cozumel and this great Nation, instead of simply seeing the main sites that others see. This gives you the unique chance to get a look at the history and culture of Cozumel and Mexico straight from the mouth of native residents. images

Discover Mexico is a one of a kind experience for the area, and is a must see for anyone who is interested in visiting the area and learning about the culture. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the island, but you will get to take part in many of the different cultural activities that the natives take part in on a regular basis! This is a great trip for you, you and a date, or the entire family as there are wonders for people of all ages to enjoy!

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