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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)
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Things to do in Cozumel

Annual Mayan Canoe Crossing – Cozumel Events

As most people know Cozumel is in Mexico but it is also directly in the heart of not just Mexican culture but also Mayan Culture.  The island of Cozumel was a very important place in ancient Mayan culture.  This is just one of many other great reasons that planning a vacation to Cozumel means that you will be having a very diverse experience during your Cozumel Vacation.  Now we are going to touch a little bit more on the Mayan culture in Cozumel and in particular about one of the coolest events in Cozumel that takes place annually.  The Sacred Mayan Journey or Traviesa Maya just went down!

Cozumel – Ancient Sacred Mayan Journey??

As Cozumel is rich with Mayan culture catching a traditional Mayan event while you are here in Cozumel is just a great plus during your Cozumel Vacation. Things to do in Cozumel The Sacred Mayan Journey is an annual event here in Cozumel and the Riviera Maya.  This event follows the traditional Mayan sea route that the Mayans would use in their journey from Pole (Xcaret) to Cuzamil (Cozumel).  Mayans crossed the caribbean channel from Pole to Cuzamil in large canoes.  The reason for their journey was to honor the Goddess Ixchel who was the Mayan Goddess of fertility.  Cozumel was dedicated to the Goddess Ixchel.  This Traviesa Maya is a tradition that dates from 1250 -1519 AD.  In this tradition the Mayans would make their pilgrimage to the island of Cozumel where they would make offerings to Ixchel and also to receive divine messages for their communities.

Sacred Mayan Journey in the present

The Sacred Mayan journey as I had mentioned earlier lasted from 1250-1519 AD so it did stop for half a century.  Nine years ago a cultural group Experiences Xcaret brought back this sacred Mayan Tradition as a way to strengthen locals cultural identity as well as allowing tourists and non Mayans learn more about the wonderful heritage of the Mayans.  This ritual accurately follows the traditional dances, rituales and even the types of canoes used.

Participants in the Sacred Mayan Journey begin to train for the Cozumel Event up to 6 months in advance.  This is a very hard crossing and I know oarsemen that train for this until 3amCozumel Cultural Events when they are preparing for this very unique event.  Once this Cozumel event begins over in Xcaret guests participate in rituals and dances that last the entire night.  At first light the participants then take the canoes and row across the ocean to Cozumel where offerings are made to the Goddess Ixchel who then sends messages back to the mainland.  The participants then return to the mainland in Playa del Carmen with tokens from the Mayan Goddess.  The tokens are omens of good fortune.

This is a very unique Cozumel Cultural event and it very important to the local Mayans. So if you are looking for a unique Cozumel Cultural Event don’t miss out on the Sacred Mayan Journey.  Contact us at Discover Mexico Cozumel for more great things to do in Cozumel.

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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!

Cozumel Travel Tips

Cozumel Travel Tips

When you are planning your vacation to Cozumel, Mexico, or somewhere else in the Riviera Maya there are many things that come to mind. I am sure I am not the only one that has a mental picture of long white sandy beaches and laying out on one of those beautiful beaches being treated like royalty. There are other things that may come to mind as well like: tequila, margaritas, Scuba Diving in Cozumel, Snorkeling, Mayan Ruins and many other things that may come to mind. All that is great and they are definitely things to consider when planning a Cozumel Snorkelvacation to one of the best vacation spots in Mexico. There are some things that aren´t always considered or are feared just from hearing the word MEXICO! Let’s look at some quick pointers that I have for you to help you have a better vacation while in Cozumel Mexico or the Riviera Maya.

Question #1 How safe is Cozumel?

This is probably one of the most common misconceptions that I come across when I am talking with tourists. I meet them early on in their day on the island and they ask me, “Is it safe to walk around here?” That’s when I feel the need to explain in great detail how safe Cozumel really is and how it’s no doubt the safest place in all of Mexico. (I have been to many parts of Mexico and never really had any trouble anywhere but I don´t stick out as much as some people)

The truth is that Cozumel is very safe even safer than most places in the US. Remember I am a gringo and have lived in both places for extended periods of time. The thing about Cozumel is that the locals understand how important tourists are to the area and everyone wants visitors to have the absolute best time. They generally aren´t out to scam you and try to make sure that the shady stuff that goes on in border towns doesn´t happen in Cozumel.

Question #2 Do they take dollars and are they going to rip me off?

This is something that some people forget when coming to Cozumel or the Riviera Maya. Yes pretty much every shop or store on Cozumel or throughout the Riviera Maya in fact normally do take dollars and US credit cards. This being said no they are not usually looking to feed on plaza-del-soltourists and take them for every penny despite what some people think. Do you need to know how to haggle yes in some stores definitely but not in all stores as some places just have set prices and some are owned by US companies that will not haggle with you.

Can people be ripped off? Yes of course it happens everywhere but in my experiences at least I have seen it happen far more often in the US. There are people working scams all the time in the US but for the most part that’s not what people want happening here in Cozumel because believe it or not they LOVE YOU! They want your business and want to avoid anything that will give the island a bad rep which is something they understand better here in Cozumel than anywhere else that I have ever been! (This even considering that I grew up in a tourist town and we didn´t love tourists as much as they do in Cozumel, Mexico).

There are many many more things that I could touch on but I want to keep it short as I see that I failed on doing just that. With all that said Cozumel Mexico and the Riviera Maya are home to a 4great many wonders and you won´t get bored there are plenty of great Cozumel Activities and Cozumel Cultural parks and other things to do for you and your family. However remember to be courteous as it goes a long way and I promise that if you are courteous and thankful you will have a great opportunity to make friends on the island who if you´re cool will be happy to give you pointers and great deals on future visits, because that’s just how awesome the locals are in the area!

 

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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