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Vacation to the Riviera Maya this summer!

Ready for your vacation to the Riviera Maya this summer

Summer time means fun, sun and living easy, right?!  Well I guess that all could depend on you and where you decide to spend your Summer vacation because some places are just not as fun as others.  If you are wanting to guarantee your summer vacation a success then you have got to take your summer vacation to the Riviera Maya! There are always so many great things to do in Cozumel and throughout the Riviera Maya. So here are a some reasons why a summer vacation to the Riviera Maya is one of your best bets for a great summer vacation!

Riviera Maya tours to Mayan Ruins

There is always so much going on throughout the year all over and the best things to do in the Riviera Maya never end really.  So one of the most popular Riviera Maya Activities is definitely the Mayan Ruin tours in the Riviera Maya.  The mayans were known for their mathematical and astronomical systems and so forth. The Riviera Maya is littered with Mayan Ruins and sites. The most popular Mayan Ruins in the area are Tulum and Chichen Itza.  So there are not many questions as to why a visit to the Mayan Ruins in the Riviera is one of the most popular Riviera Maya Activities.

Riviera Maya Cultural Parks and Eco Parks

With all of the ties in the Riviera to the Mayan Culture it is no wonder that there will be no

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shortage of great Cultural Parks throughout the Riviera Maya.  Many of these Cultural and ecological parks are definitely worth seeing and are located around Playa del Carmen such as Xel-Ha and also Xcaret.  In Cozumel you can make a day trip from the Riviera Maya and experience some of the wonderful experiences that Discover Mexico, Cozumel’s top Cultural Park has to offer as well. There are many other great eco parks and Cultural Parks in Playa del Carmen so don’t miss out.

Extreme tours and Adventure Tours in the Riviera Maya

If you are not as into cultural and relaxation type of activities don’t fret because there are still Things to do in the Riviera Mayaplenty of great Things to do in Playa del Carmen and Riviera.  If you want to get your adrenaline pumping and enjoy off-roading then there aree numerous ATV and off-road tours in Cozumel and throughout the Riviera Maya.  Like Dune Buggy Adventour located in Cozumel!  There are also plenty of other great unique adventure tours in Cozumel such as learning to Kiteboard, scuba Diving in Cozumel, Ziplining in the Riviera and more! Flyboarding is definitely on the rise in popularity and something that I am still eager to try out as anything like that is definitely appealing for myself.

There are some many great Things to do in Playa de Carmen and Cozumel that the possibilities are endless!  Well that’s sums up some of the recommendations so that you can get a feel for why a Vacation to the Riviera Maya is one of your best options for an unforgettable summer vacation.

What are some unique and interesting things to do in the Riviera Maya that you love?  Let us know and we may feature your picks in a future article!  Also don’t forget that we have another Alejibre Market coming up this weekend at Discover Mexico Park for all of you that want to check that out here is a post from a recent blog on a past Alebrije Market in Cozumel!

 

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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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Tacos, Tacos and Tacos – Where to Eat in Cozume

Cozumel Travel Tips – Where to eat in Cozumel

When traveling to Cozumel you might have already figured out and scheduled your Tours in Cozumel and other Cozumel activities, but there are some things that are most likely not already planned out yet. Where to eat in Cozumel might be something that you haven’t decided on yet which is why we want to help. So today we are going to talk about one of the most popular foods for which Mexico is well known and that is TACOS!  So with that here is a list of some of our favorite Taquerias in Cozumel. This is not in any specific order and we’ll talk a little about what each of these Cozumel Restaurants has that is must try.

Cozumel’s Best Taquerias!

Los Otates – Los Otates is a great taqueria that has been open since 1990 here inThings to do in Cozumel Cozumel and is one of our favorites.  They offer the traditional tacos like Tacos al Pastor, skirt steak, chicken, beef and pork etc.  While the Tacos are great here there are 2 things here that I think are really top notch and definitely something you want to try and that is the gringas but try them with the steak they are awesome!  Also another thing that Los Otates definitely does right is the Pozole which is just great! Los Otates is located on 15 Av sur between Calle 3 and Rosado Salas. Its open air and definitely worth a visit.

El Pique – Likely one of the most well known and talked about Cozumel Taquerias El pique is Places to eat in Cozumellocated right on 30Av across the street from the supermarket, “Aki”.  El pique is very popular especially among the locals and they have quite a long list of tacos and some other things you might not find other places. Their tacos and tortas are great and the gringas are good but I still like the gringas from Los Otates more.  I would definitely put them in second place as far as Tacos al Pastor and I will mention my number one pick for Tacos al Pastor further down the list. I must recommend their Choriqueso which is just awesome! If you aren’t familiar with Choriqueso it is simply grilled melted cheese with Chorizo mixed in but it is awesome to have with chips!

Los Seras – Los Seras is another of our favorite taquerias here in Cozumel and isWhere to eat in Cozumel definitely a must.  Easy to find just like el pique it is located right on 30Av on the corner of Jose Maria Morelos. This taqueria is also popular and usually always has a constant flow of diners ordering in and taking out.  While they are on par with the other mentioned taquerias what really sets them apart is their Mexican pIzzas!  If you haven’t tried them you definitely need to stop by they are excellent!  Oh keep in mind they are closed on Wednesdays but any other night of the week they should be open.

Mister Taco – Last but not least my favorite Taqueria in Cozumel is Mister Taco!  Reason for this Cozumel activitiesis definitely due to the fact that I love their Tacos al Pastor and definitely think they have the best Tacos al Pastor on the island. One tip for you while visiting Cozumel (this also applies to other parts of Mexico), those huge things of meat on a spike next to the fire you may have seen, the bigger they are means the better those Tacos are and if there are two of those out, that is a sure sign of great Tacos al Pastor. Why you might ask? The reason being is that they have to sell all of that in a night it cannot be resused the next day so if they have 2 out that means they are doing some business moving those tacos.  So that said Mister Taco definitely is my favorite spot for tacos al pastor. If you want to avoid the rush go between 6:30pm and 7:30pm as after that the place really picks up with diners and people ordering out.  Don’t get their too late though as sometimes by 11pm they have sold out of their tacos al pastor!

Well there you have it amigos some of our favorite Places to eat in Cozumel that will also give you wallet a break from all the big restaurants you have been visiting. So if you want a truely authentic Mexican taco then any of these will suffice. That’s all we have for this week but if you have any questions feel free to contact us at Discover Mexico. Also let us know what are your favorite places to eat tacos in 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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Things to do in Cozumel during the Holiday season!

Spending Winter Holidays in Cozumel Mexico

Are you sick and tired of chilly winter celebrations? Do you want to warm up your winter

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Winter Vacation in Cozumel is too good to be true!

holiday? Are you prepared to enjoy Mexican culture this December? If yes, Cozumel will be a wise pick for you. Traveling to Cozumel during cool winter seasons has become a hobby amongst many ardent travelers. The Caribbean destination has evolved to be an idyllic winter getaway that can keep and add more panache and glamour to the festive spirit. Cozumel is much more than a Caribbean Island. It has something interesting for everyone in the family, and this is true at all times of the year. Here are few interesting things to do in Cozumel during winter holidays. These activities should be a part of your Cozumel travel planning process.

Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving!

New Years in CozumelIf you are travelling to Cozumel, remember to snorkel or scuba dive. The pristine island is renowned for its striking scuba diving locations. And, the best part about scuba diving in Cozumel is that you don’t have to be a professional swimmer. The destination homes some of the world’s finest reef diving spots. Located few miles from the Yucatan Penninsula, Cozumel’s San Miguel is a must visit. Diving in Cozumel will undeniably be a pristine experience and one that you won’t soon forget.

Fun with Chocolate and Culture at Discover Mexico

Things to do in Cozumel will remain incomplete without some cultural activity mixed in thereCozumel Tours somewhere.   Talking to travellers one of the most common things to do to in Cozumel that they seem to be seeking is something off the beaten path and not so touristy.  Travellers now a day are becoming much more interested in not being pampered and living a truly authentic experience.  For that we can recommend our Joy or Chocolate tour right here at Discover Mexico. This tour will give you a chance to experience the joy of learning more about one of everybody’s favorite things, “Chocolate”; but not only that also more about  the Mayan Culture which is something definitely worth immersing yourself in while in Cozumel.

The Verdict

Travelling to Cozumel during winter holidays is an amazing move. The place is loaded with too many things to do! From diving to sightseeing to dune buggy rides, to Christmas Eve posadas to candlelit progressions, the island is lively and a colorful place to enjoy the festive season. So get out of the cold this winter and Cruise 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!