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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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Xplor Park Playa del Carmen

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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Mexican Culture - Cozumel

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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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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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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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!

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Ready for Holy Week in Cozumel?

Paisanos from All over Mexico get ready for Holy Week!

Well Spring Break in Cozumel is still in full swing even though the month of March is almost coming to an end.  Although March is coming to an end soon Vacations in Cozumel Cozumel Excursionsaare sure to see a bit of an influx of guests as all the fellow Paisanos begin Holy Week in preparation for Easter Weekend!  Yes it’s true now is officially vacation time here in Mexico for all locals this week as Monday Holy Week begins.

Holy Week in Mexico is a Catholic cultural tradition which officially is the last week of the 40 day lent period.  It begins with Palm Sunday and includes other special days including Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday.  This is an especially busy time as spring break in Cozumel is just beginning to wind down.  Hotels are expected to go over 90% in occupation as Mexicans come from all of the Republic of Mexico for some good Holy Week fun in the sun.

Locals and Paisanos which is the word used in Spanish referring to fellow Mexicans will be able to take advantage of great Cozumel Tour deals as will all of the happy Spring Breakers on the island.  This is the first weekend of Holy Week Vacations and although there was a bit of a bad weather spout yesterday and high winds today that didn’t stop everyone from coming and making the most of the Cozumel Tours and attractions.

Cozumel ActivitiesDiscover Mexico will be participating as well in all of the great Spring Discounts for Spring Breakers and for Holy Week vacationers so don’t miss out on the great opportunities.  This also means the festival in “El Cedral” is coming up with plenty of great Cozumel Activities.  Races, Music delicious food and more at the “Festival en El Cedral”.   With the plethora of great Cozumel Tours and activities there are hardly any dull moments around Cozumel and so Discover Mexico invites you to come and join us on any one of our unique Cozumel Cultural Tours and learn more about Mexico.  Contact us today!