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Alebrije Market at Discover Mexico – Things to do in the Riviera Maya

Discover Mexico – Things to do in the Riviera Maya

If you are looking for things to do in the Riviera Maya during your vacation to Playa del Carmen Cozumel Family Activitiesthen look no further than Discover Mexico located in Cozumel. Discover Mexico is just a short ferry ride across the beautiful caribbean.  Coming to Cozumel means a great many things, it means sunshine, beautiful beaches, a look into the Mayan Culture and so much more!

With so many great Riviera Maya activities to choose from sometimes it is hard to narrow down your choices. This is why we want to help as we will give you a few reasons to visit beautiful Cozumel this weekend!

Alebrije Market Discover Mexico

One of the many reasons to visit Discover Mexico is our dedication to immersing you in the best Riviera Maya Cultural tours and activities.  We have some many great activities and tours in Playa del Carmen toursCozumel to choose from, such as; our Discover Mexico Past and present tour,  Tequila Experience by Jose Cuervo, Mexican Flavors tour and more.  All of which give you a firsthand look into the Mexican and Mayan cultures.

Well due to our passion for our Mexican and Mayan heritage we our proud to invite you to our second Alebrije Market at Discover Mexico.  Taking Place on Saturday May 28th 2016 at Discover Mexico at 5pm.  This wonderful Market will be featuring Alebrijes all from local artesans as well as products from local farmers. In addition to the opportunity for you to purchase natural and organic products from our local vendors you can also enjoy delicious local food, good music and especially this great Cozumel family activity as we aim to promote and support and educate more about our culture through local artesans and farmers.

Alebrijes – Mexican Culture

If you are still trying to figure our what Alebrijes are then don’t worry I’ll explain. Alebrijes are brightly colored spanish folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures.  Use of the term, “Alebrijes” and the very first alebrijes originated in Oaxaca Mexico with Pedro Linares who was aThings to do in the Riviera Maya Mexican Artisan in the 1930s. Linares at one time became very ill and bed ridden.  Linares was unconscious and dreamed of a strange forestlike place in which he saw ,trees, animals rocks and clouds that suddenly began to transform into strange animals that he had never seen before.  He saw animals such as a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with the horns of a bull, a lion with an eagle head, aof which all of them shouted one word, “Alebrijes”. After recovering he began to recreate the creatures that he had seen in his dream, creating sculptures of them in cardboard and papier-mâché and he called them Alebrijes.

Well now you know a little bit more about our beautiful culture and Alebrijes. Now regarding the Alebrije Market tomorrow, we will be working with more than 15 local artisans and farmers with a variety of items from which we can learn and obtain a new vision within our heritage. And most importantly we are proud to support these local talents who with natural resources have created wonderful things, products for the benefit of our health, creative items, unique pieces of art and knowledge, all of whom want to share the benefit of these products to us and the environment at no cost. So stop on by Discover Mexico and we’ll be waiting for you!

 

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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.