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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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Things to do in Cozumel

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!

Carnaval in Cozumel

Time for Carnaval in Cozumel! – Cozumel Travel Tips

CARNAVAL COZUMEL

Cozumel is a massive island, one of Mexico’s largest islands. Cozumel island is one of the safest locations in Mexico and offers endless possibilities as there is always a wide variety of great Things To Do Cozumel.  If you are planning to visit Cozumel on your Carnival in Cozumelnext vacation and you already have your Cozumel Tours all planned, you have to consider spending enough time to take advantage of all the amazing things Cozumel has to offer. Before traveling to Cozumel, you have to plan ahead to know the best time to visit and get better acquainted with some of its world famous events taking place during these periods. One of the best times of the year is to visit Cozumel during the “Carnaval de Cozumel”.  Carnaval is similar to the carnival celebrations in Brazil but organized in a much safer place.  There is so much to do and colorful things to see during Carnaval in Cozumel.

Carnaval Cozumel is fun island tradition celebrating an eclectic mix of cultures. Dating as far back as the late 18th century, Cozumel Carnaval started off when young people dressed in Cozumel Carnavalbeautiful costumes known as “Comparsas” or “Estudiantinas” took to the streets of Cozumel with their lovely songs and amazing dance steps. The Carnaval Cozumel which takes place every year offers tourists the opportunity to see vibrant, colorful parades that incorporate a wide range of performing groups and several beautiful costumes. The streets are usually filled with locals and tourists hours before the parade begins. On parade days, spectators will be entertained with loads of fascinating activities and also catch great view of the parade antics to delight the senses. Here you’ll find beautifully dressed harem girls, cowboys, kid wagons, Royal Court floats, butterfly stiltmen, dance groups, and lots more.

For an opportunity of having a clearer view of the colorful parades, it is advisable to be out on the streets hours before the commencement of the carnival to choose a perfect and convenient spot for yourself. The Carnaval Cozumel is one of the major fascinationsCarnaval in Cozumel of Cozumel that attracts thousands of tourists annually who come to enjoy the festivities and experience remarkable fun. Before the parades, you will see individuals and groups dancing all over the streets of Cozumel. The atmosphere is filled with excitement and since most of the streets are filled with people, there is usually heavy traffic on the roads. Every year, it is tradition for Carnavaleros to exchange candies and flowers with onlookers, and you might be fortunate enough to be selected.

Most of the people who took part in the parades are among those selected after competing for prizes. Each group is made up of at least 40 dancers. In order to ensure the event is as colorful and entertaining as ever, participants undergo several months of training and preparation.

Carnaval de Cozumel is usually celebrated the week before Mardi-Gras and Fat Tuesday in the month of February annually. If you are looking for the best time to visit Cozumel, you should consider traveling during the Cozumel carnival month. Plan your trip to Cozumel at this time and witness for yourself the fun, colorful costumes and lovely parades. There is no better time to visit than during the Cozumel Carnival celebration. It is without doubt an event not to miss out on.  So Discover Mexico invites you to come enjoy Carnaval in Cozumel!

High Season in Cozumel off to a great Start!

Cozumel Mexico High Season off to a great Start

I really do feel for all you friends out that are currently freezing your rears off in the cold weather while we are down in beautiful Cozumel enjoying warm weather and crystalline blue waters of the Caribbean.  I am sure that you are wishing you were here right now.Christmas in Cozumel  With all that in mind you may be the only ones missing out on the warm weather (not actually) and white sandy Beach in Cozumel this year as the high season has begun!  Not only has the high season begun but its started off with a bang and looks to be one heck of a season!

The Iron Man competition started off the high season with more contestants than ever about 2,500 and on top of that hotels filling up.  By October of this year the island reportedly had seen over 800,000 visitors meaning that 2014 is aiming to be one heck of a year for the locals here on the island.  This is definitely a great way to start the high season this year.   This means if you haven´t been to Cozumel Mexico yet this high season you might end up forming part of a smaller group since Cozumel is definitely teeming with tourists right now.

December in Cozumel

December is when the high season officially begins here in Cozumel and that means all kinds of festivities and great Cozumel Cultural activities and just Fun things to do in Cozumel.  For those of you that haven´t been here in December here is a little look into what the first month of high season in Cozumel brings.

  • Dec 12 Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe – This is a day that Mexicans celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe which has roots all the way back to 1531 when a man by the Cozumel things to doname of Juan Diego had a vision of the Virgin Mary.  The Virgin Mary is venerated throughout Mexico and in Cozumel there is no shortage of Festivities.  If you are here on Dec 12th there is a good chance that you will see carvans marching with a shrine and t-shirts of the Virgin de Guadalupe moving to the Cathedral in downtown.  This is all followed by music, dancing and of course food.
  • Posadas posada posadas! – Posada is a spanish word that means lodging.  What is a posada though?  A posada is a 9 day celebration that has been a Mexican tradition for over 400yrs and specifically the nine days represent the 9months of pregnancy and in particular the pregnancy of the Virgin Mary with Jesus Christ.  Posadas usually are held from Dec 16th to Dec 24th but can occur sooner than that.  Aside from its religious significance it is also a special time to gather together at night and have a very filling dinner with music and other activities.  Local businesses have come to call the end of year parties that are offered to employees “Posadas” as well.  So this is a great time to get some fantastic food and enjoy a posada here on the island.  Pozole is one typical dish this time of year and one of my personal favorites.
  • Noche Buena and Christmas Day- Noche Buena refers to Christmas Eve and is when all the celebrations for Christmas usually take place here in Mexico and on Cozumel as well.  Look for plenty of restaurants to offer traditional Christmas dinners as well as Mexican Caribbean style dishes that are very delectable.  This is a great time to go out and enjoy the town especially the town square as there is no shortage of events including live music, plenty of Colorful Piñatas for the kids and more.Mexican Culture

Cozumel is definitely one of the best places to visit in Mexico as it has something for everyone even for those who are not necessarily into full blown Mexican Culture as it caters to tourists and make sure to provide traditions that are not just Mexican.  Discover Mexico Cozumel invites you to come and enjoy the fine weather this winter here in Cozumel and immerse yourselves in the rich Culture that is Mexico!