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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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Summertime the season for….. – Cozumel Activities

Well as summer is now here in Cozumel there is always something fun and interesting to do!  That’s one of the great things about Cozumel!  Despite the fact that the hurricane season has officially started that doesn’t detract from the other great Cozumel Activities and Tours that are here for your enjoyment!  So we are going to talk about a couple of great Things to do in Cozumel that are seasonal and in season right now or some that will soon be in season in Cozumel!

Cozumel Turtle Rescue and Release

If you happen to be looking for something to do in Cozumel that isn’t quite so publicized or typical then helping out with the Turtle rescue and release programCozumel Toursaa might just be something out of this world for you!  I am speaking from experience I have done this a few times and even taken my small children to participate after I had experienced it and loved it, trust me this is definitely a great Cozumel Familiy Activity!  The Sea Turtles begin to arrive in May on the Cozumel beaches on the east side of the island to lay their eggs in huge nests that they dig in the sand.  The Turtle federation here on the island marks each nests and counts them on a daily basis until and after the eggs hatch.  Now this starts in May but runs all the way through September and even some in October!  So there is plenty of time to plan your Cozumel vacation and add this to your do list.  You can meet the volunteers on the other side of the island, follow them over there or get in touch and ride out there with them.  I’ll put a link with their info at the end of the article.

What you will get to do on this valiant experience is enriching as you volunteer and help check and monitor nests along with professionals from the federation.  You will help count eggs and track how many hatch and even how many survive.  If you volunteer during the earlier months you may even be going late late late at night to count eggs.  If you go during the latter part of the season you may get lucky enough to dig out the baby turtles as they hatch, count them and then let them walk out to the water on their own.  It’s really quite an experience and something that is a worthy cause and just fun.

Swim with the biggest FISH in the world

If you haven’t heard about this yet then you might be missing out on a once in a lifetime experience!  June, July and August are the season for the annual Cozumel ToursWhale Shark Migrations!  Now this tour is not here on the island but Cozumel is awesome and not far from the sites where this Gentle Giants migrate each year.  This Cozumel tour can be taken from Cozumel by either booking a tour to take you their or going directly to Holbox island, which is located on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula or you can travel to Isla Mujeres which is right by Cancun.  It’s definitely a day trip but the experience of being able to get in the water and snorkel alongside these gentle giants is unforgettable.

The whale sharks are the largest fish in the world and migrate through the area during these months in groups as they feed.  The whale sharks are curious creatures and are known to spend time in an area with swimmers if they are curious and in a playful mood.  This said you should not touch the sharks on tours as they are protected.  If you are adventurous then jsut go straight to the island on your own and hire a boat for the day.  The other way is to book a tour with a company that will usually include lunch and transportation to and from the snorkel areas.

Well there are a couple if things that are great experiences and in season NOW!!  So contact us today for more information or follow and share our blog for more great Cozumel Tours, and Cozumel Travel Tips!

 

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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.

Spring Break in Cozumel

Tequilera, Tequilera – Spring Break in Cozumel

Spring Break in Cozumel 2015

As all of your fun seeking spring breakers converge on Cozumel this year for your Spring Break in Cozumel we wanted to take a chance and talk about a couple of great Cozumel tours and places to hit up for some great Cozumel Spring Break fun!  Its not all about drinking but hey let’s be honest here it does mean a lot of drinking meaning looking great bars and Cozumel Tequila Tours.  Here are some great Cozumel Tequila Tours and Cozumel Bars.

Discover Mexico Premium Tequila Tour

This Cozumel Tequila tour is obviously a little different as we are talking about true premium tequila tasting.  Most Tequileras here in Cozumel are outdoors andThings to do in Cozumel are constantly pushing to try and get you to buy buy buy, not just their tequila but their other souvenirs as well.  While we do have plenty of Souvenirs and Tequilas that are available for purchase we won’t pester you to buy them.  one of the best things and something that definitely sets us apart from other Tequileras in Cozumel that we will treat you like royalty while you participate in this educational and fun Premium Cozumel Tequila Tour.  If you have been to wine tastings well this is the Tequila version of that and it will definitely be a unique experience for you during your Spring break in Cozumel!  So come try a Tequila Tour in Cozumel that you will not forget!

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Cozumel

Now if you are on spring break and you want to have some food and party a little bit at the same time then Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is defintely a must for Spring Breakers! Things to do during Spring Break in Cozumel Lunch gets even more fun when the DJ and staff start doing different games as well.  Whats great about Margaritaville is that the food is great and the have plenty of big screens and plasma TVs so that you can keep up with your favorite College teams during March Madness.  There are plenty of other great things to do at Margaritaville as they have snorkel gear available for everybody as well as their water trampolines, giant floating icebergs and more!  Margaritaville is definitely a hot spring break spot!

Cozumel Bar Hopping!

Now the other tours are not all about the drinking as there is plenty more to go along with the other places and tours that we mentioned, but this tour is definitely a bigger partCozumel Tours of the tour but its not only about drinking and going to bars.  The Cozumel Bar Hop tour is definitely a great way to get to know new people and to get away from the tourist part of the island and over to the east side of the island.  This tour starts off from in town and goes straight over to the other side of the island visiting Punta Morena, Coconuts bar (Coconuts is definitely a stop for spring breakers!), followed by a visit to Playa Bonita Restaurant & Bar and finally Rastas Bar for a great time!

Well there are a few more great Things to do in Cozumel for you spring breakers visiting the island this month and we have plenty more Cozumel Travel tips too so let us know if there is something in particular that you would like to know about while travelling in Cozumel or even something that you think would be good for others to know and we may even blog about it so until next hasta luego y nos vemos!

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Cozumel Time Change – Cozumel News

Get Ready for a Big Cozumel Time Change

Cozumel is now in its own little time zone along with the state of Quintana Roo and will now be on Eastern Standard Time!  That’s right, after years of debate a number of Hoteliers from Cozumel, Cancun and other popular tourist destinations in the Riviera Maya as well as local Government Officials finally won the vote in the Legislature to change the time for State of Quintana Roo to match Eastern Standard Time.

They have been pushing for this for years now and want this to take place so that Tourists in the area have more daylight and time to do tours and enjoy the local beaches and resorts.  Obviously it will be good for business as well as it will allow for more light for more activities.  It will take a little getting used to for Tourists as well as for locals but here it is everybody get ready for change.

A word of advice is for cruiser´s who seemingly will be the most affected by the new time in Cozumel as Ships sailing out of Florida will be the same time as local cruiseship at sunsettime so a little less confusion for them.  Despite this it doesn’t mean it will be less confusing for all Cozumel Cruiser’s as those arriving on cruises that sail out of Houston, Galveston and New Orleans which are on Central Time will now be an hour behind Cozumel time instead of being on the same schedule which is something that will definitely take some time to get accustomed.

Now to help avoid some additional confusion which has definitely been happening as it is evident on the Cozumel travel boards and forums this is not a Daylight Savings Time change.  This is a permanent change and so Cozumel in April will change their clocks ahead and additional hour so this summer will definitely be a lot brighter in Cozumel from now on.

That is the basic rundown about the new changes coming this weekend and Discover Mexico is very glad to provide you with great Cozumel Travel Tips and Cozumel News so that you can get the most out of your Cozumel Vacation.  If you are looking for great things to do in Cozumel or need a little help just comment on the post below or contact us at Discover Mexico 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!

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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,

Cozumel Cultural park

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.