Las Calaveras

calavera

The Day of the Dead is coming and all the people in Cancun are getting ready to celebrate it.    One of these symbols, and a very emblematic one is the calavera or skull.  They are made from sugar, or chocolate and also in wood or stone. They are alway colourfully decorated and beautiful! Continue reading

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Mexican Independence Day in Cancun


VIVA LA INDEPENDENCIA!!
Mexican Independence Day celebrations begin on the 15th September and it is the most important national holiday observed in Mexico.  On the night of the 15th September the President of Mexico rings the bell of the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City and cries the ‘Grito de Dolores’ and the names of the heroes of the Mexican War of Independence.  He then shouts ‘Viva Mexico!’ joined by the people in the Zocalo waving the Mexican flag and then singing the Mexican National Anthem.  This patriotic event draws up to half a million spectators from all over Mexico and tourists worldwide. Continue reading

Mayan Culture in Cancun

Cancún archaeological sites

Apart from being one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, Cancun also has many Mayan archaeological sites to visit all within a short distance from your hotel.  Cancun is proud to be home to this Mayan heritage that dates back to the year 1500BC. Continue reading

Visit Tulum

tulum-1Tulum sits on the edge of a cliff facing looking out over the vast turquoise ocean. No wonder Tulum is one of the most-visited Mayan ruins in Mexico -it truly is one of the most magical places on Earth.

Tulum is located 82 miles south of Cancun on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the edge of the Caribbean Sea and was formerly know by the name Zama, meaning City of Dawn. Continue reading

Cancun Maya Museum

Cancun's Maya Museum (2)

After six years of construction, the museum’s modern structure has become the largest ever built by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) since the Templo Mayor Museum was built in 1987.   With an investment of approximately $15 million, 70% of which was contributed by the federal government through the INAH. Cancun’s Maya Museum includes 350 archeological artifacts that took 30 years of research to procure, includes relics that have never been shown as well as others that were discovered in recent excavations. Continue reading

The Mayan Legend of the Alux

aluxes

Alux is the Mayan word given to mythological Mayan spirits found in the Yucatan Peninsula.  Aluxes or Aluxob are believed to be small dwarf-like creatures, no higher than your knee, dressed in traditional Mayan clothes. They live in the Mayan jungles and forest and near milpas where Mayan farmers grow their crops The description of these little creatures and the types of tricks they play is very similar to the Irish leprechaun, and similarly to them they are playful and mischievous and love to play practical jokes.  Continue reading

Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza

chichen-itza-serpiente

The pyramid of Kukulcan, otherwise known as ‘El Castillo’, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.  It is one of the greatest surviving monuments of the Mayan civilization.  The spring equinox at Chichen Itza is the setting for one of the most spectacular sights you will ever see, the descent of the Feathered Serpent.  The Spring equinox usually falls on the 20th or 21st of March although the dates may vary slightly from year to year. Continue reading