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I Want a Pair of Mariachi Pants!

Posted October 28, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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So I was sitting down the other day on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen with a group of friends and a mariachi band came by. Yes we agreed to have them play a few songs. But for a different reason than you think. I love mariachi pants. Truly I want a pair. And not just any old style of mariachi pants, but the black ones with the silver buttons up the side of the leg. Those are the ones I want! My Fascination for Mariachi Pants Has Led Me to the Entire History of Mariachi Outfits I...

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Day of the Dead Events in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 24, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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Day of the Dead, Hanal Pixan, El Dia de los Muertos. These are the international, Mayan, and Spanish names for this amazing festival that is at the heart of Mexican culture. This holiday is celebrated in the Riviera Maya but local events are not announced until the day before or the day of. What is a guarantee for this celebration is Xcaret's Festival of Life and Death, an evening event explains the history, cultural aspects and celebrations of this national festival day. The event runs for...

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The Heart of Mexico is Experienced at Independence Day Celebrations

Posted September 16, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

September 16 Independence Day in Mexico

You can read a ton of books, visit local historical sites, eat at local restaurants, but the best way to truly understand the heart of Mexican culture is participating in a local holiday. Independence Day has to be one of the most celebrated holidays in Mexico right along with Day of the Dead and Revolution Day. September 16 Independence Day in Mexico This holiday is reminiscent of July 4 celebrations in the US. Where the US received independence in 1776, Mexico began its fight for...

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Old Traditions Are Hard to Break

Posted September 2, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

Mexican Traditions

If you want to really understand a destination, start digging into tradition festivals. The more historical the tradition, the more you can really understand, learn and appreciate a place, a culture or a group of people. Mexico's long history is an incredible blend of pre-Hispanic, European and North American traditions. It is this blend of cultures and combined traditions that makes it unique, captivating and most of all interesting. Sure, you can celebrate Day of the Dead these days...

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Trip Back in Time – Understanding the Chicleros

Posted July 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

Chiceleros of the Riviera Maya

Before tourism found its roots in the Riviera Maya, there was a prosperous industry that took the coast and jungle by storm. Farming chicle, a tree resin from the zapote tree, was a lucrative industry on the Riviera Maya coast. There is still evidence of the chicleros work found on trees throughout the Riviera Maya, but this is a fascinating industry that just took off in the late 1800's to early 1900's. One Local Tour Company Shares the Tales of the Chicleros Before we share the impact...

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Riviera Maya Beaches Found Covered in Snow! El Nino to Blame?

Posted April 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

April Fool's Day In Mexico

Visitors and locals alike woke up to snow covered beaches in the Mexican Caribbean today, with people blaming El Nino for this unheard of phenomenon. ¡Inocente para siempre! April Fools! April 1st is April Fool's Day and we gotcha ya! But we think you also gotcha on another little bit of info. Mexico does not celebrate this day of jokes and pranks on April 1, they celebrate December 28 on the Holy Day of the Innocent. And that is not joke! History of April Fool's Day In Mexico If...

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Legendary Lodgings in the Yucatan Peninsula – Haciendas

Posted March 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations

Riviera Maya Haciendas

Moving through the Yucatan Peninsula seeing, feeling and tasting the history of the area is a precious vacation. Traveling into the depths of history, embracing the culture and deeply understanding the diverse history of the area could take a life time. Well we have learned how to shorten that learning by not only traveling through the area, but staying at legendary hotels and accommodations that deepen your understanding of Mexico. Haciendas are a large part of learning the good, bad and...

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Happy Easter from the Riviera Maya

Posted March 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

Easter in the Riviera Maya

If you are one of the lucky ones to celebrate Easter in the Riviera Maya, Feliz Semana Santa y Pascal. If you are celebrating elsewhere, at home, in Europe, with family and friends, Happy Easter, and hope your Easter celebrations are as fun as ours. What we love about Easter is the diversity of traditions found all over the world. Here in Mexico we make our Cascarones, hand painted eggs filled with confetti, drink fresh fruit waters and eat a lot of desserts. The Spanish introduced Bread...

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Taco Time – Mexican Tacos 101

Posted February 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

History of the tortilla and taco

Mexican tacos are some of the best snacks around. Unlike the US TexMex taco created by Glenn Bell in California in the 40s, what we know today as Taco Bell, Mexican tacos are a snack to be savored not an evening meal or large lunch like many North Americans have experienced The history of the tortilla (the flat corn 'bread' that makes up the taco) and taco is not well documented. Professors of culinary history have pieced taco references together, but no one knows the actually origin of this...

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Something to Wine About – History of Mexican Wine

Posted January 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

History of Mexican Wine

As Mexico becomes a more popular destination people are digging deeper and deeper into its culinary and beverage (okay alcohol) history. Mexican wine is not well known, but its history is as fascinating as mezcal, tequila and tortillas. Mexico was the first country in the Americas to grow grapes for wine making back in the mid 1500s. Los Padres (the Church) planted grape vines as fast as they built missions in northern Mexico. The first grape variety to be planted was the Mission grape, but...

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