Maya performer in traditional dress

Traditional Maya Dress

The traditional dress of the Maya can be entrancing and fascinating for its multicolored appearance and splays of gorgeous feathers. But what’s real, and what’s only a tourist fiction? Here’s what the Mayans wore when they lived here in the ancient Mayan city of Tulum: Ceremonial Dress When it came time for ceremonies or other large-scale events, those who could …

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Best Beaches of Tulum

Best Beaches in Tulum Many consider the coastline of Tulum to contain the best beaches in the Riviera Maya, so it’s no surprise there are several areas to choose from. Technically, all coastline here connects and beach names are superfluous, but useful when determining where to meet up. Which Beach is Best? Playas north, directly next to the ancient ruins …

Xcaret Park celebration of Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead Día de los Muertos is a longstanding Mexican tradition that is becoming increasingly well-known throughout the world. There are aspects of similarity to its counterparts of Halloween, All Saints Day, or Samhain, but this celebration is different. Spanish Catholicism brought by the Conquistadores combined with ancient traditions from thousands of years to create Día de los …

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Festivals of Tulum

Carnaval of Tulum Carnival (spelled Carnaval in Spanish) is a widely celebrated Catholic holiday, known for its Caribbean celebrations and wild colors. Comparable to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, it generally takes place a week before Ash Wednesday in the Catholic calendar. The holiday exists to celebrate fun before the strictness of Lent. There are Carnaval celebrations all over the …

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Traditional Maya Music

Music was a critical part of the ancient Maya lifestyle, featuring in every event from ceremonies, war, celebration, and even ritual sacrifice. The Spanish conquistadors worked hard to end ritual Mayan music, and executed dancers and musicians first in their conquest. While we don’t have much information about original ancient Maya, we know some things about their music. Instruments of …

The Maya Language

The Maya Language While the most widely spoken language is Mexico is Spanish, there are several native language still spoken here. The Mexican Government officially recognises 68 local languages. The Maya culture is still very alive here in the Yucatán, most of all through the Maya language itself. While technically called Yukatek Maya, speakers know it only as Maya. Those …

Reasons to stay at Aldea Zama, Tulum

Aldea Zama is newly built, eco-friendly and luxury residential area, located between Tulum and Caribbean beaches, directly in the jungle. With so many hotels on the beach, why would you want to stay in Aldea Zama instead? Well, there are few main reason to consider. 1. Luxury and comfort All the complexes are brand new and that assures highest standards. It is …

Vegeterian Restaurants Tulum

Vegetarian restaurants Tulum

For vegetarians and vegans, Tulum is the perfect holiday destination! You will find a lot of vegetarian restaurants in Tulum with very creative, healthy and tasty dishes. Even people who normally are not really into vegan or vegetarian food can enjoy the delicious options available. Find out here where to go and what to eat! Vegetarian Restaurants in Tulum Co.Con …

Playa del Carmen Beach

Safety in the Riviera Maya

As well as being portrayed for its beautiful coastlines and serene getaways, Mexico is also seen as a dangerous country to travel in. But what is true about this? This view is only related to the areas closest to the United States. The Riviera Maya, about as far as you can physically and geographically get from the north of the …

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Mexican chiles

Chiles (named peppers by Christopher Columbus)  are one of the pillars of Mexican cuisine, one can find them integrated into almost any dish throughout Mexico and the rest of Latin America. Originally domesticated in Mexico, chilies and peppers have become a worldwide phenomenon, but no one does chiles like Mexicans. Famous Mexican Chiles Bell Pepper Jalapeño Habanero Cayenne/ Tabasco Anaheim …

drinking water at store

Drinking water while in Mexico

You can’t just get drinking water out of the tap anywhere in Mexico. Even the locals don’t drink it, so that already says enough! The locals do use boiled tap water when cooking though. Make sure you drink purified water: Watch out with ice cubes. Most of the bars don’t use tap water for ice cubes. To be sure you …

Day of the Dead

Yearly events and traditions in the Riviera Maya

There are two reasons why it is good to know the public holidays and celebrations in Mexico, before you book holiday to the Riviera Maya: You could have the chance to experience how the local celebrate a national event. A really special way of exploring culture! Also, with national events, the locals have holiday or a day off, so be prepared …

Seafood Restaurants Tulum town

Shrimp ceviche, fish ceviche, fresh baked fish! Tulum is a village right next the sea, so you can already expect this: you can find a lot of seafood in Tulum. And the seafood is really fresh! Almost every restaurant has a dish on the menu with seafood in it, but some restaurant have lots of really good and fresh seafood. …