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A Good Book for the Beach

Have you already finished all the books you brought down with you for the beach and are tired of looking at your Kindle? Visit Alma Libre Bookstore in Puerto Morelos main square during the winter season to stock up on beach books.
Run by Rob and Joanne, a couple from Calgary, Canada, Alma Libre carries an extensive selection of second-hand and new books, maps and guidebooks on Mexico and the Maya World. You’ll find everything from thrillers, romance, sci-fi and fantasy to the classics and books on nature, cooking and even meditation.
Alma Libre is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., November to the end of April.
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More Statues for Cancun Underwater Museum of Art this March

La Bendicion or “The Blessing”, the latest sculptures for Cancun’s iconic Underwater Museum of Art will be submerged at the end of March.

The six statues are destined for Chitales Reef, which will be the museum’s third gallery. The Museum currently has 500 statues and its goal is to reach 10,000.
Snorkeling and dive trips are available to the Museum, ask the Concierge for details.

 

The Silent Evolution, Jason deCaires Taylor, Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA), Parque Nacional Marino Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún y Punta Nizuc

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New Time Zone for the Mexican Caribbean

On February 1 the clocks were put forward one hour in the state of Quintana Roo and the Mexican Caribbean has an extra hour of daylight as a new time zone comes into effect.

This measure means that Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and other tourist destinations in the state are now on the same time as cities in the Eastern Standard Time zone in the United States. It does not apply to the neighboring states of Yucatan or Campeche (something to bear in mind if you are planning to attend events in Merida, Valladolid or other places in Yucatan) and the state will also be one hour ahead of Mexico City.

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New Planetarium for Cozumel

The island of Cozumel will soon have its own Planetarium for budding astronomers to visit, joining the popular Ka Y’ok Planetarium in Cancun and Yook’ ol Kaab in Chetumal. The Cozumel building will be known as Cha’an Ka’an, which means: “observe the sky” in Maya.

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Momentos Sagrados Mayas Community Theater in X’ocen

From January 18 to March 8, every Sunday at 4 p.m. (CST), the village of X’ocen near Valladolid in eastern Yucatan hosts a vibrant and moving community theater performance that is an extraordinary portrayal of Mayan traditions. A production of the Laboratorio de Teatro Campesino e Indigena Community Theater Workshop, Momentos Sagrados Mayas or Sacred Mayan Moments is brought to life by 270 actors of all ages hailing from seven different villages. Admission $150 pesos per person.
Ask your Concierge for information and assistance in arranging a tour to see the performance and visit Valladolid.

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Carnival Time

February 11-17

The Yucatan Peninsula plays host to several important Carnivals this February. The oldest in the Mexican Caribbean is Cozumel Carnival, which is 139 years old and the first Chetumal Carnival was held in 1912. The Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos Carnivals are much more recent but celebrated with no less enthusiasm. Elsewhere, the Merida Carnival is one of the largest in the country and the colonial city of Campeche host the oldest carnival in Mexico, at 428 years old, it dates back to the days of the merchants and pirates who sailed the Caribbean.

Puerto Morelos will be hosting its own Carnival events from February 19 to 24.

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Puerto Morelos Food, Wine & Music Festival February 27-28

Puerto Morelos Food, Wine & Music Festival February 27-28

Starting at 5 p.m., two evenings of varied music, cuisine (including lion fish dishes) and 40 different wines for sampling under a starlit sky.

Contact the Concierge ››

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Cancun & Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival

Cancun & Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, March 12 – 15

Sponsored by Food & Wine Magazine and Travel & Leisure among others, the Cancún & Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival is growing in popularity with every year that passes. The 2015 festival line up features events ranging from celebrity chef conferences, star chef cooking class and lunch, wine and spirits tastings hosted by leading sommeliers, a sunset catamaran cruise, gala dinners and a gourmet tasting village.

Among the food celebrities participating are Mexican chefs Martha Ortiz and Patricia Quintana, who will be honored with a gala dinner on the theme Divas of Mexican Cuisine. Other star chefs include Eneko Atxa, Joan Roca, Juan Mari Arzak, Mikel Alonso, Bruno Oteiza, Aquiles Chavez, Yerika Muñoz, Carmen Ramirez (Titita) and Maria Teresa Ramirez Degollado and more will confirm their participation this month.

In addition to showcasing Mexican cuisine, the Festival will also pay tribute to the contribution of Spain and France to the culinary tradition of the Americas. The wine tastings will feature champagne and wines from Baja California and, Spain.

The Festival founder and president is David Amar, a longtime Royal Resorts member who has a passion for Mexico and its rich heritage.

Visit www.crmfest.com for more information.

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Equinox at Chichen Itza, March 21

March 21

The famous light and shadow serpent of Kukulcan appears on El Castillo Pyramid and descends from the heavens at sunset on the day of the Spring Equinox, also visible the day before and after (cloud cover permitting).

Elsewhere in the Yucatan, at dawn on the day of the Equinox the rising sun appears through the doorway of the Temple of the Dolls in the ancient city of Dzibilchaltun to the north of Merida.


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Riviera Maya Film Festival

Riviera Maya Film Festival, April 23-29

Movie screenings in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Tulum.
Ask your Concierge for information and assistance

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International Theater Festival by the Sea

Puerto Morelos, May 14-17

More details of this event will be published in future editions of this newsletter as they become available.

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