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Cozumel's 7th Annual Ford Ironman Just Over a Week Away
Posted Sunday, November 22, 2015

November 29th, just over a week away, marks the 7th year of
the official Ford Ironman Cozumel. Two thousand eight hundred
athletes and their supporters from all over the world will arrive
on Cozumel Island for this long-awaited event.
This is another sold out Cozumel Ironman in spite of the
$675 USD entry fee. The elite race start is at 6:40 am with the
regular start at 7 am at Chankanaab National Park.
The entire downtown waterfront will be closed off so spectators
can cheer on the competitors, including many local athletes.

Additionally, the 5th annual "Panties/ Pajama Run" on Friday,
November 27th at 6:30 pm starting the "Palacio Municipal."
This is an easy 4K fun run with the proceeds for the event going
to "Casita Corazon de Cozumel." Tickets are $150 pesos presale
(available at Salon Blu Bambu and Cabrilla's Sprts Center) or
$200 pesos the day of the event.

For more information on the Cozumel Ironman, athlete stats,
and information on the professional athletes, check out the official
. While this year's road closings have yet to be announced,
here is a link to last year's - which are expected to remain the same.


2015 Ford Ironman Cozumel
Posted Saturday, November 7, 2015

2015 Ford Ironman Cozumel - November 26th to 30th

What do you call hitting the water at 7am to swim 2.4 miles in
ocean currents, then jumping on a bike to pedal 112 miles and
finishing with a 26.2 mile run?

Oh, and this is all done in one (1) day!
Some call it insane, others call it incredible and here on the
island, we call it Cozumelís Ironman competition!

The Ironman Cozumel, sponsored by Ford, is the islandís most
important sporting event of the year. This year, the event will
start with activities on Thursday, November 26th with the actual
Ironman race held on Sunday, November 29th and the awards ceremonies
and closing ceremonies on Monday, November 30th.

If you are going to visit the island on these dates, plan to
come and watch the competitors as it is quite the event to watch!

For more information about the event in Mexico's history and local celebrations
- click 2015 Ford Ironman Cozumel!


Top 10 Things You Need to Know about Day of the Dead!
Posted Thursday, October 29, 2015

Is it time for Halloween or is it the Day of the Dead?

The Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday that many consider to be the Mexican Halloween however the Day of the Dead has much more meaning than you think.

Here are the top 10 facts you need to know about the Day of the Dead:

1. The Day of the Dead is over 2,500 years old. This is a holiday originating from civilizations from 2,500 to 3,000 years ago. The Day of the Dead takes place over two days. It is officially on the 2nd of November, but the celebration starts the day before on November 1st.

2. It is a day of Remembrance. On the Day of the Dead families build altars of their loved one to remember them. These altars include the four elements of nature; water, fire, wind, & earth. Altars are carefully constructed to incorporate both emblems of death & rebirth.

3. It is a day of family. The day before the Day of the Dead families come together for vigils at the altars and tombs of their loved ones the night before. They sing music, eat, and drink in celebration of the life of their loved one. The food and music that they choose is commonly what their departed loved ones liked best.

4. Skulls represent more than death. In ancient times skulls, (Calaveras, in Spanish), were considered sacred tokens of death and rebirth. They were used in ceremonies that represented that through death comes new life.

5. It is a blended holiday. When the American continent was colonized by the Spanish, the Catholic church mixed the traditions of the past with their holidays to create what we have today. As a result, the Day of the Dead coincides with the Catholic celebrations of the Dia de los Santos or All Saintsí Day, November first, and the Dia de los Fieles Difuntos or All Souls Day, November second.

6. The flowers bring the rising sun. When creating the altars and adorning the tombs of the deceased the Mexican flower cempasķchitl (or marigold in English) is used to represent the light of the sun. The rising of the sun on the Day of the Dead is another representation of the life, hope, and rebirth.

7. Offerings to the dead sure are sweet. Offerings are presented to the deceased as a way to remember them. Candy skulls, sweet breads, or the favorite food of the loved one are placed on the altars as an offering.

8. It is about Life more than Death. Mexican indigenous people believed that the soul was eternal and was permitted to travel between the worlds of the living and the dead. Through remembering the lives of your ancestors they would live on forever and would come a visit on the Day of the Dead.

9. Modern day art reflects Life. Modern Mexican art has been heavily influenced by the Day of the Dead. Through countless mediums skulls, skeletons, and color jump out as artisans reflect this joyful holiday of life. This holiday has inspired the imagination of many talented Mexican artists who have created handmade works of art like those found at Los Cinco Soles in Cancun, Merida, and Cozumel, Mexico.

10. The Day of the Dead is about us. The Day of the Dead may sound like a sad holiday however it is the embodiment of life and is about each one of us. It enlightens us to want to live life to the fullest. Our ancestors have given us the greatest gift in the world, LIFE.

Day of the Day is one of coolest holidays in Mexico and you thought it was just a scary day !!!!!

Story by Aaron Kirkham
Marketing Director for Los Cinco Soles and Pancho's Backyard.


Attention Canadian Turkey Feast Lovers
Posted Friday, October 9, 2015

Rock' Java Caribbean Bar & Grill is preparing the feasts of all
feasts to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving.

Join us either night, Oct 11th or 12th for a scrumptious feast
aimed to please all Thanksgiving enthusiasts.

$290 pesos p/p. $190 kids under 12.
(Price includes non alcoholic beverage and dessert )
Free seconds and remember to wear your stretchy pants.

For more information, please call 987 872 4405 (local).
CLICK HERE for more info.....
See ya there !!


Planetarium Officially Open
Posted Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cozumel's Planetarium is Officially Open !!

The Cha'an Ka'an Planetarium is now officially open.

The new facility, whose name means "Observe/Enjoy the Sky" in
Mayan, will offer 3D projections using 6 different projectors.

This planetarium is the only one of its type in all Latin-America.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.


Cozumel's Planetarium Cha'an Ka'an Readies to Open
Posted Friday, August 7, 2015

Although Cozumel's newest attraction, the Cha'an Ka'an Planetarium
isn't slated to officially open until August 20th, I was lucky enough
to get a preview tour, lead by the Director, Dra. Milagros Varguez.

The new facility features an interactive museum room, including a
video game that simulates trading from various Mayan villages. The
Planetarium also has the only 3D theatre dome in all of Latin

The auditorium is equipped with special inclined seats and
participants are provided with special 3D glasses. There is a film
featuring the coral reef, as well as a short film, created entirely
in-house featuring the movements of the stars and planets as seen
from a Cozumel night sky.

There are also 2 powerful telescopes located on the rooftop
Observatory. These telescopes can be programmed for a variety of
settings, including lunar observations, eclipses and to track
orbiting planets.

Hours of operation are
Tuesday - Thursday 9 am - 7 pm,
Saturday 11 - 10 pm and Sunday 11 am - 7pm.

The extended hours on Saturday are so that visitors can enjoy the
Observatory in the evening, as well as a meeting time for a planned
Astronomer's Club.

Admission prices are affordable, with the 3D theatre and Observatory
priced separately.

For more information, check out the Cha'an Ka'an Planetarium
Facebook page HERE or website HERE.


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