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Habanero

MEXICAN HABANERO

Never trust to a Mexican who says “no, it’s not spicy! – no picante”

Eating with salsa (any type of chili / habanero crushed with spices and water) is part of our Mexican culture. In any meal we usually add little bit of picante!

Mexicans cannot eat a taco without salsa. Spicy is making people addicted, and people get used to eat it, but to which level? Are Mexican just Macho and brave!?

What’s happening when I eat spicy?

When you are eating a chili, the substance that triggers the sensation of burning in the mouth and the eyes is the capsaicin. This sensation makes a reaction of endorphins, which are in charge to giving you pleasant moments in your life!

Is eating chili good for your health?

There aren’t verified studies about it but some Scientifics said it could help you with the flow of the blood and regenerate part of your intestinal flora.

The origin of Habanero:

The Local chili from here is the Habanero. Habanero is originated from the amazon. The first habanero plant is dated 8,500 years old, it was found at an archaeological site in Peru. Today the largest producer in the world is Yucatan, Mexico. And they are many species of Havanero, you find it in all the colors of the rainbow!

Which is the hottest chili in the world?

The spiciness of a chili is measured with the scoville heat unit. The habanero ranks 5th! It is not so bad if you know that the number one is used as a gas pepper for self-protection.
If you’re asking about the Carolina reaper, it gets the 2th place of the ranking.

3 Golden rules about Havanero:

  • Don’t cut Havanero with bare hands
  • Don’t touch your eyes after touching Habanero
  • Don’t kiss your lover after eating Havenero!!

 

Come on a a private tour, you will have the opportunity to try and taste local fool and maybe you’ll be courageous enough to add the salsa Havanero!

 

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The Mexican Cuisine to Die for in Playa del Carmen

MEXICAN CUISINE

What to choose from the menu.

Playa del Carmen is a bustling beach town in the Yucatan peninsula. Located near the Riviera Maya route, the town has become a vivid, energetic and the most popular part in the peninsula. Playa del Carmen is perfect for tourists looking for an all-resort experience.

Another absolutely best part about enjoying your vacation in Playa del Carmen is all the Mexican food you can feast on during your stay! In light of this mentioned below are some really tantalizing foods that you can eat after coming back from an exhilarating diving session.

Tacos

A delicious, traditional Mexican dish that consists of wheat or corn tortilla, which can either be rolled or folded with different types of fillings – a tortilla can be made using numerous fillings. You can order fillings such as pork, chicken, beef, seafood, vegetables and cheese. Tacos are eaten without using a spoon or a fork – it can also be an eat-as-you-go food or you could enjoy eating it sitting in your beach chair with a drink in one hand. It is absolutely delightful.

Quesadillas

Another Mexican dish – one that is cooked on a griddle, quesadilla is a tortilla – you can either choose to order wheat or corn– the dish also is made with a variety of proteins and/or vegetables. After being cooked on a griddle the tortilla is then folded to form a semi-circle or the shape of a half-moon. The dish is served with salsa and vegetables.

Fajitas

Fajitas are a big part of the Tex-Mex cuisine – and generally refer to any type of meat that is grilled and served with corn or wheat tortilla. In authentic Mexican restaurants, the key ingredients that go into cooking the meat are onions and bell peppers. The condiments used include guacamole, salsa, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and pico de gallo.

Burritos

You can think of burritos as another variation of a taco – the only difference is burritos are rolled with fillings instead of being folded. The bread is usually wheat and corn tortilla and the dish is made with a variety of fillings, which include beef and chicken. The fillings also include rice, fried beans and various sauces and vegetables.

Nachos con totopos

Nachos are considered more of a snack – or an appetizer than a complete dish. However, they are delicious and you might just order a couple of plates – that is before you start your main meal. Anyways, nachos are basically chips made from tortilla or totopos, which are covered with a heavy layer of absolutely delightful cheese and cheese-sauce and also include a heavenly topping of jalapenos and olives.

 

All in all, these are some amazing dishes you can enjoy while on your private tour with Absolute Adventure.

 

 

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The Day of the Dead in Mexico

THE DAY OF THE DEAD IN MEXICO.

Dia de los Muertos.

The Dia de los Muertos or the ‘Day of the Dead’ is perhaps the most fascinating and the most popular festival celebrated in Mexico than anywhere else in the entire Americas. Although this exhilarating festival is celebrated in the entire country – the most fun and popular place to enjoy the festivities in the truest sense as a tourist is Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya.

When does the Fun Begin?

The traditional festival begins on 28 October and lasts for an entire week, ending in 2 November, which is declared as a national holiday in Mexico. It is a very important tradition for Mexicans where they pay tribute to the dearly departed – and is an integral part in the embracement of death.

The Significance of the Day of the Dead for the Mayans

The Mayans people also celebrated the Day of the Dead, and during these days they prepared favorite dishes of the dead in their family. According to Mayan tradition, people die three deaths. The first death is where the body fails to function – the second death is when a person is being buried and the third death is when there are no people left to remember the dead.

Interesting Facts about the Dia de los Muertos

  • This ritual of celebrating the dead has been observed by Mesoamerican civilizations for over 3000 years!
  • In the ritual it is believed that the souls of children return on the 1st of November and the spirits of adults return on the 2nd of November.
  • Families of the dead clean and decorate the graves and well-off families build altars.
  • The most common symbol of the Day of the Dead is the skull, which they call ‘calacas’.

 

You too can enjoy this legendary in Playa del Carmen by buying your own costume and partying out hard. Plus, along with enjoying the country wide festival you will also be able to take a glimpse of various Mexican traditions and learn the history behind it.

So, join us to Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya for a truly mesmerizing and authentic celebration of the Day of the Dead.

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Ceiba Tree

Ceiba tree

Ceiba Tree in Yucatan, Mexico.

A very special tree.

The Ceiba tree, also known in the Mayan language as Yaaxche, (which means First Tree or Green Tree), is native to the tropical forests of Central and South America and they are also found in West Africa.  The trees grow in the wet tropical regions of forests, jungles and the African savannah. The branches of the tree are covered with thick, short spikes and the tree can grow to a 100 feet.

The blooming season of this ancient tree starts from January and continues till March. It produces dull white flowers with the seeds enveloped in a sort of fluffy fiber, a material which was in previous times, was used to stuff beds, toys and pillows.

Centuries ago, the Mayan civilization revered this grandiose tree as the tree of life, which they believed was branched in the middle of the earth, bridging both terrestrial and spiritual worlds. If you see the symbols Mayans used illustrating the great tree of life, the root system was symbolized as the resting place of the dearly departed. The Mayan people symbolized the trunk being in the middle of the earth, where all humans reside, and the rest of the branches were hailed as gateways to the heavens.

Also, according to the Mayan mythology, the tree was also a vessel to house bats, which they thought of as creatures of the dark and cold underworld. You can catch a thorough glimpse of these magnificent trees on your tour to the Tulum and Coba ruins.

It was common for Mayans to build entire villages around the spiritual Ceiba tree as they believed the mystifying tree offered great protection, success and insight. For them it was a symbol of prosperity and eternal life.

Take a tour with us to see the incredible and historical elements of the Mayan civilization and to witness the significance of the Ceiba tree firsthand with Absolute Adventure.

 

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Key Facts about the Yucatan State

A SHORT INTRO ABOUT YUCATAN

Yucatan is counted amongst the richest states in Mexico.

There are 3 major Mexican states nestled in the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche. The Mayan people thrived as a great civilization thousands of years ago. And as a result of their establishments in Mesoamerica, there are over than 4000 archeological sites in the Yucatan peninsula; Chichen Itza was one of the greatest cities in Mayan history.

The Yucatan Peninsula

The Mayans, who are regarded as one of the most advanced indigenous civilizations first began their developments and establishments as hunters. They were mostly gatherers who migrated to Yucatan back in 2500 B.C.

Yucatan Peninsula is a land of various natural wonders. It has intricate cenote systems and various bio-reserves. It is a place of beautiful flora and fauna, includingflamingos and various other types of bird species.

Beaches and Snorkeling

The Yucatan is a natural haven for snorkelers and divers and has the second biggest reef barrier in the world, which spans a massive 560 miles starting from Cancun and ending at Honduras! Plus, you will be amazed by the beauty of Yucatan beaches, the sheer serenity will almost keep you grounded, not wishing to go back home.

The more famous beaches in the Yucatan are found in the west side of Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, which spans from Cancun and ends at Tulum in the South. Plus, you can also visit Yucantan’s famous islands, which include Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres (at the North of Cancun) and Cozumel (right in front of Playa del Carmen).

Key Facts

  • The Yucatan peninsula is the most visited part in Mexico.
  • Among the three states Campeche is the least visited one by tourists.
  • The Quintana Roo is almost completely flat with one of the highest point being the cliff in the Tulum ruins, which stands at 36 feet!
  • The Yucatan peninsula hosts an amazing 2600 cenotes with 2 biggest underground systems in the world.
  • The peninsula also hosts the 2nd biggest temple of the Mayan civilization, Coba with the first one being Tikal in Guatemala.

Jungles and Reserves

The Yucatan peninsula also hosts some big and vast jungles and mangroves. You can also see the famous pink flamingo reserves in Rio Lagartos and Celestun. Plus, you can also explore the vast tropical forests of Sian Kaan, which spans a massive 5000 square meters. You can also visit a plethora of Mayan cities some of which include Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba, Ek Balam, Muyil…

Beautiful Cities

The Yucatan peninsula is also home to some of the most mesmerizing cities built by the Spanish colony: Campeche, Merida (which is the capital of Yucatan State) and Valladolid (which is one of the first Spanish cities built).

Yucatan is counted amongst the richest states in Mexico. And there is no doubt that you will have the time of your life here during your next holiday trip with Absolute Adventure.