Local traditions and culture in Cancún

  • Folklore in Cancun
    Folklore in Cancun
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  • The Sun rises on a new day
    The Sun rises on a new day
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  • Ladetel/Telmex phone
    Ladetel/Telmex phone
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    Its a Bread!!

    by ATXtraveler Written Dec 19, 2004

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    Its always interesting to see the differences in words that are normal in one language, but have a very different connotation in other languages.

    Here, Sarah is enjoying a leisure stroll in Cancun, and we run into a Bimbo on the road! Luckily, this is just bimbo bread!!!

    Sarah poses next to a Bimbo (truck)

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    Hand over heart

    by keida84 Written Jun 16, 2007

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    The Mayan culture embraces a custom of placing their hand over their heart, giving either a nod of the head or a slight bow. This is their way of greeting, leaving or thanking someone. Interpreted it means "from my heart.) It is such a lovely gesture and one that should be incorporated into all societies.

    Quote from the Mayan Tribal Elders, "We have only one Sun to shine upon us equally, one air that we breath and gives us life, one water that we drink and becomes blood in our veins and all live on Mother Earth. She feeds us, she holds us. Brothers and Sisters of all colors, together united in meditation to make conscience to the men in power, governors, politicians, business people: no more war, no more contaminating bombs, no more death. Together we can make a difference.”

    The Sun rises on a new day
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    Harmless Chatter

    by Etoile2B Written Feb 2, 2005

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    As a woman, be prepared for men to catcall and talk to you on the street. They're completely harmless. It's just a cultural difference. Smile and walk away if you feel uncomfortable.

    Also everyone wants to sell something to you so people will approach you constantly trying to show you their wares, give you a ride in their taxi, get you into their nightclub, etc. If you're not interested just politely respond "no gracias". No harm no foul.

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    by Umfufu Written Aug 15, 2003

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    In some foreign countries, you may find a little bin in the WC with used toilet paper in it. It may seem a little unsavory, but you should really follow suit. The septic system will not be able to cope with much paper without blocking! I'm sure the cleaners would much prefer emptying a little bin, to having to mop the floor after the toilet floods....... yuck!!

    The webpages below are really one of the best ones i have ever seen about customs....check before you go on holiday!

    Frans didnt...and this is what happens to a person who just found out about the toiletpaper ha ha ha

    Frans......wow....what is he doing?
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    Greetings on Isla Mujeres

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 19, 2004

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    On arrival at Isla Mujeres, we were greeted by the staff of the private resort where we were to spend the afternoon! They put on quite a song and dance show for us as we dis-embarked from our tour boat!

    Isla Mujares Staff
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  • Using Pay-phones

    by joelaptop Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    Their pay-phones take cards not coins. The only coin phone I had seen was at the airport. You buy a Ladetel/Telmex card from a local shop like Oxxo. The increments are in pesos. Raise phone off hook. Insert the card the way the arrow says. Wait for the machine to accept the card. To call a USA number dial "001+ area code + phone number"

    Ladetel/Telmex phone
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    People were really openminded...

    by pinganille Written Sep 8, 2002

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    People were really openminded in a different way from the rest of Mexico, and more international too. Infact I realized that a lot of the Mexicans working there were children of Mexican expats, so don't expect to meet 'the real Mexico' when going there;)

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    Take lots of American one...

    by allenkite Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Take lots of American one dollar bills . . . Pay the taxi fare with American one's and you will get a much better deal . . . Beware though, make sure you and the driver are clear on the exact price and the fact that you are paying in American money

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    by CarlosLuz Written Aug 26, 2002

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    There's just so many awsome different locations which tell the story of this great civilization...we just visited 3 or 4 sites, but there are more than 300 in the Yucatan Peninsula, all quite well documented and don't forget that the guides/people at locations are quite valuable to learn more.
    Enjoy this great culture :)

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    by Chrystalain Updated Jan 22, 2003

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    They are everywhere; on the roads, the highway. One of them got in our bus during our trip to Chi Chen Itza. Since we were on the first seats, my husband bend over the barrier. At the same time, the army guy was climbing in the bus. My husband got the end of the carabin in the face. We laughed and took this picture.

    Army guy

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    I would just say to respect...

    by melissamn1 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I would just say to respect the locals! They are very friendly people! This guy was one of the locals that worked at the hotel. We were playing some kind of game (which I don't remember what it was) and I won a la boom t-shirt!

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    Folk dances

    by solopes Updated Sep 2, 2012

    We saw folk dancing... everywhere. Good!
    To be honest, I must confess that the best show was at our hotel - a large group, immense variety of dances from pre-Colombian times to Spanish influences, Mariachi, of course, and we ended dancing with them. Well... at least trying to!

    Folklore in Cancun
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    Get to Know The Locals

    by taryn_treloar Updated Dec 12, 2003

    I found the people in Cancun to be brilliant. I made more connections with them than any of the other tourists. Absolutely lovely people who would go out of their way to help you.

    The men are quite forward, which can get a little overwhelming but for the most part it's sweet and flattering.

    Franco was amazing at everything: sports, dancing, music.... and he was gorgeous. I'll remember the time I spent with him often.

    Me and My Mexican man Franco

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  • Common Courtesy

    by strikestar Written Jul 15, 2006

    I was on a missionary trip to inner city Cancun in May 2005. We were mostly in region 103. Pretty poor neighborhood with stick houses. The houses may have plumbing and it may not but I did notice that the people are friendly. We learned that you greet everyone who enters a room and you say goodbye to them when they leave. It seems like common sense to be courteous but some people are not or just prideful. It can be very offensive not to speak to someone there in a certain setting. This goes for children, elderly, clergy whomever. You don't just greet those you like or know or those that look like you. I guess it was a lesson on kindness. I'm a friendly person and still I learned a lot. The people may kiss you on the cheek also men with men and women with women.

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