Estado de Quintana Roo Local Customs

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Estado de Quintana Roo Local Customs

  • Tipping

    Cancún Local Customs

    I generally tip both the maid(on the bed) and the mini fridge server (normally in fridge so obvious for him) a couple of dollars each day, these are separate jobs (always been female for maids and male for bar porter, but this could be different at different resorts but doubt it). This will help you know if the person responsible for filling the...

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  • Native Animals

    Playa del Carmen Local Customs

    We've seen the large band of coatis on both of our trips to Riu Tequila, in 2009 they were hanging out near the pool and near some of the rooms near the pool waiting for someone to take pity on them and give them a snack. They seem to come out near sundown and don't appear to be particularly frightened of the large international group of sun...

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  • Mayans

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    The Mayans are very friendly and very polite. We have met some of the Mayans at the entrance of the Faro Ceralain Ecopark. Some of them are well-educated and spoke English very well. They have prominent noses and darker skin and short. They are very friendly, courteous and polite and are very proud of their culture as shown in the arts and...

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  • Local People

    Cancún Local Customs

    In this part of the country, more than I've seen anywhere else in the word, the locals have a wickedly brilliant sense of humour. I discovered this when a hotel worker asked where I was going and I said, "Plaza Dos-Miles." He looked at me confused, "Plaza Dos-Miles?... I never heard of it... Ohhh... you must mean 'Plaza Tabasco'. You have to tell...

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  • Christmas decorations

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    Since we were in Cozumel in early December, I saw a lot of Christmas decorations at the mall in Puerta Maya. I saw a large Nativity Scene at the center of the mall. This is part of the Mexican culture. The dominant religion is Catholicism and the people of different religious domination don't have an issue of putting Christmas trees and Nativity...

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  • Learn the lingo

    Cancún Local Customs

    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!!!

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  • Food and Drink

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    IT IS OK TO EAT THESE THINGS, really! Also try out other local flavors. Go to the grocery store and pick something out that you can't get at home. The ice, on the other hand, may be questionable. You can request drinks without it. This may be an urban myth, but supposedly lime juice squeezed in your drink should kill some bacteria. Wipe off cans...

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  • Courtesy

    Cancún Local Customs

    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...

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  • Hurricane Damage

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    Isla Cozumel, Mexico had been devastated tremendously by hurricanes and the worst was in 2005, which was the Hurricane Katrina. Most of the business establishments in Punta Sur were slammed badly- roofs of retaurants were blown away, walls removed, etc. Some of the business owners there tried to rebuild their hotels, bars and restaurants and...

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  • Music & Folk Dancing

    Cancún Local Customs

    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!

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  • Learn Spanish

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    Picture is a map of an ecological reserve, the Parque Punta Sur. Picture has nothing to do with the tip here. In highschool, it was part of our school curriculum to take Spanish language classes , required studies. In college, it was also part of our G.E. courses (general education) to take Spanish language courses. I had two years of classes in...

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  • Mayans.

    Cancún Local Customs

    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...

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  • Benito Juarez

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    There are many streets and squares in Mexico named after Benito Juarez, a Zapotec Indian who was President of Mexico from 1861-1863 and from 1867-1872. He is often regarded as Mexico's greatest and most beloved leader. One of the main streets in Cozumel is named after Juarez and the square features the bust in the accompanying picture.

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  • Slow Pace

    Cancún Local Customs

    Any gringos with little patience for slow service should probably stay away from Cancun. The fact that the city owes it's sheer prominence almost entirely to foreign tourism, combined with the Yucatan Peninsula's staggering humidity, keeps Cancun perhaps a virtual opposite of such places as New York or Osaka, when it comes to a businesslike...

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  • Ask for your bill

    Cancún Local Customs

    In Mexico it is not common practise to bring the bill to your table until it is asked for.When you are ready,just say'La cuenta,por favor'(the bill please),to your waiter.Do not forget the 41$ tax you have to pay when you fly home.Do not forget to keep your tourist card(visa) as you have to hand it in when you fly home.

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  • Toilet paper

    Cancún Local Customs

    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...

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  • Street Talk

    Cancún Local Customs

    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...

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  • Pay Phones.

    Cancún Local Customs

    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"

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  • Army

    Cancún Local Customs

    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.

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  • ???

    While walking / hiking through Xcaret, I turned my head and saw this!!! Now, I'm not sure what the deal was, but this guy evidently was doing it as an act / show, or he was REALLY getting in touch with his roots! Either way, it was kind of scary.......!

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  • A Mayan kid with a baby

    We found out that at the age of 14 a Mayan girl was allowed to have a baby. Not only allowed but it is normal. The families are big and a normal women would get about 6 till 10 kids. The boys were there to get them the materials for food (oak, wood, sugar) and the girls made the food, get the water from the well, making house and things like...

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  • Get your own water part III

    OOoooooops i think i made a mistake. This bike tire / wheel wasnt for a bucket.Looking at this picture i think they are even smarter then i think they were.Well its a good thing its not a heavy duty cause the ladies have to do it. But then again.... maybe they can invent a way to get the water easy into the little houses, cause the most of the...

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  • Get your own water part II

    If you think you arrived in an area where stupid people live then you are wrong. If you dont have the money to buy things you have to be smart .... and these people were very smart. Pulling the bucket in the well all the way up can be very hard, so what do you do with a bike that is not used anymore (or can be used for a better case?)You make it...

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  • Get you own water

    In the middle of this little town (with no name) there is a well. Maybe they can use it for making a wish, but surtainly they can use it for getting fresh (?) drinking water.The well is very deep and the girls (yes they still are used for the housekeeping part) have to bring a bucket all the way down and all the way up.

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  • Grow up your own food

    Chickens are easy to breed. So when you start with just 2 you can have enough of them for the whole family.Chickens are better off then in the European countries. With us they have to sitt in small cages with 20 others on her lipp. Here they can just run till its time to be eaten.

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