Discover and Taste of Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

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Notes

  • 200 guests maximum on this Cozumel shore tour; no minimum.
  • No age or physical restrictions.
  • Infants are free.
  • Round-trip courtesy shuttle from Puerta Maya pier is included.
  • Wheelchair-accessible transportation is available; request at Shore Excursions Desk before arrival in port.
  • This 90-minute Cozumel excursion is an easy walk on flat paths with no steps; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Snack of Mexican taco sampler and margarita are included.
  • Additional snacks and beverages are available for purchase at Discover Mexico Park.
  • Souvenirs are available in the Hand Crafts and Souvenir Shop.

Immerse yourself in Mexico’s rich culture with a visit to Discover Mexico, located near Puerta Maya.

Excursion Description

Explore the dramatic sweep of Mexico’s history, culture and traditions on this Discover Mexico Park shore excursion when your Carnival® cruise docks at Cozumel’s Puerta Maya pier. Discover Mexico is the only theme park in the entire country where you can experience the full spectrum of Mexico’s rich heritage in one location. A map of Mexico at the park entrance reveals that Cozumel, Mexico’s biggest island, is but a speck in this vast country.

Take a guided tour of Discover Park or move at your own pace with a self-guided map, informational signs at every exhibit, and park staff to explain what you are seeing. Start with an immersive four-screen video collage, which brings one of the world’s oldest and richest cultures vividly to life against a backdrop of heart-pumping traditional music. Then head outside to stroll through tropical gardens ripe with coconuts, papayas, and bananas—keeping an eye out for macaws, turtles and iguanas. Look for majestic Ceibas, the sacred tree that represented the entire cosmos for the Maya.

Experience the evolution of Mexico’s great civilizations along the way, where 1/25-scale replicas of the Maya’s greatest pyramids—from Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Edzná and Palenque—are exhibited along the garden walk, along with structures from the Totonac, Olmec and Aztec civilizations. Marvel at intricately detailed models of monuments from the Spanish conquest, including cathedrals up to 9 feet high and Mexico City’s colorful central plaza—the zócalo. Miniature cars and pedestrians bring to life the Mexican capital’s grand boulevard, the Paseo de la Reforma, fashioned after Paris’ Champs-Elysées.

Head inside to the Museum of Popular Arts, which displays 95 works of contemporary folk art created by renowned artisans from all over Mexico. Marvel at the intricate trees of life, Oaxaca’s rare black-clay pottery, quirky alebrijes (carved wooden animals), brilliant textiles and a portrait of the revered Our Lady of Guadalupe fashioned entirely from colored sand. Take home a memento of your Cozumel excursion from the Hand Crafts and Souvenir Shop, a favorite with island residents for foolproof holiday shopping.

Enjoy a delicious Mexican taco sampler and a taste of a real Margarita, included as a snack. Take extra time to explore the park exhibits if you’d like; just let your guide know when you’re ready to return to your Carnival ship. 

Book Discover Mexico Park today to experience Mexico’s diverse cultures, past and present. This Cozumel shore excursion is an exciting way to add fun ashore to your fun afloat.

Fun Fact

At Discover Mexico Park, you’ll learn that every climate in the world is found in Mexico—from tropical beaches, steamy jungle, and misty rain forest to temperate foothills, high plains, arid desert, and icy mountain peaks—with the single exception of tundra.

 

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