I want to adopt minimalism

How many times have I regretted falling into the trap of “living the good life”, working and making what seems like enough money to go and spend it.

Every time after the shopping spree I couldn’t really keep the joy as I realized I didn’t really need any of the things I bought.

Sure, shopping and spending money in expensive things comes with the feeling of power and achievement but it’s just a big illusion.

I realized that spending money and buying things I didn’t need basically came from a deeply rooted subconscious need to show off; to prove to others I was “better” or the “alpha person” because I could afford expensive things…when and why did I ever believe that big fat lie?

I started prepping for my life changing almighty year long trip exactly last spring, in my mind I saw this picture of myself with a big backpack over my shoulders staring into the horizon on the top of a mountain in a remote place, so of course I set to the task of finding the perfect backpack and the perfect outfit to accomplish this picture perfect moment.

Once I had the backpack it took me 3 months and many attempts to actually pack it, the first time I packed it I had so many things that I couldn’t even fit them inside.

On the second attempt I took a good look at what I was planning to take and sacrificed some clothes for the sake of fitting it all in, this time the clothes were inside but the toiletries not.

On the third attempt I tried to take only the basic things and it worked but the weight was such that I couldn’t even carry it.

That exercise made me realize how much stuff my brain thought I needed at the time and how hard it was to erase this program: My brain really couldn’t get around surviving with only what is really necessary and practical.

Finally I managed to pack the bag and to get it on the plane but every time I had to walk a lot with it I realized I was carrying a lot and I was not even using half of the things, they were all for “in case I go to____”.

I have now been traveling for 9 months and I have been getting rid of things all along.

Of course the question in my mind “Will I survive without these or that?” was totally stupid and unnecessary, everywhere I went I had everything that I needed for that specific place and weather not because I had bought it and had it in my backpack but because the universe and life is amazing and abundant.

It’s learning how to flow within life, being aware that all you need is already taken care of and there is no need to worry.

I always have this image from the movie “Finding Nemo” when the fish get into the current and they encounter the turtles, they are wise and laid back enjoying the current, they have learned how to get on it and when to exit and they are not afraid to go with it and enjoy it.

I am determined to flow into life instead of fighting against it, to make my own rules and create my own social model based on what’s really important for me: connection with nature, respect, love for this planet and for all its living beings and for that I don’t need things, I need only the basics which can be at the same time things that I like and want but I really feel the urge to live with the minimum.

Traveling has given me the opportunity to start and yet I feel I have a long way to go.

My goal for the next 6 months is to manage to have only my backpack, whatever fits in there is what I keep and what doesn’t then I want to let go…

Let’s see how that goes

A Midwinter Night’s Dream

It was one night in the middle of December when he came in from the dark totally unexpectedly, he walked towards the mountain without any plan, asking for simple things and the mountain was able to answer and provide.

He seemed to be another passerby but something about him was different, he did not plan to be there in the first place and I certainly did not plan to meet him, yet we were both in the same remote mountain north of the island at the exact same time.

I had been doing pretty well staying quiet and planned to keep it that way, but funny enough, the universe had other plans.

As time passed I noticed how almost conceidedly he revealed hints of his secret mission, after his interactions with the people around, he always came back to this subtle space where his focus and vibration were deeper, in line with something certainly important.

There was a halo of mystery around him and no one really seemed to be able to read him thoroughly, he was good at passing unnoticed, even though he was not hiding his powers, a warm heart and sincere smile were his trademark and he would always have them available for everyone. Who was this unordinary man?

As much as I developed the idea to not find out who he was, there seemed to be no place I could run to, for some reason and without any intention we often found each other time and time again. At this point I understood it was time to accept whatever it was this new lesson would be about.

So I watched him standing on the top of the mountain one evening as the sun went down and the sky played a song of intense purple, blue and golden lights in tune with the cold air that caressed my skin. He was looking over the island and the valley, the sea, even the snowed giant peak were looking back at him; suddenly the image revealed before me, the intuition was right, in thruth he was more than just a passerby, he was what the world longed for…he was a superhero…and he brought with him the firm purpose to create a better world for all of us.

I felt grateful for the opportunity to see beyond the surface and discover how transformation and courage really are all around us, we just have to take a moment to learn how to see.

The thought came to me about how human beings want to be happy and avoid suffering. Everywhere people want to experience a good life and live in peace, how little do we understand about the power to create this reality for ourselves and others! But superheroes understand it and they do even more than that, they use this power to create a different reality, they are the daring.

The power of giving is inside each person, yet it is very rare to fnd the one that with full ownership of this power decides to dedicate his time and energy to the benefit of the world and all other living beings in a concrete and practical way that impacts humanity in real time.

That is why superheroes must keep the mystery and preserve their energy, they can’t give it away to just anyone because it’s precious and can’t be wasted, even if they want to shout it out, the world has proven not to always be ready to embrace this way of being.

The life of a superhero is a lonely journey, they are often misunderstood and taken for fools, humans are eager to not believe in them and enjoy scrutinizing them, they give them nicknames like romantics and idealists and they secretly fear them. But a superhero is strong, with undermined will to carry on and change the world.

The superhero lives from pure intention, through great effort and focus his power grows, he doesn’t know how to give up, he will keep going and because of this, he will succeed.

The one I met had a strong and magnetic presence, he was fearless and so was I, inevitably we were drawn to share the same time and space for a lapse of time that seemed only like a short dream, during this time I discovered that for him being a superhero came effortlessly, his nature shined through him, he couldn’t help it and he didn’t intend to, nevertheless he stayed alert and open to learn, eager to discover more and more, he experienced the world with purity and remained committed to the understanding that we are not in this wolrd to take anything, we are here  to give and to create something bigger than ourselves.

He’s got the power of great insight, of understanding meanings beyond appearance and the power to let go and flow like the river into the ocean, he practices kindness all the time and remains authentic, expressing his true feelings and recognizing what he needs when he needs it. He has got the power of vision to build upon what is not yet there and to trust when everyone else doubts.

His courage inspires me to take bigger risks and be guided not only by my heart but by my purpose.

He vibrates in a different frequency and after giving this energy to the world he is ready to continue his journey, he takes pleasure in walking along the road sliently with all this attributes and skills packed inside a bag, out of sight, he watches over the island with longing and the firm purpose to never stop moving.

He will change the world…and I will always remember that midwinter night’s dream.

What’s left of another year

Christmas time, it’s foggy and misty outside and I feel that it is my duty as a writer to be inspired by the season and write something meaningful while I sip from a cup of hot chocolate in front of me.

However what I want to say is nothing new or christmasy. I just want to take a couple of minutes to share how grateful I am for this precious journey of life, everyday is truly a gift and an opportunity to create a positive impact.

In spite of all the things that are backwards in this world, in spite of this huge need for human beings to kill everything and everyone around them just to feel “superior”, I find the space to be thankful because I know that each day the chance for change is reborn.

I am thankful for the people that choose peace over violence everyday, for the people that look inside themselves to find true happiness instead of hoping to reach it someday, for the people that have opened their eyes and don’t settle for the current model of society a few are selling, I am thankful for all of those who listen to their hearts, spread their wings and fly.

The end of the year brings the countdown and remembrance of accomplishments and the new goals for the year to come, would it be possible to include one action to benefit all other living beings in this long list full of self-satisfying delusions?

Wouldn’t it be great to count down how many lives we served and how we helped to eradicate violence, hate, hunger, war, corruption, abuse, environmental devastation?

This human life is so precious that we have the opportunity to create our own reality and help those who are not in the circumstances to do so.

What if instead of supporting the destroyers of Earth buying all of this things and ideas that we don’t need we used that energy and that money in a practical way to actually change the world?

Walk more, drive less, meditate and treat others with kindness, acknowledge how important and kind others are, treat the world with respect and realize it’s possible to share.

Stop identifying yourself with one religion and one country, understand that we are all human, we are all important and we all want the same thing: love.

All living beings deserve the same freedom and respect as you think you deserve, it’s time to stop the violence towards our planet… we have the power to change the world what number of year are we waiting for to begin?

-K

Hotel Review: Secrets The Vine

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It’s the middle of December now and for some reason I keep going back to the feeling I had as I walked into my room and admired a huge wonderfully furnished suite full of light with an amazing terrace overlooking both the ocean and the lagoon, wow what a treat!!

So finally I got enough inspiration to share my review of this great place on the Caribbean Sea, don’t you just love life at the beach?

From top to bottom, this hotel offers what I like to call the Perfect Adults Only Luxury Experience.

1. The Property- The elegant minimalistic vertical design allows the property to make the most out of its narrow beachfront, but OMG is it a gorgeous beach! Long white sands that end in that emblematic turquoise clear water that becomes bluer as it gets deeper, whenever I think of the beach of Cancun, that one image I get is translated exactly in the way the beach looks from the hotel.

2. F&B- The options are great, of course a lot of variety and a good quality from the Buffet at Breakfast to the specialty options for dinner, my favorites were the Mediterranean—Olio— I really liked the menu (truly mediterranean); the Asian restaurant — Dragon’s—- also has many options (japanese, chinese, korean); Sea Salt Grill for Lunch (excellent service) and Market Café (Buffet for Breakfast), the omelette chef here is a gem!! cheers to her!! In room Dining- Excellent, The Vine Café and the Bars very nice, you never have to struggle for a good meal or your favorite drink at anytime.

3. The rooms- I could easily stay in the room and never come out, they are super modern, luxurious, well equipped, comfortable and just dreamy, I was lucky enough to experience a Master Suite so there was nothing more I could ask for, it became home from the moment I stepped in and I enjoyed it to the fullest, with a huge terrace overlooking the ocean for an unforgettable sunrise on the beach and windows everywhere for a romantic view of the sunset over the lagoon, free wifi and smartTV (Yay!!), wooden furnishing, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, dining room and entrance hall, it was just perfect!!

4. Activities- They offer a good variety from yoga, spinning, aquaaerobics to wine pairing daily, and the gym even though it is not too big it has a stunning ocean view that makes you want to stay and workout all day, the pool and beach are very comfortable and clean and they have good amounts of shade.

5. The people- What I love the most about AMResorts is their staff, I haven’t stayed in too many of them but it really feels very warm, and I can say I recognize it as an asset to that brand, memorable staff at the resort would be Laura at Concierge, she was just the sweetest and what I loved about her is she is authentically passionate about service, you can tell right away, she is genuine, caring, professional, patient, kind, eager to listen and to help, I could also tell she has great leadership so I hope she gets promoted soon!

Jesus at Sea Salt Grill, very sociable, fun and full of energy, a driven man with clear goals, hopefully he will also get very far. And although I didn’t meet him I saw the manager around everyday in the areas making sure everything was perfect everywhere so cheers to that!!

The only thing I felt I wanted and didn’t get was more time to stay there!! it is worth at least a 4 night stay to experience the variety of flavors and atmospheres and also I still need to visit the spa, hopefully next time.

Choose this resort for a romantic getaway to surprise your partner, you will not regret it.

Getting started on traveling

For the longest time I had dreamed of seeing, sipping and savoring the world, after many years I have finally started this great adventure.

I left Home to look for other homes all over driven by my intention of giving, I am taking at least one year to volunteer wherever I can be needed and hope to collaborate with many people that are making a change in the world.

And even though the adventure has just begun I am already reflecting upon what I’ve learned so far:

1. What Jamaica taught me: People are great and the joy to live and love is free. 

The fact you don’t understand a culture doesn’t give you a say on who they are, I feel a lot of people have an opinion about Jamaica and their people, their ways of being, but what I see is they are amazing and have everything to offer the world #respect #goodvibes #yamon 

Sunset in Ocho Rios, Jamaica picture credit: Kristina Guerrero

2. What Cambridge taught me: It’s funny how the mind works, it’s set to get used to things and repeat patterns so as much as you research and plan ahead the right option is always the one your intuition points to. Even if you are a super thorough planner, reality has it’s own twists and turns so always listen to your common sense and intuition e.g. If you see an ATM from your bank and think “I might need some cash” then get it, otherwise you will be trying to get it when you don’t have the time or when you’re not in the place and it will just cost you a lot more and remember pounds are not euros and euros are not usd so check your math.

Cambridge, England Picture by Kristina Guerrero
Safe travels!!

Tulum from a different perspective

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Revisiting Tulum after 12 years was an amazing experience, the first time I went there I was 15 years old and ready to explore the world, Tulum always called for me and I had to answer, I remember I took all of my savings went to the bus station and set out for adventure. My sister was 10 at the time and she was sad I would leave her so I took her with me. We didn’t even have a camera and I was just carrying a bag.

I remember she was kind of scared, we almost missed the bus and had barely enough money to pay for it. We ran for the bus station and catched the last call for it, in that time the bus went from Cancun all the way to the mayan town corridor and stopped in Tulum, we drove for more than a couple of hours, in those years the roads were very precarious in Cancun, there were no bridges or even nice pavement, it was a one lane road from Playa del Carmen on to the rest of the state.

Unlike in Cancun, the bus didn’t stop in a station, it just stopped in a bumper in the middle of the road and the driver shouted “Tulum” so we rushed to get off otherwise we would end up having to wait for the next town and with no way of coming back.

We got off and we were just there in the middle of the road, a couple of handcraft stores and a couple of restaurants. We walked to look for the sign indicating the ruins, we found it and our journey started, walking the dirt road unaware of what we would find.

That is one of the beauties of Tulum, it makes you walk up and starts to unveil it’s magic in front of you.

Nowadays as you get to the site there are a lot of restaurants and handcraft stores, bathrooms, and many services.

On this visit I brought my camera with me and tried to look at Tulum from a different perspective. Without the comfort of my zoom lens, I just took my 50mm attached and threw my camera in my beach bag.

As you go in, the place starts to appear as you move forward.

I loved seeing that some of its original fauna still lives there, a lot of Iguanas lay around in all sizes trying to blend with the soft grey stone.

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As you keep walking you can feel this sacred place was dedicated to Venus and something just vibrates with mysticism. First temples and signs of gods begin to appear.

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The architecture is very particular, lovely and amazingly well preserved, it stands there in front of you without losing it’s essence.

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As you continue to walk you start climbing as the ground goes up, it’s an amazing moment because you can’t really see much, until you get to the highest part of the ground only to unveil the heart of this magical city

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The view is absolutely breathtaking, I remember the first time I saw it, I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t have a camera so I just stared at it trying ti keep that image in my mind, then I went down for a swim, and tried to blend with the place. I just wanted to stay there forever.

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The ancient mayan city was originally named Zamá (Dawn) probably because of its beachside location.

In ancient times it was a very important city for commerce and for religious ceremonies to honor Kukulkan the descending god.

Tulum was still an active city inhabited by mayans when the spaniards arrived to Yucatan and Quintana Roo, but due to the heavy epidemic diseases they brought, the city was abandoned shortly after.

Due it’s amazing landscapes it has been one of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico and because of this, the heirs of the mayan culture that still visited Tulum as a sacred ceremonial place in the XXth Century, have decreased their spiritual activities at the site.

Nonetheless, Tulum in itself both the site and the city have a very clear mystic quality that attracts people from all over the world.

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This wonderful city protected by the high rocks of the coast and the marine reef was one of the most beautiful cities in mayan culture and a very important reference for sailors and traders in the sea, who took the Castle as a reference to avoid getting caught in the reef.

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The castle also served as a lighthouse, because of the way it was built, the sun would come across a couple of windows protecting the light into the ocean and guiding mayan traders on their canoes.

They also had a hurricane warning system, on the top of a temple there’s a hollow rock they carved facing the ocean, when the wind speed would become hurricane like, the hollow rock acted like a whistle warning everyone.

Thanks to Ina and Pazit for sharing it with me and allowing me to visit Tulum again.

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Weekend adventure in Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres.

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A little island only 5 miles long and half a mile wide in the far east corner of Mexico. It is the island where the territory ends and nothing is left between her and the rest of the world.

Originally one of the mayan territories that conform the state of Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres was located in the province of Ekab and it was a ceremonial center dedicated to Ixchel, goddess of the moon, fertility and abundance.

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In 1517 the spanish expedition of Francisco de Córdoba, arrived into the island where they found nothing except for the ceremonial center and the female keepers of the sanctuary, because of this, the spaniards named the island “Isla Mujeres” (Island of Women), and it is the name that it has beared ever since.

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Spending the weekend on the island made me remember the delights of living away in a little corner of the planet where you don’t need a car to move around or even a cell phone to stay in touch with family, friends and…everyone.

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I love the particular charm that makes Isla Mujeres different from the rest of the touristic sites in Quintana Roo, all things there are very local, more authentic and have a history behind them.

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Waking up to watch the sunrise knowing that you are standing where firm land ends for miles ahead and watching that amazing and loving spectacle that nature has been performing for centuries before us. I wonder how mayans greeted the new day in that exact same place thousands of years before.

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As you walk by downtown there is a mixture of old original cabins built by the fishermen, they are wooden small and colorful cabins in the middle of streets, next to restaurants or hotels.

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On the inner side of the island you get amazing clear waters, turquoise oceans with a special tone, a unique glare and you can see the other side of the island and Cancun skyline.

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As soon as night begins to fall you are able to walk the streets filled with artwork, coffee shops and restaurants.

There is a great variety for dining from small cabins to very elegant and modern restaurants, all types of cuisine, but the best part is that everywhere you go, you are family, from hosts, to waiters, to cooks and owners welcome you and treat you like an old friend.

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Walking around so freely, made me want to stay there and never come back, it’s definitely the perfect place for people looking for a quiet, low profile, relaxed and very authentic experience of Mexico and the Caribbean culture.

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The most memorable time that I visited “Isla” as we call it, must have been 11 years ago, we went there on a sailboat, as we arrived I couldn’t believe the colors I was admiring in the ocean it’s different from the ocean in Cancun and in other parts of Quintana Roo, when we docked we swam, we ate and we headed back when the sun was coming down, sailing into cancun at nightfall, being out there in the ocean watching all the stars.

I am so blessed to live in this beautiful state and to know all of it!

If anybody plans to visit, contact me and I’ll make sure to give you the best advice on places to discover. Life is great! We are alive, and breathing 😀

The Legend of The Flying Men in Papantla

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In pre-hispanic Mexico, cultures interacted with gods, their cosmogony was a main root on how they lived their lives; being such spiritual people their way of communication with the gods was very sacred and important.

Named as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the world by UNESCO, the ritual known in spanish as “Los Voladores de Papantla”  is still performed by many groups and communities throughout Mexico.

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The Legend begins in the middle region of Mexico with the Nahuas, Huastecos and Otomíes, eventually it gained it’s popularity in the southern and eastern region between the Totonacas and the region of Papantla, therefore the name given in actuality.

Around 1,500 years ago, central Mexico  was facing a serious period of drought and a group of brave men set out on a quest to give an offering to the gods that would make it rain, they believed that by performing rituals, and though art, dance and music, the gods that were always watching, would get their message.

They set out to look for the perfect tree, a tree that would be strong and tall enough to get them closer to the gods, they cut it to bring it home, they disposed of the branches, leaving only the log and planting it in the ground.

In the beginning of the ritual, 5 men climbed the tree (approx. 160 ft tall), dressing themselves with wings and feathers to appear bird like.

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While the men climbed the tree, a ritual of music with flute and drums was trying to emulate the sound of birds, once on top of the tree, the melody kept rising to get the gods’ attention.

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For a moment the music stopped and then it started again with more intensity and a faster rhythm. While one man standing on the top of the tree (the priest), played the sacred melodies, the 4 remaining men began their descent. They threw themselves into the air face down, tied with ropes to their waists, moving their wings, offering this sign of respect for life, for nature and the skies.

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These men risked their lives for an opportunity of fertile crops and new life for their people. During the descent, each man flew around the tree 13 times.

13 times per men made out the sacred number 52, meaning that the group had created a dance with 52 circles around the tree.

In the mayan calendar  52 is the number of years that make up a solar cycle, each year has 52 weeks, after which a new sun is born, therefore a new life on Earth is born.

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After the descent was over, the rain followed and gave away a very prosperous crop season. In exchange the people started performing this offering every year.

This is why this particular ritual is also associated with fertility, the fertility of the Earth and therefore the beginning of all life and it also explains why it was one of the most important and sacred rituals amongst the Totonacas (a matriarchal society).

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Nowadays, in many indigenous communities in Mexico, it’s still a sacred ritual of such importance, that a school has been instituted to train young ones and prepare them to perform this ceremony.

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Although today it is also performed in other parts of Mexico outside the indigenous communities like cities and beaches, the ritual is still performed pretty much in the same way.

Now the flying men wear an ethnic costume; the bright red color, is a symbol of the blood for all the men that have fallen performing the ritual, and their hats are a way to represent the original costumes of birds, they are like a crest or a tail with vibrant colors of Guacamayas or Quetzales.

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Although today the ritual in cities is a representation and a way to teach tourists about mexican culture, in the remaining indigenous communities where they don’t even speak spanish, the ritual is still perfumed with the same sacred nature to ask for a prosperous season and to renew life on Earth.

Photos of “Los Voladores” in Playa del Carmen, México, Feb, 2013

Cancún, Paraíso Maya de aliento Vanguardista

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El 20 de Abril de 2012 se llevó a cabo la celebración del “Desfile de la Identidad” en conmemoración al 42 aniversario de la fundación de Cancún, el desfile organizado por la asociación de Pioneros de Cancún contó con la participación de los ciudadanos quienes recorrieron el centro de la ciudad, en una muestra de las diferentes actividades e intereses que componen a nuestra sociedad.
Entre clubes de autos clásicos, de autos modificados para todo terreno, pasando por los diversos grupos culturales de danza y teatro tanto de  escuelas como de compañías artísticas, con la presencia de las diferentes bandas de guerra y la batucada del Síndicato de Taxistas Andrés Quintana Roo,   del grupo de zanqueros dando presencia al arte circense, los scouts, los estudiantes de secundaria y bachillerato en representación de sus escuelas, el grupo de activistas del ombligo verde hasta los ciudadanos galardonados como los 100 personajes históricos de Cancún.
El evento comenzó con el desfile que partió desde la estación de Bomberos de la Avenida Chichen Itzá con Tulum, recorriendo ésta última hasta llegar al Paqrue de las Palapas, mientras los desfilantes recorrían las calles, los espectadores saludaban y tomaban fotografías desde las aceras y pasos peatonales, pudiendo apreciar automóviles, autobuses y personas llevando en alto el nombre de Cancún .
Una vez llegados al Parque de las Palapas, las festividades siguieron y la Asociación de Pioneros así como las diversas autoridades del Gobierno Estatal y Municipal dirigieron unas palabras al público espectador.
Los discursos iniciaron con la participación la presidente de la Asociación de Pioneros, Conchita Castro quien dio el mensaje de que Cancún somos todos, desde los que llevan viviendo 42 años aquí hasta los que llevan 2 meses, manifestó su admiración por todas las personas que eligen “cambiar sus cielos y sus estrellas” para venir a vivir a ésta ciudad.
Posteriormente, el Lic. Jorge Aguilar , titular de la Secretaría Municipal de Obras Públicas y Servicios del Municipio de Benito Juárez, en representación del Presidente Municipal dio un discurso en el que incitó a todos los asistentes a “renovar votos, enamorarse más de Cancún” y aplaudió a la sociedad cancunense ya que en sólo 42 años lo que comenzó como un sueño y un poblado se ha convertido en una gran e importante ciudad a nivel nacional. Recalcó la importancia de mantenernos unidos para hacer más por Cancún y anunció que en próximas fechas el escenario del parque volverá a tener el gran techo de Palapa que ya constituye un símbolo de nuestra identidad.
Sin embargo el discurso más impactante fue el de Nora Elizabeth Garza de 11 años de edad, estudiante de la Escuela Primaria Pública Eleuterio Ramírez, quien en representación de la población infantil cancunense, como Diputada Infantil Suplente en el Segundo Parlamento Infantil de Benito Juárez habló de los valores democráticos.
Con tan sólo 11 años de edad Nora fue de lo más destacable por su gran discurso, parada con gran aplomo, impecablemente segura de lo que decía, invitó a la sociedad adulta a exaltar los valores  como la libertad, la igualdad, la tolerancia y la solidaridad pero sobre todo hizo una invitación muy profunda y llena de sabiduría para que vivan con pasión. Invitó a funcionarios a “darse la oportunidad de volver a ser niños, de regresar a la infancia y el puesto político que hoy desempeñan sea divertido, agradable y no una obligación por economía o por pertenecer al medio político” y sobre todo que recuerden “los niños que hoy tienen en frente, seremos los que sostengamos al país al igual que sus jubilaciones.”
Ante tan importante mensaje y el enfrentamiento a ésa realidad tan sincera, los aplausos no se hicieron esperar y con los espectadores aún admirados por la intervención de Nora, el festival dio paso a la siguiente participación.
Con un número musical melódico y cariñoso, la cantante cancunense Victoria Valdivia quien ganó el concurso de canto municipal en la categoría de la tercera edad,  acompañada del trío Ecos del Caribe dedicaron un número musical poético a la ciudad de Cancún.
Posteriormente, el Gobernador del Estado, Roberto Borge Angulo dirigió unas palabras al público cancunense recordando la importancia que tiene Cancún como polo turístico a nivel mundial.
Para cerrar el evento, los 100 personajes históricos de Cancún recibieron el galardón otorgado por los Pioneros y fueron fotografiados con el Gobernador.
La elección de los personajes Históricos se dio por consulta abierta a la ciudadanía a través de la revista Pioneros, en la cual destacaron personalidades del ámbito empresarial,  periodístico, ciudadano, ambientalista y de la construcción tales como Manuel J. Castillo “Ney”, Rafael Lara Lara, Rubén Encalada Alonso, Antonio Enriquez Savignac, Josefina Castro Ríos, Tulio Arroyo Marroquín, Pilar Jufresa y Elena García entre otros.
A 42 años de la fundación de Cancún, no cabe duda que seguimos siendo una ciudad jóven y si bien eso implica que debemos madurar y ser más responsables, también nos da la pauta para cambiar nuestro, nuestra realidad y mejorarla, trabajando juntos, respetando y amando a nuestro medio ambiente y a nuestra sociedad, vamos construyendo poco a poco nuestra verdadera identidad.
Porque Cancún es una ciudad como pocas en el mundo, tan prehispánica como cosmopolita, tan hedonista y moderna como de esencia milenaria, tan llena de contrastes, idiomas, colores, costumbres, intereses y opiniones.
Conocer nuestro pasado nos permite saber de dónde venimos y dónde estamos parados, en Cancún la historia se escribe día a día, todos con el amor que le profesamos, con la actividad que desempeñamos, juntos construimos y tenemos la oportunidad de darle significado al Cancún verdadero, de elegir lo que queremos y sobre todo de dictar hacia dónde vamos.
Las fotografías del desfile de la Identidad #Cancun42
 Identity Parade conmemorating the 42nd anniversary of Cancun, the Photo Essay.
In a City of contrasts, famous for its white sand beaches and turqoise ocean, the other side of Cancun, the one that works to support the resorts, clean the pools, make the beds, cook the food, and take care of itself, tries to build an identity for their city.
A Circus artist with megaphone directs the crowd of participants and expectators towards the square known as “Parque las Palapas”, behind him a Burger King.
Two girls wearing butterfly wings and glitter, lay on the corridor that leads the way for the parade, behind them their hula hoops, custom made, which they use to dance between cars during the change of lights in traffic.
The Golden outfit of an Aztec princess stands out while the parade continues to move
Several Marching bands make their way through the city, announcing the intensity of the celebration
High School cheerleaders raise their batons towards the palm trees, a mixture of our endemic environment with an outside tradition (cheerleading)
Local citizens march with messages of love for their city, the woman holds a flag that reads I Love Cancun, yet she hesitates to conmemorate with open enthusiasm
The local organization Pioneros, in charge of the parade, making an effort to include people, to make them feel part of Cancun.
Dancers show tastes of mexican Folklore
All of them, marching together
Some were walking alone, separated from the crowd,
Some floating and standing out in the middle of the crowd
From the ancient cultures of the mayan world, burning Copal and sounding the seashell
To the new generations that are growing and learning in a city with over a million people, a rich cultural inheritance and a great economic importance to Mexico.
In Cancun people from over 100 nationalities converge, you can hear people speaking mayan, spanish, englush, russian, portuguese, french, german…etc.
It’s a small city yet world wide known
Throughout the years, what started out as a financial project to attract tourism to the country, has become a real city, far away from the Hotel Zone.
People from all over the country and the world have left their skies to come and establish in Cancun, trendy, luxurious, naturally blessed, diverse, complex.
There is more to Cancun than meets the eye.