6 Mexican Souvenirs You Must Take Home From Vacation
Shopping for souvenirs while on a vacation is a vital part of traveling. Regardless of the destination, buying a small gift (for you or for others) is essential. Travelers seek the perfect memento that will remind them of their vacation.
Mexico is a diverse country with a lot to offer, including souvenirs. We’ve prepared a list to help you find that perfect Mexican momento. Don’t forget to check out some of these items on your next Mexico vacation.
1. Typical Mayan Garments
This unique souvenir comes from the ancient civilization that has roamed the eastern part of Mexico for centuries. Huipiles are delicately embroidered linens worn by Mayans thousands of years ago which continue to be worn today. They are comfortable, made with breathable fabric, and are beautiful and colorful.
2. Xtabentun Liquor
The crafting of this liquor—distinctive of the Yucatan region—has been perfected by the Mayans for the last 1,000 years. Xtanbentun is a sweet liquor made from a regional flower with fermented honey, combined with rum and anise seed. It is now commonly used in Yucatecan cuisine.
3. Mayan Masks
A popular souvenir option is the Mayan mask. During the prime period of this ancient civilization, the masks had functional and ceremonial purposes. For instance, the Mayan masks served as protection in battle or were used during wedding and birth celebrations.
4. Mayan Chocolate
The Mayans were the first civilization to cultivate cocoa plantations. “Xocoatl” means cocoa in Maya and symbolized life and fertility and was referred to as the god’s food. Both the Mayans and Aztecs drank the thick unsweetened drink as a health elixir. Since sugar was unknown, different spices such as chili peppers and corn meal were used to add flavor.
5. Taxco Silver
Taxco silver is renowned in Mexico and can be found in almost every boutique. The name comes from the city Taxco in the state of Guerrero. This charming town is one of the oldest mining sites in the Americas. After the arrival of the Spanish, the city became Spain’s primary source of precious metals in the New World. Even though the art of silver died for some time, the great beauty and craftsmanship coming out of Taxco has earned worldwide recognition once again.
6. Talavera Pottery
Talavera is a stunning colored ceramic that originates from the state of Puebla. Talavera is a type of majolica earthenware, distinguished by the white base glaze. Authentic talavera only comes from the city of Puebla and three surrounding communities because of the quality of the clay and the production methods. Much of this beautiful pottery is blue, but other colors such as yellow, black, green, orange, and mauve are also used.
Tip 1: Shop destination specific
Look for souvenirs that are produced in the area that you are visiting. Besides the typical sombrero and tequila, you will be able to find a great assortment of crafts that truly represent the region and represent a unique style of Mexican art and culture.
Tip 2: Support local vendors
Invest in the communities that you visit by purchasing from local businesses. This will help create jobs and support local prosperity. This also helps reduce environmental impact. In Cancun, Market 28 and Plaza Bonita are two Mexican flea markets where visitors can purchase a variety of souvenirs. They are located side-by-side in the heart of downtown Cancun. Coral Negro is another popular local vendor site and is located in the Cancun Hotel Zone. In Playa del Carmen, trendy Fifth Avenue is also lined with boutiques where you can find that perfect souvenir.
Original article written by Pamela Acosta. Edited by: