Inspiración para Vivir: Selvamar

Inspiración para Vivir: Selvamar

Playa del Carmen es uno de los lugares más románticos y equilibrados de toda la Riviera Maya.

Gracias a su cercanía con Tulum, del azul turquesa del mar Caribe, de sus selvas, sus atractivos turísticos y vida nocturna, Playa del Carmen no solo es un excelente destino para vacacionar sino para vivir. Y dentro de este paraíso, existe un espacio de equilibrio e inspiración que logran una armonía perfecta entre la naturaleza, la playa y la tranquilidad: Selvamar.

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Con más de 40,000 metros cuadrados de áreas verdes, a pocos kilómetros de la 5ta avenida y justo a la entrada de Playa del Carmen, se encuentra Selvamar, un lugar que tiene una magia especial y que combina la incardinación de residencias modernas –que van acompañadas siempre de un toque especial, diferente, único de cada hogar– con la convivencia natural y mimetismo de la flora y fauna de la Península de Yucatán.

No exagero cuando digo que no hay un solo rincón que pueda ocultar la belleza del paisaje ni a sus pequeños acompañantes: desde la ardilla que se escabulle entre los troncos hasta los simpáticos monos araña y uno que otro venado y puercoespín que se pasean en ocasiones dentro del circuito.

Caminar todos los días por el verde de Selvamar, no sólo hace que aumente considerablemente mis unidades de felicidad, sino que me llena de inspiración.

Soy fotógrafa de ocasión y probablemente no encontraría tanta motivación en capturar paisajes, escenarios y expresiones de vida en Playa del Carmen si no disfrutara todos los días de dormir y despertar en Selvamar. He tenido el enorme privilegio de capturar con mi cámara los amaneceres turquesa más hermosos desde mi terraza, que mezclan un cielo rosado con nubes de borrego y forman la fotografía perfecta con un mar de palmeras a lo lejos, rodeado de selva tropical y acompañado del vuelo de las aves.

DSC_0153Un cambio de residencia siempre es una decisión importante de vida: cuando llegué a Selvamar, no sólo había cambiado de casa, sino de ciudad. Dejé atrás Guadalajara con cierta nostalgia, que rápidamente se convirtió en alegría: en tener una mejor calidad de vida al encontrar todas las mañanas a personas sonrientes caminando, a vecinos ejercitándose, a familias cuidando de sus mascotas y siempre saludando con un «buenos días», mientras que por la noche, tengo el silencio más reconfortante, guardias que se convierten en personas que estimo por cuidar de mi bienestar y un bonito cielo estrellado libre de contaminación que es mi mejor modelo. Son esos detalles que hacen la vida más bonita.

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Para mi es un privilegio poder disfrutar en Selvamar de la naturaleza en su estado más puro y de todas las amenidades que los residentes tenemos a nuestra disposición en las increíbles áreas de uso común, como albercas, asadores, palapas para reuniones, exuberantes jardines o juegos para niños. La energía de este lugar se puede casi tocar, es única, y eso se transmite a sus habitantes que, como yo, la perciben y aprovechan al máximo para cada día al despertar, llenarse de ella y comenzar la rutina de una manera diferente: felices y conscientes de que la elección del camino que eligieron hasta llegar aquí fue el acertado.

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Selvamar no solo es un lugar de vida, sino de inspiración, donde tengo ahora mi corazón, y para entender la magia de este lugar la única opción es vivirla.

www.selvamar.com.mx | tel: (984) 109 9190

Emmanuel Lubezki, the mexican perspective.

Emmanuel Lubezki, the mexican perspective.

Mexican photographer, genius, and the first to win the Oscar for best picture three years in a row. Emmanuel Lubezki did it again. The cinematographer won his third consecutive Oscar for Best Picture thanks to his artistic work in «The Revenant»; with his stunning shots, using only 3 hours of natural light a day in low temperatures at Canada and Argentina, he defeated films such as «Carol», «The Hateful Eight», «Sicario», «The Big Short», «bridge of Spies», «Brooklyn», «Mad Max: Fury Road», «The Martian», «The Revenant», «Room» and «Spotlight».

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki , Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu celebrate their awards on stage at the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON / AFP / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki , Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu celebrate their awards on stage at the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON / AFP / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Director of Photography, or Cinematographer, is responsible for bringing to life and to our eyes everything the film director wants to convey. It is the main piece in the puzzle of a film. A bad cinematography can mean the difference between achieving glory and going bankrupt.

Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern was born in Mexico City in 1964; he studied history and cinematography at the UNAM. «El Chivo», as he is nicknamed and known commonly, owns a unique style that he has perfected over the years and has earned him from his beginnings the best reviews.

Despite he has lived for over 30 years in the United States, «El Chivo» remains Mexican and we must be proud of that, although he does not owe any of his achievements to Mexico. It is a shame most of our bright minds have to look for opportunities outside of the country to be able to achieve true success.

Eight-time Oscar nominee in the category of Best Picture for his work in «A Little Princess», «Sleepy Hollow», «The New World», «Children of Men» and «The Tree of Life», finally two years ago he won his first golden statuette thanks to «Gravity», then again last year for his work in «Birdman» and, in this last occasion, with «The Revenant».

Lubezki has worked with directors such as Tim Burton, Michael Mann, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, the Coen brothers, Terrence Malick and Alfonso Cuaron. His career has been full of other awards though. In 1992 he won an Ariel for «Como Agua Para Chocolate» (Like Water for Chocolate), and the two following years he continued winning the Ariel for his work in the films «Miroslava» and «Ambar», and then, in 2001, he made «Y tu mama también». Then he went on to win two BAFTAs: one for «Children of Men» in 2006 and another for «Gravity» in 2014. Additionally, he has won four times the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases (asc Award).

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Upon receiving his last statuette, Lubezki thanked his «compadre» (buddy,) Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, as well as family and friends. «I want to share this with my director, with Leo, with our producers for all of the freedom». Iñárritu appeared very touched to see his fellow countryman take the stage for the third time to receive the Academy Award. Now we are looking forward with great excitement for his next art work to delight our eyes and, maybe, make history one more time in the next installment of the Oscars.

El Pueblo de Maíz

El Pueblo de Maíz

THE COPAL SMOKES, THE DRUM BEATS, THE RITUAL BEGINS…

 

The People of the Corn or Kaajixi’im is one of the best attraction in Cozumel, a place to live a Mayan experience, a journey back in time where music, dance and a prehispanic people will lead you by the hand. It’s a tour and a play at the same time, where the story of the beginning of times is narrated, and you will become a part of it.

In the time when Itzamná, father of the gods, ruled the cosmos…; thus begins the legend of the People of the Corn, a story told by the holy twins Xbalam-ké and Hunab-Kú, who will welcome you in Itzamná’s own court to begin the journey. The twins will guide your journey through the Mayan jungle from the underworld, where the first corn seeds where harvested to be presented to the great sages for the creation of humankind, and would be delivered later to become the basis of their diet.

 

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During this tour, you will make a stop at a chicle camp to show you the process «chicleado» (gum extraction) from the great tree of the «chicozapote» (sapodilla or chicle tree) to prepare the natural chicle (gum) or sikte that will accompany you in your long trip to the temple of Ixchel to ask and pray for the fertility of the earth that will allow the flowering of the People of the Corn.

Once the offerings have been delivered the Xaman will purify the visitors to grant them access to the town of the People of the Corn, where you will be received with a Dance and welcome ceremony. The Owl, guardian of the underworld, will perform the Dance of Fire, dedicated to the venerable Sun. The drums, symbol of the heartbeat, will join all in one in this ceremony full of mysticism where the music, dance, and the copal will elevate the senses of the spectators.

Experience a chicle camp, revive the journey to Cozumel to honor the goddess Ixchel and participate in sundry workshops and tastings where you will experience the life of the residents. Each palapa will receive you with unique activities dedicated to the hallowed lord of the corn, to the deity of the honey bee, the venerable lord of cocoa and to the sisal.

You will be able to share the inheritance of body painting, making your face or body a perfect canvas. The costumes are stunning; they will leave you with your mouth open. Let your senses get involved in the dance, the prehispanic music, the smells, the textures, the colors and the splendor of the Mayan rituals.

La Perla Pixan Cuisine

La Perla Pixan Cuisine

Cantina, mezcalería, pulquería y la cocina de la bisabuela, un lugar que te atrapa por sus colores, típico y con raíces 100% mexicanas.

Giovanna y Alberto, padres de un bebe de 4 meses cumplen sus sueños, haciendo de La Perla un espacio fantástico para deleitarnos con sus platillos tradicionales y una gran variedad de mezcales, pulque o posh, bebida ancestral de Chiapas, destilada a base de maíz.

La cálida bienvenida se siente desde que atraviesas la puerta, entras al verdadero México, al Playa de antes.

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Detalles en cada rincón hacen que la decoración te envuelva, todo está elaborado por artesanos y productores locales, Oaxaca y Chiapas también están presentes, los cojines, servilletas, los vasos son de vidrio soplado y los platos de barro, los muebles son hechos a mano por artesanos de Cobá, los atrapasueños separan el bar de la cocina y en la esquina nos sorprende un altar.

Desde hace 15 años residen en Playa y de la nostalgia de lo caribeño, lo tradicional, de la playa que conocieron, de crear algo diferente y de lo complejo que puede ser la cultura culinaria mexicana, nació La Perla.

Viajaron por todo México para captar lo esencial de cada lugar, visitando comunidades indígenas, para aprender y conocer los productos, recetas y procedimientos originales. La cocina del alma, es el significado de Pixan Cuisine, con ese nombre solo nos queda suspirar y saborear lo que nos ponen en frente.

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Si quieres conocer el verdadero sabor de México, tienes que probar la especialidad de la casa, la tlayuda, un plato prehispánico, que combina tradición, color y sabor, tortillas hechas a mano, escamoles, chapulines y chimicuiles, en ningún otro lugar los encontrarás, y si quieres algo aún más tradicional no te puedes perder el Huauzontle capeado con queso oaxaca y cubierto en salsa de chile pasilla o el pulpo a la parrilla, que por algo son los favoritos de Giovanna y Alberto.

En octubre del año pasado sufrieron un incendio que arrasó con todo, pero la ilusión de levantar el lugar fue mayor y el 20 de diciembre reabrieron sus puertas. – Queremos agradecer a toda la gente que nos ha seguido y apoyado en los buenos y malos momentos, tantas muestras de gratitud, todas las manos que colaboraron para que renaciera este proyecto, no se nos olvidará nunca que todos se pusieron la camiseta

La Perla Pixan es un homenaje a México, a Playa del Carmen, con sus colores, sabores y texturas, a través del cual sus propietarios pretenden devolver un poco de lo mucho que la ciudad les ha dado. Seguro que ya no puedes esperar para conocerla.

 

Puertos Morelos, captivating.

Puertos Morelos, captivating.

A fusion on art and natural beauty in a magical corner of the Riviera Maya, it is the oldest natural port of Quintana Roo and the most important statewide and a strategic point to visit Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, being its cuisine one of its best attractions.

The current insignia of Puerto Morelos is the lighthouse, which was inclined by Hurricane Beulah in 1967 and has a reef (declared national Park) that is part of the world’s second largest reef barrier, and it is only 500 meters from the beach.

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Puerto Morelos, «Home of artists», is a multicultural, attractive and art oriented area; besides its beautiful beaches («the most beautiful of the Riviera Maya»), restaurants and variety of tours, it has an interesting cultural offer for its inhabitants and visitors. It seeks to become a destination for art and culture through gastronomic, wine, beer, music and plastic arts festivals and the best is to see the residents getting involved.

With art galleries everywhere and local venues hosting cultural and artistic activities such as concerts, exhibitions and recitals all the time. It is common to find all kinds of cultural events such as the flea market of crafts, Hunab-Ku, with artisans from the region and other parts of Mexico and the world.

 

In Puerto Morelos there are about 80 artisans who are union members and boost the sector, mainly, they are producers of clothing, jewelry, handbags, shoes and products made from amber. You can even find items now with an origin tag called «Hecho en Puerto Morelos» (Made in Puerto Morelos), which promotes the sale of products made in the municipality.

Among the highlights of the Port is the Art Festival, where people are encouraged to buy local products, and promote the culture in the place. The «Casa de la Cultura» (House of Culture) conducts a «Waterfront International Theatre Festival» (Festival de Teatro Internacional Frente al Mar) and the International Music Festival (Festival Internacional de Música), which promotes the different musical genres during three days. Additionally, the event is complemented with the show of plastic and visual arts, Art Walk, who present their works and at night events take place in the different bars, which is called «Huateque Trasnochado».

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The Microbrew Beer Festival (Festival de Cerveza Artesanal) is an experience that goes beyond just drinking a «chela» (beer), it gives you the opportunity to meet experts on it and the art of producing it; accompanied with tastings, workshops and conferences. Also, various of our local restaurants contribute to the festival preparing exquisite dishes worthy of being accompanied with a refreshing beer.

Imagine Puerto Morelos Circus is a platform where circus artists come to share their skills with the community, including disciplines like magic, aerial and floor acrobatics, clowns, contortion and performances that astonish by their aesthetic and complexity. And talking about its natural beauty, we could not forget one of the biggest attractions of the place, Yaax Che, also known as «Botanical Garden Alfredo Barrera Marin» or «The Shrine of the Mayan Forest», the largest of its kind in the country (161 acres) and a place where you can enjoy take pleasure in the flora and fauna of the region. It also has a small archaeological site and a suspension bridge from which you can sight the mangroves and the sea. It is common to encounter families of coatis and spider monkeys which roam the park in complete freedom.

Cosmopolitan but with that small town flavor/feeling, Puerto Morelos is home for the art of the Riviera Maya, bringing nature and culture together.