Get to know Mexican Tradition and Culture Through Coco


Children’s films are usually closely related to fantasy and fairy tales. This genre was later adopted by Disney Pixar in an animated film, Coco. The film Coco tells the story of Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a boy from Mexico who is determined to become a famous musician.

However, his wishes are opposed by his family who has bad memories of music. Not wanting to give up on his dream, he is determined to steal the guitar belonging to the legend Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) to be able to perform at a show in the middle of the city. This action actually brought him trapped in the Land of the Dead.

In order to return to the real world, he must get the blessing of one of his family who has died. He adventures in the Land of the Dead with Héctor (Gael García Bernal’s) and Dante in search of his great-grandfather, Ernesto. But Miguel must be disappointed because it turns out that Ernesto is not his family. The film, directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, was released on November 22, 2017.

The director along with Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, and Adrian Molina collaborated on writing a story inspired by Mexican folklore. This film is presented in two languages ​​namely English and Spanish. Reporting from IMDb, the film Coco managed to get a rating of 8.4/10 from 358,070 user reviews.

In its first week of release, the film Coco managed to gross more than 50 million US dollars for the American region. Meanwhile, on a global scale, the gross profit reached more than 800 million US dollars. Quoted from IMDb, the success of Coco’s film won 2 Oscars in 2018. In addition, Coco’s film also won 108 categories at various film festivals and was included in 37 film festival nominations. The story in this film is wrapped in a very thick Mexican tradition and culture. Here are some reviews:

1. The tradition of Día de los Muertos

Día de Los Muertos is the tradition of giving offerings to the deceased family such as food and drink. On the eve of the celebration, the surviving family members will pay a visit to the tomb. The departed ancestors would visit them to the graves and bring home the offerings in a magical form.

2. Alebrije


Alebrije is a spiritual being in Mexican folklore. These creatures can be animals, humans, certain objects, or imaginary creatures with intense colors and patterns.

3. Myth of the Land of the Dead

The Land of the Dead is a haven for people who have died. In Mexican folklore, people can continue their lives here after they leave the Land of the Living (real world). They will continue to be in this place as long as the living remember them. Otherwise, they will disappear into memory and go to the Final Death.

4. Ofrenda

Ofrenda is a place used to put photos of family members who have died. Photos can be placed on a table decorated with candles, flowers, food, and drinks. This is intended as a form of respect for them. In the myth, the person whose picture is placed in Ofrenda can visit family members who visit the tomb.

5. Golden Lion Mexicali

Golden Lion Mexicali is one of the most popular casinos in Mexico. Not only popular, but this place also becomes a place where local people gamble and play some games, like Agen Sbobet. Gambling is pretty much a tradition in Mexico, where Mexican spends their money in exchange for happiness.

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Streets in Cancun, Mexico


The beach is the main attraction for tourists to come to Cancun. The fine white sand of the beach like baby powder combined with the charming charm of the Caribbean sea, makes anyone feel at home for a long time staying there. By Americans themselves, Cancun is often used as a destination for Bachelor Parties because it’s a really good place for a little clubbing ritual and a little drying.

Unfortunately, the beautiful beaches in Cancun have been over-commercialized by well-known resorts. If we are not guests of the hotel, we are forbidden to ride through to just enter the beach. As a result, I had to swim at a public beach looking for the entrance half to death because it was hidden away.

For foreigners, if you want to go to Mexico, you must use a visa, unless you have a valid multiple-entry US Visa. At that time, I simply showed a valid US visa at the immigration counter and was immediately allowed to enter without being asked much.

The airport in Cancun is not very good, even the wifi is paid for. From the airport, the central terminal in downtown Cancun can be reached by ADO Bus with a journey time of about 1 hour. Meanwhile, for transportation within the city, the mainstay is in the form of city buses that are 11-12 in shape with the capital metromini. Both are not air conditioned, plastic benches, and sometimes like a lot of buskers ride. The difference is, the bus driver there is organized, only stops at the bus stop. Far near 10.5 pesos.

Cancun is not a big city, only consists of downtown area and hotel zone area. Many cheap lodgings are scattered in the downtown area, while the hotel zone area is more devoted to elite resorts whose rows of hotels remind me of the strip in Las Vegas. The difference is that in Vegas we can watch Celine Dion’s concert at the Cesar Palace, if in Cancun we are entertained by fake Beyoncé at Coco Bongo, the most popular nightclub in all of Cancun.

Apart from beaches and nightlife, Cancun is also famous for its cenotes and underground river. Cenotes are springs formed by the collapse of limestone millions of years ago. There are thousands of cenotes scattered across the Yucatan Peninsula but only a few are well known and have been commercialized. One of them is Cenote Hubiku, which I visited on my way to Chichen Itza.

As for the underground river, one of the famous places is in Xcaret, a kind of eco-friendly park that is the pride of the Mexicans. There we can swim in an underground river which ends directly in a beautiful lagoon. In the evening you can continue watching the Xcaret Mexico Spectacular, a kind of Mexican-flavored broadway show.

If you are bored with the atmosphere of Cancun, you can visit Tulum, a beautiful city on the beach. It is said that the beaches in Cancun are one of the most beautiful in the world, with the charm of the turquoise Caribbean Sea, soft baby powder sand, and exotic ancient ruins on the cliffs. Located 130 km from Cancun, Tulum can be reached in 2.5 hours by ADO Bus from downtown terminal. The bus ticket price is 136 pesos one way or around USD 20.00 for two way transit.