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Celebrate "Carnaval" in Cozumel!
February 11 - February 16, 2005
Cost: Divers - $975, nondivers - $715*
(based on double occupancy)
Price includes roundtrip air from Houston, 6 days/5 nights hotel accommodations (including full breakfast daily), all airport and hotel taxes, and 4 days of 2-tank boat diving on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. (Additional diving available at an additional cost.)
*Price quoted is for payment by cash or check -- please add 3% for credit card;
$100 nonrefundable deposit will hold your space; balance due January 1, 2005.
July 8th the Cozumel Carnaval Committee for 2005 was officially announced and began working on the event plans.

The first order of business was to finalize the dates for Carnaval 2005. A logistical issue arises in 2005 since by law Cozumel local elections for Presidente must be held on February 6, 2005. This very important date falls during the traditional religious calendar dates for "Fat Tuesday" & Ash Wednesday and as such would pose 1) logistical problems for all city personnel having two such important priorities simultaneously and 2) an inconvenience to visitors since no liquor can be sold for the 1-2 days surrounding the election date. Consequently, local officials have decided to move Cozumel Carnaval 2005 to the following week and are in the process of notifying the general public and all those in the tourism sector so as to ensure those planning to visit Cozumel during Carnaval will have the correct dates for the celebration. Carnaval 2005 will be held February 9 - 16, 2005.

Cozumel’s Carnaval is a tradition which has been passed down through many generations that celebrates a mixture of cultures that escaped to the warm embrace of Cozumel during the cold winter season. Dating back to the mid 1800’s, Carnaval was started by young people dressed in vibrantly colorful costumes known as “Estudiantinas” or “Comparsas”, who expressed themselves in the streets of Cozumel through the artform of dance, song, and fantasy. Over the years, this is becoming a very popular time to visit the island. Experience Carnaval, along with the spectacular diving of Cozumel!
Please send me an email if you need more information, or if you want to sign up for the trip.
February 11-16, 2005
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