Been There – Cozumel

Starbucks Been There – Cozumel is a mug for an island and municipality in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It is a well known touristic destination with multiple resorts, restaurants, scuba diving and snorkeling facilities.
It is also a popular port for cruize ships, one of those we can see on the front of the mug.
Tumba del Caracol at Punta Sur (can be seen on the front as well) was Mayan temple built during the Post Classic period (950 – 1539 AD).… Read more

Been There – Acapulco

Starbucks Been There – Acapulco is a mug for the resort city on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The full name of the city is Acapulco de Juárez and it was well known as a port since the early colonial period of Mexico’s history all thanks to the location and deep bay. To add more to that, the port was the final destination for the Manila Galleons – Spanish trading ships making round-trip voyages between the ports of Acapulco and Manila (both being a part of New Spain).… Read more

Been There – Monterrey

Starbucks Been There – Monterrey is a mug for the capital of the Mexican state of Nuevo León. Thanks to being a commercial center of northern Mexico and the base of many international corporations, Monterrey’s GDP is the second largest in the country.
The city is surrounded by large mountain ranges and even its name is translated as “King mountain”. One of these mountains, the Cerro de la Silla, is depicted on the front of the mug. Its two peaks, Pico Norte and Pico la Virgen form somewhat a saddle on the top of it, hence the name “Saddle mountain”.… Read more

Been There – Tulum

Tulum is one of the eleven municipalities of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Starbucks Been There – Tulum is a mug for one of the archaeological sites which that municipality is home to. This is the third most-visited archaeological site in Mexico thanks to its proximity to Riviera Maya and Cancun in particular. The ruins of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city are situated on a 40ft tall cliff. It served as a major port for Coba and saw its development peak in the 13th-15th centuries.… Read more

Been There – Merida

Starbucks Been There – Merida is a mug for the largest city of the Yucatán Peninsula. The origin of its nickname “The White City” (La Ciudad Blanca) is not exactly clear. But what’s certain is that thanks to a distinctive blend of traditions inherited from the ancient Maya civilization and customs brought by Spanish conquistadors, it was named American Capital of Culture in the years 2000 and 2017. And while it is a modern city and state capital, it is also a cultural center, featuring multiple museums, art galleries, restaurants, movie theatres.… Read more

Been There – Playa del Carmen

Starbucks Been There – Playa del Carmen is a mug for a popular tourist destination located in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Apart from relaxing on one of its amazing beaches or getting into water activities like surfing or swimming, you can also enjoy an abundance of wildlife by diving, snorkeling or just wondering around. That’s what we see the most on the mug – a great number of animals such as Yucatan Parrots, Jabiru Storks, Flamingos, Green Sea Turtles, West Indian Manatees, monkeys, fish and many more.… Read more

Been There – Los Cabos

Starbucks Been There – Los Cabos is a mug for a municipality located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur. It is, in fact, two towns linked by a twenty-mile Resort Corridor of beach-front properties and golf courses. The smaller town, San José del Cabo, is the municipal seat, while the bigger one, Cabo San Lucas, is far more commercial with a nice marina and entertainment district. It was not always the case, as up to the 1990s it was a small rural fishing village.… Read more

Been There – Puerto Vallarta

Starbucks Been There – Puerto Vallarta is a mug for a Pacific Ocean resort city in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Puerto Vallarta is named after Ignacio Vallarta, a former governor of Jalisco. The name of the city is often shortened to “Vallarta” in Spanish.
Here are some points of interest from the mug:
– The statue of a man waving his hand as he rides a giant seahorse is one of Puerto Vallarta’s most popular and recognizable landmarks. Upon close examination, one can see that this is actually a boy with a hat behind his back.… Read more

Been There – Queretaro

Starbucks Been There – Querétaro is a mug for one of the smallest states in Mexico. Its capital city is Santiago de Querétaro.
– Aqueduct of Querétaro (in El Marqués municipality) supplied water to Querétaro for centuries. It still functions, bringing water for fountains in the historical center.
– La Fuente de El Marqués, a.k.a. “La fuente de los perros o perritos” (“fountain with dogs and puppies”) commemorates Don Juan Antonio de Urrutia y Arana, Marques de la Villa del Villar del Aguila city’s benefactor, who financed the construction of the aqueduct.… Read more

Been There – Puebla

Starbucks Been There – Puebla is a state and city mug from Mexico. Puebla de Zaragoza is the capital and the largest city of Puebla state, giving the latter its name. The city was founded in 1531 in an area called Cuetlaxcoapan, which means “where serpents change their skin”, to secure the trade route between Mexico City and the port of Veracruz.
Here are some elements from the mug, which the state is famous for:
– China Poblana was a combination of a skirt, shawl and blouse meant to compliment a woman’s figure, a dress style traditional to the region of Pueblo in the 18th century.… Read more

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