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

Been There – Veracruz

Starbucks Been There – Veracruz is a mug for a Mexican state on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. It could very possibly be a mug for the whole state since it has the same name. Veracruz, that developed during Spanish colonization, is the state’s most populous city and has been Mexico’s oldest, largest, and historically most significant port.
The original name of the city Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz was given to the settlement by Hernán Cortés who commanded the second expedition to this region.… Read more

Been There – Oaxaca

Starbucks Been There – Oaxaca is a mug for a state in Southwestern Mexico. The state is best known for its indigenous peoples and cultures who have survived better than most others in México due to the state’s rugged and isolating terrain. The most numerous and best known are the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs.
The state is a popular destination for tourists attracted to its archeological sites such as Monte Albán, the pyramid complex from which you can see on the back of the mug.… Read more

Been There – Zacatecas

Starbucks Been There – Zacatecas is a state mug from Mexico. Zacatecas is best known for its silver mines which made it one of the main economic centers of Nueva España. Its colonial architecture and its big contribution to the Mexican Revolution are other milestones of the state and the city. The name comes from Nahuatl, means “people who live on the edge of the field” and was given to inhabitants of the region by their neighbors.
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Been There – Villahermosa

Starbucks Been There – Villahermosa is the mug for the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Tabasco. The name of the city literally translates as “Beautiful Village”, as you might have guessed or knew.
My attention was drawn to a giant head on the side of the mug. It is actually known as Monument 1, one of four Olmec colossal heads from La Venta, a pre-Columbian archaeological site. The height of these sculptures range from 5ft to 9ft and weight is 10-20 tonnes.… Read more

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