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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!!

Posted by Tony & Cheri on January 15, 2009

We were wandering over to La Pesca for dinner tonight when we passed a truck caravan of nine tigers, one double-humped camel and a big brown bear parked at Mega. That of course can mean only one thing…THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN!!!!!

Sometimes life in Mexico can be a lot like 1950s America. Each year a circus trucks into town with wild animals, rides and all the cotton candy you can eat. This year it’s the circus of Francisco Atayde Garcia, a well known Mexican circus, which was supposedly started in Mazatlan 120 years ago. Okay, enough history. THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN!!!! The advance crew (okay, one guy, Martin) was selling tickets in the Mega parking lot for $30 pesos, so we bought some. This will be our first Mexican circus (every day here’s a bit of a circus, but that’s another story!) as we’ve managed to miss it the past few years, so we’re excited.

The circus will be across the highway, supposedly somewhere near Constituyentes and Avenida 115. Of course like so many other things in Mexico, we’re expecting to drive in that general direction next week and just follow the crowds.

It starts tomorrow, Thursday January 15 (or more likely Friday because of rain, according to Martin) and will last “two or three weeks.” Nothing is ever exact here.

The tickets say there will be shows at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm on Monday through Friday; Saturday at 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm; and Sunday at noon, 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. We’re guessing and hoping there will also be a carnival along with the circus.

We’ll probably go on Monday night & will most likely blog about our adventures on Wednesday or Thursday.


3 Responses to “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!!”

  1. Excellent. The kids haven’t been to the circus since we left the states. This should be fun!

  2. Michelle said

    As excited as I am about the circus being in Playa, all I can think of a line from “Everybody Poops” (and, yes, our family owns that book)…this isn’t a direct quote because my brain is rusty and yearning for caffeine this morning:

    “A one hump camel makes a one hump poop and a two hump camel makes a two hump poop…only kidding!”

    Ha ha ha…at any rate and no matter what the poo situation is, enjoy the circus. I hope there’s a carnival, too, and I can’t wait to hear more about the festivities!

  3. Ashley said


    Thanks for the information! I was searching info on Playa Del Carmen as we are going to be here four months and this will be really fun to see! We come from British Columbia Canada. And as long as I’ve lived their the fair never has animals so this is great! Thanks : )

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