Hotel Maya Kicks Off Fall Fun With Mayan Dinner Shows in Fuego

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Kicking off its Mayan fall festivities, Hotel Maya will be presenting three exciting new Mayan Dinner Shows highlighting the music and rhythm of ancient Mayan culture along with a Mayan specialty menu featuring authentic Latin American fare in Fuego from 7-9 p.m. each Wednesday, Sept. 19, Oct. 10 and Nov. 14. “Hotel Maya continues its ‘The Year To Go Mayan’ celebration with a unique presentation of Mayan food and festivities indigenous to the ancient culture,” said Kristi Allen, General Manager at Hotel Maya – a Doubletree by Hilton. “Our goal this year is to increase guest and community awareness of Mayan life experiences through film, lectures, entertainment, lodging and food.”

“The Sounds of Ancient Mexico” will run from 7-8 p.m. and be presented by Martin Espino, scholar and award-winning artist performing a vast array of pre-Hispanic musical instruments. Audiences will be engaged by stories, history and cultural anecdotes while enjoying an hour of authentic music including single, double to quadruple clay and bamboo flutes, water drums, log drums, turtle shells and more.Music from indigenous groups around Mexico inclusive of Maya – some spiritual, ritual and positive selections will be “Abriendo El Cosmos,” or “Opening the Universe;” “Nimitztlazotla,” or Loving Heart;” “Konex,” a traditional Mayan song; “Xochiquetzal,” or “Precious Flower;” “Once Venado,” or “Eleven Deer;” and “Bonanpak & Ixchel,” an original Mayan-inspired composed selection; among others.

“The Dance of Ancient Mexico” will run from 8-9 p.m. and features “Copali-Copili,” a troupe of four professional native dancers and drummer Capitan Raymond Ramirez presenting the dance of ancientMexico, including the Maya “okot.” The dance performances will be accompanied by the traditional conch shell and huehuetl drums and brilliantly colored, visually inspired feathered ancestral headdresses. Espino will join “Copali-Copili” by playing specialty sounds and songs for several key dances such as “Fuego: Xiuhcoatl,” or “Fire Dance;” “Chalchayotes,” or “Woman’s Dance;” “Guerrero,” or “Man’s Warrior Dance;” “Tezcatlipoca,” or “Smoking Mirror Dance;” and “La Paloma,” or “The Dove-Couples Love Dance;” among others.

Accentuating the Mayan entertainment experience, Fuego Executive Chief Victor Juarez has prepared an ancient Mayan fare tour of Latin America including delicacies from present-day nations of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador.

The first Mayan course features a delicious Chile Relleno Blanco with stuffed poblano chile with jumbo lump crab, bay scallops, mole blanco, onion, tomato and cilantro sauce. The second course presents Cocoa Chili En-Crusted Venison with roasted loin of venison, sauce of cocoa, chile, Mexican spices, sweet potato purée and grilled calabacitas.

The Mayan entrees include the preparation of Tikin-Xic. Yucatecan Style Achiote Rubbed Mexican Sea Bass with achiote rubbed fillet of sea bass, epazote cream sauce, roasted corn, poblano rajas and wilted greens. A scrumptious Mayan dessert, Torta del Cielo, or Heavenly Cake, is an almond sponge cake with sliced almonds, fresh apples and vanilla rum glaze. A variety of complimentary drinks are available including brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee or hot tea, along with assorted chocolate truffles.

The Mayan Dinner Show menu is priced per item a la carte or can be enjoyed prix fixed at $58 per person. Applicable service charges and sales tax are not included. The Mayan Dinner Shows run from 7-9 p.m. For Mayan Dinner Show reservations, which are strongly encouraged, please call 562-481-3910 or book through Fuego will also offer its usual dinner menu each evening.

The Mayan Dinner Shows are produced by Indivision2000 Productions. The shows are a prelude to the Mayan 2012 “End of the World Party” that will be held in Fuego celebrating the end of the Mayan 2012 Calendar on 12-21-12, and, in Mayan myth, the end of the world.

Hotel Maya recently concluded its complimentary 13-week Mayan Movie Mondays festival in Fuego showing Mayan themed movies on one of the largest outdoor projection screen televisions in Southern California. Earlier this year, Hotel Maya showcased a series of complimentary Mayan lectures including “Chocolate: The Ancient Maya Drink of the Gods” presented by Dr. Khristaan D. Villela and “Maya Calendar Workshop” and “Observatories and Green Stones: Exploring the Origins of the Maya Calendar” presented by Dr. Gerardo Aldana. The Museum of Latin American Art was co-sponsor.

On Dec. 21, 2011, Hotel Maya kicked-off its “The Year To Go Mayan” yearlong sweepstakes featuring monthly hotel weekend giveaways, guest lectures, themed movies, a Mayan dinner show, and food and beverage promotions. A grand prizewinner will also be awarded an 8-day, 7-night, all-expenses-paid vacation to the heart of the Mayan Nation in Yucatan, Mexico, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Merida – Yucatan.

To participate in the “The Year To Go Mayan” sweepstakes, entries must be submitted on Hotel Maya’s Facebook page to include a picture featuring the guest living their life to the fullest with a placard or other object with the words “Hotel Maya” clearly visible.

For additional information or to track the remaining time on the official Mayan 2012 countdown clock live, please visit

Fuego is a modern, Latin infusedindoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge at Hotel Maya. Fuego offers a unique setting at the water’s edge featuring 13-foot-tall glass walls that fully retract with seating inside and on the patio area. Fuego’s stunning open-air views include the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline and the Queen Mary.

Hotel Maya – a DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. For additional information or to make room reservations, please call 562-435-7676, visit or like

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