To view the April newsletter in its entirety, click here.
To view the April newsletter in its entirety, click here.
One cannot read information about Mexico’s Riviera Maya without a picture of the beautiful Tulum ruins as the highlight photo. The town of Tulum and its ruins are located on the south end of the Riviera Maya, about an hour and 40 minutes drive from Cancun. It has evolved into a world-class tourism destination that Journey Mexico knows inside and out.
To check out our Tulum guide click here; or just enjoy photos from our most recent trips:
Photo Credits: (1-4) Graham Mattock, (5-7) Jessica Seba, (8-10) Zachary Rabinor
Condé Nast Traveler, the world’s premier travel magazine, released their much anticipated Annual Guide to the World’s Top Villas Specialists in their March 2013 issue. Journey Mexico is proud to announce that Founder and President, Zachary Rabinor, has been awarded the title of Top Villa Specialist for Mexico.
This thoughtfully hand-picked list is chosen by Wendy Perrin, the Director of Consumer News and Digital Community, who comments on the selection process:
For sheer peace of mind, nothing beats the voice of authority. That’s why for the past eight years, we’ve been rigorously vetting villa rental agents around the world—renting from them, accompanying them on villa inspections, interviewing them extensively, and hearing feedback from readers. Getting on our list of top villa specialists means filling out a 47-question application and sending sample house books, checklists used to evaluate properties, and at least one client reference… …Forty-one agents made this year’s cut, representing properties in all our favorite destinations—from Tuscany to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.
Zach has earned the Villa Specialist for three consecutive years now which is not an easy task. As Perrin explains in CNT, “Staying on this list is even tougher: It requires proving user-friendliness, conscientiousness, and honesty time and again”. Zach is the only Villa Specialist in Mexico who has also been chosen as one of the World’s Top Travel Specialist (also by Condé Nast Traveler). You can view Zach’s profile here.
What Conde Nast Traveler has to say about Zach :
Mexico resident Rabinor has assembled a carefully chosen portfolio of luxury properties all over the country, with a concentration in Puerto Vallarta and Punta de Mita. Whether at a country hacienda or a contemporary beachfront casa, you’ll find authentic Mexican style, full staff (at most properties), and information packets that offer guidance on everything from tequila tastings to turtle-nesting sites. Rabinor can also masterfully plan any local itinerary or day-trip.
Already traveled with Journey Mexico before thanks to Zach’s assistance? If so, he requests you to kindly leave a comment on his profile found on this link. Thank you!
This month’s newsletter went out a little late, but it was because we were busy filling it with with the best news and offers! In this edition, our CEO, Zach Rabinor, shares his insight and insider tips on both general travel to Mexico and the latest on what is going on in Tulum. We also are happy to share with you an exclusive promotion we secured for One&Only Palmilla! Other news featured includes Hotel Xixim and a promotion from Maroma.
To view the March newsletter in its entirety, click here.
Our February newsletter is packed with highlights you won’t want to miss! This month we feature a list of the most romantic hotels in Mexico, along with three hotel promotions: Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Esencia, and Hacienda San Angel. The spotlight section features a 15 day Culture of Mexico Experience, where you can follow and share pictures, posts & video all month long on our facebook! There is also information on the exciting opportunity to attend our Baja & Copper Canyon FAM Trip.
To view the February newsletter in its entirety, click here.
Once a year, Journey Mexico operates a FAM trip through The Copper Canyon to discover what might be Mexico’s most adventurous state. This year the 10 day FAM will cover both South Baja and The Copper Canyon over May 5th to May 14th.
The trip begins in Los Cabos, inspecting some of the most high-end hotels including One & Only Palmilla, Ventanas al Paraiso, Capella Pedregal and Esperanza Resort. A little beach and culture time come next with a stop off in the Pueblo Magico of Todos Santos before making our way to La Paz and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Isla Espiritu Santo.
After 5 days in Baja California Sur, attendees will board a private plane to cross the Sea of Cortes and transfer over to The Copper Canyon, settling in another one of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos, El Fuerte. The following days are full of adventure and discovery: a train ride on the world famous Chihuahua al Pacifico into the Sierra Madre Mountains, nature walks to a nearby waterfall, trips to breathtaking vantage points and incredible vistas of the canyon, cable car and zip-line excursions, visiting Creel (yet another Pueblo Magico), and hiking to Lake Arareko and Cusarare Waterfall.
If you would like to join or would like more information, please e-mail Zachary at zach [@] journeymexico.com Space is extremely limited so please advise interest ASAP.
A new year brings new plans in travel! In our January newsletter, we highlight the most invigorating experiences and destinations to add to your 2013 travel list and we feature a culinary journey through Puebla that will make you crave Mexican food! This month’s hotel offers come from Esperanza in Los Cabos and Capella Ixtapa and as always, you will find the latest news of hotel & industry updates, and latest news from Journey Mexico including upcoming travel dates.
To view the January newsletter in its entirety, click here.
And so it is upon us, the month of December. For many, a hectic holiday season; for others, pure relaxation on vacation. This month’s newsletter went out early to help inspire those last-minute getaway vacations – Las Alamandas, Hacienda San Antonio and Holtelito Desconocido are all great options still available. This month you will also see an updated travel advisory warning from the U.S. State Department that clears most of Mexico’s tourist destination — great news! We also boast about Mexico’s positive tourism growth and Zach’s Conde Nast recognition.
To view the December newsletter in its entirety click here.
Holiday season kicks off in November! Time for last minute holiday plans and wonderful vacations. This month’s newsletter takes the guessing out of last minute hotel availability and provides some great last minute deals from Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in Riviera Maya and Casa Azul (JM Exclusive) in Merida. We’ve also put the spotlight on the end of 2012, the Archaeological Mayan Journey and the new flights that connect Mundo Maya! And as always, you will find the latest news of from Journey Mexico including upcoming travel dates.
To view the November newsletter in its entirety click here.
If you’re planning on visiting Mexico during the holidays, you will be sure to come across the traditional Nativity scene.
Although Christmas trees and other decorations can be seen in Mexico, the most iconic decoration during the holidays is the Nativity scene. These scenes portray the birth of Jesus and can be extremely ornate. In temples and churches, the scenes are especially large and impressive; some even employ live actors to recreate the parts of Mary, Joseph and others. It’s also traditional to leave the manger empty until Christmas day, when baby Jesus is placed inside.
The History of the Nativity Scene
The first Nativity scene was created approximately 800 years ago by St. Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan order. He was inspired to create a living recreation of the birth of Jesus during a visit to Greccio. The idea caught on and spread throughout Italy and the rest of Europe, and over time models were created to replace live actors for Nativity scenes within the home.
During the time of the Spanish conquest of the New World, Nativity scenes gained added importance. They were a useful method of explaining religious concepts to natives as the figures could transcend the language barrier. Centuries later, Nativity figures still play an important role in the culture and even economy of Mexico. Many cities are involved in the manufacture of Nativity figures: the angels of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán; the clay figures of Metepec, State of Mexico; figures from Ameyaltepec and Tollman, in Guerrero; painted miniature figures from Tlaquepaque, Jalisco.
Modern Nativity Scenes
Mexican Nativity scenes present a unique mixture of elements. In addition to the standard figures of Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men and baby Jesus, figures representing traditional Mexican roles are also quite popular. This means that a Nativity scene may proudly feature characters like water boys, bakers and postmen, among others.
They’re also accompanied by an odd mash-up of plants, from cacti to pines, and various kinds of animals make an appearance. From time to time, the Devil himself is represented in the Nativity scene; he takes a number of forms, but the most common is a red figure with black wings. Some scenes even incorporate lights and synchronized music.
If you visit Mexico this year during the holiday season, be sure to keep an eye out for Nativity scenes in public places, churches and around people’s homes. Mexico City, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Puebla, all create beautiful public displays. Nativity scenes throughout Mexico range from picturesque and majestic to chintzy and absurd, and all of them embody both the spirit of the holiday and the soul of Mexican culture.