Journey Mexico President, Zachary Rabinor, and Director of Operations, Matteo Luthi, recently returned from a special trip with close partners and dear friends at Brownell Travel. Each year Brownell Travel celebrates their top producers with their annual 1887 club trip to Mexico. This year’s trip began in Mexico City and visited San Miguel de Allende in the Colonial Heartland and ended on the gorgeous shores of the Riviera Maya. Below is a brief outline as well as a slide show of the trip.
After arrival, the group was privately transferred to the historical center to explore the Zocalo (the 2nd largest public square in the world after Moscow’s Red Square), the National Palace and it’s famous murals painted by Diego Rivera, the Templo Mayor (the once important temple of the Aztecs), and the city’s magnificent cathedral. They then were treated to a site visit of Mexico City’s newest and hottest boutique hotel Las Alcobas – ending back at their exquisite Oasis in the heart of the upscale Polanco Neighborhood Four Seasons Mexico City.
The next day took travelers first to the Museum of Anthropology to learn about the ancient civilizations of the Aztecs and Mayas and then to the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Teotihuacan to admire the accomplishments of this ancient civilization first hand! After lunch, everyone continued on to San Miguel de Allende for a spectacular dinner before unwinding for the night at the fabulous Casa de Sierra Nevada by Orient Express.
San Miguel de Allende
The 1887 club and friends had three days in the historic city of San Miguel de Allende to explore the city with expert guides, relax by the pool at the hotel, visit some of the finest jewelers in Mexico, and learn to cook local traditional recipes with local master chefs. They also were treated to lunch and a sit inspection of the brand new Rosewood San Miguel de Allende.
On the third day, the group took a day trip to the nearby city of Guanajuato, once one of the richest silver mining areas in Mexico, to marvel at the Spanish architecture, explore its narrow, European-like streets, and visit local artisans as they worked in their studios. They also were treated to an unforgettable chef’s table at Jardin de los Milagros complete with explanations of each dish by the dynamic, passionate, and quickly rising star Signature Chef Bricio Dominguez. Have a look at Martha Gaughen, partner of Brownell Travel’s thoughts on her culinary experience here on her blog .
After being flown to the Riviera Maya, the 1887 Club found themselves barefoot in the fine white sands with frosty Margaritas as day turned to night over Mexico’s dazzling Caribbean Sea and settled in to the breathtaking Maroma Resort by Orient Express. The following morning found the 1887 Club winners relaxing on the beach, enjoying Maroma’s luxuriant SPA and enjoying their lavish suites before splitting up for lunch and site inspections at Rosewood Mayakoba , Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba, and the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya. After lunch the group set out on a a catamaran to snorkel the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. In the evening, the group returned and freshened up for their farewell dinner at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya.
As always, the beauty, culture, adventure, and people of Mexico delivered an unforgettable trip for the Brownell Group. It’s always a pleasure travel with Brownell, and we can’t to welcome them back!