With tourism to Mexico rising, Journey Mexico is keenly focused on ensuring unmatched service and unique travel experiences for our discerning guests. We are continuously inspecting hotels, visiting new destinations, training our guides, and controlling the quality of the services and experiences we offer throughout the republic.
We invite you to join along during our inspections of Mexico’s finest hotels, villas, and excursions, in real-time by following along on Instagram! If you don’t have Instagram, you can check out a recap of our latest travels below.
While supervising an Educational Journey in conjunction with Criterion Travel, Yale Educational Travel, and led by renowned scholar and Mesoamerican Art Expert Dr. Mary Miller, Journey Mexico CEO Zach Rabinor traveled through Oaxaca, Puebla, and Mexico City. He mentioned although he has visited all of the sites in the itinerary dozens of times, he was fascinated by the unique lens that Dr. Miller offered, especially concerning the sites of Cacaxtla, Teotihuacan, and the Templo Mayor. He also made a special visit to the UNAM Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco and was treated by an insider visit of the “Museo Expuesto” (Exposed Museum) exhibition which he visited with curator and Contemporary Mexican Art expert James Oles. Zach couldn’t contain his enthusiasm, “It’s amazing that there is still so much to learn about these sites, it was an honor and a privilege to visit them with Mary and James, two of the worlds foremost experts on Mexican Art and history!”.
Marketing Manager, Susanne, recently scoped out the St. Regis and the Four Seasons in Punta Mita. In the detailed account of her visit, Punta Mita – Where Simplicity Meets Ultra Luxury, Susanne mentions that the staff at Four Seasons Punta Mita stood out as gracious and eager to please with such natural, genuine friendliness while the modern Mediterranean-Mexican ambiance of the St. Regis Punta Mita provided a great escape.
Susanne also participated in the Royal Dolphin Swim with her family, a day tour we now offer on our website. She raves, “There is nothing more rejuvenating than swimming with the Dolphins and spending a day on the beach with my [family]!” She commented that the personal attention the staff and trainers showed the group (with people from 5 different countries) was fantastic; however, took note that she felt that the group size was a little too large.
Groups Manager, Michael, did some taste testing at the Hartwood Restuarant in Tulum and visited the Papaya Project. The Hartwood Restaurant continues to remain the talk of the town with changes made to the menu daily (via chalkboard) due to their reliance and use of fresh, local ingredients available at the time. Entering the candlelit, open air restaurant, Michael found himself wait-listed but mentioned that this was “perfectly fine” because he was able to to enjoy a few pre-cocktails. As for the Papaya Project, Michael found it to be the perfect place for millennial travelers looking to meet new people. He explained, “Although the monthly Full Moon parties are famous, it’s not a rowdy place at all, it’s very tranquil and beautiful.”
Community Manager, Jessica, and Lead Guide, Juan Carlos, test-drove a new segway tour in Mexico City. In her detailed account, My Segway Tour Through Mexico City, Jessica explains being able to experience and explore the capital with new eyes and a fresh perspective while having a blast shuffling around on two wheels!
General Manager, Matteo, recently dove in two cenotes in the Riviera Maya: Dos Ojos and The Pit. The Pit is located within the Sistema Dos Ojos (third largest underwater river system in the Rivera Maya) and although hardere to access compared to other cenotes, it is well worth the reward. Matteo, who has a PADI Advanced Open Water Certification, explains his dive in The Pit, “The particular thing about El Pit is that only half of the cenote has collapsed and therefore only half is open to the sunlight. Due to this particular circumstance, the dive in this cenote is spectacular as you can see the sunshine “cutting” into the water like laser beams!.. It is truly special”. Having dove in the two cenotes in one day, he duly noted that a Dos Ojos dive should always come after El Pit because of their varying depths.
Operations Coordinator, Paola, conducted numerous site inspections in the Riviera Maya including BE Tulum, Viceroy, Esencia, Maroma Resort and Spa and Grand Velas Riviera Maya. She is happy to report several positive changes and discoveries such as the incredible new villa category at Viceroy complete with an outdoor shower and soak tub; a brand new spa at BE Tulum that has already welcomed A-List celebrities; a superb dining experience at Grand Velas’ Cocina de Autor – the first all-inclusive restaurant to receive AAA 5 Diamond award; and her favorite, scouting out a hidden and romantic spot at Maroma that provides a 360-degree view of paradise and where you can witness some breathtaking sunsets.
Coming in the months to come: Jessica will be interacting live from Casa Sandra on Isla Holbox, you can follow along with hashtag #JourneyHolbox on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; several Journey Mexico staff members will embark on a eventful multi-day journey full of site inspections throughout Colonial Mexico.