As lockdown continues, Quintessentially Travel takes us on a virtual journey to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. One of the most beautiful parts of the country, this tropical paradise has a bit of everything from the Caribbean beach to jungle to colonial cities to a Mayan heritage—follow along to bring this destination alive in the comfort of your home.
Tour the highlights of the region, staying at three of local hotel brand Coqui Coqui’s cool properties; a stylish jungle hideaway in Coba, a colonial residence in the charming city of Valladolid and an elegant townhouse in artsy Merida. Then kick off your shoes for a few final nights on Tulum’s palm-fringed beachfront at boho-chic retreat Nomade Tulum.
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What to eat and drink
Your first stop is Coqui Coqui Coba Residence and Spa, a boutique sanctuary in the Mayan city of Coba in the Yucatán jungle. Take advantage of the proximity to the ancient ruins by arriving very early before the crowds, then unwind on your lagoon-facing terrace or cool off in one of the hotel’s two plunge pools. Embrace the simplicity of the hotel’s natural style as you connect with the surroundings; this is an escape from the real world in pure understated luxury. For breakfast, why not try a Mexican classic – Huevos Rancheros?
After visiting Coba, followed by Valladolid and Merida, end your journey at beachfront property Nomade Tulum. A rustic retreat in Tulum, you’ll feel the sand between your toes as you stroll along the shores, unearthing inner zen with a daily yoga session, and dining in the two excellent restaurants which focus on sustainability, using locally-sourced ingredients. The hotel’s eco-friendly ethos is evident in the architecture which blends into the natural surroundings, built almost entirely with wood and stone. Sit back, relax and nourish your mind, body and soul, enjoying laid-back luxury at its best. As the sun sets, try this fiery twist on a traditional Mexican cocktail.
What to watch
An Oscar-winning drama inspired by the life of director Alfonso Cuarón, Roma is set in early 1970s Mexico City. The story follows a year in the life of Cleo, a housekeeper for a middle-class family. It provides a captivating commentary on class and domestic turmoil against a backdrop of political unrest.
One for the family, this Disney Pixar film follows wannabe singer Miguel. Though Miguel has always dreamt of proving his musical talent, his family has an age-old ban on music, so he sets off on a magical journey to the ‘Land of the Dead’ to discover his family history and the origin on this curious prohibition.
Y Tu Mamá También
This coming of age story follows two teenage boys on an impromptu road trip. Framing their story through the lens of class and politics, award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón constructs a layered film that touches upon many elements of growing up, masculinity, and poverty.
Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
This book tells the story of Tita, youngest daughter of the De La Garza family, who is forbidden to marry her true love Pedro per Mexican tradition. Instead, Tita must care for her heartless mother until she dies. Tita expresses herself through her magical recipes which have seduced and enchanted Pedro, who marries her sister so he can be near Tita. Forced to be close to each other for years yet unable to be together truly, will Tita and Pedro ever get their happy ending?
Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowery
Set on the Day of the Dead in the small town of Quauhnahuac, Mexico in 1938, Under the Volcano
tells the tragic tale of Geoffrey Firmin, the former British consul. He is on the road to ruin through alcohol, his debilitating vice. His estranged wife arrives on a quest to save him—as well as their troubled marriage—by starting a new life, but her endeavours are disrupted by Geoffrey’s half-brother and a childhood friend. What follows is Geoffrey’s drink-fuelled self-destruct and spiral into his terrible fate.
The Labyrinth Of Solitude by Octavio Paz
This internationally-celebrated book, by Mexican poet—one of the country’s foremost writers and thinkers—explores Mexico’s quest for identity. The book-length essay akes a compelling look at the country that is hidden behind the ‘mask’ by diving into the complicated history between the US and Latin America, and the effect it has had on Mexican identity.
What to listen to
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, En Concierto
This celebrated and longstanding Mexican folk ensemble, formed in 1897, plays classic mariachi music on harps, trumpets and violins. Expect an orchestral twist and new expression to traditional Mexican sounds.
Nortec Collective, Tijuana Sessions Vol. 1
Hailing from Tijuana, Nortec Collective fuses techno with authentic Mexican music to create an alternative and easy-listening sound. Unlike any other electronica out there, the unique music has lead to their nomination for two Latin Grammys.
Café Tacuba, ‘Re’
band Café Tacuba
’s second album they combine rock-and-roll and punk with indigenous Latin rhythms, in turn creating one of the greatest Latin-rock albums of all time.
Learn something new
Faces Of Frida
Google Art & Culture has teamed up with museums around the globe to pay tribute to non-conformist Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo by creating an
. Showcasing more than 800 of her artworks and items from her private collection, including letters, diaries, clothing and precious objects, her world is now accessible from your computer or phone.
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