Newsletter No.2 - August 2020

We are very proud to launch our second newsletter where we intend to keep you informed of relevant news about Design by DMS and the Cultural and Religious Travel in Mexico.

COVID-19 SITUATION IN MEXICO

Cities in Orange Phase, the Protocols and the role of DMS Mexico 

The COVID-19 Phase in Mexico consists of four parameters agreed between the federal government and state governments, which indicate which entities are improving in reducing contagion and which could return to the new normality.

Since June 29th, Mexico City has been in Orange Phase which allows, in addition to the essential economic activities, companies of non-essential economic activities to work with 30% of the staff for their operation.In this way, according to the evolution of the pandemic,it will gradually return to the new normality.

In March, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemia in Mexico, DMS Mexico designed a protocol to implement for the prevention of contagion and reaction in the event of detection of symptoms consistent with respiratory illness during handling of our groups in Mexico. Should you be interested in this information, please check our COVID-19 Situation microsite and our Protocol: www.dmsmexico.com/covid19-in-mexico-protocol-dms.

We have also designed Protocols that cover:

☑️ Pre-event protocol with client
☑️ Transmissible diseases
☑️ Venue evacuation
☑️ Fire
☑️ Flooding
☑️ Gender violence
☑️ Physical safety (drug related violence, suspicious packages, terrorism, street violence, etc.)
In vehicle safety
☑️ Missing participant
☑️ Political demonstrations (that affect logistics)
☑️ We also have set in place (and signed with authorities in some cases) policies against human trafficking, child labor and sexual tourism.

With over 40 years' experience in the industry, DMS Mexico is the DMC with the most experience and prestige in Mexico City.

The very fact that we have been around for over 40 years speaks of the quality of our service which is based on our intimate knowledge of the country and a local support team in each of its destinations that help us to ensure the best service anywhere in the nation.

Since the end of this crisis seems near, we hope that we may soon resume together the joy of traveling and collecting memories that make our lives unique.

#KeepingYouSafe   #REUNITE    #DMSMEXICO

About Design by DMS

From the moment you consider Mexico your destination, you can count on us for each of your needs. The fact that we have spent more than 40 years in the industry designing tailored group tourism programs for our customers speaks of the quality of our service, which is based on our intimate knowledge of the country and strong industry expertise that helps us ensure the best service anywhere in the nation.

 

We are a company specialized in Destinations as they relate to Special Interest Group Travel - Cultural and Religious. We work groups of minimum 15 people and over and have extensive knowledge of the entire Mexican Republic. We specialize in cultural tours with specific interests: Catholic Tours, Architecture, Archaeology, Folklore, Arts & Craft, Foodie Tours, Comunities, Ecology, Trade Missions, etc.

In short, wherever there is a specific interest, that is our specialty. With this knowledge, we are happy to propose tailor-made itineraries according to the specific needs of each of our clients. 

 

Travel + Leisure - Top 25 Cities to travel 2020

The Top 5 Cities in Mexico 

This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2, just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented as a result of COVID-19. The results reflect their readers’ experiences before the pandemic, but  hope that this year’s honorees will inspire your trips to come — whenever they may be.

Here’s the thing: a ranking of Mexico’s cities should only serve as a helpful tool to prioritize, because every single town on this list is a must-visit. When it comes to exploring our southern neighbor’s biggest hot spots, there are no

wrong answers — only right choices for your particular mood.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

This year’s list of the best cities in Mexico is a collection of cosmopolitan hits. At. No. 5, there’s Mexico’s own Silicon Valley, Guadalajara, where tech start-ups and contemporary architecture mingle with artists and craftspeople working to carry on the region’s cultural legacy. In No. 4 Mérida, the beating heart of the Yucatán, sisal plantations once financed an empire with more millionaires than any city on earth in the late 1800s. The ugly system of exploitation and indentured servitude - and the hacienda families who perpetuated it — finally fell after the Mexican Revolution in the 1900s, but today it’s left Mérida with one of the most extensive and remarkable historic districts in the Americas, rivaled only by those of Havana and Mexico City.

Speaking of Mexico City - the selling points of this year’s No. 3 are well-documented, but suffice it to say you could spend a lifetime getting to know its cuisine and art and millennia of history and barely scratch the surface of all there is to discover in the sprawling capital. Coming in at second place is a previous all-around champ: San Miguel de Allende. Twice voted the best city in the world by T+L readers, it’s a perennial favorite for its quiet charm and vibrant art scene.

Ahead, find the full list of the best cities in Mexico, including this year’s No. 1 pick, culinary heavyweight Oaxaca.

#1 Oaxaca

Any place where an array of cultures have left their mark is bound to be interesting. Nowhere in Mexico is that more acutely felt than in Oaxaca, where you can still see the fingerprints of the Mixtec and Zapotec, the Aztec and the Spanish, as well as the countless merchants from around the globe who ventured to the region in its wealthiest heyday. One reader noted the city’s “amazing gastronomy,” and indeed, the food alone is reason to go. Oaxaca is known for its seven moles, but in truth there are infinite variations, many of which rely on ingredients that can’t be found elsewhere. The number of delicious masa-based antojitos you can encounter is dizzying: memelas and tetelas and tlayudas, served with spoonfuls of salsa laced with the bright, peppery hoja santa leaves native to the region. The more artistically inclined can delve deep into the many crafts still flourishing here. Potters sculpt vessels with local clay and paint them with ground mineral paints; weavers soak skeins of yarn in dye made from cochineal bugs; and artists carve alebrijes by hand from copal wood and paint them with intricate designs. “One of the most delightful cities I’ve ever visited,” one reader wrote. Another raved, “warm, friendly folks, lots of great food, and oh so reasonable.” But visiting is the only way to find out for yourself how this charming city stacks up.

#2 San Miguel de Allende

#3  Mexico City

#4 Mérida,Yucatán

#5 Guadalajara

Source: https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/cities 2020

MEXICAN CUISINE

From Mexico to the World​

Mexican cuisine consists of a set of dishes that are characteristic of the richness of flavors, aromas and ancestry of its origin. The Mexican gastronomy is made up of various dishes in which the richness that has accumulated during the time is reflected: from the pre-Hispanic period, to the colonial and even the contemporary one, it is that, although our cuisine is continually reinvented, something of Our native people remain dormant in it.

Mexican cuisine has its origin in the pre-Hispanic period.

 

At this time, a series of dishes were created that had as main base: corn, beans, tomatoes, chili and nopal. These were complemented with herbs of smell, meats of animals.

They also included vanilla, tomatillos, avocado, guava, papaya, pot, mamey, pineapple, jicama, pumpkin, sweet potato, peanuts, achiote, Huitlacoche, Turkey and fish. For the second decade of the 16th century, the Spanish invasion also meant the arrival of a large variety of animals, such as cattle, hens, goats, sheep and pigs. And not only that, for rice, wheat, oats, olive oil, wine, almonds, parsley and many spices that merged with culture and eventually became part of the indigenous cuisine.

However, we should not confuse this as a complete merger, because the Spaniards did not alter Mexican food, but they brought ingredients that only exchanged their potential. The Mexican cuisine that developed through this exchange is complex and one of the reasons why it is one of the biggest Cuisines of the world.

The gastronomic heritage of the Aztec cuisine has become one of the most powerful attractions for internal and external tourism; There is no part of the world where there is no Mexican restaurant and Mexico is ranked par excellence as one of the first culinary destinations on the planet.

According to the Ranking of the World's Best 50 Restaurants of 2019, 2 Restarants of Mexico City are in that select group as "Pujol"  and in the Ranking of the best 50 Restaurants in Latin America, 6 Restaurants of Mexico City , 2 from Guadalajara and 1 from Monterrey are listed at that level. 

Many of these destinations are recognized because they have been responsible for promoting the art of authentic traditional Mexican cuisine, including the states of Oaxaca, Puebla or Yucatán. and other also essential on the country, such as Nayarit, Colima, Los Cabos, Chiapas and  Mexico City.

For this reason, since the year 2010, Mexican gastronomy was declared an intangible Cultural heritage of humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Thanks to this,Mexican cuisine is considered a crucial element of national identity due to its history, creativity, diversity and international transcendence.

​The Mexican gastronomy is without a doubt, an unparalleled attraction to the palate that, not only shows a historical continuity, but it enjoys an important role as an element of identity for the Mexican people, it rests on products originating in their land and presumes of a high creativity in their cuisine, who over the centuries have been perfecting their technique maintaining the essence of traditional cuisine.

From traditional cuisine to the new mexican gastronomy, Mexico is a great place for Foodie Tours and you don't have to miss that opportunity!

Sources: Adapted from an article by: ASPIC/School of gastronomy of the CDMX, note by Carlos Dragonné, Stefany Cisneros and Forbes Mexico, https://www.theworlds50best.com 2019

ARCHAEOLOGIC TOURISM

Mexico, an archaeological paradise

​In the territory that is now known as Mexico, hundreds of nations, civilizations and cultures emerged before the arrival of the Europeans. Today we have a testimony of them through the mysterious ruins of their impressive cities. A stone legacy. From the Olmecs to the Mexicas, we can know the lifestyle, social hierarchy, customs, beliefs and many more things about our ancestors thanks to the remains of their civilizations.

Mexico has more than 2,000 registered archaeological sites in its territory; about 200 are open to the public. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the INAH (the National Institute of

Anthropology and History) has done an arduous job of recovering these ruins and turning them into archaeological areas that you can't miss out on in Mexico.

According to data from the same INAH, these are the 5 most visited archaeological zones in Mexico:

1.- Teotihuacan, Edo. Mexico. Undoubtedly the most imposing of all the ancient cities is Teotihuacan. We know very little about the mysterious civilization that built and inhabited this urban center that became home to about 200 thousand people. However, it is enough to stand in front of the Pyramid of the Sun to be captivated by the vision and the effort it represents.

 

2.- Chichen Itza, Yucatan.  The last major capital of the Maya is the main tourist attraction of the state of Yucatan and the favorite for foreigners visiting our country. The Pyramid of Kukulcán is a testament to the extensive astronomical knowledge of the Maya and the spectacle of the descent of the feathered snake during the equinox is incomparable.

 

3.- Tulum, Quintana Roo.  This city stands out for combining the fascinating architecture and visual aesthetics of the Maya with an unbeatable setting: the beaches of the Caribbean Sea. Located on top of a hill facing the sea, the original name of this place was Zamá (dawn) and was still inhabited during the early years of the colony.

 

4.- Cholula, Puebla.  Cholollan, as this city was known, experienced different cycles of prosperity and decline in pre-Hispanic times. As an important Toltec city, it became an important ally of the Mexica Empire. The Tláloc Temple, one of the largest pyramids in the world, dominates the panorama.

5.- Palenque, Chiapas.  In this ancient Mayan city in the middle of the jungle ruled some of the most famous sovereigns of this civilization. Currently, Palenque is an extensive archaeological area in Chiapas, encompassing 2.5 km2 of temples, palaces, ball courts and authentic Mayan dwellings that visitors love.

6. - Uxmal, Yucatan. Its meaning would be "The Three Times Built", which could be an allusion to several successive occupations of the site. It is one of the archaeological areas of Mayan culture whose architecture is one of the most majestic in Yucatan.  Among the most representative buildings are the Pyramid of the Soothsayer, the Quadrangle of the Nuns and the House of Pigeons.

7. - Tajin, Veracruz.  It was the ancient capital of the Totonaca culture. They reached their greatest splendor  between the 6th and 7th centuries, when its inhabitants, true masters in the art of architecture, built their main constructions among which stand out: the Pyramid of the Nests, the Niches and numerous and beautiful ball games spread across the length and breadth of the ceremonial.

8.- Monte Alban, Oaxaca. It was one of the most important cities in Mesoamerica, the ceremonial and military capital of the Zapotecos that settled in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca. At its most developed Monte Albán it had about 35,000 inhabitants, who lived mostly on the terraced slopes of the mountain dedicated to agriculture.  In it you will find temples, tombs, courtyards, the ball game courts and more.

9.- Templo Mayor, Mexico City. The site is known as the Main Temple, because in this place are the remains of what was the main building of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan. It was the center of the political and religious life of Mexican society. Many myths were remembered through rituals and offerings in each of the temples of the sacred enclosure, being a very important source for the knowledge of the Mexican religion and worldview.

10.- Tlatelolco, Mexico City. The city of Tlatelolco was founded around 1337, 13 years after the founding of Mexico Tenochtitlán, by a part of the same Mexican group. Both cities built their ceremonial enclosures. The parallel history of Tlatelolco and Tenochtitlán is a clear example of the process that lived through the Mesoamerican territory shortly before the Spanish conquest, characterized by the struggles for political power between lineages and territorial expansions.

The archaeological sites of Mexico are one of the most interesting in the world. Explore Mexico's cultural richness and past! 

​Sources: www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/descubre-destinos/zonas-arqueologicas, México, un paraíso arqueológico  Paradigma Noticias – info del INAH, https://inah.gob.mx/,  www.cityexpress.com/, , http://www.yucatan.gob.mx/?p=uxmaly and visitmexico.com

 

TRADITIONS OF MEXICO​

The Day of the Dead Tradition takes place on November  the 1st and 2nd of November

The Day of the Dead, also known as Night of the Dead, is one of the most important festivities and with more tradition that takes place in our country. On this holiday, Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. It's not a gloomy or morbid occasion, rather it is a festive and colorful holiday celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. 

The origins of the day of the dead date back to long before the Spanish conquest, but today it's a fussion of Mexican culture with the European.

With the arrival of the Spaniards also arrives the Christianity that introduces to the celebration and to the alteres images of saints, crosses and some fruits that did not exist in America. According to the Catholic calendar, the first day of November is dedicated to All Saints and day two to the faithful deceased. According to the people's belief, the first is dedicated to the "small dead", those who died as children, and the second to the deceased in adulthood.

The festival in antiquity was commemorated the ninth month of the Aztec solar calendar, and was held for almost two months. The festivities were presided over by the goddess Mictecacíhuatl, known as the "Lady of Death", currently related to "La Catrina". The festivities were dedicated to the celebration of the lives of deceased relatives, celebrating first the children and then the adults.

The offering that is mounted on an altar of different levels, the first two days of November, constitutes a homage to the deceased who visits to the relatives at this time. It is composed, among other things, of the typical bread of the dead, the pumpkin in sweet of strikeout and dishes of the Mexican cuisine that in life were of the pleasure of the deceased. Ornaments are also used as the characteristics of marigolds flowers, chopped paper, candles, sugar skulls and copal incense.

​The importance of the Day of the Dead in Mexico makes cities, towns and houses full of altars dedicated to the deceased who return these days to live with their relatives who are still alive. However, there are places that are distinguished by keeping this tradition so full of mysticism very vivid. Such is the case of Pátzcuaro, the magical town of Michoacán, which is located 30 minutes from the city of Morelia, where the most important and representative celebration takes place in Janitzio, one of the islands, and the largest, of Lake Pátzcuaro. This celebration attracts visitors from all over the world. In addition to religious offerings and rituals, there are exhibitions, concerts, displays, workshops, cultural tours and gastronomic exhibits.

​The beauty and magic that surrounds the Day of the Dead have made this tradition recognized by UNESCO as an intangible Cultural heritage of humanity since November 2003.

​Mexico City has not been spared to this tradition and since the year 2016 celebrates it with a parade that summons a multitude of people and is held in the heart of the city, in addition to a great offering and the realization of artistic and cultural activities. This time Mexico City has decided to dedicate the parade, which indicates the beginning of the festivity, as well as the offering of the Zócalo to all those migrants who in their transit to other lands have lost their lives, in the same way to all those groups of migrants who have  come to this city through the time to enrich it and make it a real refuge city. This festivity will take place from October 24th to November 4th. An excellent opportunity to participate in this unique tradition!

 

​Sources: Adapted from an article of www.morelianas.com and http://data.cultura.cdmx.gob.mx/celebraciondemuertos/  October 2018 

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