Newsletter No.3 - July 2021

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

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.

 

Group in Teotihuacan
Group in Teotihuacan

Group Foodie Tour
Group Foodie Tour

Catholic Pilgrimage Group
Catholic Pilgrimage Group

Group in Teotihuacan
Group in Teotihuacan

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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. 

 

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.

 

Mexican gastronomy
Mexican gastronomy

Mexican gastronomy

Mexican gastronomy
Mexican gastronomy

Mexican gastronomy

Restaurant Pujol Top Restaurant
Restaurant Pujol Top Restaurant

Best Mexican Restaurant

Mexican gastronomy
Mexican gastronomy

Mexican gastronomy

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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

Teotihuacan - Estado de México
Teotihuacan - Estado de México

Chichen Itza - Yucatán
Chichen Itza - Yucatán

Tlatelolco - Mexico City
Tlatelolco - Mexico City

Teotihuacan - Estado de México
Teotihuacan - Estado de México

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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

 

Published by Design by DMS 2021