Friday, 22 March 2019

Off to Tianguis

The Travel Market of Mexico…. Famous for over  40 years… Traditionally held in Acapulco with a few changes over the years…Guadalajara….Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca and last year glorious Mazatlan…

Anyone who knows me will also be aware of how much I love Acapulco… This still thriving Fishing Village, home to the movie stars of the 40’s….Sinatra, John Wayne, Errol Flynn to name but a few.

LAS BRISAS  where I am staying, is a Legend  in itself… pink and white Casitas with private swimming pool.. a myriad of tropical flowers and birds.. The sunset over the bay is really the last thing you want to see before you die.

I am also lucky enough to have room 508….(Long story)!!  Room service, Beach Club…Bella Vista Restaurant… this has it all!!

HOTEL RITZ… True family seafront property… Great food, Great atmosphere incredibly economical…….I have treasured memories of being here with my little girl…Now I am going to be here with my little grandson.. How time flies.

 After the Travel Market, we have yet another treat in store…. A visit to the HACIENDA DE's almost impossible to describe the Beauty and charm of this  centuries old Hacienda… the lush gardens, again the constant birdsong… The wonderful old gated rooms……My good friend Juan Corral has managed and lovingly cared for this his special  baby for many years. He knows all his clients personally and is ALWAYS there to help, advise and proudly show people around this National Treasure, situated in CUERNAVACA the City of eternal spring. .Just an hours drive from Mexico City…Cortes chose to retire here after his many conquests of Mexico and so probably will I…

As Cathy Matos Mexican Tours we sent many a client by road to visit Cuernavaca and the Silver City of TAXCO… somewhat overlooked places.. but my goodness how much you would learn of the fascination, folklore and history of “My” Mexico.

“Speak again soon!” 


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Spring Blog February 2019

Technically it is not Spring!! But since it is 18 degrees here today I am calling it Spring……

We are busy working on our “Itinerary”, Yes we are planning  “THE MATOS FAMILY HOLIDAY”!!! finally, My little Grandson Charlie is making his first visit to “My” adored Mexico…….


My daughter Joanne worked with me for 17 years! When I asked her where she wanted to stay she said CAMINO REAL.....This beautiful Iconic hotel featured so much in both our lives for many me it is one of the true treasures of Mexico.... Ignacio Perez  Cardenas, Director General  a good friend and constant support to me over the years........

CAMINO REAL AIRPORT…I am very fond of this hotel and cannot praise it highly enough. I will bring back with me more up to date information for our travellers.

Our wonderful Mauricio Owner of the Company FIRST CLASS TRANSPORTATION, will be taking Charlie to see the famous Pyramids of TEOTIHUACAN and the Floating Gardens of XOCHIMILCO...…


Where else to stay but the famed HOSTAL DE LA NORIA.....another great and true friend Mephi Padilla has taken incredible care of our clients over the years…..

VIAJES XOCHITLAN TOUR OPERATOR & DMC – ANDRES MARTINEZ has also taken care of our clients so well over the years and now he will be taking care of Joanne and Charlie

Then we will all be off to THE YUCATAN.... My home from home ...I love this State,  this is where I began my career ...all those years ago...

I still do not think people really realise how much there is to see and do ... The Mayans and their centuries of history are indeed part of this great country. Yes, there are thousands of miles of beach, however the hinterland abounds with fabulous opportunities to enjoy Archaeology, Historical Cities, Mayan culture (remember Mexican History is older than ours!)


The natural route: We at Mexican Tours would always recommend traveling overland via archaeological sites to the coast  you can visit “hidden gems” plus of course all the major Mayan, Olmec and Toltec Sites.

For example CHICHEN ITZA…to stay at the actual Hotel Mayaland  and Lodge is a Magical experience. Finally relaxing at the beach...There are many Boutique and All Inclusive Hotels to choose

From. .The Matos Family have chosen to stay at the following:


This gorgeous tiny Boutique property owned by Jose Luis and Sally (Originally of famed Maroma).

Nine SUITES all individually designed, Private Pool, glorious sea  and jungle views. The Beach is breath taking and feels very private.

Food.....Divine! Breakfast legendary!


Part of this Luxury Chain.

This property has lots of space and the tranquillity of  jungle and Mangroves.

A Family Hotel but with an Adults only section.

Children’s Club /Baby Sitting/ I love the Private Butler.

Rated Five Diamonds by the AAA


Part of the AM Resorts Brand....

The Beach is wild and wonderful to walk.

Hotel crammed with family facilities. A selection of Restaurants. All Great.


I remember Akumal when it was a deserted paradise. True “Robinson Crusoe“

Now there sits this majestic property.....surrounded still by the “Akumal “ beaches complete with Turtles.

I have never stayed here before, so looking forward to being there and of course catching up with

“The Captain of the Ship” Daniel Mellado.   


No visit would be complete without my lovely Island.....I have spent many, many hours here from the time my daughter was the

same age as our Charlie...I just have to take him also ....PLAY AZUL HOTEL..... one of my favourite places, such happy memories

filled with laughter, beautiful mornings, sunrises, sunsets, and turquoise sea...wonderful to snorkel or just float in the water and dream!!

This is a place for golfers as there is a super course on Cozumel.

I hope to show Charlie some Dolphins.....

I am a great fan of this Airline…we will be travelling internally with them.  

News from Mallorca.....

Have discovered a lovely little Bookshop....Universal....tucked away in Portals.....
So convenient since it is in front of our favourite Agency “TICKETS”              
All the girls in here are so helpful. Nothing too big or too small to handle.

Visit to my great Dentist......SANITAS....JUAN MAS

Another Juan... this time JUAN GARCIAS BATLE
Not only an eminent Traumatologist  but a Sculptor....       
Known as “The Wood Doctor”
Exquisite pieces. 
So worth a visit.


Aesthetic Medicine

A wonderful visit to this talented lady



Carrer d’Arago 44.4b




Illa de Malta

Cuitat jardi

Palma de Mallorca

The genius of Marta Serna



The greatest Physiotherapist I know...”Lizzie” has performed miracles on my foot....What would I do without her.
A true genius and also  a great person!
Elizabeth Buchanan DP.GDMT. SRP. MCSP.
Harley street Physiotherapy
Tel: 020 7224 4588   

One of our favourite restaurants
Brings the familiar famous Ivy to Kensington.
Relaxed but sophisticated
Wonderful Artan Manager.

Into  the country..

How I miss my horse Ricardo....If I could bring him back I would stable him here!!
250 acres ride ....only half an hour from the centre of London.
Fascinating website......   

Please come to know “Our” Mexico, I will be back after our trip loaded with goodies and information plus my new passion Jose Cuervo Especial Turin Tequila Chocolates!   

Hasta Pronto…