Tulum’s Tranquil Casa Violeta Expands Their Offerings

A Riviera Maya institution bolsters its culinary and wellness offerings

Casa Violeta embodies the ethos that Tulum tourism was once built upon. With 16 rooms, two of which are new garden-facing palapa-style options, there’s an elegant intimacy to the independent hotel. Directly on the beach, along Carretera Tulum, there’s no better location to access the local splendors. Karla Gutierrez founded the eco-friendly boutique 14 years ago as a reprieve. And while the Mexican destination as …

Bright Pink Seesaw Unites People at US-Mexico Border

A set of neon pink seesaws along the US-Mexico border (in Sunland Park and Ciudad Juárez, respectively) have been installed by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello—who work together as Rael San Fratello. The installation—called “Teetertotter Wall”—is playful and powerfully defiant. Rael calls it the “literal fulcrum for the US-Mexico relations” where it’s blindingly clear that “the actions that take place on one side have …

The Artists Behind Mexico City’s Hand-Painted Signs

Battling developments in technology, the artists behind Mexico City’s hand-painted signs—advertisements, directions, concert bills and more—stuck with their craft. Not only is it visually pleasing, it lasts longer, too. Acrylic on tarps fades in a year and vinyl fades in five—whereas a painted wall can last almost a decade. Most of the men adhere to strict rules on domain and paint from memory—the dozens of …