Tequila Tourism Four Seasons Punta Mita

Even if you haven’t recently perused your copy of Tequila Mockingbird, Cocktails with a Literary Twist, you may be inclined to tempt your taste buds with more than 200 different tequilas offered at the Four Seasons Punta Mita and combine it with a tequila blending class. Tequila aficionados or mere tequila sippers, following this informative class, impress your Gringo friends with your own personal blended Tequila. Included in the resort Culinary Experience program, the national drink can be personally blended, bottled and registered with the hand selected resort Tequila maker. Tequila tastings at home can be supplemented with your registered blend, order more for gifts, your personal blend is registered with Casa San Matias Tequila Factory.

Si Amigo, how is this accomplished? Tequila aficionados can create their own unique customized blend with the help of the resort’s Cultural Concierge. Enrique Alejos first leads a guided tasting to identify the flavors and aromas of various barrel-aged tequilas. Guests then sample all the varieties before choosing their four favorites and balancing them to taste in order to create a unique blend of their very own. The one-of-a-kind result is placed in a handmade Damajuana bottle and sealed with wax. A leather label is signed, numbered, and registered in the logbook of Casa San Matias Tequila Factory.

Tequila has always been deeply woven in Mexican culture and life, a historic blend of Meso-American and Spanish culture. The spirit education combines a bit of molecular mixology Enrique’s instructions tease out tequila’s surprising subtleties by using traditional Mexican ingredients in un-traditional ways. For a start, he recommends leaving the usual salt and lime slices aside. Instead, he provides several taste enhancers: lemon peel, chocolate and coffee beans, a slip of sugar cane, elements that highlight tequila complexities. Serious sippers rarely use shots of tequila, drinking from a tequila glass or a snifter optimizes the flavors and agave aromas.

Each guest will make a unique blend tequila from four different barrels of tequila. Guests can discover many different tequilas during their stay and experience many ways to get to the heart of each. Gift of the Gods.


Just as the French who have the distinct ownership of Champagne, in 1974, Mexico declared the word “tequila” as intellectual property of the country. In 1978, Mexico went a step further when tequila became regulated through the Appellation of Origin. The mandate sets forth strict production standards, including where the spirit can be distilled, to officially be considered a tequila. All 124 Jalisco municipalities are included in the standard, as are 56 others within Guanajuato, Nayarit, Michoacán, and Tamaulipas.

In the sprit of good health and a long future: Salud!

Turtle Time at Four Seasons Punta Mita

You might reasonably assume with all my five-star resort visits, I’ve witnessed or participated in a turtle release program. In the Maldives, I saw turtle nests protected by small fences and signs noting the impending egg hatching but have always missed the birth events.

Just as I headed into my Tequila Blending class at the Four Seasons Punta Mita, I passed a small poster that mentioned Turtle Release at Sunset. I popped back into the gallery and enthusiastically signed us up for the evening release.

It all began in 2011 when a group of turtle biologists convened to discuss what they could do about the continued threat to aquatic turtles. Conservation efforts began in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit along the Pacific Ocean over 20 years ago; working to educate, conserve and protect. The greatest threats to these turtles are poachers who harvest their eggs and meat, marine pollution and fishing nets. These local programs patrol the beaches for poachers and provide safe hatcheries for the eggs to hatch in and include inviting tourists to participate in the release program.

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Do you remember having a turtle lagoon?

Trailing a massive monsoon type storm that threatened to cancel the release, we awaited the call, the sun broke through the clouds and we rushed to meet our class lecture. We enjoyed an informative lecture with Enrique Alejos, the Resort’s Cultural Concierge and also the ‘father’ of the FS turtle program. He brought in a bin of freshly hatched wriggly turtles. A tip off to my generation, I mentioned these turtles looked just like the little turtles we bought at the County Fair every summer – perhaps you remember having a kidney shaped turtle lagoon, graced by an arching palm tree planted into the island? Small oval tins of flaked turtle food and occasional lettuce or hamburger supplements kept these ‘pets’ healthy and happy.

Enrique explained we should not touch the turtles for several reasons – humans can contract Salmonella from turtles and in the US the FDA banned the sale of the these small pet turtles in 1975 due to Salmonella issues.

Olive Ridley Sea Turtles Four Seasons Punta Mita

Baby turtles, scrambling over each other’s backs, climbing the walls of the bin elicited giggles and shrieks of delight from all of us – there was only one child in our group of five turtle releasers!

We were each given a bin of 10 Olive Ridley Sea Turtles and excitedly carried them to the beach. The sun was setting, the rains encouraged the birds to nest, so few predators loomed nearby, Enrique drew a line in the sand about six feet from the surf. Protective ‘parents’ for a few brief moments, we gently released our turtle babies on the sand, verbally encouraging them to move and explore and return to the sea. On the first day of their life, we wished them long and safe Journeys, knowing they have imprinted with this sand, this sea, they most likely will return to this same location in 15 years to lay a nest of their own.

Olive Ridley Sea Turtles Four Seasons Punta Mita

To say we were misty eyed, is not an exaggeration, it was a moving and educational experience, life continuing on, travel again broadening an experience. Nothing more wondrous than watching these newly hatched turtles scramble to the sea. Through big and small actions, we can all share a part in reducing the threat to these turtles, an intrinsic connection between nature’s well being and our own.

Turtle Facts:
A nest of eggs is called a clutch.
• A clutch can contain up to 100 eggs.
• The eggs will incubate in the nest for 45 days.
• They are born with a little attached food sack that will last them for their first 3 days.
• They are omnivores, with their favorite treat being jellyfish.
• They travel thousands of miles each year.
• They will return to the same location in 15 years to lay a nest of their own.
• They can live to be 50 years old.

Olive Ridley Sea Turtles heading to the sea at Four Seasons Punta Mita

Four Seasons Punta Mita

The Four Seasons Turtle Release generally runs March through December there is a small fee that is completely designated to support the sea turtle conservation. In 2017, almost two million baby turtles where released only in the Banderas Bay area.