Step through history into a 360° celebration of Mexico.
From the old-world elegance of colonial haciendas—kiln-dried cedar wood and iron accents—to the spilt barn doors that still grace tequila distilleries today, elaborate entranceways are a mainstay of Mexican architecture. For Epazote, Vidanta designers decided to reach deep into the past and commission a piece from Toltec artisans in Tonalá, Jalisco.
The Toltec people are one of Mexico’s most significant indigenous groups, known for both the ferocity of their warriors and the expertise of their builders and craftsman. A millennium ago, the Toltec empire controlled much of central Mexico, including modern-day Puerto Vallarta—in some communities today, the word “tolteca” is still synonymous with “artist”, “artisan”, or “wise man”.
The piece they created for Epazote is unmistakable. Completely hand-made from mesquite wood, the massive carved doorway weighs more than five-hundred pounds. The door’s architectural elements recall the powerful solidity of Mesoamerican step pyramids, while the soft curves and fronds of the carvings themselves suggest the gentle flow of nature. Hidden within the carving are many symbols referencing different aspects of Mexican culture, including a divine humanoid figure carved at the top of the arch.
Take a close look the next time you visit Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta—but be careful not to be too captivated, you wouldn’t want to miss your reservation.