Journal del Pacifico publisher’s statement

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Journal del Pacifico Spring 2020 cover by Kate Turning The coronavirus (COVID‐19) pandemic is changing how we live‚ work and serve you. Currently, our team is working from home and taking care of themselves and their families.

Global travel and the economy continue to remain in flux as communities both at home and around the world act to slow the spread of COVID-19. During this time of uncertainty, we recognize that it can be challenging to determine what, if any, action to take.

While we never know what the future holds, we do know that over the past nine years, both Journal del Pacifico, and our surrounding area, have changed and come back from adversities such as Hurricane Odile and we shall do it again!

In the meantime, we will continue to distribute the printed version of the Spring / Primavera 2020 issue of Journal del Pacifico in a limited manner until more businesses, hotels, and restaurants reopen.

The Van Wormer resorts in Los Barriles have announced their reopening May 20 and Los Cabos area hotels are now taking reservations for June 2020. We look forward to their arrivals enjoying our Spring/Primavera 2020 issue with the fabulous Kate Turning cover!

The Spring / Primavera 2020 issue, and every issue, are available online at We are also updating our blog posts and Facebook page with current advertiser and area information.

Unfortunately, we have decided to adjust our 2019/2020 publishing schedule to cancel the printed Summer/Verano 2020 issue of Journal del Pacifico. We WILL be back, better than ever, in the fall with our Fall/Otoño 2020 issue and look forward to sharing more great stories on how our area will be ready to welcome visitors in this changing world.

In the meantime, please stay safe and stay healthy.

Saludos from the whole Journal del Pacifico team!


La pandemia del coronavirus (COVID-19) está cambiando la forma en que vivimos, trabajamos, y le servimos a usted.  Nuestro equipo se encuentra trabajando desde casa y cuidando su salud y la de sus familiares.

La economía y el turismo global se mantienen en limbo mientras las comunidades locales y en el resto del mundo trabajan arduamente en mitigar la propagación del virus.  Durante estos tiempos de incertidumbre, sabemos que a veces es difícil vislumbrar el camino a seguir.

Aunque no sabemos lo que nos depara el futuro, lo que sí sabemos es que en los últimos nueve años tanto el Journal del Pacifico como nuestra comunidad han pasado por cambios y sobrellevado adversidades. Sobrevivimos el huracán Odile, ¡y volveremos a vencer!

Mientras tanto, seguiremos distribuyendo la versión impresa del número de Primavera 2020 del Journal del Pacifico de manera limitada hasta que reinicien labores más negocios, hoteles y restaurantes.

Los hoteles Van Wormer en Los Barriles anunciaron su reapertura el 20 de mayo, y los hoteles de Los Cabos han empezado a tomar reservaciones para junio. ¡Esperamos que nuestros visitantes disfruten de nuestra revista de primavera con una imagen de Kate Turning en la portada!

Así como todos los demás números, la edición Primavera 2020 de la revista está disponible en  También estamos actualizando nuestro blog y página de Facebook con información actualizada de relevancia y anunciantes.

Desafortunadamente nos hemos visto obligados a ajustar nuestro calendario de publicación 2019-20, con lo que se cancela la edición impresa de Verano 2020. Estaremos de vuelta y mejor que nunca con la edición de Otoño 2020 y anticipamos ansiosamente compartir con ustedes las historias del resurgimiento de la economía local en este mundo nuevo y cambiante en que vivimos.

Mientras tanto, por favor manténganse sanos y seguros.

¡Saludos de todo el equipo de Journal del Pacífico!

Los Tres Grandes

“Flower Festival Feast of Santa Anita” by Diego Rivera

“Flower Festival Feast of Santa Anita”
by Diego Rivera

by Kate Turning

“Art is knowledge at the service of emotion”—José Clemente Orozco

Art in Mexico underwent a radical transformation at the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1924. The new government born of the citizens’ revolt commissioned the brightest artistic minds of the era to create works that spoke directly to the people, celebrating their potential to craft their own future through expanded civil liberties and universal education. The intention was to inspire the masses with the heroes of Mexican history, social justice, and the life and heart of the nation. These three legendary painters were known as Los Tres Grandes—David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera. Together they cultivated a style and aesthetic that defined the Mexican cultural identity following the Revolution and remains today.

Los Tres Grandes developed a populist iconography featuring heroes from the past, present, and an imagined modernist future. All three believed that art was the highest form of human expression and a key force in social change. A point of agreement with the new government was that the artists would have complete freedom of expression—a radical idea at the time. Their images, featuring Aztec and Mayan warriors, political heroes, common laborers, and humble peasants, were highly visible as epic murals on public buildings, churches, and city streets in cities across Mexico including Mexico City and Guadalajara. Using visionary techniques like fresco, encaustic, mosaic, and sculpture-painting, the muralists developed a new way for our country to see itself, and to swell with national pride.

These three painters had a huge impact on their counterparts in the US as well, and many flocked to Mexico City to study and work with them, notably a young Jackson Pollock. Modernism was, as yet, an underdeveloped concept in the US art world. They inspired the American artists to bravely use their talents to protest economic, social, and racial injustices. It’s not hard to see how the Futurist intensity in the murals of José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros were an influence on the art of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) during the Great Depression, or how Diego Rivera’s fearless political statements emboldened the painters of the civil rights movement in the United States of America.

Los Tres Grandes, as well as their fellow visionaries Rufino Tamayo and Frida Kahlo, helped to create a distinctive language that is still manifested in the unique and radical style of the Mexican art scene today.

Spring 2020

Takeout and delivery optionsWe all know the healing power of the ocean, and it comes as no surprise that you may find yourself drawn to Baja California Sur. When planning a visit, we ask that you practice social distancing and that you follow state health and CDC guidelines for distancing, gatherings, and travel.

Our beach community is full of family-run businesses that do need our support to get through these times. Precautions are being made throughout the country and Baja California Sur.

Bars, restaurants, and health food stores are offering curbside service or delivery of their meals and products. Please do take advantage of their take-out and delivery services and shop our stores online if possible.

Hotels and other accommodations are taking precautions for guest safety. Please reach out to them directly to learn about what they are doing for guests during this time. If feasible, please refrain from canceling your vacation reservation outright or asking for a refund, instead consider going on standby for when they do reopen for business or reschedule. The livelihood of our community depends on supporting our local businesses as they navigate these uncharted waters.

If we all work together to support our friends and neighbors, we will get through this difficult time and return to enjoying everything that our surrounding area has to offer.

Journal del Pacifico Spring 2020 cover by Kate TurningOnce again, the exceptional Kate Turning has created our stunning cover, “Cut Through the Fields” and has written a piece on three of Mexico’s most influential artists known as Los Tres Grandes.

Bryan Jáuregui of Todos Santos Eco-Adventures tells the story of how cabalgatas are celebrating the horse and ranch culture of Baja California Sur and Kaia Thomson has shared more of her beautiful photos for this piece and throughout the issue.

The Gastrovino Baja Food & Wine Festival has been postponed until November. Read our story in this issue about this popular event.

Enjoy the flavors of “Cocina de las Californias” at the Sky Lounge in Hotel Guaycura. Available for sunset dining, take-out, or delivery.

Pura Vida Health Food Store & Deli has opened a second location, Ella Bella Vida, next to the Hotel California in Todos Santos.

Ulula Lunar magical women’s clothing and Jimena García’s beautiful art are available at Galería La Gitana Baja. They also have crystals, jewelry, incense, tarot and oracle cards.
Palmar Pescadero is a boutique hotel and café serving coffee and breakfast 9 am to 1 pm.

Celebrate Todos Santos Brewing’s third anniversary this June with a beer and food degustación dinner and a super Sunday session with a range of their regular artists. See Events for more details.

It’s never too early to plan for the summer season. Check out Baja Hurricane Screens for your home protection.

Please check with local businesses and studios regarding their current schedules. Many classes and events have been postponed or rescheduled.

We’ll see you soon with our Summer 2020 issue. And don’t forget, you can read EVERY issue online at!

Gastrovino 2019

Gastrovino Baja Food & Wine Festival ad in Journal del Pacifico, Baja, MexicoThis May 17, 18. and 19, GastroVino, southern Baja’s increasingly popular food and wine festival returns for its eighth season with plenty of surprises to inspire and delight the Baja food and wine community. For those who are unfamiliar with the festival, GastroVino celebrates the spectacular quality of Mexican wines and the equally delectable appeal of local cuisine via pairings, dinners, tours, and more. It’s also an important charity event, having raised over $15,000 USD last year alone for local nonprofits.

GastroVino’s illustrious founder and muse, Perla Garnica, has presided over the festival for eight consecutive years. “I’m particularly excited to see how much it’s growing,” says Garnica enthusiastically. “Every year the number of attendees grows, we raise more from the silent auction, and we are able to make an even bigger impact on how we give back to the community.”

Garnica, along with creative director and famed art photographer Kate Turning, and their devoted team of volunteers, have dreamed up perhaps the most exciting theme yet. Journal del Pacifico is pleased to share the exclusive reveal of this year’s theme for GastroVino 2019:

As in previous years the festival will take place in the town of Todos Santos, a charming oasis that has increasingly become home to a diverse community of spirited residents, who contribute to its impressive array of culinary and artistic offerings. Whereas the event was originally designed to bring recognition to the 150-year tradition of winemaking in northern Baja, it has evolved into a multi-dimensional celebration.

For those who haven’t been to the festival in prior years, expect the town to buzz with activity for two days as winemakers, chefs, artists, and musicians throughout the peninsula join together to share their gifts. The venerable carnival that takes over the town each year is precisely what inspired this year’s theme.

“In a way, it feels like the circus is coming,” explains Kate Turning. “All of these amazingly gifted people come together in such a unique and special way. It’s not just about eating and drinking; there are artists, musicians, and dancers who have become an integral part of the event. Last year, we had a number of chefs actually cooking on site, in the plaza. There were incredible aromas wafting through the air as music played and people laughed and cavorted about. It’s truly a feast for the senses and that’s really what we wanted to explore for this year’s theme.”

When the team sat down to develop the poster art, they tried dutifully to develop a concept that explored a meaningful balance between food and wine. “We wanted to acknowledge the marriage of those two elements in a more intentional and celebratory way.” The founder, Perla Garnica, elaborates, “In fact, the Spanish term used to describe a wine and food pairing is the word ‘maridaje’ which actually means marriage.” Art is a powerful undercurrent of the culture of Todos Santos, so for this year’s poster, Turning curated a collaboration with local resident and sought-after tattoo artist, Tomato N Sal and his team. It took them four hours to artfully paint the chili pepper and grape tattoos—emblematic of two perfectly intrinsic elements of Baja wine and cuisine. The skewer was a literal reference to the increase in chefs who cook on site with locally sourced ingredients. There is a decidedly inclusive nature to the open kitchen. The smells and flavors that ensue create a culinary spectacle for all to enjoy.

The overall imagery and tone of the event’s artwork evokes a magical realism that typifies not only an important theme in Latin American culture but also a longtime trademark of Turning’s work. “I wanted it to cultivate a sense of mystery and enchantment, like antique circus posters of the gilded age,” says Turning. “Perla represents the figure of the ringleader, a concept that is both literal and figurative. The ringleader holds all the magic and the secrets.”

And yet, it is no secret that the GastroVino Festival has become one of the most anticipated events in southern Baja. This year promises more winemakers, more chefs, and more fun.

The celebration kicks off on Friday, May 17 from 7 to 11 pm, with a VIP Sunset Cocktail at El Mirador Ocean View Restaurant. Meet and greet the winemakers of GastroVino Baja Food & Wine Festival, while you savor the culinary creations of guest chefs Frankie Terzoli and Marina Garnica. Live music by Grammy award winner Terry Townson, Hollywood composer Bill Levine on the piano and DJ Marymoon. Tickets are 100 USD / 1,900 MX. Limited capacity, so please by your tickets online ( or at Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa.

Saturday, May 18 at 6 pm, hit the town with the GastroTour. Attendees will be given a map of the historic town center and will be invited to visit over ten distinct restaurants. Each visiting winemaker is matched with a local chef and together they design the perfect gastronomic pairing to feature during the tour. The evening ends with live music and a chance to mingle with other gastronomic adventurers at the famed Hotel California. Tickets are 400 pesos in advance, $500 pesos at the door.

On Sunday, May 19 from 2 to 6 pm, the Todos Santos plaza principal will transform into a Circus of the Senses for the main event from 2 to 6 pm. Over 20 restaurants will be serving some of their best dishes while guests will have the opportunity to taste wines from over 15 of the most popular Baja producers. Live painting and performance art will bring the festival to life with appearances by Fabula Danza, international DJs, and the jazz band of Pepe Soza. Tickets are 700 pesos in advance. The evening continues with the afterparty on the sky lounge of Hotel Guaycura at dusk, with live DJ music.

Every year, GastroVino features a silent auction to raise funds for local charities and this year’s event will once again be devoted to the Padrino Children’s Foundation. Attendees can expect to bid on artwork, jewelry, gastronomic accessories, and once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences.

From oenophiles and foodies, to travelers and culture-seekers, there is truly something for everyone at GastroVino 2019. Come raise a glass, join the circus, and see what makes this event one of the most beloved celebrations in the region.

Tickets are available online and at El Tecolote Bookstore and Amor d’vino in Todos Santos, The Wine Market in Cabo San Lucas, Pez Gordo at The Shoppes at Palmilla in San José del Cabo, and Doce Cuarenta in La Paz. For more information, visit: or