Travel

Mexico City

December 7, 2018

The allure of Mexico has captivated the imagination of millions of people for centuries. Mexico is known for its fascinating history, beautiful beaches, cosmopolitan cities, friendly people, delicious food, and lively mariachi music. There is a magic about Mexico, where past and present co-exist side by side in a colorful reality. 

 

 

Flights

I planned on taking my niece to Mexico City in March, during her Spring Break. Compare flights in order to get the best airfare, I was surprised at the significant price difference between some of the airlines. 

Weather

The days were warm, while the evenings were cool, bring a light sweater or jacket to wear at night.

Hotel – Four Seasons

 

Located at Paseo de la Reforma, is centrally located and a short walk away from Chapultepec Park and the bustling Condesa and Polanco neighborhoods. The hotel, a  restored colonial building, has several restaurants on site, the staff is attentive, and the grounds well-tended, a magnificent fountain rimmed with fire illuminates the quiet sitting areas throughout the courtyard.

Our suite was spacious and beautiful. Plan to enjoy a cocktail, or hot chocolate with dessert from Pan Dulce, at Our Little Secret, a secluded sitting area with a fire pit, lush tropical plants surround it.

 

For breakfast, order room service or head to the restaurant downstairs, where a selection of foods and drinks are served by an attentive staff. 

 

Papaya and carrot juice

 

Teotihuacan Pyramids

Pyramid of El Sol

 

The pyramids at Teotihuacan are a sight for archeology and history buffs. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, it can get hot! There are several artisanal shops and vendors selling art and souvenirs. Don’t be afraid to negotiate or offer a lower price. Entrance ticket is required. There are several family run restaurants outside the park. Check official website for additional information. 

 

Palacio de Bellas Artes

A beautiful white marble palace, the Palacio de Bellas Artes is a museum, concert venue, and theater. Impressive murals by world-famous Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo, line the walls of the top floors. The Palace houses a museum of priceless ancient artifacts. Entrance ticket is required. Check the official website for additional information. 

Mural by Rufino Tamayo

 

Anthropology Museum – Museo Nacional de Antropologia

I will never forget the first time I visited the Museum. As its largest and most visited museum, it should not to be missed. Walking by the exhibits of Teotihuacan, Oaxaca and Nahuas, I felt a connection to my Mexican heritage that I had not felt before.

 

Aztec Calendar

 

The highlight of our visit was seeing the replica of the Penacho de Plumas attributed to Moctezuma, 9th Aztec Emperor of Mexico, the original is located at the Museum of Ethnology, in Vienna, Austria. The Aztec Calendar is also on display at the museum.

 

 

You can take a guided tour or head out on your own. The first time I visited, I explored for hours with my friend, Wendy. As a local, she was able to guide me. If it is your first visit, I recommend a guided tour.  Tours are available in Spanish, English, French or Italian. Check the official museum website for additional information.  

 

Mexico City Historic Center – Centro Historico 

 

Ancient monuments, historic buildings, museums and restaurants are within walking distance of each other. Be sure to see the Palacio Nacional, it is the official home of the President of Mexico. Beautiful murals by Diego Rivera will add to your enjoyment. At the Museo de Templo Mayor ancient ruins will keep you engaged. 

 

 

Coyoacan

A beautiful colonial pueblo on the outskirts of the City, Coyoacan has several churches, brightly painted houses with beautiful courtyards, and traditional Mexican markets where you will find amazing souvenirs. Visit Casa Azul, the Blue House, where Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most loved female artists, was born.

Check the museum website for information on ticket prices, guided tours and hours of operation. We visited in the evening, some of the streets were closed off, vendors lined the roads selling food, clothes, and souvenirs. Families, couples of all ages, and singles strolled along the streets, we truly enjoyed our visit. 

 

Freshly baked pan dulce for sale 

 

There is so much to see and do in Mexico City, it is a city like no other. Always be aware of your surroundings, leave your valuables at home, and have fun! 

Have you visited Mexico City, if so, what was your experience like? If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment in the comment section below. 

 

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  • Stephan Knudsen December 9, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    I had a wonderful experience in Mexico City. We stayed at the Sheraton, walked the streets and ate wonderful street food.

    The pyramids where a 30 – 45 minutes drive, easy parking and walking to view and explore.

    The street tacos out side of the entrance where to die for.

    The people where friendly and warm.

    • torresm1275 December 10, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Stephan! Sounds like you had a fun trip. The street food in Mexico is pretty amazing, can’t wait to go back.

  • Susi March 16, 2019 at 4:06 am

    This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your insights!! We are actually here this week and staying in condensa and I plan on hitting up some do the spots you mentioned!!