Mexico City: The Heart of Mexico

Mexico City: The Heart of Mexico

Mexico City is an amazing cultural experience. The annual Day of the Dead celebration and offerings are something to see. They did a parade for the first time ever this year, 2016, inspired by the 007 film Spectre. (See my post here about the amazing parade!). At the center of the city is Downtown with the impressive Metropolitan cathedral. Across the street is the zocalo, national palace, and Templo Mayor (rich archaeological site). Between the Angel of Independence, a gorgeous statue on the Reforma de Independencia, and the Metropolitan Cathedral is where the parade was held.

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Metropolitan Cathedral

A stroll from the Metropolitan Cathedral through Avenida 5 de Mayo takes you through a cool shopping plaza (peep into the Templo de San Felipe along the way) to the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a lovely performing arts center. Further west you will find the exquisite Chapultapec Castle overlooking the beautiful Bosque Chapultapec (forest) and across the way is the incredible Museo Nacional de Antropologia which houses an incredibly impressive amount of pre-hispanic artifacts. It’s amazing; plan on spending at least 3 hours at this museum.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes
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Street art outside Palacio de Bellas Artes

To the southwest of the city you can find Coyoacan, a pleasant stroll past shopping and restaurants with a Church where you can see weddings and quinceaneras taking place. Find the upper-class and well groomed San Angel area in this region of the city where you can find little artisan shops, restaurants and shopping. Also worth discovering are the Frida Kahlo Museum and Museo Casa Studio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo Casa

To the south is Xochimilco where you can take a colorful gondola-like boat called a trajinera across the river past floating gardens (artificial islands) called chinampas. This particular area is a World Heritage Site and has been around since the pre-hispanic era. Check out pictures of Xochimilco here!

To the northwest of the city is the incredible Soumaya Museo which is famous for its outside architecture and its collection of private art owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

DAY TRIPS

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Teotihuacan, ancient city of the gods

Take a trip to Teotihuacan, the ancient pre-hispanic city of the gods located about 1 hour northeast of the city. Check out the pyramid of the sun and the pyramid of the moon and all the littler pyramids in between. The energy of the place is incredible.

Also check out Huasco de Ocampo, an area about 3 hours northeast of the city which includes the cool little towns of Mineral de Chico, Mineral de Monte & San Miguel Regla and the lovely prismas basalticos.

Further northeast is the amazing Pena del Aire which is a breathtaking lush green canyon. Come here to align your spirit with the Universe and gain inner peace and a clear mind. Even further north are the beautiful Grutas Tolontongo, ancient caves with thermal pools inside & waterfalls. Bring your swim suit and waterproof phone case to use your phone as a flashlight and explore the cave!

To the southeast of the city is Grutas Cacahuamilpa, an incredible 80 million year old cave with 2 hour tours inside. Worth seeing! Also in this area is the pueblo magico Taxco. Come here to get a nice view of the beautiful canyons of Mexico and explore the little silver shops and mines and see the white buggies! Beautiful place.


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