5 Things to Do in Mexico City
Has someone inspired and encouraged you to visit a place, city or country?
Which place were you inspired to visit?
Well, for me that was Mexico City.
during Day of the Dead
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Heee! In the picture on the left, I stand on top of the Pyramid of the Sun. In the background is the Pyramid of the Moon.
You can see, feel, and climb the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.
Visit Mexico City on the 1st and 2nd November. And, you can experience the Day of the Dead traditions.
My friend encouraged me to travel to Mexico City and visit Teotihuacán. There, you will find the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.
As you can see in the picture, the pyramid in the foreground is the Pyramid of the Sun. Then in the background, you can glimpse the Pyramid of the Moon.
You walk along the Avenue of the Dead through the archaeological zone of Teotihuacán. Before you encounter the Pyramid of the Sun, you veer off to the right.
And, you visit the cultural museum. Inside, you find artifacts and large maps of the archaeological site.
You can peer through a large window. Standing there towering over the building is a pyramid. You see the Pyramid of the Sun.
On the way back, you can visit the Basilica de Guadalupe.
2 Bosque de Chapultepec
In the park of Chapultepec, you can visit Chapultepec Castle. Inside, it houses the museum of Mexican history. You walk around the castle's terrace. Then, peer into the imperial rooms
You look down Paseo de la Reforma. See the cityscape being changed by the towers. And, you see the Altar A la Patria
Nearby, you wander the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. You gaze at the artefacts of the Aztecs, the pre-Hispanic people. Seeing the Sun Stone face-to-face amazes, you.
Some more places you can visit are the National Musuem of Arts and the Chapultepec Zoo.
3 Day of the Dead
You can experience the Day of the Dead by visiting Mexico City on the first and second days of November.
In the Historic Center, you walk around to see the Ofrenda, the altars of offerings. You''ll find them on the streets, and in buildings like hotels.
Since Spectre has been released. Make sure you check to see if a Parade for the Day of the Dead.is being held in Mexico City.
A tour into the Milpa Alta area of Mexico City, takes you to small towns decorated for the Day of the Dead.
In the first town, San Pedtro Atocpan you’ll see churches and cemeteries. They have altars with offerings and graves decorated. Stop for lunch to taste a dish with Mole sauce.
You'll see the sun set in the second town, in the cemetery at San Antonio Tecomitl.
At night you'll see the cemetery at San Andres Mixquic. Imagine the graves are decorated and lit up by candles. Walk through the street lined with market stalls. Then, you sit for a meal in one of the restaurants.
4 Centro Histórico
You'll find catching the train into the Centro Histórico an adventure in itself. When a train pulls up at the platform, the carriage is jam packed.
And, you need to find a way to get on the train with it packed. Because, if you wait the next one is packed, too.
Get off the train at the platform that takes you up to Zócalo.
The photography for my friend's album, It's like This, were created in the Zócalo.
Then, you walk around the Historical Center.
If you go at the same time as the Day of the Dead. Then, you can see the Ofrendas in the Historic Center, too.
Places you can include on your visit:
- Cathedral Metropolitan Mexico City
- National Palace
- Templo Mayor
- Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México
- Post Office
- Tolsa Square
- Palacio de Bellas Artes
5 Frida Kahlo Museo ~ Casa Azul
Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away. ~ Frida Kahlo
You'll walk around Frida Kahlo's blue house where she was born, lived, and died.
Her blue house is now the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán.
If you go during the Day of the Dead. You'll find an altar decorated with offerings.
You'll find a long queue to get inside at the entrance. So, allow enough time, as there is an extra charge to take photos.
In the distance, you can see a market which is within walking distance.
Outside, there was a dedicated taxi rank.
Make sure you know some Spanish if you are catching the train. So that, you can buy tickets and work out which platform to catch the train. As the person you could encounter at the ticket counter may not speak English. Then, you will find it can take some time to find someone who does. For us, a girl bought our tickets and showed us the way to the platform.
So, you'll find it best to visit with an English speaking tour. If you speak limited Spanish.
At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can. ~ Frida Kahlo
Tips for Visiting Mexico City
- Learn Spanish for travel
- Catch official taxis at taxi ranks only
- Ask the taxi driver how much the fare will cost upfront. So that, you make sure you have the cash in Mexican Pesos to pay for the ride. I had to show the taxi driver that we had enough cash so that they would take us to our destination
- Plan and Book tours with English speaking guides especially if you are not fluent in Spanish
- Don't say you are lost
- If you are unsure what someone has said. Say you do not understand, in English.
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