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North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City August 8th 2023

Well all I can say is I made it - the group did not throw me off the bus between Mexico City and Puebla as they all enjoyed Lucha Libra (Mexican wresting) and some of them even bought masks like the wrestlers - so phew on this one. So we all clamber into the minibus and there is not a lot of leg room to be honest. It felt a bit like Ryan Air and as we made our way to Teotihuacan to see the pyramids I can say the roads getting out of Mexico City leave a lot to be desired and also the suspension on the minibus, well not a lot I can say here. Mexico City has that many sleeping policeman (that’s traffic slowing bumps to anyone who does not know what a ... read more
Pyramid de la luna
Pyramid del sol
First glimpse of Puebla

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City August 6th 2023

Another good night’s sleep so we are definitely back to normal now. We decided to go to Xochimilico fiesta with 4 others from the group and if totally honest what an amazing day we have had and nothing like I have seen or done before. We take a minibus to Xochimilico and arrived to a sea of colourful trajinera boats that look like gondolas and I mean a sea of colour even though it is on the Aztecera Xochimilco canals which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before we boarded our boat we went around the stalls with lots of things you could buy but being a bit savvy with space we have to be really careful of what we purchase. Anyway as we were walking along we met up with a couple in our group ... read more
Laurita our own Trajinera
Our own mixologist
Our green Mariachis

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City August 5th 2023

Well wake up normal time so this jet lag is definitely beaten - woo woo back to normal or whatever you call normal! Today we move hotels from the swanky one to meet up with the tour in a different hotel and, as it is a tour for backpackers, I don’t think it will be a swanky one but hey ho as long as it is clean that is the best thing. Also, it will be nice to stay in a different part of Mexico city. Transfer will be by Uber and so far using Ubers has been really efficient and cheap. If you read yesterday that I thought the hotel shook well we were having breakfast and, guess what, you could see and feel a tremor and you guessed it Mike was there and saw ... read more

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City August 4th 2023

We are still a bit jet lagged and hopefully this will be the last day so up at the crack of dawn again. We still have another day for the Hop on Hop off bus so decide this time to take it to the Museo National de Anthropologia which one of the guides who wanted to take us around said if you do not go there then it would be like going to Paris and not going to the Louvre. So down to the bus stop nice and early but this time when the bus comes it is nearly full which is amazing as we were there the same time the day before and had the bus to ourselves. The traffic in Mexico City is horrendous and it literally takes you practically an hour to travel ... read more
Wire we had to duck under
Think will be seeing more of these
Marching bands

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City August 4th 2023

So started off well as did not wake up until a godly hour so I think the jet lag is beaten. Today I have planned for us to go to the Cathedral Metropolitana which is one of Mexico city’s most iconic structures. One of the iconic features is supposed to be the Altar de Los Reyes. It is gilded with gold and is very opulent to say the least. Sometimes it does make you wonder how the world is when you see things like this in churches/cathedrals with so much poverty around and many people sleeping on the streets - is this really right?! So in my guide book another must see in Mexico City is Plaza Garibaldi so I plot how to get there. Once again due to the traffic it appears to be quicker ... read more
Mike in his mask
The ladies

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City August 2nd 2023

After a long long journey, which did not start off the best as although I could check in on line it would not let me book our seats - when we originally booked with Virgin they allocated us seats but then they changed the flight to connect in Orlando not New York. So being the savvy travellers as we are we went to the Virgin Twilight desk to get them to sort it out for us. This then opened the can or worms as there were only 2 seats left not together but hey ho we can live with that as I always just sleep but then to be told that one of the entertainments in one of the seats was out of order + it was also a long standing issue - not happy chappies ... read more
Angle of Independence
Mike monkey around
Palacio de Bellas Artes

If you have any interest in art, or if you need a break from eating delicious food and drinking mescal, or if you just need someplace beautiful to cool down on a hot day, then you should be visiting the wonderful art museums of Mexico City. I am particularly partial to art museums, and was delightfully surprised by the art on view in this exciting city. If what you see here doesn’t appeal there are many more art museums sure to tickle your fancy. The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House, is a historic house museum and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It is the most popular museum in Coyoacán and one of the most visited museums in Mexico City. The museum contains a collection ... read more
Museo Frida Kahlo
Museo Frida Kahlo
Museo Frida Kahlo

Teotihuacan is an ancient Mesoamerican city located in a sub-valley of the Valley of Mexico, 25 miles northeast of Mexico City. It is the most visited archeological site in Mexico, and the site of many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas, namely the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. At its zenith in the first half of the first millennium, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the Americas, considered as the first advanced civilization on the North American continent, with a population estimated at 125,000 or more, making it at least the sixth-largest city in the world during its epoch. The city is thought to have been established around 100 BCE and to have lasted until sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries CE, but after ... read more
Avenue of the Dead
Pyramid of the Sun
Pyramid of the Sun

The National Museum of Anthropology is the largest and most visited museum in Mexico. The museum contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico's pre-Columbian heritage covering civilizations located on the current territory of Mexico as well as in former Mexican territory in what is today the southwestern United States. This is the spot to visit if you have any interest in pre-Columbian Mexico history; it is magnificent and it is an all day affair. If you are a seasoned museum aficionado as I am you may think that you will not need a full day to appreciate the National Museum of Anthropology but you would be wrong. Do not consider trying to squeeze in anything else that day during opening hours; if you need one full day for any site in Mexico City this is ... read more

The Templo Mayor was the main temple of the Mexica people in their capital city of Tenochtitlan, which is now Mexico City. It was dedicated simultaneously to Huitzilopochtli, god of war, and Tlaloc, god of rain and agriculture, as well as to Quetzalcoatl in his form as the wind god, Ehecatl. According to tradition, the Templo Mayor is located on the exact spot where the god Huitzilopochtli gave the Mexica people his sign that they had reached the promised land: an eagle on a nopal cactus with a snake in its mouth. The temple was sacked and destroyed by the Spanish in 1521, and the Mexico City cathedral was built in its place. The Templo Mayor was partially disassembled to be used as construction materials to create the Spanish colonial city. In 1978 electric company workers ... read more
Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral from the Templo Mayor
Basin of Mexico
City of Tenochtitlan

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