A Weekend in Mexico City
This week I want to share a trip that I took with my wife back in 2018, a Good Friday long weekend to Mexico City.
We are usually the type of people who like to plan their trips well in advance; however, this was different. We had a long weekend coming, and we wanted to travel somewhere away from Canada’s cold spring.
Our criteria were
- It should be someplace warm
- 5–6 hours flying time, as we only had three days
- On arrival Visa for a Canadian Permanent Resident
Based on the above, our options were limited. So we decided to book a weekend trip to Mexico City.
We booked the cheapest single leg flight that we could find and a hotel for three nights near Zócalo, the main square located in the city center. We were all set for our short vacation in Mexico.
I had a colleague who used to live in Mexico City, so he gave us a list of places to visit. This list became an outline of our trip.
This was Thursday before the Good Friday long weekend. My wife and I left work early to catch our afternoon flight to Mexico City.
Our flight was on time, and we reached Mexico city late at night. Immigration was a breeze, and we booked an Uber to take us to our hotel. Uber is dirt cheap in Mexico. Our drive from Airport to Hotel, which was around 20–25 minutes, cost us $10.
We had an early start the next day, so we went to sleep as soon as we checked in to the hotel.
We woke up early as we were supposed to visit the Teotihuacan pyramids today, which is about two and a half-hour drive from Mexico City.
You can book a private tour with a driver that can take you to the pyramids. However, we opted for the bus. We took an Uber to the bus station and got our tickets for the bus to the Teotihuacan.
The bus station was jam-packed, and there was a massive queue in the morning. With my wife and I’s zero understanding of the Spanish language, getting the bus ticket and hopping on to the correct bus was an adventure.
This Blog from Becky helped us in figuring out how to visit the Teotihuacan via bus.
Luckily we found the right bus and reached the pyramids by 11. The pyramids were magnificent and huge. It’s a must-visit place if you visit Mexico City. We spent a couple of hours there and had some Mexican street food, beer, and fruits. Hopped on our bus back to Mexico City and reached there by 4.
After reaching Mexico city took an uber and went to Palacio de Bellas Artes, a prominent cultural center.
From there, we walked to Museo Nacional de Arte, which was a 5-minute walk from Palacio de Bellas Artes.
We found a small alleyway just in front of the Museo Nacional de Arte with a narrow and long street market. We checked out the market and bought some souvenirs.
We kept walking and reached Av Francisco I Madero, a shopping street in the city’s historic district. We walked on the street, had some excellent Mexican street food, and reached Zócalo, a huge square where events were going on.
We spent some time people watching at the square, had our dinner and walked back to our hotel to call it a night.
Day 2 was for us to explore the city.
The first destination was Templo Mayor Museum which was a walking distance from the hotel.
After spending some time at Templo Mayor Museum, we hopped onto the Mexico city underground train and went to The National Museum of Anthropology.
We spent around 3 hours in the museum, which I felt was not enough. If you enjoy history and anthropology, then this museum is a must-visit place in Mexico City.
We had our lunch in a restaurant inside the museum. Then we started to walk towards the Angel of Independence.
It was a long walk on a hot & sunny day. We spent an hour at the Angel of Independence and took uber to the Zocalo.
We spent the rest of the day exploring the streets of the historical district, had our dinner, and went to bed early as we had a flight to catch the next day.
We woke up early, had our breakfast, and took an Uber to the airport to catch the flight back home.
Even though it was a small trip, we really enjoyed it.
Not a lot of people have Mexico City on their list of places to visit.
When you talk about traveling to Mexico most people think about all-inclusive beachside resorts. However, if you are the kind of person who likes to explore the real side of a country by walking on the streets, taking public transport, eating street food that locals eat then I highly recommend you visit Mexico City.
Thanks for reading.
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