Mexico City Journals

A Quick Trip to Mexico City

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A March 2003 trip to Mexico City by jphil

Spoon Photo, Mexico City, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Foreigners often view Mexico City as a dirty and dangerous place. My experience was that this city is not only culturally fascinating and stimulating, but is no more dangerous than any large city, as long as you use common sense. Read on for more on Mexico City’s special treats.

Spoon

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Spoon Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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The friend I was visiting in Mexico recommended this French restaurant on my first night in Mexico City. I was not expecting to find such delicious French cuisine in Mexico, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The scrumptious food had a slight Mexican flair to it. We opted to sit outdoors in front of the restaurant on a fresh, comfortable evening. The restaurant is in a quiet, fairly residential neighborhood which allowed us a nice, relaxing meal. The tables were nicely adorned with white table cloths. We were quickly greeted by our server and brought a delightful mix of breads in all different shapes and colors, accompanied by a lovely herb butter. We started our me...Read More

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Spoon
Campeche 345
Mexico City, Mexico
(55) 5286-4763

Hidalguense

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Restaurant | "El Hidalguense"

Hidalguense Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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I arrived at El Hidalguense, named for the state of Hidalgo from which this famed Barbacoa style food comes from, with the promise of a traditional Mexican Sunday brunch by my friend and his neighbors. At the front of the restaurant we passed an employee making consommé from the drippings of barbecued meat. We were led to a table dressed with different salsas, lime, and rice. We ordered our food for the table to share. The consommé that they had been making in the front of the restaurant was extremely flavorful and satisfying. We were brought barbacoa (sheep meat steamed slowly to make it very juicy), a plate of napoles (chopped up cactus), and a plate of avocado and goat cheese. We made tacos...Read More

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Hidalguense
Colonia Roma Sur on Calle Campeche
Mexico City, Mexico

Pirámides de Teotihuacan

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Attraction | "Pyramids at Teotihuacan"

Pirámides de Teotihuacan Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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These grand pyramids, Pyramid de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon) and the Pyramid del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun), are amazing reminders of a civilization long past. On either end of a long "street", Calzada de los Muertos (Street of the Dead), sits the two large pyramids. We were first led to La Ciudadela (the Citadel). We walked through the ruins, where our guide conveyed some of the history of the site. We were shown some paintings that were found in the excavations of the site. We were then given free time to walk around, climb the pyramids if we so chose, and visit the museum. I opted to skip the smaller Pyramid of the Moon and to attack the Pyramid of the Sun, the third largest pyr...Read More

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Pirámides de Teotihuacan
Carretera México Teotihuacan Km. 46 (zona Arqueológica De Teotihuacan)
San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico 03010
+52 5 9560052

Pirámides de Teotihuacan

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Attraction | "Tour of Teotihuacan and Basilica de Guadaloupe"

Pirámides de Teotihuacan Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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I had wanted to visit the pyramids at Teotihuacan, but traveling to the site is a bit difficult if you choose to go by yourself. As luck would have it, I stumbled upon a hotel, Hotel Estoril, that books tours for tourists. They had a one-day trip to the pyramids with a couple of other stops along the way. I paid my deposit and left, planning to embark on the tour the following day. The price of the tour was 330 pesos, which includes the price of tickets for the sites. The following morning I was picked up by a van and brought to a holding area. This is where all of the tours meet up and are sorted into the correct group. At this point they asked for the rest of the money. There wa...Read More

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Pirámides de Teotihuacan
Carretera México Teotihuacan Km. 46 (zona Arqueológica De Teotihuacan)
San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico 03010
+52 5 9560052

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

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Attraction | "Basilica de Guadaloupe"

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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This was the first true stop on the tour I took with Estur – Operadora Mexicana Highlights Tour Company (see separate tour entry). Guadaloupe is Mexico’s patron saint and as the story goes, she performed a miracle for a native man, Juan Diego, and emblazoned her image on the cloth that he was wearing. Ramone, our tour guide, first led us to the gift shop, where he explained the story of Juan Diego and Saint Gaudaloupe. We then continued on to the central courtyard, where you can see the Old Basilica, the New Basilica, and other chapels. The New Basilica was built to replace the Old Basilica, which is sinking into the ground. The Old Basilica had just reopened after being closed for...Read More

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Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Calzada de los Misterios y Paseo Zumárraga
México, Mexico 07050
+52 5 5776022

Ballet folklórico de Amalia Hernández

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Attraction | "Ballet Foklorico de Mexico at Palacio de Bellas Ar"

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One of the things that everyone tells you to do when traveling to Mexico City is to catch the Ballet Foklorico. The Ballet Foklorico de Mexico performs twice a week at the famed Palacio de Bellas Artes. Buying tickets was a bit difficult to do from the United States. The tickets are sold on the Mexico Ticketmaster site, but in order to use a credit card, you need to have a Mexican billing address. So while in Mexico we walked to a local music store with a Ticketmaster booth and purchased our tickets for a Sunday night performance. If you want to pay with a credit card, make sure that you bring along your American Express card as that was the only foreign card that was accepted. On ...Read More

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Ballet folklórico de Amalia Hernández
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Mexico City, Mexico 06000
+52 5 3259000

Museo Frida Kahlo

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Museo Frida Kahlo Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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One of the places I definitely wanted to visit while in Mexico City was Museo Frida Kahlo, the house where Frida Kahlo was born and later lived with Diego Rivera at. We arrived at the entrance of the museum and saw the bright blues and greens on the front wall. These colors are a good indication as to what one finds inside the walls of the grounds. You must check your bags before entering the grounds to the house. A 30 peso (approximately $3US) donation is "requested" for entry, as well. The first few rooms of the museum are devoted to paintings by Kahlo, paintings that were owned by her, some letters she had written to Diego Rivera, pieces of her jewelry, and some of her clothing. ...Read More

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Museo Frida Kahlo
Londres 247 (Colonia del Carmen, Coyoacán)
Mexico City, Mexico 04400
+52 5 5545999

Bosque de Chapultepec

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Bosque de Chapultepec Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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On the way to Maximilian's Castillo from Museo Nacional de Antropologia, we walked through Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Park), which also houses a zoo and other museums. As we exited Museo Nacional de Antropologia, there was a crowd gathering near a thick, long pole jutting up from the ground. As I looked up I saw four men on a platform on the top of the pole. We sat with the crowd and watched as these four men, who turned out to be acrobats, started to descend from the top of the pole by means of a rope tied to each one. They were spinning and performing acrobatic feats as their descent continued. This performance apparently happens regularly and is worth the slight wait to catch one. ...Read More

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Bosque de Chapultepec
Chapultepec
Mexico City, Mexico