Mexico Journals

Whoa, Mexico

A June 2006 trip to Mexico by SeaTurtle

Quote: A budget adventure in and around Mexico City and on to San Luis Potosi.

Whoa, Mexico

Overview

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Highlights of Mexico were the stereotypical trip to Frida Kahlo's Blue House in Mexico City and the floating gardens of Xochimilco. Further north to SLP it was the breathtaking landscape and the psychedelic sculptures of Edward Jame's Las Pozas, coupled with the warm, quiet welcome from the indigenous folks there, that left the biggest impression on me.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Within Mexico City the metro is cheap, efficient and easy to use (color coded if you do not speak Spanish). Despite hearing otherwise, it was no problem to take a backpack on the Metro, although I would not recommend it during rush hour. Trans-country trips are best on the executive class of buses- ...Read More

Hostal Moneda

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Hotel | "Hostel Moneda"

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Located on a side street just around the corner from the Zocalo – the main square in Mexico City, Hostal Moneda is your basic bustling urban hostel. It was a bit dirty on the outside but clean on the inside. The top floor has an open air, rooftop bar where dinner is also served. If you stand on tiptoes, you can catch a cool view of the sun setting behind the historic buildings in the Zocalo.It was about $13 per night which included a buffet breakfast and dinner. The dinner especially included some strange, multinational combinations of food – like spaghetti with tortillas and hard boiled eggs, but if you’re on a budget as I was it fills you up. The bar is a fun place to hang out in at n...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2006

Hostal Moneda
Moneda No. 8 Colonia Centro
Mexico City, Mexico 06020
+52 (55) 5522-5803

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This was the best meal I had while in Mexico City, although the competition wasn’t stiff as I was mostly eating the buffet at my hostel. I sought it out because it is vegetarian, and the neighborhood of the Zona Rosa is a neat area to walk around, although it starts to deteriorate as you get closer to the restaurant.It is moderately priced (US $5-15) with sandwiches, Mexican specialties (some made with soy meat), salads and juices. They have the best fruit cocktail! I had three puffy little empanadas – one filled with mushroom, one with savory soy meat, and the last with flor de calabaza (zucchini blossom). The squash blossom one was so good, I can still taste it as I am writing this almost a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2006

Restaurante Vegetariano Yug
Varsovia 3
Mexico City, Mexico
5-533-3296

Vegetariano

Restaurant | "El Vegetariano"

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This decent vegetarian restaurant has a few tables inside, and a handful outside. As far as I know, it is the only vegetarian restaurant near the Zocalo. I ate lunch outside on the nice, quiet street. I didn’t get bothered by any hagglers even though I was a woman eating alone…mostly just businessmen walking by. The menu included juices, salads, breakfast, egg dishes, and dessert. I had an emparedado de aguacate (avocado sandwich with tomato, lettuce, and onion). It came with french fries and was 37 pesos (~$3.70). The bread, as it tends to be in Mexico, was tasteless and dry. For dessert, it was coconut ice recommended by the waiter.Overall, the lunch portions were smallish and the f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2006

Vegetariano
Filomeno Mata 13
Mexico City, Mexico
+52 (55) 10-0113

National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru

Attraction | "National Museum of Anthropology"

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Any guidebook will tell you that the Anthropology Museum is huge, and it’s true. I spent more than half a day there, and felt like I still haven’t "done" it. The museum is interesting and so extensive that it’s almost hard to take. I went with a group from the Hostal Moneda - there were a lot of independent travelers. Everyone was really friendly and I met a couple of people on our little "field trip." The hostel provided a guide who accompanied us on the trip and spoke English (as most of the signs in the museum are in Spanish only). We visited just five rooms of the museum - a small portion overall. Highlights were pre-Columbian art and models of the many civilizations that preceded...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2006

National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru
Plaza Bolívar s/n, Pueblo Libre
Lima, Peru
+51 (1) 463 5070

Xochimilco

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Attraction

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When you get off the train at Xochimilco (it's the end of the line), you can just follow the hordes of people walking towards the water. No doubt you will already have several offers from different boat owners to take a trip on their brightly painted wooden vessels. It is definitely worth haggling with them a bit, I think our final offer amounted to about $5 per person for a two hour ride. I didn't know much of what to expect on this, as reading a description beforehand didn't do it justice. Basically Xochimilco is a series of waterways and gardens on the outskirts of Mexico City. There are hundreds of boldly colored boats for hire to take you on a relaxing ride throughout. Apparently it is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2006

Xochimilco
Avenida México Xochimilco
México, Mexico 16500
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Overview of Mexico City

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Story/Tip

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I spent a week hanging out in and around Mexico City prior to heading off to a longer project in San Luis Potosi. I was not sure what to expect as I had heard a lot of differing opinions about the capital. In short, I found it to be busy, crowded, and smoggy, but with plenty of interesting things to offer. Like the rest of Mexico, it is full of contradictions – traditional indigenous ceremonies in front of a huge shopping mall, an incredibly efficient metro system and old fashioned market stalls. A friend had warned me not to stay more than a few days in the capital, and a week was definitely more than adequate time to spend there. I had also heard that you can’t take backpacks on the metro...Read More
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I spent summer 2005 in Mexico. It was my first visit there, although I have been back several times since then. I spent two months doing a sustainable development project northeast of Mexico city in San Luis Potosi. Beforehand, I explored Mexico City for a week. I absolutely adore Latin America, and Mexico now has a special place in my heart. The warm and welcoming people, the scrubby corn milpas on the sides of the mountain, the steamy mild smell of tamales in a pot, the way colors seem brighter there… these are just a few of the things that make me smile and think of Mexico. If you are going to Mexico, I recommend reading Tony Cohan’s two books about the country, "On Mexican Time"...Read More