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10 Days in Mexico City

A January 2008 trip to Mexico City by bettybetty10

Casa Condesa Extended Stay Mex Photo, Mexico City, Mexico More Photos
Quote: I spent 8 days in Mexico City and 2 days in San Miguel de Allende...here's what I saw.

10 Days in Mexico City

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I spent 10 days in Mexico City with my boyfriend over New Year's in 2008. Mexico City is gigantic, but filled with a million things to do. There are museums galore (we went to 8!), a variety of different types of food to experience (from low brow tacos to haute cuisine), and the people are very nice. 1 week was enough time to see a lot of the sights and take in Mexican experiences, however, there were still tons of things we had not had the opportunity to explore.My family was concerned about safety, and our friends from Mexico City warned us about hijacking and such, but it was very safe, as long as you are aware of your surroundings!Quick Tips: GET A MAP: We forgot to bring a...Read More

Casa Condesa Extended Stay Mex

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Hotel

Casa Condesa Extended Stay Mex Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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We stayed at Casa de la Condesa for 6 nights, and then came back for 1 more night before leaving for the states. The pros: lots of tourists stay here, from all over the world. I believe it's because this place is listed in Lonely Planet, and has a good review! We had requested a room with a balcony facing the square, but there wasn't one available so we were actually upgraded to the honeymoon suite! The honeymoon suite had a kichenette, which was great because we liked to make coffee in the morning and have some fruit before leaving for the day. The room was very large, and had a TV with cable, but the window faced the hallway, thus, we didn't get my light.There was also a very cut...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Casa Condesa Extended Stay Mex
PLAZA LUIS CABRERA 16 COL ROMA
Mexico City, Mexico 06700
52-55-5591-0937

San Angel Inn

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San Angel Inn Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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We actually didn't go to San Angel Inn for a meal - we went because we heard it was the nicest hacienda in town! We took the metro there, but it is a long walk from the metro - at least 20 min, if not more. But it was an interesting experience, the walk.By the time we got to San Angel Inn, we were pretty sweaty (it was a warm day), and we were concerned that it was a very upscale place, and that they wouldn't let us in! We were there around 2pm.However, we walked in, and it really is very pretty. The hacienda had was very well maintained with flowers and plants everywhere. It was very old school!We sat down and had a couple of drinks (beers and vodka tonics) and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

San Angel Inn
Diego Rivera 50
México, Mexico 01060
+52 5 616 2222

Taquería El Farolito

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Restaurant

Taquería El Farolito Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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This place was recommended by a friend who lived in San Angel. It was very difficult to find!!!It is supposedly one of the top taco places in the city. However, we didn't expect it to be in a mall/shopping center. So we walked around the area for about an hour before someone told us it was in the shopping center. It was frustrating! The shopping center was relatively upscale, with some nice restaurants, eateries, and stores.Once we got there, we were determined to make sure this search was worth it. El Farolito looks like a chain restaurant. We ordered a bucket of Coronitas (16 pesos for 4 beers, a deal), and ordered tacos al pastor and other types of tacos and quesadillas....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Taquería El Farolito
Avenida de las Fuentes 28
Naucalpan, Mexico 53950
+52 5 589 9765

Tizoncito (El)

Restaurant | "El Tizoncito"

Tizoncito (El)  Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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If you want tacos, this is the place to get them! I thought this was the best place for authentic, mexican tacos. A friend from Mexico City had recommended it to me as a top taco place in the city.It's a small place, with a lot of tables that are kind of out on the street. It's in La Condesa, which is the neighborhood with trendy restaurants, and supposedly models (although i didn't see any!). They have several large grill/spits that they shave pork off of to make these delicious tacos. We ordered a tacos al pastor combo platter - with 3 al pastor, and 2 gringas (i think). surprisingly, 5 tacos was enough to satiate 2 very hungry people! there is a lot of meat and flavor on the tacos. We als...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Tizoncito (El)
#122 Calle Tamaulipas
Mexico City
+55 5286 2117

Castillo de Chapultepec Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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We thought we were going to skip this one because it wasn't really en route to the other museums we were planning to see. However, we decided to go for it and it was totally worth it!! You can take the metro there and the signs in Chapultapec park will direct you to the Castillo. You can pay 11 pesos to ride a little trolley up the hill, if you're feeling lazy (we were tired, so we took the trolley!). The views of the city are amazing and there are tons of historical articfacts to review. Everything was very well preserved and very interesting. The gardens are also very nice to walk through and take photos. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take very many photos inside. With a student ID, you can ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Castillo de Chapultepec
Bosque de Chapultepec 1a Sección
México, Mexico 11560
+52 5 5536224 Ext. 2

Pirámides de Teotihuacan

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Attraction

Pirámides de Teotihuacan Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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The Teotihuacan Pyramids are a must see! If you've never seen pyramids before, this is a really cool, outdoor experience. We went to the Pyramids on New Year's Day, since mostly everything is closed in Mexico City on this day. We took a taxi to the Bus Terminal, and then bought our tickets. It was very inexpensive - a few US dollars round trip. The bus was very nice and comfortable and the trip took about 45min - 1hour each way.I would recommend packing a lunch or snack when going to the pyramids, since the food options are very limited at the park. We just bought sandwiches and a beverage at an OXO or 7-11 and packed it in our backpacks.It is definitely cooler at the pyr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

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

Lucha Libre

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Lucha Libre is an amazing experience! It is Mexican wrestling - think WWF with crazy masks and cheesier girls! Lucha Libre is one of the most popular sports in Mexico.You can buy 2 or 3 levels of tickets - the day we went, we were very afraid that tix would sell out so we took a cab to the Arena Mexico an hour early. Turns out, we didn't need to do that because there were plenty of tix available. There is also not much to do around that area.You can purchase a ringside seat, or a mezzanine seat. If you purchase ringside, you could get sucked into the action! We were not that adventurous so we got the cheap seats - about $5 each. Turns out ringside was not as dangerous, al...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Attraction | "Museo Nacional de Antropologia"

Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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This is a really cool museum, if you're interested in seeing tons of ancient artifacts. The unfortunate part was that it was a really cold day, and they leave all the doors open so it is FREEZING. It will probably take you 2+ hours to get through everything. Some of the information is in english (the more popular artifacts), but much is in Spanish. There are also totem poles and other large artifacts outdoors in the garden.

I would recommend going to this museum early in the trip to learn some history about the area before embarking on other treks to ruins.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia
Paseo De La Reforma Y Calzada Ghandi (colonia Polanco Chapultepec)
México, Mexico 11560
52 5553 6266; +52 5

Palacio Nacional-National Palace

Attraction | "Palacio Nacional"

Palacio Nacional-National Palace Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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I didn't think i was going to find this place that interesting, but the Diego Rivera murals are really fantastic! It is free to enter, and there are two floors to explore. The stairwell with the large mural is breathtaking and on the second floor, there are segments of murals on view. It takes awhile to take in all the detail! When we were there, there were giant paper mache Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlos positioned throughout the palace. A great photo op!

There is also a nice garden in the back to explore. The Palacio Nacional is open every day, including Mondays (when museums are typically closed).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2008

Palacio Nacional-National Palace
El Zocalo
México City, Mexico 06060
+52 5 5420508