Mexico City Journals

Tackling the Massive City of Mexico

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An August 2009 trip to Mexico City by airynfaerie

Pirámides de Teotihuacan Photo, Mexico City, Mexico More Photos
Quote: While doing volunteer work at a community center for a week in Mexico City, we also took a few side trips to see some of the main sites of Mexico's largest city.

Mexico City Center

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Attraction | "Wandering the Center of Mexico City"

Mexico City Street Art Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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One can easily spend days in the center of Mexico City, one of the world's largest metros, and still not see everything. Imagine only having one afternoon to walk past some of the main sites in the center... here are some tips to see the highlights if you only have a few hours.First, start out in the Zócalo Capitalino. This is the main square in the city, and is the second largest public square in the world after Moscow's Red Square. From the center of this massive area, which is home to large gatherings, demonstrations, exhibitions, and markets throughout the year, one can see the Cathedral, Government House, National Palace and numerous hotels and shops. Take a peak inside the Metropolit...Read More

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Chapultepec Park

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Attraction | "Mexico City's Central Park"

Chapultepec Park Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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As Mexico City is the second largest city in the world, it stands to reason that visitors and residents alike would need a nice place for refuge from the massive crowds in the city streets. Chapultepec Park is such a place. And leave it to one of the world's largest cities to house one of the world's largest parks at over 500 acres.Approaching the park on foot, you might pass a variety of street wall murals which are a site in themselves. You could even come across the good-sized outdoor market of open stalls selling souvenirs and food, or even happen upon street performers and musicians on the park's perimeter.Lounge amoung the large shade trees on a bench or near one of the m...Read More

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Chapultepec Park

Mexico City, Mexico

Jarocho

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Restaurant | "Must Stop for Coffee Lovers"

Jarocho Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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"Where is a good place for coffee?", we asked around when we were visiting the area of Coyocan in the southern end of Mexico City. Over and over we heard the answer, "definitely El Jarocho", the famous, award-winning coffee cafe which opened in 1953.This place did not disappoint! With cheap offerings of their signature roasts in forms from standard caffe and whip-cream topped sweet cappuchinos, to frozen blended coffees and warm homemade pastries. We ordered a few different items and loved every sip.There is no indoor seating, and lines of coffee lovers form from the multiple cash registers. There are a few small tables and benches that the lucky few can grab just outside, but ...Read More

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Jarocho
Centenario, 91-B Colonia Del Carmen Coyoacán
Mexico City, Mexico 04100

Museo Frida Kahlo

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Attraction | "A Little Blue at the Frida Kahlo Museo"

Pirámides de Teotihuacan Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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In the southern end of Mexico City, in Coyoacan, is the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. This was one of my top must-sees in Mexico as I've always been interested in both of them as artists. Actually walking through the gardens and home where they lived from 1929 to 1954 (the year of her death) is amazing. After entering the house, you head into several rooms of original artwork, by Kahlo and Rivera, as well as other artists' pieces of their personal collection. Be sure to check out the case of hand-written personal letters to Diego Rivera from some of his famous friends, including Albert Einstein and musician John Cage. Next the tour goes through the actual living area ro...Read More

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

Pirámides de Teotihuacan

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Attraction | "Exploring Aztec Pyramids Just Outside the City"

Pirámides de Teotihuacan Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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In the afternoon of our first full day in Mexico City, we headed about 30 miles north to the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacan. Home to the third largest pyramid in the world, this city which began as early as 200bc, was amazing to see and learn a little bit about. We began at the southern end of the site known as the Citadel, where apartment buildings and public gathering spaces once existed. The Temple of the Feathered Serpent is in this area and we explored around the grounds trying to understand what it must have been like to be here at the city's pinnacle.From the southern end we made our way north along the Avenue of the Dead, which was the main thoroughfare and stretched for more th...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