After 6 months of living in Mexico, we finally made it to the famous pyramids of Teotihuacan, one of the country's most iconic pre-hispanic sites. Situated less than an hour from CDMX (that is without traffic), this is a must-do for anyone visiting. The scope and expanse of the ancient city is breathtaking, and provides a glimpse into the advances of these cultures. While you can easily visit the site on your own, we opted for a group tour that also included the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Roman Catholics in the world. I had few expectations for the basilica, but was blown away by its size and mid-century modern architecture.
What: Teotihuacan and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Where: Teotihuacan (here), Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (here)
Closest metro station(s): Teotihuacan is only accessible by car or bus, but the basilica is only a few blocks from the La Villa-Basilica metro stop.
When: Teotihuacan (9-5 every day), Basilica ( 6am - 9pm every day, museum closed on Mondays)
How much: Teotihuacan ($70 MXN), Basilica (free)
One of the best parts about basing ourselves in Mexico City is the unending amount of weekend and day trips available to us. There are countless colonial towns, Pueblos Magicos, and natural wonders to discover within a 3 hour radius. A few weeks ago we once again took advantage with a quick trip to Taxco, a beautiful colonial town nestled inside one of the greenest mountain ranges I've ever seen. If you are wondering why the town of Taxco sounds familiar, you aren't alone. This tiny pueblo is known around the world for it's silver production. Although the mines have now dried up, it's still the best place to find silver jewelry at incredibly low prices.
David and I recently took a 3-day weekend trip to Puerto Vallarta (PV), a charming colonial style town on the pacific coast of México. Puerto Vallarta is a well known tourist and cruise ship destination, but it's beautiful scenery, vibrant culture, and growing eco-tourism sector offer visitors so much more than just another kitschy vacation spot. So if you are planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta, here are our top recommendations for what to see, eat, and do.
You can read all about our recent 2.5 day adventure to Puebla, Mexico here, and here. Knowing what to see, eat, and do is certainly an important part of planning any trip, but what is most important to me is cost. While we always set a budget ahead of time, I also always like to tally the final costs. For anyone curious, I would consider our trip spending landing in the "average" category. You could certainly spend less, but also find lots of ways to splurge.
David and I recently took a long weekend trip to explore Puebla City, Mexico; a mid-sized city about 2 hours from CDMX. Puebla was originally founded by the Spanish in 1531, and was the first Spanish city NOT built on an existing Aztec town. Because of this, walking around Puebla in some ways feels like walking through a European, colonial town. Puebla City's compact layout is perfect for anyone who only has a day or two to visit, as many of the highlights are within a 15-20 minute walk of each other. We crammed a lot into our time (we attempted to check off everything in the Lonely Planet guide), so take our word for it that these are the top things to do!
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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