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!
Mexico City is massive and diverse, both in population and physical space. This is something I know, but am still constantly amazed by, especially when an 11 stop metro ride is able to make me feel like I've traveled for hours. This is the exact feeling David and I got when visiting Coyoacán this past weekend; a vibrant, colorful, and easygoing neighborhood only a few kilometers away from the chaos of the center of the city. Probably most famous as the birthplace and home of Frida Kahlo, Coyoacán is the perfect place to spend a Saturday or Sunday.
Mexico City doesn't have the extensive network of public libraries that other cities may have, BUT, when they do build a library, they do it right. You won't be disappointed taking some time to visit the Biblioteca Vasconselos to marvel at the modern architecture, or relax on a couch while flipping through a magazine. This 6 story, 2 block long building is the perfect place for a quiet rest during your busy day.
What: Biblioteca Vasconcelos
Where: Buenavista (here)
Closest metro station(s): Buenavista (on either the Metro or Metrobus)
When: Every day, 8:30 - 7:30
How much: FREE
After six weeks of settling in, and exploring CDMX, David and I went on our first excursion to see what else this amazing country has to offer. Based on reading suggestions for day-trips on Culture Trip, compiling my own list from my trusted Lonely Planet guide, and following recommendations from our new friends, we landed on Tepoztlán; one of the Pueblos Mágicos in the State of Morelos. We had a packed day of hiking (more like stair climbing), eating, and shopping. Keep reading for my best tips and recommendations for your next visit to the magical mountains of Tepoztlán.
Mexico City can be chaotic at times, so if you are needing a break and a little quiet time, head on over to the tranquil Jardín Botánico in Chapultepec Park.
What: Jardín Botánico del Bosque Chapultepec
Where: Inside Chapultepec Park
Closest metro station(s): Chapultepec (Linea 1) OR Gandhi on Metrobús (Reforma route)
When: Tuesday - Sunday, 10-4 (Closed Mondays)
How much: Free
The gardens are certainly not as big as others I have been to (I'm looking at you South Africa), but they are certainly worth a quick stroll, especially if you are already planning on spending some time in the park. David and I walked through in about 20 minutes, which was a perfect activity to help us relax after a stressful morning dealing with furniture delivery and the bank.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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