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)
David and I don't usually spend a lot of food when we travel, but I had read and heard so many wonderful things about El Mural that it went on our "must do" list during our recent weekend trip. We were not disappointed. While this restaurant is by no means expensive for US standards, it gets a $$$ here in Mexico. After tax and tip, our total came to around $36 USD.
El Mural is located in an open roof courtyard just a few blocks south of the zocalo in Puebla City, and it's menu takes you through a journey of Poblano classics (try the cemita cholupa); if you are searching for the best place to try a few different kinds of mole, this is where you come (above: David's chicken enchiladas with three different moles). Not only is the food superb, but the service rivals some of the best establishments we've been to back home.
What: El Mural de los Poblanos
Where: Puebla City, Puebla, just south of the zocalo (here)
When: Every day, 8:00 am - midnight
How much: $$$, most entrees cost around $15 USD
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
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.
Welcome to my new series! Worth Your Time will be an ongoing series on Finding Normal highlighting activities, sights, experiences, and eats in Mexico City that may not make it into a larger post, but are still 100% worth adding to your itinerary. These quick, and easy to read posts will provide you the basics; What, Where, When, How Much, plus a few of my personal tips in order to help make your planning as easy as possible.
So let's jump in!
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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