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!
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 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
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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