Mexico City #FavoriteCity
Mexico City has been on my bucket list for a very long time. I finally decided to visit, and it has become my favorite country. Mexico City is full of culture, great food and even better people. Everyone was very kind to us, and people were also eager to tell us where to go and where to eat. I absolutely loved the experience!
We arrived at 8:30 am on a Friday morning with Interjet. First, let me start with saying Interjet has probably become one of my favorite airlines. The staff is very courteous and..... that leg room! They got me! The legroom was insane!
When we arrived, we went straight to immigration and customs which was speedy. Then we walked over to taxi booth and took a taxi to our Airbnb. The traffic was insane, which I am not surprised considering it’s the largest city in the world. I will say, taking a taxi did feel safe since we obtained it at the airport but I would definitely suggest taking an Uber. Andrea, our host, greeted us when we arrived. The apartment was great, and our host was the best. Since before we booked, she sent us a message on “What’s App,” assuring us that she was available to assist us with anything. Our Airbnb was perfect! It was very clean and spacious.
We were starving, and our taxi driver suggested “La Casa de Toño.” Even though they are known for their “pozole”, I had a quesadilla de flor de calabaza and it was amazing! The place was very busy and I can understand why. The food was great!! TIP: It gets busy, so don’t go if you’re starving or aren’t willing to wait 15-20 minutes.
We then took an Uber to Coyoacán. The drive was insane!!!! Traffic was a nightmare a 30 minuets drive became an hour in a half drive. TIP: There is ALWAYS traffic in Mexico City, however they do have their busy times. We stopped to shop at the “Mercado de Artesanías de Coyoacán“ TIP: Don’t shop at the first stand you see. Shop around, compare prices and bargain. We finished shopping and walked across the street to “Plaza de Hidalgo”. Friday was definitely eating day. I ate EVERYTHING!! Churros, esquites, tacos, etc etc etc.... at the plaza (kind of a park, but not really) there was also a group of people doing a ritual dance.They were surrounded but everyone. It was a very neat experience and it made me feel connected to the culture.
We also got to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán. Her home was beautiful! We got to see her entire villa style home and we also got to see her studio. I enjoy visiting historical figures homes because I am able to imagine them working and creating their magic.
We woke up early and headed to Teotihuacan. There are plenty of ways to get to the archeological site. Many people take a bus which I believe is 5 Pesos round trip (don’t quote me on that). However, we decided to take an Uber. The Uber was around $30 and it took us only 40 minuets to get there. TIP: if you’re going in an Uber take the toll road, it cuts the travel down in half. We made one little mistake, when we arrived we did not get dropped off at the correct gate entrance. Teotihuacan has several entrances and we got dropped off at the furthest one from the main pyramids. I believe you want to get dropped off at gate 8 so that you’re walk isn’t as long. TIP: take a backpack, sunglasses, water, comfortable shoes and a hat. There are many many many tourists so you must be patient when going up the pyramid. As we were walking out, we saw a flea market and we obviously had to stop. We did some shopping but beware they are going to sell items to you at “tourist prices.”
After all the going up and down we decided to visit, “La Gruta”, for lunch. The experience was amazing! The restaurant is in a cave. When we arrived we were seated pretty quickly. We were taken to our seat and then our waiter came right after to take our order. While he was taking our order we heard noises and everyone was looking at one direction. Well apparently, there were performers coming. They did a total of three dances while we were having our lunch. It was such a neat experience! Not only did I have lunch in a cave with a great margarita but I got to have amazing cultural entertainment. TIP: have a margarita but do not get the chicken plate (it wasn’t my favorite) my friend ordered the Mexican Platter and that was definitely more worth it.
That night we decided to walk down the area where “El Palacio De Bellas Artes” was located. Everyone recommended us to visit “Churrería El Moro,” and I 100% see why everyone suggested it. The churros were amazing!! The line was extremely long but totally worth it. TIP: I ordered “Consuelos” which was an ice cream churros sandwich. They do have different types of ice cream. Instead of ordering one Consuelos order the 3 mini consuelos because you can order three different types of ice cream. Also, the order of “4” is not a total of four. They come with way way way more!
Everything was great however there was one little hiccup. While we were eating our churros we saw fireworks. and we realized that there was a celebration in “Chinatown” for the Chinese New Year. I thought it was going to be a great experience but it wasn’t. Everything was extremely unorganized and dangerous. There were so many people that you couldn’t get out and the dancers were trying to get in and were yelling at everyone to move out of the way. People were getting squished because they were unable to get out. It was a nightmare!
Our last day was quick and sad. I did not want to leave! Mexico City offers too much and 3 days is not nearly enough to see anything! TIP: visit for a minimum of 6 days. There is a lot of walking involved so you get tired and need a break. By our last day we were exhausted but so sad because we felt like we were just getting to the good part. We woke up early and went to the “Soumaya Museum”. Their collections are unbelievable and the architecture is just unexplainable. TIP: they don’t allow any food, my friend took gum and they asked her to leave at the front seat but when she left she was more than welcome to get it back. The pieces are just beautiful.
I will most definitely be returning to Mexico City because I only saw 25% of the things I wanted to see. Next time I will most definitely be staying for a week. Mexico City is full of rich culture. The city has become my favorite and has taught me that kindness is something that is just natural to Mexicans. I absolutely fell in love.