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Latin New Year

A powerful ending

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North AmericaMexico11 days / January - December 2017

Highs & Lows

Going on a globe ride above the pyramids.

Plaza Garibaldi wasn’t what we expected.

Itinerary Overview

After reading about Mexico City, we weren’t really sure what to expect; there wasn’t a clear image, just a bunch of warnings and recommendations of places to go. Once we actually got there that unsureness and fear immediately started going away. We began to discover the beauty in every corner of the city, from visiting the traditional and immense Zócalo, floating around in Xochimilco, to the gorgeous Chapultepec Forest and Castle, which we could actually see from the hotel’s terrace; or visiting the center of town to walk inside the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Each place is completely different from the others, but each is absolutely magical. One of the greatest places we found was on a rather lazy day, on which we chose to walk over to a mall just a few blocks away. After spending part of the day shopping, going to the movies and eating at amazing restaurants in Antara Fashion Hall, we stepped out of the huge building only to find ourselves face to face to the Soumaya Museum. This is a private museum with mind blowing art, amazing architecture and just the capability to leave you at awe no matter how many times you see it. After going up and around the galleries we were even able to buy tickets for Broadway’s The Lion King which was on tour and would perform in an underground theater for the next nights. Something that truly shocked me was how big the city was, going for miles and miles around, and always something to do. Our plans were constantly being changed and getting better from what we though it would be.

Even though we had more than enough to do in the city, we took some time to visit around the city. On our first daytrip we were picked up really early in the morning and we drove for a while, reaching Teotihuacan still at least half an hour before sunrise. The reason we were there so early was that this was the best time to fly in a balloon. We were there from the moment they started inflating them and they all started to rise in the middle of the desert. Once we were inside the basket itself, we started to float up as the sun rose, slowly seeing the pyramids below. It was an unforgettable view, the sun slowly rising and making the sky change colors slowly, all the balloons rising and floating around us, and below the magnificent Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, Quetzalcoatl’s temple, and desert all around. It was a magical experience and I was floating for the rest of the day as we walked through the pyramids themselves and visited the Museo del Tequila.

Another day we could spare, we took the time to drive over to Puebla, a beautiful little town filled with color, culture, and life, as well as amazing food. Puebla was amazing from the moment you took a step in it, being able to see the Cuexcomate Geiser, and admiring the unusual traditional architecture and enjoying all kinds of odd sweets on the Calle de los Dulces. We walked around for most of the day, discovering Callejon de los Sapos a street filled with antique stores, and stopping at Museo Amparo to enjoy the art and the view from the terrace, where we were also able to try the famous mole poblano. Overall, this town left us wanting more time before we had to drive back to the city. 

  • 11 Nights: Mexico City
    All in one
  • Day trip: San Juan Teotihuacán
    Ancient Pyramids from above
  • Day trip: Puebla
    Town of color and culture

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would make the trip longer so I could visit small towns near the city.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Not really, maybe that there wasn’t much to do without a reservation on New Year’s Eve.

  • How was the food?

    The food is amazing, if you can eat at any of the restaurants in Antares shopping center do so, besides that try Tacontento or Hacienda los Morales.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Try to take a day to relax, visit the shopping centers, eat well and just chill for the day.

  • Packing tips?

    The weather wasn’t really hot or cold so pack a light jacket just in case.

  • Transportation Tips?

    I am a fan of walking, so mainly that; besides that, we had to program transport for the daytrips, and we took a tour bus for a day.

  • Booking details?

    I make most of my reservations on Expedia or directly on the hotel websites.