Mexico City is a densely populated city, a melting pot of diversity and cultures. Built by Aztecs in the 13th century, it has been home to numerous civilizations from Aztecs to Mayans to Spanish! Some of the oldest structures in Mexico City date from the early Spanish conquest era. The city has been home for some of the famous artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera who redefined modern art. It is a feast for eyes to see all the wonderful structures and the graffiti spread all throughout the city. We are sharing with you our 4-day itinerary and some of the must-visit spots of the vibrant city below:
We decided to start our day with a visit to the Frida Kahlo museum. After which we went to Xochimilco for a fun-filled afternoon boat ride! We were off to float on a colorful boat, on a rainy day, surrounded by Mariachi bands and people, young and old, partying to happy music 🙂
There are so many architectural marvels in the Centro Historica and all of them are somewhat close by. We took the Turibus to see most of these places starting with Zocalo, one of the most famous and largest main squares in the world. It has been a gathering place for Mexicans since Aztec times! You can easily spend a day around here, grab some yummy street food, shop in the bazaars nearby, and explore the Aztec ruins at the Templo Mayor which is just a block away from the Zocalo. Our last stop before we got on Turibus was the Palacio de Bellas Artes, performance hall & museum featuring murals by Diego Rivera & other notable artists.
For the first time ever, we woke up at 4 AM on a vacation! We started our day with hot air balloon ride at sunrise overlooking the Teotihuacan pyramids. It was a surreal and stunning experience to rise above the clouds and see the sun shining on the pyramids down below. A big shout-out to Volare for the awesome experience! After the balloon ride, we spent the rest of the day touring the Pyramids. Teotihuacan is a vast Mexican archaeological complex northeast of Mexico City. Running down the middle of the site, which was once a flourishing pre-Columbian city, is the Avenue of the Dead. It links the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun. The climb up the pyramids is worth all the effort for the amazing panoramic views from the top.
Chocolate makes everything better! On our last day in Mexico City, we had visited MUCHO Museo del Chocolate, an entire museum dedicated to cacao and chocolate. For those of you who find museums very boring, this one has only 5 rooms and our tour guide’s enthusiasm for chocolate and its Mayan history made the 30-minute long tour very interesting and lively. We learned a little bit about the history and making of chocolate. We treated ourselves to some delicious traditional chocolate dishes and drinks at Fonda Cacao after the tour.
After indulging in chocolates, we headed to the mega-library, Biblioteca Vasconcelos. At the very sight of millions of books stacked in this huge maze of bookshelves, I knew I wanted to get lost there! Believe me, I did get lost and I ended up walking all the floors searching for Sharat as my phone battery had died. On the bright side, we both got a lot of cardio done ;P