Mexico City

MexicoPosted by Espen Sun, January 09, 2011 05:27:55

For months we debated if we should go to Mexico City or not. Too big, too dangerous, too much police that will try to rob us, too polluted, and, of course, too urban for unURBAN. But now, when we are safe and sound back at the campground in Teotihuacan, it is hard to know where to begin writing about all those impressions a four days visit to Mexico City gave us.

We decided to leave the Patrol at Teotihuacan Trailer Park in San Juan Teotihuacan. It is a fenced in campground, and they let you park your car here for half price of a camp site. The next morning we arrived in Mexico City after a 55 minutes bus ride, and checked in to a hotel in the city center. We spent the day walking around in the Centro Historico, and walked all the way down to Zona Rosa, a kilometer or two further south, for dinner. To get back home, we used Mexico City’s excellent metro, and it took us right to the doorstep at our hotel.

The morning after we visited the museum of Frida Kahlo and the house where she and her husband Diego Rivera lived and worked. Their story is as fascinating as the city itself, and the place is well worth a visit.

In the southernmost parts of Mexico City we found a nice surprise. Canals!

We jumped on a local bus (with a huge stereo, and a bus driver that obviously was into techno…), and it took us all the way down to one of the embarcaderos were we hired a boat (in lack of a better word) and a “captain”. And as this was in the middle of the Christmas holiday, it was pretty busy, and we saw everything from family lunches to music bands playing to flower stores on the different “boats” on the channels. On our way back to the hotel, we decided to check out another area for a good restaurant. Ended up in Condesa where we had a great dinner at an “organic” restaurant called La Buena Tierra.

Mexico City also has an impressive number of Starbucks coffee shops. And to keep the pace up, we started the third day with a couple of double lattes, and headed for the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. This is a HUGE museum with fantastic displays of the Mexican and the Mesoamerican history and archeological artifacts. This is a must see if you stay in Mexico City, and a full day (or perhaps two halves would be better) is a minimum of time required. We’ll see if we are able to put some of the historical sites described here into our route as we travel further south.

And the last day was spent…………… SHOPPING! After eight months on the road we start to see some wear and tear on jeans, shoes, boxer shorts, sandals, etc. Stocked up enough to get us to Cancun.

We even had time to take in the view of the city from the 38th floor of the Torre Latinoamericano building before running for the bus back to the campground and the Patrol. The view point offers a 360 degrees view of the world’s biggest city, and believe me, it is BIG!

For the record: we had no bad experiences, and all the people we met were nice, helpful, polite and smiling. Even the police, and there is a LOT of them in the streets. I can of course not say that nothing bad will happen in Mexico City, but we felt safe and well within our comfort zone at all times.

And tomorrow: Teotihuacan ruins!

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