Around Mexico City. Two week whirlwind.

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1. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1143 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

So, I just got a scuhReaming deal to Mexico City. I couldn't pass it up. I've been to Mexico City a couple of times, to fly out but never really been around the area. I'll see Teotihuacan I think, but is there anything else? I've been thinking of shooting up to San Miguel de Allende, and I'd like to make whatever route I do a circle, but I'm wide open. I'd hate to waste any day as a full travel day, as well. It would have to be way worth it to do that. 15 days not including in/out days

If you have any suggestions, please, let me know.

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[ Edit: Edited on 14-Mar-2018, at 21:27 by Piecar ]

2. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 590 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

I'd recommend Puebla City and it's nearby Popocatépetl volcano. If you like hiking you could go up to El Tepozteco. There are also the ruins of El Tajin not too far. I don't know how soon you are travelling but if it is really soon, you might just catch the tail end of the Monarch Butterfly Migration at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Speaking of biospheres there are some nice hiking trails in Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. I don't know how far is too far for you but we did visit Acapulco which has a spectacular coastline, though I have heard it might not be the safest place to visit these days

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1143 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Teoni. I have considered Puebla City. I'm glad to hear another vote for it. I've also heard that Acapulco is dicey these days. Resort towns have never been my thing anyways. Ill look into El Tajin as well. I leave next week. I'll try to find some info on the Monarchs.

4. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1143 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

I just got back from Mexico. Left Puebla to the end. I really enjoyed the town. If there was a place in Mexico where I could work and enjoy the city I was living in, Puebla would be it. I also went up to San Miguel de Allende, and liked that, though the hills and switchbacks kept my legs burning. Then, Teotihuacan...well, that was just embarrassing.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Apr-2018, at 19:13 by Piecar ]

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3929 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Piecar

Then, Teotihuacan...well, that was just embarrassing.

In what way - not as interesting as other ruins in Mexico?

6. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 77 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Xochimilco Ecological Park and Reserve is quite interesting. It is basically how the ancient people used the originally wet/swampy valley as a system of canals and dry-beds to grow their fruit and vegetables, and is still partly used like that. Even though it is a World Heritage site, it is heavily threatened by urbanization. Chapultepec park is easy to reach and a relaxing place mostly for the local people. Polanco was nice as well as Colonia Roma. Frida Kahlo's house (a museum) if you're into that.

I have no idea why Teotihuacan should have been embarrassing in one of the previous posts. I found that it had a mysterious vibe to it while walking there on a Saturday morning (while almost nobody there yet).

7. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1143 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

No. Crawling my way up the Sun Tower and Moon Tower was embarrassing. Watching three year old kids fly by me while I carefully monitored whether my heart would explode was embarrassing.

Ten years ago I chugged up Temple IV with just a decent sweat. These days, those Mayan steps are a serious challenge.....that's just embarrassing.

I actually went back to the Teotihuacan ruins the next day. (staying closer to the ground) The corner store near my hotel was being manned by a guy who was also a guide at the ruins. He told me a whole bunch of things I missed and led me back there there the next day to a cave under Sun Tower, and to some neat tunnels I didn't note. There was not great signage at the site.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Apr-2018, at 02:56 by Piecar ]

8. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 77 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Piecar

No. Crawling my way up the Sun Tower and Moon Tower was embarrassing.

Ah, yes, I can relate to that! Had the same thing. Just arriving from a country where the same height as the pyramid, but then counted from sea level, is already considered a mountain, I felt like I was not made to do this at 2,250 meters above sea level

9. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 77 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Back to the topic, Coyoacán and San Ángel are quite pretty neighborhoods to visit as well with colorful streets, little markets etc. And of course Centro Histórico, with Zocaló, the main square, and ruins of the Aztec temple right there (can be quite crowded though...). Condesa is more like an artsy neighborhood, with bars, eateries, and arts galeries.

10. Posted by rilywilliams31 (Budding Member 34 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

I would suggest El Tepozteco it's a great spot if you love hiking! enjoy on your travel.