I’m back from Mexico City, somehow managing to bypass hurricanes on my flights and be away from the epicenter of a major earthquake (but we felt it in the city and were evacuated until safety checks were complete). It certainly made me feel very lucky, and my heart goes out to all who were not so lucky.
This was my second time in Mexico City, and I adore this place. I revisited the city center but also went to new places. There are countless cultural and historical gems in the massive city, yet you can see them easily by use of the metro.
This time around I took the metro to Alameda Santa Maria park and the Biblioteca Vasconsuelos. It ended up being a very fun dinner experience, as I went to a family run cafe where I sat with the family for their meal, practicing my Spanish.
I then took a daytrip to Taxco and Cuernavaca. The bus to Taxco is very inexpensive (at about $12) and very nice. The scenery is breathtaking. The city reminds me very much of Ostuni, Italy – narrow cobblestone hilly streets, whitewashed buildings, and art-filled churches.
If you’re up to it, I recommend climbing to Guadeloupe church for city views.
In the later afternoon I made a quick stop to the Borda gardens in Cuernavaca, which have gorgeous flowers with butterflies, plenty of fountains, colorful ducks, and graceful columns.
The next day it was Puebla and Cholula. The bus leaves from Mexico City TAPO every fifteen minutes. It is really necessary to take either the city bus or a taxi to the center of Puebla from the CAPU bus station. The outskirts are blah, but the center is charming – so colorful and endless sweets stores, cafes, and artisan crafts await you.
The highlight for me were the churches – beautiful architecture and incredible interiors.
I ate in the artist district and had the best mole I’ve ever tasted.
I had not planned my trip around a festival, but Cholula was in pure celebration mode. The Aztec drumming and dancing was incredible and it was fascinating to see the blessing ceremonies.
What a wonderful surprise to end my short trip to Mexico. I certainly hope to return many times in my lifetime to this friendly, incredible country.
Photos are my own.