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Juan Pablo
Bogota

Mexico

Where to go in Mexico (near DF) just for a short week?

I'm heading to Monterrey next july for a friend's wedding. I'll be in DF a week before (july 16 to july 21) and I wonder what to do there or where to go during this short week. -Thanks!


5 Answers

top answer by
Julie from York

Hi Juan Pablo

I agree with the answer below (although I've not been lucky enough to do all those things). I'd also add the lovely Frida Kahlo Museum.

If you fancy an overnighter out of the capital then there are a few options too.

A couple of hours East is Puebla, which has some impressive tiled architecture. It's also only about half an hour away from Cholula, which has a HUGE (now mostly grassed over) pyramid. It's one of the biggest in the world and you can explore inside it. Definitely a fun day out.

North is Queretaro a lovely city to have a wander around for a day or two. Guanajuato is one of my faves, though it's about 4-5 hours by bus from Mexico City.

West of the capital is Taxco, a former silver-mining hotspot and super-pretty place. You can buy some lovely silver pieces, and get around town in the white combi vans and taxis. There are some amazing caves about half an hour away.

Have a great time in Mexico City - it's one of my fave places.

Julie


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Frida Kahlo Museum (attraction)
  2. Puebla (attraction)
  3. Cholula (city)
  4. Queretaro (city)
  5. Guanajuato (city)
  6. Taxco (city)
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answered first by
Carlos from Mexico

There's plenty to do around Mexico City:


- Can't miss: San Juan Teotihuacan, one of the most impressive pre hispanic sites in the continent. Located 45 mins out of Mexico City, plenty of day tours available. Bring your walking shoes.

Chapultepec Castle: once home to Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg, now it's a museum. Beautifully maintained, you can see and visit the rooms from the time the place was a palace. Nice view of the city, too.

- The National Museum of Anthropology: if you're into history, it doesn't get any better than this gigantic museum that covers everything from prehistoric to colonial times. Don't try to visit all in one day, it's just too much.

-Museo del Templo Mayor and Cathedral: right next to each other in Mexico City's main square, the cathedral is a beautiful building that's tilted due to it being built on top of a lake, and the temple is worth walking through as well as visiting the museum for some comprehensive look at Mexico's culture, past and present.

-Turibus: take the big red tour buses that leave from the Zócalo(main square) and take you on a hop on/hop off tour of the city. There's three circuits available that cover most of what you'd want to look at, and you can switch between the three. Multi-day passes available.

- Take the metro: I always say that Mexico City's metro is one of the most folkloric places in the country. It's also one of the fastest and safest ways to travel in the city. Avoid rush hour, but definitely give it a try to moving around using it. It's not difficult.

- Coyoacan: a pre hispanic town, it's now lovely to walk around its alleys, galleries and museums. Good food in this area and definitely eat an ice cream at the Coyoacan main square.

- Food and drink: as the most populous and important city in the country, Mexico City offers some of the most varied and high quality places to eat, drink, party and hang out. Standout areas include La Condesa, Roma, Polanco and San Ángel

I could go on... but I won't :P


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. San Juan Teotihuacan (city)
  2. Chapultepec Castle (attraction)
  3. The National Museum of Anthropology (attraction)
  4. Museo del Templo Mayor (attraction)
  5. Turibus (attraction)
  6. Zócalo (attraction)
  7. Coyoacan (attraction)
  8. La Condesa (neighborhood)
  9. Roma (attraction)
  10. Polanco (neighborhood)
  11. San Ángel (neighborhood)
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answered by
Ana from Germany

Hi, I suggest you go to the Zócalo. There's plenty to see. I recommend that you visit Palacio de Bellas Artes.Palacio Postal Soumaya Museum The National Museum of Anthropology Square of the Three Cultures Museo del Templo Mayor Frida Kahlo Museum Coyoacan

Chapultepec Castle Teotihuacan Mexico  

You can visit various places on the same day. Go to Teotihuacan may take longer since it is very large.

Suerte :)


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Zócalo (attraction)
  2. Palacio de Bellas Artes (attraction)
  3. Palacio Postal (attraction)
  4. Soumaya Museum (attraction)
  5. The National Museum of Anthropology (attraction)
  6. Square of the Three Cultures (attraction)
  7. Museo del Templo Mayor (attraction)
  8. Frida Kahlo Museum (attraction)
  9. Coyoacan (attraction)
  10. Chapultepec Castle (attraction)
  11. Teotihuacan Mexico (attraction)
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answered by
Tess from Columbus

Great suggestions so far. I would like to add the Basilica de La Virgen de GuadalupeBasilica of Our Lady of Guadelupe.


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  1. Basilica de La Virgen de Guadalupe (attraction)
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answered by
claus

You should visit Coyoacan where Frida Kalho and Diego Riviera lived.

Really nice part of the city with a great bohemian vibe.

Xochimilco is also quite nice with it's canals and boats going around them.

And the city center itself is very interesting if you ask me with some of the worlds best museums.

I'm not a museum person myself, but in Mexico City i am as they have some super cool art museums.


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  1. Coyoacan (attraction)
  2. Xochimilco (region)
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