What to Do in Mexico City for a Long Weekend
Earlier this month, my husband and I packed our weekend bags and headed to Mexico City for our second trip sans-kiddo. We usually travel with her, but my in-laws were excited to spend time with her, so we took advantage.
We did a taco tour with Eat Mexico and it was one of the best things we could have done while in Mexico City. Our guide, Fernando, was awesome. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited and was able to give us some neat information. But the food...wow. The food was unbelievable. Our tour was a neighborhood tour (Navarte at Night) so we walked around and ate at all these local spots. These are places we wouldn't have known about otherwise and it was probably the best meal I've ever had. Ever. We have never done a food tour like this before, but it's something we need to look into now, whenever we travel. You just get a taste of the culture that you likely won't get if you tried to find it on your own. I highly recommend Eat Mexico Culinary Tours!
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HOLY WOW! I was a little (ok, kind of a lot) skeptical of this at first. But it was AMAZING. So much so that I realized my new dream of moving to Mexico City to become a Lucha Libre wrestler myself. But seriously though. It was amazing. So entertaining. I had no knowledge of these wrestlers but the crowd was so into it. It was obvious who the bad guys were. Obvious who the good guys were. And I pretty much screamed my head off the whole time. Concession workers come up and down the isles the whole time selling everything from Lucha masks to pizzas…so you don’t have to miss a thing. We bought third row seats ahead of time (about $30/ea). I believe you can buy tickets the day off, but I highly recommend sitting close, so buy your tickets ahead of time.
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The Museo Nacional de Antropología (Anthropology Museum) is the most visited museum in all of Mexico. It’s located in the gorgeous Chapultepec Park in the heart of Mexico City. The museum has a lot of really cool exhibits. They have a reproduction of the Temple of the feathered serpent in Teotihuacan, feather headdress replica of Moctezuma II, and Stone of the Sun (the Aztec calendar stone). They even have a reconstruction of a Mayan Temple outside – it’s really cool.
We stayed at the Gran Hotel just off the Zócolo. The Zócolo in the “Main Square” in the city, formally called “Plaza de la Constitución.” Pre-conquest, the square was an open space and the center was the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan. During the invasion, the Aztec architecture was torn down and a cathedral was built in place. Today, the open square is there was a giant Mexican flag in the center. The cathedral still stands and is used today. To the sides, the Aztec ruins have been dug up (as much as possible) and is visible.
In the middle of a park, there is a beautiful castle. You have to buy tickets and walk up the hill but it is so worth it. During the second Mexican Empire, it was the official home of Emperor Maximilian 1 and Empress Carlota. Starting in the early 1880’s, the Presidents of Mexico lived in the castle until it was turned into a museum in 1939. Because it’s at the top of a hill, the views of the city are pretty amazing!