CDMX has a reputation for dirty air. But with a prolonged emphasis on public transportation (busses and subways) as well as human-powered transportation (bicycling), Mexico City has become a place where, every Sunday, an enormous avenue like Paseo de la Reforma can be blocked off to cars so that runners and cyclists can reign supreme. I’m not an athlete any more, but I respect a city that places a premium on fitness.
Day 1 and Day 2 in Mexico City were most excellent, so I was looking forward to a strong Day 3, which began with breakfast at Bisquets Obregon (located a block from the Le Méridien Hotel, along Paseo de la Reforma).
Then, if you fancy Aztec ruins, go to Teotihuacán. There are expensive tours you can take, but a one-hour Uber for around $30 (each way) seemed like an efficient way to go.
Most people seem to climb the bigger of the two pyramids. Pictured above is the Pyramid of the Sun.
From the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, one can enjoy a peaceful, unobscured view of the Pyramid of the Moon (pictured above).
(I’m probably just not a pyramid guy. Teotihuacán was neat, but I wouldn’t go back. It’s one of those things, though. It’s sort of like giving Christmas gifts. If you travel to Mexico City for your first time, it’s obligatory.)
Upon Ubering back to CDMX, more areas were blocked off to vehicular traffic, granting freedom to champions of fitness and sport. Pictured below is the iconic Angel of Independence.
One lunch you should not miss in CDMX is at La Casa de Toña (a few blocks from the Angel de Independencia). Say yes to the fresh guacamole. Try the pozole. Drink a Clamatoño with Victoria beer.
After lunch, stroll down Paseo de la Reforma. As you near the Four Seasons Hotel, you’ll see more art installations.
Follow them, like shiny breadcrumbs, to the enormous park that includes the National Museum of Anthropology.
When hunger strikes again, Animo, across the street from the Four Seasons, is a nice choice for tacos.
Well-lit, pedestrian-friendly streets like La avenida Juárez are great for an evening stroll.
If you have a sweet tooth, stop at Maison Kayser, located at the end of La avenida Juárez (next to the Best Western Hotel).
The thing about CDMX is that it’s not Cancun, Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta. The tourists do not outnumber the residents. In fact, the locals are everywhere. If you want to get knee-deep into Mexico, start with Mexico City.
This visit was everything I wanted it to be. Even though there were earthquakes. Even though there was no turquoise-blue ocean to dip my toes in. And even though there was no Guy Fieri’s Kitchen + Bar (à la Playa Del Carmen). I’ll come back to CDMX. It is the perfect city for those who like to walk, explore, eat, and drink. (Did you know there are more museums in Mexico City than in any other city in the world?)
And next time I’ll couple the trip with a visit to Oaxaca, as according to several locals, it’s supposed to be aun mejor.
United Airlines 737-800 LAX-MEX First Class
United Airlines 737-800 MEX-LAX First Class
Le Méridien Mexico City
And of course, should you have any questions, feel free to contact me.