After 5 trips to Mexico City aka CDMX, I am feeling pretty informed and can now talk intelligently about one of the largest cities in the world! My very first trip was in 2014 for me to start my Mexican Citizenship process which required a trip to Mexico City for a national police report. I will write more about this whole process in another blog.
My first trip vacation was for my partners birthday back in June of 2015. We always fly from Puerto Vallarta and airfares if you a flexible, are really quite cheap. My most recent flight to get our Chinese Visas, I flew for only about 1600 pesos round trip!! We booked a hotel right on La Reforma because I wanted to be in the middle of this great boulevard and the famous sites in the center of town were walk-able. The Seville Hotel on La Reforma is a good choice and I have been there now several times.
We arrive in the morning and start exploring the area by walking from the hotel to the main street Avenida Juarez that leads you past several sites including the Plaza de Solaridad, and the large Alameda Central Park and finally at the Bellas Artes the beautiful concert hall where the Mexico City Philharmonic plays as well as many other ballets and theater productions. I am fan of classical music, we pre-booked tickets for tonight’s concert. Great acoustics provides a great venue for this type of entertainment!
As you walk past this area, you can enter a pedestrian only shopping zone with leads you directly at the end to the Zocalo, one of the largest plazas in Latin America. The Zocalo is very famous place for demonstrations and of course “El Grito” on Independence Day on September 16th of each year. The balcony of the building, National Palace, at the side of the Zocalo and is where the President of Mexico has his offices and where he does his Independence Call. Over 1 million people congregate in this area on that day!
In the far corner next to the Mexico City Cathedral is a ruins site from the days of the Aztecs empire. It requires a fee for entrance, however, you can see the overview outside the entrance. Referred to as the Museum Templo Mayor it is an interesting place to see how the Aztecs lived. Remember, Mexico City is built upon the dry lake bed from the capital of the Aztec Empire referred to as Tenochtitlan. This unstable ground has been the affected quite often by earthquakes including the one in 1985 that destroyed most of the city.
We of course had made a stop at the Diego Rivera Museum where you can see a lot of his work displayed including a large mural depicting the most famous people in the history of Mexico.
We enjoy a nice brunch at the top of the Hotel Zocalo Central overlooking the Zocalo Square as a part of our day.