Mexico City in Four Days

Last week I flew into Mexico City Tuesday evening and left Sunday morning, which gave me four full days in between. Keeping in mind that Mexico City is one of the world’s largest cities with over 20 million people, there’s a lot to do, and so four days is an achingly short amount of time.

This was my second trip to Mexico City. I had already crossed these major items off my list. These are all must-see for your first trip to DF, as the defeños call their exciting city:

Day trip to Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacan

Bazaar Sábado

Frieda Kahlo house in Coyoacán

Museo de la Antropología

 

Red Tree House B&B in Condesa

Red Tree House B&B in Condesa

Tues. Apr. 7

My United flight was delayed 3 hours from SFO, causing a late arrival. Fortunately it was only a 12-minute taxi ride from Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juarez (MEX) to Red Tree House in Condesa. This is the best hotel experience I have ever had. Fortunately for my grumbling belly, taquería El Califa was still open, seeing as it’s open until about 4am.

Tacos al pastor #1 & #2 in Mexico City

Tacos al pastor #1 & #2 in Mexico City

I had the first 4 of 15+ al pastor tacos. I passed out promptly in my Balcón room overlooking the B&B’s central garden after walking the few blocks back. I woke up to a sweet yoga space the next morning.

 

Wed. Apr. 8

Manduka travel yoga mat overlooking garden at Red Tree House, Condesa, DF

Manduka travel yoga mat overlooking garden at Red Tree House, Condesa, DF

After jogging around Condesa and a solid yoga sesh in my room with my portable foldable Manduka yoga travel mat, I got to dig in to the hotel’s gorgeous complimentary breakfast.

Warm fresh chicken enchiladas made onsite at Red Tree House for complimentary hot breakfast

Warm fresh chicken enchiladas made onsite at Red Tree House for complimentary hot breakfast

Red Tree House really outdoes itself every day. Not only is there amazing breakfast every morning including a hot entree with tropical fruits like banana, papaya, mango, and pineapple, there is complimentary happy hour every evening in the garden. Red Tree House is the most inclusive and generous hotel. I always feel so nickel-dimed whenever I go anywhere, but I feel right at home at Red Tree House. I am definitely going back!

The rest of my first full day in Mexico was spent lounging at organic raw juice bars in Condesa, and then I walked all the way to Bosque Chapultepec to check out the Museo de Arte Moderno and El Castillo. Don’t worry! Individual posts about those sites are forthcoming!

 

Thurs. Apr. 9

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

Thursday was spent in the Centro— traversing the huge Zócalo and visiting the Aztec Templo Mayor that just pops up between the Palacio Nacional and the Cathedral. The Casa Azulejos (House of Tiles) was cool from the outside, but it’s not so cool inside, since it is now a Sanborns department store. The Palacio de Bellas Artes was the photographic winner of the day. The color wheel lover in me was freaking out over the golden roof juxtaposed with the violet jacarandas.

 

Fri. Apr. 10

Technicolor gondolas await you at Xochimilco canals

Technicolor gondolas await you at Xochimilco canals

You’ll want to give yourself the better part of a day to get to the Xochimilco canals, a good hour to the south of the city. Without giving it all away, you ride around in a colorful gondola; mariachis pull up alongside your boat for serenades, and you can even buy tacos and elote from women in canoes!

 

Sat. Apr. 11

Photo by Beto Estúa and Jorge Fitz

Photo by Beto Estúa and Jorge Fitz

I dedicated the last day of my trip to an all-day cooking class. It was the first cooking class I have ever taken in my entire life! I had a ball with Beto and Jorge of Casa Jacaranda. They take you around Mercado Medellín in La Roma, and then you get to cook and eat all afternoon in their amazing 1913 house. We enjoyed our late lunch up on their rooftop garden. This was a magical ending to my exciting second trip to Mexico City!

Blog posts about each activity coming right up!

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10 Comments on “Mexico City in Four Days”

  1. Lisa Young April 14, 2015 at 18:29 #

    Sounds like you had a super trip! I did the gondolas many years ago with my family.

    • Marisa LaValette April 14, 2015 at 18:32 #

      Oh with the Colima family! How fun! I went with two girls who were wonderful, but I imagine the gondolas at Xochimilco could be awesome with a big family outing!

  2. Bulldog Travels April 14, 2015 at 21:44 #

    My husband and I were just trying to think of an easy place to visit for a five day spot we have this year. I’ve always wanted to go to Mexico City. That sounds like a wonderful idea!

    • Marisa LaValette April 15, 2015 at 14:48 #

      Hi Jenny! Mexico City is perfect for 5 days! Let me know if you stay at Red Tree House in Condesa!

  3. Monica LaValette April 15, 2015 at 07:43 #

    Looks so beautiful and colorful. Would love to go with the boys.

    • Marisa LaValette April 15, 2015 at 14:47 #

      Hi Aunt Monica! Mexico City is one of the best places I can think of for a whole family vacation. With all the restaurants, museums, Aztec pyramids, and boat rides on the canals, there is something to make everyone happy!

  4. BeachTraveler April 15, 2015 at 08:09 #

    Sounds great – I want to go!

  5. juliacastorp June 25, 2015 at 19:47 #

    How was it? Did you liked it?

    • Marisa LaValette June 26, 2015 at 13:15 #

      Hi Julia! Thanks for visiting my blog! Have you ever been to Mexico City? I loved it so much! It is both so trendy and so full of history and culture. I could totally live there, especially in Condesa! What about you?

      • juliacastorp June 26, 2015 at 14:12 #

        I didnt visited, no. I surely want too…are u planning to go again there?

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