Mexico City's Centro Historico
Never hesitate to stay in the Centro Historico of Mexico City. This is where I begin many wonderful adventures in central and southern Mexico. I always feel safe, and am instantly immersed in Mexico's culture, past, present and future. Quality accommodations ranging from budget to luxury, mind-boggling culinary choices and eye-popping architecture are all within walking distance of the true heart of Mexico, its Zocalo. I have many wonderful memories of Mexico City. The Zocalo always holds something new and exciting, no matter how many times you return... On one trip I was blessed with an incredible traveling art exhibit, Ashes and Snow, ensconced in the Zocalo in such a way as to appear permanent, even though it was constructed of shipping containers and bamboo... When my taxi approached and I saw this phenomenal structure and believing it to be permanent, I asked my driver what had been erected in the Zocalo. "It's art!" he enthused. "I've lived here all my life and it's always something different in the Zocalo -- it may be war, it may be love, but it's always different and never boring!"
I agree with my driver. The Zocalo is a very special place to spend time, and I look forward to being there during each return visit.
The longest avenue in whole Latin America starts in Basilica zone, north edge of the city, to lead us to the Tlalpan District, south edge of the city, and it is often intersected by other important streets, so you will find heavy traffic at all times.
It is one of the most important avenues of the city, that has parks, public squares and monuments, shopping centers, restaurants and bars, offices and bussines centers, hotels, apartments and residences, schools and universities, theatres, cinemas, museums, cultural centers and exhibition halls...
From downtown to the north there are a lot of popular, even dangerous, nighborhoods and the only one important place for a tourist travel could be the Basilica de Guadalupe (Basilica of Guadalupe).
There are many important neighborhoods and Districts along and arround Insurgentes Av. from downtown to the south such as Del Valle and N?poles, Roma, Hip?dromo, Condesa, Escand?n, Mixcoac, Guadalupe Inn, San Angel and others.
There is also the Ciudad Universitaria (University City) and the Cuicuilco archeological site.
Some of this neighborhoods have turned into the most prestigious of Mexico City thanks to its central location and pleasant mood that reflect the cosmopolitan air of the zone. Others have a traditional mood and ancient history, others a bohemian air or an intelectual character.
To sume up, Insurgentes Av. is a place to discover and enjoy Mexico City in a friendly way.
xochimilco,"floating islands" and traffic jams!
20km SE from zocalo
xochimilco means "the site where the flowers are growing"
more than 3000 boats,mainly "trajineras" or flat-bottomed boats ,full colored,carrying tourists,mariachis orchestras,photographers,food,restaurants....
see also travelogue!!!
Pet Cage Cooling Fan
Over 100 hours of use with 2 alkaline D-cell batteries. Can be used with a 3 volt adapter. Hangs easily onto any pet cage or carrier. Retractable hooks allow for easy storage. Ultra quiet operation. Can also be used at home or in the office as a desk fan.
Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl...
Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl mountains.
If you like climbing you must go to visit these giants. Both are more than 5,000 meters high. You must be almost an expert if you want to reach the top. If you are like me, a once-a-decade climber 8D you can reach the snow lower level (1 km below the top). Popo rarely smokes, then it is prohibited to climb.
There are bus trips to Amecameca, the starting point for climbers. Look for it on a map. There are mountain lodges.