Mexico City Off The Beaten Path

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    Teotihuacan
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    Valle de Bravo
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    Valle de Bravo

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jan 27, 2014

    Valle de Bravo is one of Mexicos "pueblos magicos", a trademark given by the tourist board for unique villages with special character or sights. Valle de Bravo is located a three hours-drive southwest from Mexico City and a popular daytrip destination. The location along the shore of Lake Avandaro makes Valle de Bravo a popular watersports destination. The oldtown area around the "Jardin Central" and the St. Francisco Parish Church is pleasant to the eye, and a nice place to walk around. Only a short drive from Valle de Bravo, the Nature Reserve "Piedra Herrada" is a sanctuary for hibernating Monarch Butterflies during the winter months.

    Valle de Bravo

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    Teotihuacan

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jan 22, 2014

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    Teotihuacan - about an hours drive north-east of Mexico City - is a spectacular archaeological site. This pre-columbian city ruled large parts of Central Mexico for hundreds of years before the Aztecs came, and was abandoned by its inhabitants in 650, also long before the arrival of their Aztec successors. What can be seen today are mainly religious sites, in perfect condition: the temple of god Quetzalcoatl, the majestic Sun Pyramid and the Moon Pyramid. The pyramids can be climbed and offer a great aerial view of the whole site.

    There is an excellent bus connection from Mexico City to Teotihuacan and back: take the metro to the "Norte" autobus terminal and take a bus from there. Busses to Teotihuacan leave frequently (at times every 1/2 hour!), and take only about an hour one way (the last bus from Teotihuacan leaves about 6-7 p.m.). Much cheaper than a tour would be. Take care to buy a ticket to "piramides" (some buses go only to Teotihuacan village).

    Teotihuacan

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    Piedra Herrada Butterfly Reservation

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jan 13, 2014

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    About 3 hours west of Mexico City exists a not-so-well-known nature destination named Piedra Herrada Butterfly Reserve. The orange/black-coloured Monarch Butterflies migrate each year between Canada and Mexico (and back), spending the winter months in central Mexico until leaving for Canada in February. The Piedra Herrada Nature Reserve is dedicated to their protection. To get there, join a tour or hire a driver for a daytrip (costs about 130 - 150 $ and usually includes entrance fee, guide`s fee etc. and a trip to Valle de Bravo).

    From the visitor center, you hike (or horse-ride) about 1:30 hours up a mountain. If you walk, it will be a strenuous hike, but taking photos is much easier if you are not on a mount. At the end of the hike, the guide will point out an area where the butterflies hibernate. This has to be seen to be believed. There are literally tens of thousands of butterflies hanging from tree branches or gathering around the trunks in large clusters, not counting those already flying in the air. You can actually hear the butterflies - the simultaneous clapping of their many wings sounds like winds rushing through the trees. This is a truly awe-inspiring sight.

    Monarch Butterflies

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    “The rich also cry”

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 3, 2012

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    Mexican teleserials were very popular in the USSR and Russia twenty years ago. I didn’t see any film but heard about them very often.
    Los Ricos También Lloran ("The rich also cry") is a popular telenovela produced in Mexico in 1979, starring Verónica Castro, Rogelio Guerra and Rocío Banquells.
    Some of our tourists asked a guide to show rich quarters of Mexico City and we went there by bus. We were very surprised when she showed us a house where the film has been taken.
    Another film - Simplemente Maria (Simply Maria) is a telenovela, starring Victoria Ruffo.

    The house where the serial have been taken Simply Maria Simply Maria

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    Slums of Mexico City

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 3, 2012

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    According to the most recent definition agreed upon by the federal and state governments, the Mexico City metropolitan area population is more than 25 million people, making it the second largest agglomeration in the world.
    The most of people live almost in poverty. I’ve never seen such slums situated on the hills where live millions of people. The most of people live almost in poverty. I’ve never seen such slum situated on the hills where live millions of people.
    They are in great contrast with buildings on Paseo de la Reforma. When we were passing by these slum in a bus I thought about great social inequality which the population of the city suffers every day…
    I don’t think tourist groups have ever go there…

    You can watch my photo of Mexico City on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 19° 32' 20.70" N 99° 4' 28.95" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Mexico City slums.

    Slums of Mexico City

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    Little church behind Bellas Artes

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Dec 27, 2011

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    This is a church that you may not walk into by mere chance as it is not very big or very famous, and there are so many churches to see in this area including the Cathedral..... but I got to know it because a dear friend of mine got married there and I thought it was pretty nice, so it makes for a nice off-the-beaten-path tip.

    The San Juan de Dios church is right next to the Franz Mayer museum (highly recommendable too), behind Bellas Artes Palace and therefore across the street from the Alameda Central too. It's not too big but it is nicely decorated and the patio surrounded by this church, another church and the museum is cute too. If you're walking by this area you may want to spend 5 minutes inside just to check it out, it's a nice place.

    Address: Ave. Hidalgo, no. 5

    Facade of the church from patio Altar
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    Templo de la Sagrada Familia

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Dec 27, 2011

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    This is a church located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in town (Colonia Roma) which is not very touristy, so most people coming to Mexico and even some of us who live here won't even know it exists unless someone takes us there.....

    My hubby took me here for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised. I personally am very fond of admiring the architecture of churches, catholic or otherwise, so this was a nice discovery for me. This church was built at the beginning of the XX century, during the Mexican Revolution, and it currently is in a very good condition. It's very popular for weddings, XV birthday ceremonies, etc. If you're a fan of visiting churches you will like this one for sure.

    The first picture was taken by myself very recently after several attempts - there are many buildings & houses around the church and it's hard to have a full view of it. The 2nd photo of the church's facade was taken by my brother... as you may see the perspective wasn't great but it was the best that could be done from right in front of the church. The photos of the inside of the church were taken in my very last visit.

    Church is located on the corner of Puebla and Orizaba streets.

    The best possible view of the church outside Facade of the Sagrada Familia church Interior of the church Another shot inside Altar of the church
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    go to Dolores Olmedo Museum, Xochimilco

    by ViajesdelMundo Updated Dec 6, 2011

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    Dolores Olmedo was a very very wealthy woman, who donated her Hacienda and estate to Mexico. She was a world traveller and friend of many artists, including DIEGO RIVERA and FRIDA KAHLO, and there are many small personal paintings on display of both. The grounds are extensive and beautifully maintained and you can see roaming peacocks, and other wildlife. She had an extensive collection of pre-Columbian artifacts which are also on display.

    This is a place you can spend tranquilly, right near Mexico City!! The gardens and buildings are gorgeous and there is a lovely place to have luncheon or a snack on premises and watch the peafowl and best of all, the food is very reasonably priced! You can combine this wil a visit to the nearby "hanging gardens" of Xochimilco and make it a full day, if desired.

    Easy to get to via metro line 2 to Taxquena Station, then an easy change to the light-rail line to La Noria station. It will take about an hour each direction from center of Mexico City. The museum is a 2-block walk south. Admission about $3.20, but FREE on Tuesdays! OPEN - Tuesdays thru Sundays, 10am to 6pm. The website gives directions as well as restaurants nearby.

    Entering Dolores Olmedo Museo Part of the museo and foliage lunch or snack at the museo wandering peacock bust of Diego Rivera in the gardens
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    Museo del Zapato (Shoe Museum)

    by Laura_Mexico Updated May 3, 2010

    I think that "museum" might be a name a bit too elegant and exaggerated for this place..... This is rather a big room with several showcases filled with shoes from different countries, times and characters which you can view pretty quickly. The collection of shoes displayed here is interesting but rather incomplete. You can see old shows from different countries (China, Finland, Australia, USA, Mexico of course, Switzerland, etc.), sport shoes that belonged to athletes - especially soccer players but there are also a few from US basketball players, pretty impressive, and from other Mexican athletes: cyclists, runners, etc. - and also shoes that belonged to people from the show business in Mexico. It's just an unusual thing to see and it may be interesting for a spare 30 minutes that you have during your tour through downtown.

    Free admission, open from 10 AM to 6 PM except at lunch time.

    Located on Bolivar street, between 16 de Septiembre and Fco. Madero streets. There is a shoe store called "El Borcegui" - which owns or sponsors the museum - on the ground floor; the museum is located on the 1st floor of that same building. You have to climb a flight of stairs and they will open the door for you, so don't be discouraged if you see the door closed -- except if you arrive out of the opening times of course.

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    Krishna festival in Mexico City

    by Laura_Mexico Written Oct 5, 2009

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    One of my in-law relatives joined the Krishna community in Mexico a couple of years ago, and this year she invited my man (her uncle) and me to the yearly festival they hold in Mexico City.

    In no way do I want to promote this or any other religion -- I'm just adding this tip because it was a different experience that other people, like me, may enjoy to have. The Krishna festival takes place every year in our hometown; it is my understanding that it usually takes place in May but this year it had to be postponed due to the swine flu outburst and the instruction that people should not attend crowded places, etc. So it took place in early October instead and it was pretty interesting to attend this activity since you almost felt as if you were in another country.

    They start the festival with a parade where you can see big parade floats (one or more of them holding the Krishna deities, who only come out of their temple these 2 days as they remain in the temple the rest of the time) and people dressed in a Hindu style dancing. They start on Reforma ave. and then reach Parque Mexico (in the Condesa area, Sonora & Mexico streets) where a big stage is placed to both host the deities/altar (picture 1) and where different performances take place: dancers, musicians and actors offer different shows which are pretty attractive. Pictures 2-5 show some images of the Krishna dancers I saw and which I liked very much.

    Next to the stage there's an open area where several stands are installed and where some Krishna food is served/sold (they're vegetarians so most of their food is soy-based; they also eat dairy and bread and several desserts), where you can buy genuine hindu clothes and accesories and books, and where yoga and dancing lessons are offered as well. Many people attending the festival belong to the community and therefore were dressed in a Hindu style: many women were wearing Saris and they looked really nice. The whole atmosphere made you feel as if you were not in Mexico but in India..... very interesting indeed.

    Free admittance to all of the activities and even some of the food they give away is for free; the rest of the stuff is sold but apparently the prices are decent.

    Altar with Krishna deities Krishna dancers at the end of their performance Krishna dancers Krishna dancing group Another Krishna dance performance
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    The Tlayudas vendors

    by patricia1.nunez Written Apr 15, 2009

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    Tlayuda is a Big tostada or crispy blue tortilla covered with salsa, fresh cheese,refried beans and nopales,,This ladies sitting everywhere thru the Zocalo are prosecute by law together with all of the illegal vendors in this city area,,, They carry big baskets with all ingredients and people gathers around them to taste some of this famous mexico city appetizers,,,That was funny to see this kid yelling to all ladies that police was comming , and how fast they were running for not be catched,,I was about to order my food when I saw all vendors picking up their stuff and get lost around the corners..However,5 min later they cameback they sat down as notthing wouldn´t happened,, and I was able to enjoy my food same as 15 people that were running behind them to buy a tlayuda... that was Hilarious... Thats Mexico City and it´s street adventures

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    Plaza Madrid ( Glorieta de Cibeles )

    by anagrettel Written Aug 9, 2008

    It's Main attraccion is the fountain of Cibeles. Not much to do other than walk around and take some pictures, but if you're in the area it's worth a visit to check it out.

    Durango s/n
    Col. Roma Norte

    Gloriest de Cibeles
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    Xochimilco market (not at floating garden)

    by dila Written Jun 7, 2008

    this is not the one at xochimilco floating gardens this is about 10 minutes away from nativadas market.
    nothing to do here just some plants.
    think something with horses was nearby here too.
    from here i took a bus (collectivo) to tren ligero

    to tren ligero

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    Leonora Carrington In Mexico (temporal exposition)

    by anagrettel Written Apr 9, 2008

    If you'revisiting Mexico city before Octiber 31, 2008 this is something you should visit. There's a very interesting exposition of the artist work in one the most famous street of Mexico city. The Bronce Sculpures where made by Leonora Carrington Between 1994-2007, there's also an exposition of photos of the artist and her family and some iluminated panels with paintings.

    Leonora Carrington is one of my favorite artists, one of the biggest Surrealist artist and the most important alive.

    Leonora Carrington Exposition Leonora Carrington Exposition Leonora Carrington Exposition Leonora Carrington Exposition
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    Feria del Mole

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Dec 26, 2007

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    If you are in town during October, don't you miss the opportunity to taste one of our culinary prouds: mole!!!

    La Feria del Mole or "Mole market fest" is held in San Pedro Atocpan, located about 2 hours from downtown. It's a very big market where there are improvised restaurants, shops and it is celebrated once a year.

    Chicken with mole and colorful tortillas

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