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    Museu Estudio Diego Rivera, Mexico City, Mexico

    by ArenJo Written Apr 1, 2014

    It was really cool to go see the house that was shared by Diego and Frida via a bridge connected their two houses. This place is also called Casa O Gorman after the person that designed it. Cheap to get in. Very nice staff. This is "slightly difficult" to find. I have made three separate trips to Mexico City, the first two I tried unsuccessfully to get there via bus. Part of the problem is when you ask where the Diego Rivera or Frida Kahlo museum is, there are so many in this area that you end up at a different one. Finally this time, with gps and a car rental I made it but it still took about half a day in bad traffic before I was successful.

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    University of Mexico D. F.

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Feb 19, 2014

    With base in Mexico D. F., I made several one day excursions leaving my hostel in Plaza de Garibaldi early in the morning and returning late in the afternoon.
    In this way I visited the pyramids of Teotihuacan, the atlantes statues of Tula in Hidalgo, Xochimilco, etc.
    One day I chose the University of Mexico. It was not yet in UNESCO, but I saw some pictures with its frescoes in my hostel and resolved to get there to watch them.
    It was a great idea. The University gardens, Biblioteca and the Murals were stunning.
    I could walk around visiting everywhere and nobody molested me. Perhaps I was taken by a student (I was in those times 29 years old). I even entered the comedor universitario and could have lunch at student price. I did not have to show any credential.
    Nobel Prize of Literature Octavio Paz was a student in that University
    That university is the second oldest one in America, founded by the Spaniards in 1551. The first one is located in Peru, although according to some Historians the first American University was built in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic).
    I went back to the D. F. by bus, very satisfied for that visit, more satisfied than with my visit in Caracas (also a UNESCO site).

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    Mexico city suggested activities

    by pedroebc Updated Sep 9, 2013

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    For all the people who want to save time and see as much they can about Mexico city and around I recommend these TOURS:

    PRIVATE TOURS IN MEXICO CITY, PRIVATE TOURS IN MEXICO, Mexico city private tour guide.

    MAYAN sites pyramids south Mexico

    tour TREKKING izta volcano near MEXICO CITY

    tour MEXICO CITY all you can see

    tourMEXICO CITY AT NIGHT

    TOUR LIFE AND ART WORKS OF FRIDA KALHO AND DIEGO RIVERA IN MEXICO CITY

    TOUR LUIS BARRAGAN ARQUITECTURE IN MEXICO CITY

    tour BACKPACKING ALL AROUND CENTRAL MEXICO AND SOUTH MEXICO... ALL BUDGETS, AND SAFE

    tour TREKKING nevado toluca near MEXICO CITY

    EXPLORE YUCATAN AND RIVIERA MAYA, MAYAN WORLD AND ALL MEXICO WITH GUIDE / ALL BUDGETS

    CULINARY TOURS MEXICO CITY
    Mexican food and cooking class in Mexico city, Oaxaca or Puebla

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    Water adventure at Misol Ha and Agua Azul

    by Merebin Written Aug 31, 2013

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    Agua Azul, not surprisingly given its name, is a series of stepped waterfalls interspersed with clear blue waters. Misol Ha, on the other hand, is a single drop water fall of 30 plus metres. Both are an easy day trip from Palenque - or make a great stop off between Palenque and San Cristobal de la Casas. Travel agencies in both San Cristobal and Palenque can arrange a trip to both waterfalls with a continuing ticket on to your new destination, which saves up a lot of doubling back - and can actually be cheaper than booking a bus separately! I'm not always a fan of booking tours, but this one seemed to make a lot of sense as organizing public transport to both lots of waterfalls isn't necessarily easy, particularly if you want to visit en route to somewhere else.

    Both waterfalls are beautiful, found in stunning jungle settings, and swimming is possible. There are entrance fees to be paid, but if you book through a travel agent the entrance fees should be included. The one exception is to enter a small cave located at the end of the walk behind Misol Ha.

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    Visit Palenque's Ruins

    by Merebin Updated Aug 9, 2013

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    Found in the heart of the jungle, these ancient ruins of a vast city are located a few kilometers from the much more modern town of Palenque. These ancient Mayan ruins date back to the 7th Century and after the city's eventual decline the abandoned buildings were absorbed back into the jungle.

    Using hieroglyphs and other artifacts, historians have been able to piece together much of the fascinating detail of life here. The discovered area is several square kilometers in size, but it is estimated as much as 90% of the city still remains undiscovered.

    Palenque's ruins provide opportunities to climb up some structures and walk where the Maya trod - an experience not available at ruins like Chichen Itza. The jungle setting itself is almost worth the visit itself - with waterfalls and even a swing bridge making the walk through the ruins beautiful. With its jungle setting, and with less crowds than Chichen Itza, a day spent ambling around the ruins of Palenque was one of the best I spent in my month long stay in Mexico.

    Entry to the ruins is approximately $57MXN. There is a museum (free entry with ruins entry ticket) near the exit / bottom entrance that houses a collection of artifacts from the site, including masks and hieroglyphs.

    To get to the ruins catch a taxi or a combi from Palenque - vans are easily found (look for the ones with a 'Ruins' sign in the window) frequent the road to and from town and cost approximately $20MXN per person. Most visitors start at the upper entrance and work their way downhill.

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    • Archeology
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    Relax on a Caribbean beach

    by Merebin Written Aug 4, 2013

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    Mexico is truly blessed with coastline - you can take your pick from the surf of the Pacific, the
    dark blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico or the translucent aqua of the Caribbean.

    The Caribbean waters found on the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula are warm, relatively calm and home to some excellent diving and snorkeling. Beaches are often soft white sand and you can take your pick from developed resorts (like Playa del Carmen and Cancun) to more laid back places far from the madding crowd. Wherever you choose, a good book and a lot of time in a hammock are recommended!

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    Visit Monte Alban

    by Merebin Written Aug 2, 2013

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    The UNESCO World Heritage listed site of Monte Alban is truly breathtaking. Sitting atop a leveled ridge at an elevation of nearly 2000 metres, the views over the surrounding countryside are almost worth the trip themselves.

    Monte Alban is one of the earliest cities in Mesoamerica and was home to the Zapotec people. With a history extending back to approximately 500BC, Monte Alban has been home to a number of groups of people over the intervening centuries. The complex consists of a range of buildings including ceremonial structures and a ball court. Carvings outline some of the rituals carried out at the site, including those involving human sacrifice.

    The easiest ways to get to Monte Alban from Oaxaca City are either taxi or shuttle bus. Shuttle buses leave from a few blocks south of Oaxaca's zocalo and for approximately $45MXN will drop you off and pick you up. Buses leave every half hour from 8:30am - 3:30pm to get there, and from 12pm-5pm for the return journey. From downtown, they can be caught from the Hotel Rivera del Angel at Mina No. 518.

    Entry to the site is approximately $57MXN. Food and drink is available from the onsite cafe, which is located near the small but interesting museum. The museum houses some of the original carvings and human remains found through excavation work.

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    Snorkel with Whale Sharks

    by Merebin Updated Jul 20, 2013

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    The waters around Isla Mujeres are home to one of the most densely populated whale shark feeding areas on the planet - well, between June and September at any rate. Despite the 'shark' part of their name, these gentle giants are plankton feeders. While they are unlikely to do you any harm, whale sharks are massive. It's impossible to describe just how big they are without getting in the water with them.

    When your boat arrives (along with many others), you will get your first glimpse of the whale sharks from above. They still look big, but nothing prepares you for how awe inspiringly huge they are when you actually put your face under water and come face to face with one. While the trip itself can feel a bit rushed, swimming with these spotted giants in the clear waters of the Caribbean is certainly an amazing experience.

    Most tours have visitors swim 3 times with the whale sharks, taking it in turns in pairs or groups of three with a guide. Snorkel equipment is provided. Tours cost approximately $125 USD (that's the official price, although advertised prices on the island can vary). It is important to ensure you go with a registered company, as the Mexican Army is charged with enforcing rules like not touching the whale sharks. While I was there, most people booked the day before with no issues.

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    Swim in a Cenote

    by Merebin Written Jul 14, 2013

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    There are an estimated 7000 cenotes (natural limestone sinkholes) in the Yucatan Peninsula alone. Cenotes are said to be the main source of fresh water for the ancient Mayans and many of them were considered sacred. The water found in a cenote may be fresh water, salt water or a combination of both. Some cenotes also provide a place for cave divers to explore.

    Many cenotes are open to the public and there are several close to popular tourist towns like Tulum, Cancun and Playa del Carmen. They provide a great option for swimming or even snorkeling.

    Gran Cenote is located only a few kilometers from Tulum, while the lesser known Cenote Cristal and Cenote Escondido are a short taxi ride away. Cenote Cristal and Cenote Escondido are located across the road from one another, and the entrance ticket (approximately 40 pesos) is for both. Cenote Cristal is a clear, cool pool with excellent visibility in the crystal clear water. A tower for jumping off is also located there. Cenote Escondido is a short walk (10 minutes) along a dirt road through the jungle. You will be sharing this cenote with a healthy population of small fish! A taxi ride to these cenotes is a fixed price of 70 pesos, from the taxi stand in Tulum.

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    A lot of things to do

    by lotharscheer Written Jun 13, 2013

    In this country you have a unic variety of things to to, Archaeological Sites like Chichen Itza, Palenque, Teotihuacan, Uxmal..., Colonial Towns like Guanajuato, Taxco, Guanajuato..., Beaches with some diving in Yucatan and with surfing on the Pacific, desert, tropical rainforest, Copper Canyonand great museums like the National Museum of Anthropology.

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    Teotihuacan pyramids

    by pedroebc Updated May 24, 2013

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    Mexico city and the ancient city of Teotihuacan, the mystery.
    This ancient city remains so old before aztecs, and mayans developed their empires.
    Place for strictly visit if you are in Mexico, in fact this spot besides the antropology museum in Mexico city and the cathedral are the most visited things in the city.

    The pyramids are around 1 hour northeast mexico city.The area was still far from the old lake of Texcoco, now base of the actual Mexico city. Thats why is so weak for the earthquakes.

    Teotihuacan " city of gods" pyramids recive millions of visitor per year, the pyramid of the moon and pyramid of the sun are unique.(280 steps)

    The very best day to visit this mistique place is in the Equinox days on november and march.Recently discovers show the 4 level to top of the pyramid give high frecuency of energy.

    On 2003 project of national geographic , goverment of Japan and Mexico discovered human sacrifices besides the pyramid of the moon, the skeleton of a woman, maybe a princess, is not normal for the archeologist since the women could not rule in high levels, maybe is the mother of one king.
    Also they found some children with tied hands, it seemed were sacrificed, this not knew before for the Teotihuacan area.The relation with mayan sacrifices in Teotihuacan is an enigma.
    Also were discovered some tunels behind each pyramid.Moon and Sun. At the moment no access to the public in this areas.

    In 2008 was discovered an ancient royal grave in the Quetzalcoatl pyramid area. In 2013 is a big proyect with robots and scanners. You can have a look on you tube typing:
    Primeras imágenes del robot Tlaloque I en Teotihuacan

    GO THERE: cheapest way to go there, from Bus Station TERMINAL AUTOBUSES DEL NORTE take a Teotihuacanos bus, it take 1.30 hrs to reach the pyramids area.
    Other ption is turibus from central area mexico city
    http://www.turibus.com.mx/images/stories/CPiramides09Mar11.jpg

    http://www.inah.gob.mx/paseos/sitioteotihuacan/

    TEOTIHUACAN VIRTUAL TOUR

    TEOTIHUACAN VIDEO

    20 thousand years people in the area with mamutts
    before 300 bc first people, 650 ac decrese the asentamientos
    between these years arrives more people becouse there was the inmigration caused for the eruption of the Xitle volcano at south mexico city probably people from Cuicuilco they abandoned the area.
    Constructions show points of observation astronomic.
    Teotihuacan 63 m highy, 225 m lenght each side
    21km2 surface
    100 to 200 thousand people lived in teotihucan of different etnical origins
    totonacas and otomies roots
    toltecas and mexicas excave part of the city and extract onjects
    Rio san juan near by
    giants / graves the men that convert to gods
    mayan connection with the soldiers sacrificed around the moon pyramid
    the queen founded in the moon pyramid can be a loved person mother of a king
    discoveries in quetzalcoatl pyramid change the material of the pyramid that caused humidity for one permits ventilation.
    the sacred grave founded can have 10 graves of kings in front quetzalcoatl pyramid, now with a robot inah-ipn Tlaloque it can be explored this cave of 100 mts
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVGy9SIxKQ4

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    MEXICO CITY in videos

    by pedroebc Updated May 14, 2013

    enjoy MEXICO CITY and experience with your own eyes amazing places...

    very soon we will be the 5th city in the world with more bicycles in the world, a big compromise of the major of the city to reduce CO2 emissions and more cultural activitites around.

    .. MEXICO CITY VIDEO ...*

    .. MEXICO CITY TODAY ...*

    .. MEXICO CITY MEMORIES ...*

    ..downtown area DF ...*

    .. CHAPULTEPEC AREA ....*

    .. FRIDA KALHO MUSEUM ...*

    ..NATIONAL ART MUSEUM...*

    .. BELLAS ARTES PALACE ....*

    .. NATIONAL PALACE ...*

    .. SAN ANGEL VIEW ...*

    .. XOCHIMILCO VIEW ...*

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    Antropology museum

    by pedroebc Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    this museum is one of the most visited attractions in Mexico city besides the pyramids of Teotihuacan, the place give you a general idea of the ancient civilizations, the mayan room, the olmec, the north civilizations, the mexica room (aztec empire), the teotihuacan, zapotecs, at least you will spend 2 hours there.

    its amazing to study the AZTEC CALENDAR recently I was reading more about it, you can see the 20 days of the month, the moon eating hearts, the sun with a pircing in the mouth, the 4 elements of earth, etc...
    I am still thinking if the vikings visit mexico and had contact with these cultures.
    I read recently in the ARQUEOLOGIA magazine
    " Escandinavian tales" inform the expeditions between XI and XIV century, norwegian settlers from Greenland were the possible first expeditionist that had contact with american natives, the viking village founded in L Anse aux Meadows,in Terranova, confirm their visits.
    Also can you explain why it was found a roman head in the center of mexico..

    the museum is closed on mondays, 45 pesos entrance, ( dont complain we are poor, and the price is comparative like other museums in Europe )

    ANTROPOLOGY_MUSEUM

    CHAPULTEPEC_PARK

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    SOUMAYA MUSEUM polanco

    by pedroebc Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    This museum belongs to the family Slim, a private collection.
    Was opened 1 year ago and contains 5 floors of amazing art from classic eurpean master painters, as mexican room, and religious art.

    The named artists you can find there are :

    RUBENS, DALHI, RODIN, RIVERA, SIQUEIROS, HELGUERA, MIRO, PICASSO, VAN DYK, BOTERO, VAN GOGH, DEGAS, VELAZQUEZ, CABRERA, etc

    http://www.soumaya.com/BoletinesPrensa/100NuevasObras/medios.pdf

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    MEXICO CITY MUSEUMS DIRECTORY. ART

    by pedroebc Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    lot of activities and places to visit.

    ......see you in MEXICO CITY !!
    just send an email at

    pedrocsll@ hotmail. com

    MEXICO_CITY

    POLANCO_AREA

    www.gobiernodigital.inah.gob.mx

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    MEXICO CITY ART GALLERIES

    www.mna.inah.gob.mx MUSEO NACIONAL DE ANTROPOLOGIA
    www.museofridakahlo.org MUSEO FRIDA KAHLO
    www.estudiodiegorivera.bellasartes.gob.mx
    www.museomuraldiegorivera.bellasartes.gob.mx
    www.palacionacional.gob.mx DIEGO RIVERA. PALACIO NACIONAL
    www.museodoloresolmedo.org.mx MUSEO DOLORES OLMEDO
    www.bellasartes.gob.mx, MUSEO BELLAS ARTES
    www.palacio.bellasartes.gob.mx
    www.sanildefonso.org.mx , MUSEO DE SAN ILDEFONSO
    www.munal.bellasartes.gob.mx MUSEO NACIONAL DE ARTE
    www.munal.com.mx
    artealameda.inba.gob.mx , MUSEO ARTE ALAMEDA
    www.map.org.mx , MUSEO ARTES POPULARES
    www.saps-latallera.org SALA PUBLICO ARTE SIQUEIROS
    www.polyforumsiqueiros.com
    http://www.saps-latallera.bellasartes.gob.mx
    www.centrocultesp.org.mx , CENTRO CULTURAL ESPAÑA
    www.museonacionaldearquitectura.bellasartes.gob.mx
    www.soumaya.com.mx MUSEO SOUMAYA . FUNDACION SLIM
    www.museotamayo.org , MUSEO TAMAYO
    www.mnsancarlos.com MUSEO NACIONAL SAN CARLOS
    www.franzmayer.org.mx, MUSEO FRANZ MAYER
    www.map.df.gob.mx MUSEO DE ARTE POPULAR
    www.museodeartecarrillogil.bellasartes.gob.mx MUSEO CARRILLO GIL
    www.cenart.gob.mx CENTRO NACIONAL DE LAS ARTES
    www.virreinato.inah.gob.mx MUSEO DEL VIRREINATO
    www.museodecera.com.mx MUSEO DE CERA
    http://centrodelaimagen.conaculta.gob.mx CENTRO DE LA IMAGEN. FOTOGRAFIA

    http://www.conaculta.gob.mx/
    www.literaturainba.com READING HALL
    www.fondodeculturaeconomica.com/BellaEpoca BOOKSTORE
    www.mexicocity.gob.mx ,
    www.centrohistoricodf.com.mx ,
    www.centrohistorico.com.mx,
    www.viveelcentro.com,.
    www.lomejordelacondesa.com,

    www.centrocultesp.org.mx CENTRO CULTURAL ESPAÑA
    www.centro.org.mx
    www.macg.inba.gob.mx

    www.kbkart.com
    www.lopezquiroga.com
    www.ninamenocal.com GALERIA
    www.cinetecanacional.net CINETECA NACIONAL
    www.bibliotecavasconselos.gob.mx BIBLIOTECA VASCONCELOS
    www.laciudadela.com.mx CRAFT MARKET
    www.fjmex.org

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