We left our motorhome Sherman parked up at Embarcadero Chago...our friend's marina at the lakeside near Valle de Bravo. We walked up to the roadside where many collectivo (shared) taxis pass by, sometimes more than one per minute. So it didn't take long for one to stop with room for two more people.
However, no matter how full they already are, they always think there is room for two more people!
These are just little four door Nissan Sentra (Tsuro) cars, and there were already four people in it. We popped the luggage into the trunk, Ruth got in the back with the other two, and I got in the front (almost sitting on top of the gearshift) with the driver and another guy. It's just a short distance, and nobody cares. It's just the way it's done.
Into downtown Valle de Bravo, we asked the driver to let us off at the street leading up to the bus terminal. He insisted on driving us right to the terminal, which was also okay with us given that we had our luggage with us. Total cost for the two of us, right to the door of the bus terminal, was 40 pesos ($3.28 CAD).
We walked up to buy our bus tickets into Mexico City and he gave us the choice of the premier bus leaving at 11:00am or the ordinary bus (slower) leaving at 10:20.am. We chose the slower one because we knew we had all day to get to the airport. Cost for the premier bus would have been 180 pesos each, but we paid 141 pesos ($11.56 CAD) each for the two and a half hour drive.
Sorry, no pictures. We were content just watching the scenery for a change.
Arrived at the southern bus terminal (Mexico City has four different long distance bus terminals) walking distance to the Observatorio Metro subway station. We've been here before, so we knew the drill. Bought two single one time tickets. The cost is still 5 pesos (41 cents CAD)...one of the cheapest underground systems in the world!
The Mexico City subway.
Had to switch trains once, and before we knew it we were right in downtown Mexico City at the Bellas Artes station. We had some time to waste, so we went for a walk in the big downtown park. Ruth had brought some food, so we sat and had a late lunch.
The big downtown Alameda Park in Mexico City even has free wi-fi!
The Mexico City airport is located very close (compared to many cities) to the downtown core. We have taken the airport bus from there before, but it's a bit of a complicated system. You can only pay with a transit card...no cash. Ruth had saved our transit cards from the last time we were there, so we didn't need to pay the extra 15 pesos for the cards. But recharging stations are not at every stop, so we had to go find a charging station to put more money on the cards.
That went fine, but then we had to wait for the special airport bus. We watched a few other buses go by, and then we asked the next one that came. He said we could take his bus, but we would have to transfer. Fair enough, so we hopped on...along with many other people.
It was packed...way too crowded. And us with our luggage...what a zoo.
Lesson learned. In the future, wait for the proper airport bus. It's more expensive (30 pesos compared to 6 pesos) so it doesn't attract so many people.
But we did make it to the transfer station and got on the proper bus which would have come along at the last stop had we waited long enough.
Made it to airport Terminal 2 at about 6:00pm. We've always flown in or out of Terminal 1, which is the domestic terminal. This time, we're flying international, so terminal 2.
Mexico City airport terminal 2.
We needed some food, and airport food is always a little pricey. But it's even more pricey if you go past security into the gate area. This terminal has a reasonably priced food court near the parking area. And a lot more selection.
Dinner for two!
We had a bowl of Pozole and a big salad and shared it between us. Total cost 165 pesos ($13.50 CAD). Not bad, considering it was at the airport.
Then, off for a long wait in the gate area. Our flight wasn't scheduled to depart until 1:38am!
Waiting in an airport isn't bad if you have decent internet. But the only internet we could come across in this airport terminal was a spotty Infinitum Movil connection that was supposed to allow you two hours free. But it kept dropping off, and even when it was connected in wasn't good. More frustrating than anything else!
The obligatory airport selfie!
Sure enough, our flight left right on time.
That's enough for now...check in tomorrow morning and we'll tell you about our first day in Colombia!
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