Us, at Hierve el Agua petrified waterfalls near Oaxaca City, Mexico.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Where are they going next? Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Last day in Mexico City

We got the group back down for breakfast at 8:00am. With only three days and two nights in the Big Tamale, you want to take advantage of every minute. If we do this again next year, we might spread it over three nights and try to relax a little more. The downside to that might be that we don't relax, and we just try to see even more!

Anyhow, we decided to walk over to the Monument of the Revolution. Then to give the group a different experience, we took the Mexico City Subway to the historical center.

The Mexico City subway still costs only 5 pesos ($0.26 USD, $0.35 CAD) to go anywhere in the city. It's a great people mover, but the system is super busy at rush hour during the week so it was a pretty mellow experience for them on a quiet Sunday morning.

Next up was the Templo Mayor archaeological site right beside the cathedral. Ruth and I had been there back in 2012, so it had been a while and of course they've changed a few things in the museum.

Right in the center of Mexico City.

Mexico City has an amazing history. 

When the Spanish arrived in the early 1500's, part of their conquest involved building their new Spanish architecture on top of the old Aztec architecture. So, buried beneath the downtown core is a whole other world. Some of it has been excavated. Back in the late 1980's they tore down an entire city block in downtown to find out what was underneath it.

Funny looking dude.



A photo of what some of the items looked like when uncovered.

Amazing stuff.

Me, with the eagle guy.

This stone carving is about 12' square.

Wendy and Ruth, with a local girl.

As we were waiting in the lobby of the museum, a couple of girls came up asking if they could interview Ruth. This is fairly common in Mexico City. It's for a school project for their English class. I think we've had this happen every time we've been in Mexico City.

Five tacos and a drink for 50 pesos.

We took the group to a cheap taco place that we know of right downtown. It's a busy spot because the food is so cheap. You get a plate of five pre made tacos, and a soft drink. There is enough food for two people for lunch. So if you share a plate, it costs 25 pesos ($1.30 USD, $1.75 CAD) per person!

Downtown Mexico City.

Next stop was the National Palace. It's free entrance, and worth a visit.

Ruth in one of the historical rooms.



Lots of interesting architecture.

Ruth, with the staircase and one of the Diego Rivera murals.

The Zocalo and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Then, we took Uber cabs back to the hotel for a one hour rest in the lobby while we waited for our 4:00pm pickup to take us back to the RV Park in Tepotzotlan.

It was a fun long weekend, and we think the group totally enjoyed themselves despite the amount of walking we did. Up early again this morning though... heading for the ruins at Teotihuacan.

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8 comments:

  1. No one in your group will be able to say they were bored and missed anything. Great Tour of Mexico City.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the Ruins.

    It's about time.

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    1. Nope, there is no chance of that happening! Well they may miss a few things just because we don't have enough time to see everything. They certainly saw a lot more than the group did last year when we came to Mexico City. :-)

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  2. I'm glad they don't charge to get into the Palace, really a fabulous freebie. I've never been to Mexico city, really not keen on those big cities but love the ruins there, something that is on my bucket list

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    1. The National Palace is just the name that they use for their Parliament Building so it would be the same thing as visiting the Parliament Building in Ottawa, it is also totally free! :-)

      We highly recommend a visit to Mexico City, there is so much to see and do here and so much history. Definitely a worthwhile stop.

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  3. Are those tacos de canasta or tacos al vapor? They look good!

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    1. They were tacos de canasta and they were delicious! :-)

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  4. I'm still following along with you. Much prefer the country to the cities but thats just cause I'm a country boy.

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    1. Good to see you are still following along with us. We prefer the countryside too but Mexico City is an extremely interesting place to visit, it is definitely not somewhere we would ever want to live though. The trick is to spend a few days there at a time and just keep going back every once in a while over the years to see something new. :-)

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