Travel Log: Mexico City, Mexico Part 2
Happy Friday Eve, everyone! Today I want to share with you part two of my Mexico City Travel Logs. If you missed it, you can find part one here recapping the first two days of a long weekend in this vibrant city. While part one was focused on amazing dining experiences at two top-rated restaurants and the famous Frida Kahlo Museum, today's post is a mixture of stepping back in time to visit ancient pyramids and a tour of one of the city's large markets with over 1,200 stalls of flowers, meat, produce, spices, and more. I am so glad that I was able to take the opportunity to visit Mexico City with a group of gorgeous gals to celebrate a dear friend's birthday! We had such a great time and I am already thinking about when I can visit again. Please read on for photos and details of the second half of our Mexico City adventures.
Part one of my travel log covers our Friday and Saturday activities. On Sunday morning, we woke up early and headed out to see the Teotihuacan Pyramids. These pyramids are located about one hour's drive from the city center. This ancient site is said to have been built around 100 BC and lasted until around 800 AD, dating it well before the Aztecs (1300-1521). There could have been 125,000 people or more living in this city during the height of its time. What remains now are two large pyramids, a temple, ceremonial platforms, and a large path called the "Avenue of the Dead" connecting all of them. We first climbed the 248 steps to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun to take in views of the Pyramid of the Moon, the Avenue of the Dead, and the ruins of surrounding homes. I absolutely recommend visiting Teotihuacan early in the morning in order to beat the crowds and be able to take all of the photos you want without an excess of people in them!
We spent a good amount of time at the top of the Pyramid of the Sun taking photos and enjoying the views, then descended to walk to the smaller Temple of the Moon to view the surrounding area from a different perspective. The views of the Pyramid of the Sun with ceremonial platforms in between were stunning on this clear, sunny day!
After a couple of hours exploring Teotihuacan, we headed back to our Air BnB in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City to relax for a bit before our next adventure. We had time to change clothes, grab coffee, and do a little shopping before meeting up with a local food blogger named Rocio for a private tour of Mercato Jamaica, one of the city's large markets known for its immense variety of flowers. Our tour included sampling different food stalls, exploring the flower market, and ending with churro ice cream sandwiches and Mexican hot chocolate. We met up with Rocia in the same area of Condesa, walked to the subway together, and talked a bit along the way about the history of Mexico City's neighborhoods. We hopped on the subway for a few stops and landed right outside of Mercado Jamaica. Once inside, we started with juicy pork tacos and cold beer, then moved on to local fruits, grilled corn, green chorizo tacos, jicama lollipops, moles, churro ice cream sandwiches, a mezcal tasting, and more! We very much enjoyed our private tour, and if you are interested in learning more about Rocio's tours you can find more details on her website Eat Like a Local or check her out on Instagram @eatlikealocalmx.
Our final day in Mexico City started at a slower pace, with breakfast at our Air BnB and a stop for cappuccinos before heading to the Zocalo, the main city center. I wanted to take a photo of this city center square with the giant Mexico flag a la the opening scene of the James Bond Spectre movie. If you don't remember the opening scene of Spectre, you can click here for a YouTube link (it is not my link, but is a great high-quality copy). Alas, the city was repaving the square and had taken down the flag. Hopefully next time I can capture that photo! We walked around a few shops in the area, enjoyed one final lunch at a wonderful restaurant called Contramar, and then headed to the airport.
I very much enjoyed spending a long weekend in Mexico City, and would love to return at some point to explore more of the city's amazing restaurants and museums. I hope you enjoyed this travel log, and please feel free to reach out to me via email if you are thinking about visiting Mexico City and would like to chat. I hope you have a great rest of your week!