RIDING IN A HOT AIR BALLOON: MEXICO CITY & TEOTIHUACAN
Hello! To continue on telling you guys about my travels so far, today I’m sharing the highlights of my trip to Mexico! I took this trip with my best friend, Anne, which is whom I plan most of my trips with. This was in August of 2017, and I can’t wait to go back! I love the city, it’s beautiful and there’s so much to do and see! Plus a very dear friend lives there! (Dany, my ex-roomate from when I lived in Orlando).
The culture in Mexico is amazing, everybody is proud of their country and people are SO NICE. I couldn’t believe how sweet every single person was, super helpful and genuinely kind, I never wanted to leave. Plus, it’s extremely cheap! I’m used to paying at least twice as much for food, clothes, Uber and just basic things in general.
One of the best parts of the trip was getting to re-unite with Dany, whom I hadn’t seen in over a year! It was awesome to spend time with her, and super sweet of her and her parents to let us stay with them. She did have to work some of the days we were there, so we couldn’t spend the whole trip with her, but we still got to see her a lot and I’m so grateful for that!
Even though it was a shorter trip, we had an amazing time and I remember everything with a lot of fondness. I’m going to make a list where I share with you what we did and ate that I really enjoyed:
1. My favorite part of the city was definitely Polanco! It’s so chic and beautiful and it has all these gorgeous designer stores, plus a lot of regular stores and restaurants as well, I loved just strolling along Masaryk, it was wonderful! Plus, all the restaurants in Polanquito are so cute, and there’s so many different types of food! They even have a Magnolia Bakery like the one in NYC.
2. In Polanco, there’s an ice cream place called Ice Cream Nation, which has all these delicious flavors that are super unique, and they make them through liquid nitrogen right there, it’s really cool, we went twice, actually! You can get some and then eat it at the park across the street, “Lincoln Park”, it’s pretty nice.
3. We went on the “Turibus“, it’s basically a hop-on, hop-off bus, that takes you to all the main attractions in the city, and they also have a guide who gives you trivia about the places you’re seeing. It’s a really good way to get around especially if it’s your first time visiting. It’s super cheap as well, like everything in Mexico City.
4.We visited a beautiful restaurant called Azul Historico, they have trees inside the building and the food is delicious, Mexican food is amazing in general, it’s so full of flavor and satisfying. I had the enchiladas, so good!
5. We went to see the Palace of Fine Arts, which is GORGEOUS, one of the prettiest buildings in the city. And it’s just a short walk away from the city center, which includes “La Casa de los Azulejos”, the Metropolitan Catedral (which is beautiful and has huge doors to take pictures in), the “Palacio Nacional” (which had like 15 cats inside!!!), the “Alameda Central”, and more! These are all definitely must-dos in Mexico City.
6. One day, we woke up super early and took a tour to Teotihuacan so we could ride a hot air balloon at dawn and see the pyramids as well! It was AMAZING, the view is ridiculous, it’s such a fun and different experience, and afterwards they gave us cake and champagne! 10/10 would recommend.
7. Dany took us to another amazing restaurant, Porfirios it’s SO GOOD, seriously delicious, so pretty, and they had live mariachi singing in the middle of the restaurant! We ordered some churros for dessert, and they actually came in a mini churro stand like the ones you see at amusement parks! We had a lot of fun that night, we also visited a night-club later, Joy Room, and it was really cool, awesome music!
8. Frida Kahlo’s museum in Coyoacán is a must -do, it’s so cool! You learn so much about her and her sad life, and you get to see all the places in her and Diego Rivera’s house and where they slept, ate, where they created art, etc.
9. Colonia Roma and La Condesa, these neighborhoods were honestly incredible, and I loved them a lot, they have a really bohemian vibe, they’re full of trees, plants and cute cafés, it’s really beautiful! While we were there we went to Rosetta, an Italian restaurant that was so good, and also Mercado Roma, where they have a HUGE variety of different places to eat, with all the different cultures combined, and it’s all delicious!
10. “Castillo de Chapultepec”, this place was definitely one of my favorites in the whole trip. It’s basically a beautiful castle that resembles Versailles, overlooking the city, because it’s on top of a hill. (We had to walk all the way up there when we were extremely hungover lol, would not recommend this) The site of the hill was a sacred place for Aztecs, and the buildings atop it have served several purposes during its history, including that of Military Academy, Imperial residence, Presidential home, observatory, and right now, the National Museum of History. It’s seriously gorgeous, if you go to Mexico City you cannot miss it.
11. We went for brunch to a place called Carolo, and had the croissant, it was soo good! A bit spicy. And the place was super pretty and the service amazing, one of the restaurants I liked the most.
12. We went to see The Lion King, the theater was right next to the Soumaya Museum, at Plaza Carso and it was out of this world, so worth it, really really enjoyed it.
13. Museo Soumaya! It’s cool enough on the outside, but on the inside, there’s so much art to see, there’s a total of 6 floors! The hall is super minimalist, which I always enjoy.
14. If you want to try authentic, CHEAP, Mexican food, try Casa de Toño! It’s delicious and I seriously couldn’t believe how affordable it was. The tacos were to die for!
All in all, Mexico City was such a beautiful surprise, I loved it even more than I thought I would, and I would recommend you to go in a heartbeat! I want to go back and explore all the things that I’m still missing :)