Ten Days in Mexico City and Tepotzlan
Sep 19 - Sep 30, 2023
Ten days in Mexico City. The Zocalo Central hotel was lovely and conveniently located for exploring the Historic Center. Our two guided tours, History and street food tasting (Daniella), and Flavors of San Juan Market (Clara from Eat Mexico) were excellent. Pablo was also excellent in our guided tour of the Anthropological Museum. Fortunately we went early and avoided massive crowds. Chapultepec Castle on a Sunday afternoon is a mistake. We abandoned the plan because of crowds. Annemarie(?) guided us well at Teotihuacan. Personally, the Basilica was not a priority.
We had a good amount of independent time for the Rivera murals at the Secretaria de Education Public, Temple Mayor Museum, Museo de Artes Populares, National Museum.
Tepotzlan -- a beautiful retreat. While the staff at Hotel Rustic and Spa were fine, we were the only guests, the hotel did not have spa activities and seemed unprepared for us. The rooms were fairly basic, no hairdryer or hangers, and not especially clean. However the views with morning coffee were wonderful. We enjoyed exploring the town, and especially dinner at Veladora.
Coyoacan was a pleasant change from the Historic Center, and Casa Jacinta Guest House was charming, comfortable and well located. We especially loved eating at Los Danzantes and Corazon de Maguey. Watching the flow of vendors, families, couples in the Jardin Centenario was an easy way to pass the time between explorations.
The Ecological tour to the Chinampas of Xochimilco, guided by Pablo, was excellent, a relaxing and informative boat tour and farm visit on the historic canals.
Our drivers and airport transfers were efficient. Our guides all spoke English and were very knowledgeable.