Aug 18, 2010, 6:08 PM
Post #25 of 30
I'm REVIVING this thread because we're going in a week and now I'm quite excited and looking for a bit more info. Things to do, restaurant recs, etc. Keeping in mind, we're only spending 4 nights, arriving Thursday mid-day and leaving Monday mid-day.
Also, I know some people like to run and gun and pack every possible site and experience into a trip like this.
I am not that person.
I enjoy a much more leisurely approach, and prefer not to over-plan. This trip is more about just experiencing a taste of the city. We'll be staying in La Condesa at Casa del Arbol Rojo. Any tips for that area re restaurants or other haunts are MUCH appreciated. (Anything quirky or funky or quintessentially Mexico City goes to the top of the list.)
Here's my roughed in thinking for how to spend the long weekend:
ARRIVE MID-DAY THURSDAY: After checking into hotel, grab a cab to the Zócalo and go on the touristy double-decker bus thing to catch the major sites, get oriented to the center, etc. Might be able to pick up that bus somewhere in La Condesa, if so even better.
After that, just poke around La Condesa, etc.
FRIDAY: Possibly go to the Anthropology Museum in the morning (rather than on the weekend, less crowded, etc.) Then.....something else in the afternoon? Somewhere else (not a museum) in Chapultepec? Maybe a walking tour in some neighborhood? Although that may be too much time on foot post-museum.
SATURDAY: Bazaar Sabado in San Angel. What time of day does this get started? Mid-day? Is it worth trying to double this with the Coyoacán neighborhood on the same day since they're in the same direction? Or are they two slices from the same apple? Or just too much to try to do? (I have ZERO interest in seeing the house where Frida and Diego lived.)
SUNDAY: Do the Zócalo area with all the obvious sites thereabouts. (Templo Mayor, Palacio Nacional, Ex-Colegio de San Ildefonso) Here I'm assuming that the area is pleasant on a Sunday (but not overly burdened), and that the important buildings, sites, etc., are open on Sunday. Is that a safe assumption?
MONDAY: Leave morning open for something missed or whatever we feel like doing. Return to Guadalajara on early afternoon flight.
Somewhere in there I'd also like to do the Museo de Franz Mayer, Casa de los Azulejos (just for the building) and the Palacio de Belles Artes (also for the building).
SO! How's that for not planning to pack in too much? Ha. Anyway, I'd love to hear feedback on whether or not all that is doable, and I'd especially love to hear your "Must see/Must do/Must eat here" thoughts given that we're staying in Condesa.
Also, I can google "Mexico City Walking Tours" and come up with several links, no doubt. Our hotel can probably recommend some, too. But if you know of a particularly good provider, I'd love to hear about it!
Running like a mad man trying to pull together a party this weekend. Sorry for the breathless post, and appreciate any thoughts. THANKS!
(This post was edited by tashby on Aug 18, 2010, 6:17 PM)