Jun 20, 2011, 8:42 AM
Post #29 of 61
OK, if you're up for semi-random bus rides, I like to recommend a trip to Milpa Alta. One way to get there is from the Tasqueña metro station, take a #36 pesera marked “Milpa Alta” (platform L or M, approximately, which you reach by exiting the metro station at the South exit). At the end of the route, you'll be across the street from the main market of Milpa Alta. There are also RTP buses that go to Milpa Alta from Tasqueña. The entrance to the main market is at the corner of Jalisco and Yucatan Sur streets.
Some of the vendors (mostly the informal ones outside on the sidewalk) come down from the mountains and this is as close as they get to Mexico City, so you can get some produce that doesn’t make it farther in to the city. For example, in the rainy season they offer a great variety of mushrooms and toadstools. Inside, you can get tasty tlacloyos, gorditas and more to eat on the spot or to take home. Also, there is a great quantity of nopales for sale in season, as this is the center of a nopal farming district.
Besides the market, there isn't much else to see in the town, but we like to take visitors to walk around and see the inside of the main church and of the Guadalupe chapel located on the side of the central square beside the church. Inside this chapel you can see a painting that depicts Virgen of Guadalupe hovering over the actual landscape visible outside the chapel, and to the left (as you're facing the chapel) there's a tiny garden depicting the appearance of the Virgen of Guadalupe to Juan Diego.
Back to the market, if you walk downhill towards the left (while facing the market) about 3 blocks to Puebla street and turn right, you will get to a place where you get a spectacular view of the valley spread below you. If the day is clear enough, you will also get a great view of the volcano.
On the way to Milpa Alta and on the way back, you'll pass through the town of San Pedro Atocpán, the mole capital of the region. There are so many mole shops here that the air is fragrant with spices. It would also be a nice place to get off the bus and explore. Many of the mole “factories” are little storefront operations crowded with open bins of all the spices, chiles, nuts and fruit that go into a mole. There are many restaurant options here, but the particular one we like to take visitors to is La Cabaña, slightly off the beaten track at Prolongacion Guadalupe Victoria 27 (just around the corner from Atzayacatl street).