Day 1 – Teotihuacan & Mexico City
Departure: 10 am
Teotihuacan was an ancient Mesoamerican city located in a sub valley of the Valley of Mexico, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Mexico City, known today as the site of many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas.To do the whole visit plan around 2h, bring lots of water with you as the weather is really dry and hot. Bring also a good hat and sunscreen. Take some tennis shoes and enjoy the view of the pyramids.
The site doesn’t only include the pyramids but also a small museum about the history of the civilizations.
After a long walk under the sun, let’s go to the city centre of Mexico.
Mexico City – City Centre
First thing to know there is no free parking in Mexico. We parked next to the Bella Del Arte monument.
Our favourite and national Mexican friend took us to a nice and typical café to enjoy some Mexican dishes such as tacos and Chile relleno with of course a good beer. We were lucky at that time there were a birthday celebration and we got some music from the mariachi.
Address of the restaurant: Calle de Tacuba 28, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Then back to Toluca.
Day 2 – The Grutas de Cacahuamilpa & Taxco
Departure: 9 am
Return: 7 pm
Address: 2h30 south west from Mexico City
Located in the National Park of Guerrero, the caves are one of the largest cave systems in the world. It is also home to the Grutas of Carlos Pacheco, a smaller system, as well as two subterranean rivers which have carved out tunnels in the rock. The park has extreme sports attractions such as rappelling, and rock climbing in Limontitla Canyon as well as the two underground rivers to explore. It also has a small botanical garden, a pool and places to camp.
We went on the guided visit of the caves that are definitely amazing and incredibly big. Everything is well maintain. The only bad thing was the guided guy was only speaking Spanish and really fast. Hopefully you do not really need him to enjoy the visit.
Price: around 60 pesos
Duration: around 1h30
After that beautiful escapade, we drove to an amazing place called Taxco. Wonderful village around the mountain.
Address: 3h south west from Mexico City.
The city is alongside the mountain and has paved streets with for local taxi the famous coccinelle cars. The city is also known for silver carriers so if you’re looking for cheap but good silver present you can buy it there. The small city centre looks like an old village in France with the place in the middle and the church and small habitation around it.
We hate at the Monte Taxco Hotel, where you can enjoy the view on all the city.
Tips: to avoid costly and time consuming finding a parking lot, park at the opposite side of the city centre, to the Monte Taxco Hotel (Calle Alfredo Checa Curi s/n, Fraccionamiento Lomas de Taxco, 40210 Taxco), then take the cable car to join the other side.
Day 3 & Day 4 – Tolantogo Hidalgo
Located 4hours north from Mexico, in the middle of the country side where there is nothing else than small villages and farmers, there is a paradise place.
You can enjoy bath and hot springs with the nature as a place and the mountain as view. The place is beautiful and peaceful. Come over there for a weekend to relax and swim in the hot springs.
Hotel price per night for one person: 270 pesos.
The food: small restaurant, with typical Mexican dishes for around 20 pesos.
The entrance to the park: 120 pesos per day per person
Tips: bring water shoes to be able to walk and swim in the different places without issues.
Day 5 – Mexico City
Departure: 10 am
Return: 6 pm
To start our day we went to the museum of anthropology. Really good museum about the history of Mexico and all the civilisations. There are several parts to visit inside de museum. To visit the essential it takes around 2hours, more if you spend time to read and visit everything.
Price: 70 pesos.
Tips: there is a nice shop if you’re looking for souvenirs!! :p
For Lunch we went in a restaurant whose speciality are the tacos, and they were really good. No doubt you will find one for you!
Address: El Califa, Altata 22, Col. Condesa, Mexico City
Then direction the Chapultepec Castle, the only castle in North America. Built during the colonial time, the castle has an amazing 360° view on Mexico City. The inside of the castle is well maintained. Nice. The total visit around 1h30.
Address: Bosque de Chapultepec I, 11100 Ciudad de México
Price: 65 pesos
Day 6 – Culhuacán
For our last day in Mexico, Edgar took us to the district of Pueblo Culhuacán. It doesn’t feel like you’re still in Mexico City so different! It’s more typical and more like a village inside a big city where you have Small Street, restaurant, outside terrace… Walk around get lost in those street and enjoy!
We picked one restaurant with terrace, sat outside and had a beer.
We went after that to the museum of Frida Kahlo. The house is colorful from the outside and also inside. You can see many of her painting and learn about her story. It was not my favorite museum but if you’re interested in her story go ahead.