Mexico makes it real. Although if you want to really know the real roots of this fascinating land of the Aztecs, you need to step out for a day or two outside the mega capital of Mexico City. That is what we did on our 3rd day in Mexico City to really explore what lies in the backdrop of the magnificent Mexican capital. Make sure you have been following our trail on Day 1 here and our super eventful day 2 here. If you are all ready to join us for our adventure on day 3, keep reading below and come along with us as we step out of Mexico City to go to Teotihuacan.
Day 3 recommended itinerary in Mexico City
– Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon at Teotihuacan
– Soumaya Museum
– Lunch at Vapiano
– Postal Palace
– Churreria El Moro
– Sunset at the Monumento A La Revolucion
– Dancing Fountains of the Plaza de la Republic
– Dinner at La Soldadera Restaurant
Starting your day as early as 6 AM means we could only have breakfast at the hotel. We had managed to grab a bite at our abode in Mexico City Room Mate Valentina and set off for the day.
The thin morning traffic meant that we arrived at Teotihuacan in little less than an hour by taxi from our ideally located hotel in Mexico City. Situated around 40km north-east of Mexico City on the Valley of Mexico, Teotihuacan was a Mesoamerican city with iconic pyramids built in the pre-Columbian days.
We took our time to climb the rather steep but gigantic Pyramid of the Sun to see the landscape through the eyes of the Aztecs. The Avenue of the Dead separates the Pyramid of the Sun with the Pyramid of the Moon which is unsurprisingly smaller in size. With remains of residential complex and open squares, Teotihuacan and these Pyramids keep enthralling archaeologists and visitors alike years after years. Perfect for spending couple of hours to soak in the sun from top of the Pyramids, its best to arrive early and leave early before the tourist buses come in hoards.
Our next destination was back in Mexico City, the mesmerising Museo Soumaya which is a private museum and a non-profit cultural institution. Hosting over 66,000 works from 30 centuries of art, the museum certainly draws enthusiasts because of its unique exterior shape and beautifully tranquil interior, wide and bright staircases.
For lunch we didn’t have to go far, we arrived at the sleek, self-service Italian restaurant inside Plaza Carso (behind the Museo Soumaya) called Vapiano. With an amazing collection of authentic Italian dishes, the restaurant provides a beautiful view of the Soumaya Museum while you sip colourful juices squeezed out of fresh fruits and herbs.
Yummy in the tummy, we called in Uber once again to go back to the Historic City Centre. From Zocalo, we kept walking along Calle de Tacuba which was lined up with classic buildings from the Spanish colonial era. We came across the beautiful Museo Nacional de Artes (Art Museum) where the large equestrian statue of Charles IV of Spain was visible – the reigning monarch just before Mexico gained its independence from Spain. We also discovered just opposite the Art Museum a narrow alley named Calle de Filomeno Mata which had old books sellers along with souvenir and handicraft vendors busy with their daily trades.
Our next point of attraction was the royal Postal Palace. With a possibility to get easily mistaken as an aristocratic palace or a museum, it was certainly hard to believe that this art deco piece of architecture was indeed a functioning post office. Although public were not allowed to climb the stairs or get into official zones, the general lobby provided ample opportunities to contemplate at the design and engineering all around.
A short walk away from the Postal Palace was our preferred place to settle for some evening snack. Being true to our gastronomic research done beforehand, we made our way to have some seriously addictive churros dipped in chocolate in Churreria El Moro. Established in 1935, this is another historic place where the Mexican heavyweights, politicians, artists used to spend time, munching churros which was perceived as a novelty in Mexico of those times.
One of our #lifegoals that hasn’t changed in the past 10 years is to watch sunset from every part of the world, Mexico City was no exception to this ritual, so from El Moro we went to Monumento A La Revolucion to witness the gorgeous golden hours during sunset. This iconic monument commemorates the Mexican Revolution and is best visited a few hours before sunset. Opened to public in 1938, it contains the tombs of the revolutionary and post-revolutionary heroes such as Pancho Villa, Francisco Madero, Venustiano Carranza, Plutarco Elías Calles and Lázaro Cárdenas.
The best view is from the summit called Paseo Linternilla which is accessible by a glass elevator. The equally beautiful was the spiralling stairs playing hide and seek in shadows and sunshine. The tomb of the monument also has the display of 100 rifles made of crystal to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. The observation deck on the top floor of the Monument is also perfect to view through the binoculars some historic buildings all around Mexico City.
The magical and musical fountains behind the Monumento A La Revolucion is where we then sat down along with the locals to enjoy the golden hours of the sunset. What ensues shortly after dusk was a beautiful and colourful display of the dancing fountains.
A day break with the visit to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan and signing off at dusk at the Plaza de la Republic facing the imposing Monumento A La Revolucion – time was ripe for some fine dining at the adjacent La Soldadera Restaurant. We were so hungry that immediately after filming our food, we started eating without taking any still photographs. You’ll get to see our experience at this amazing place once we share our Mexico vlog, after sharing all the written updates here.
Our penultimate evening in the Mexican capital gave us enough time to reflect on the rich heritage of the land and the warmth of the people we met. In anticipation of yet another fabulous final day in the city, we bid adios to our adventures of the 3rd day. Stay tuned as we publish soon our experience of the 4th and final day in Mexico City. Until then, why not share this post now with your friends and family to plan in advance for your next trip to Mexico?0