As they say, “all is well that ends well”. For us, our 4th and final day in Mexico City turned out as the sweet dessert after a fine dining. Over the first 3 days, we had explored as much as possible of the Mexican capital – some must visit sights of interest and some sure-shot off the beaten path locations. Make sure you have been following our trails on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. If you are all ready to join us for our adventure on day 4, keep reading below and come along with us as we snap up the last bits of memories in Mexico City.
Day 4 recommended itinerary in Mexico City
– National Museum of Anthropology
– Lunch at Nicos Restaurant
– Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
– Angel of Independence & Statue of Diana the Huntress
– Dinner at Sonora Grill Prime
If you would have closely followed our trail on day 2 in Mexico City, you would have noticed that we did spend a good amount of time in Zocalo Square which has a number of important historic attractions, but we did not visit one key sight which was the National Palace. We were oblivious of the requirement that a valid ID (passport) was compulsory to gain the free entry into the Palace. The seat of the Federal Executive in Mexico, this palace had been the abode of the ruling class in Mexico since the days of the Aztecs.
Sadly we could not visit on our 2nd day but we were the first ones to arrive back at the National Palace on our 4thand final day in Mexico City. Misfortune did not seem to have stopped chasing us in relation to this venue because it turned out that on that day there was an anti-government protest being staged right in front of the entrance of the National Palace. It simply meant that visitors like ourselves were turned away and there were no tours until the political agitations were over.
Having no other choice, we walked through the massive Zocalo Square enjoying the first warmth of the January sun. It was early hours so we were lucky atleast to have ourselves photographed without the usual teeming crowd around in front of the iconic CDMX (Ciudad de Mexico) signage with the backdrop of the imposing Metropolitan Cathedral.
Mexico City has more than 150 museums which shows why even 4 days here would not be enough to really immerse into the rich history of this land. So what we had to settle with was to make sure that the biggest and the most visited National Museum of Anthropology should feature as the first spot we visit on our last day in Mexico City. With the imposing cascading water column right in the middle of the courtyard inside the premises, the museum has 11 separate rooms dedicated to archaeology and ethnology including the Mayan and Aztec epochs.
All the facilities inside the museum, including the hallways and displays equal to a walk of 5.5km, which obviously we could not do. We made sure we had a good glimpse of the Aztec Sun Stone, Aztec Calendar Stone, Stone of Tizoc and the Head of Xiuhcoatl (serpent). Equally intriguing was the reconstructed Mayan Temple and the artefacts from the Mayan civilisation. A centre of pilgrimage for not only lovers of anthropology and ethnology but also for any voyager in town, this museum is a must-see for anyone interested to know in one place – history of the evolution of this land.
Afterwards, we continued with our delectable gastronomic route to experience Mexican flavours as we took a cab from the National Museum of Anthropology to Nicos Restaurant. As the chef Gerardo Vazquez Lugo mentioned on their website, the food on offer at Nicos Restaurant speaks of the culture, heritage, roots and influences of Mexico. The best part of having Nicos Restaurant in our culinary itinerary was that it was home food as well, still supervised by the family-run owner herself. Especially authentic was the corn-made tortillas with a range of dips to choose from, not to mention the freshly prepared guacamole!
Between the sumptuous Mexican lunch and the sunset for the final day, we had enough time to go explore the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This roman Catholic Church is also considered to be a Mexican national shrine and is also one of the most revered pilgrimage locations for Catholicism. Visited by several million people every year, the Basilica offers a rather unusual architectural design comparing to traditional churches that we have seen around the world. The vast vacuum inside the premises and even inside the church itself offered us much needed pause after 4 days of shuttling between unmissable locations and experiences around Mexico City. Catholic or not, any wanderer must visit this location to soak in the influence and importance of Christianity in Mexico.
If you remember the start of our exploration on day 1 in Mexico City, we set foot in the calm Casa Azul to walk in the steps of iconic Frida Kahlo. On the last day of our stay in the capital, we knew we had to watch the sun set behind the Angel of Independence. The centre point in Mexico City for all kinds of protests and celebration, this victory column built in 1910 on the roundabout of Paseo de la Reforma was built to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico’s War of Independence.
Along the same avenue was another emblem of Mexican struggle for independence – the statue of Diana the Huntress. One of the most photographed statues in CDMX (Ciudad de Mexico), the Huntress is found to be aiming her bow and shooting the arrow towards the skies. The best part for both the Diana the Huntress and the Angel of Independence was that these iconic landmarks of Mexico was only a 5 minute walk away from our hotel, all the more reasons why you should definitely reserve your good night sleep at the quirky Room Mate Valentina Hotel.
No wonder what Frida had to offer to Mexico – in terms of political, sexual and creative freedom, the Angel of Independence signified the liberation for the entire country, upholding the glory of the Mexican revolutionaries and heroes. The setting sun drew a sensational silhouette of the Angel and the Diana the Huntress which left us simply spellbound as we said goodbye to our last sunset in Mexico City.
The culinary conclusion to our fabulous four days in Mexico City was drawn at the Sonora Grill. A dinner with famously juicy and sumptuous Mexican steaks, Mexican salsa dips and some Mexican beer this time were the perfect items to play with our cutleries one final time in Mexico City.
While some only know Mexico through Cancun and Tulum, but there is more than pristine beaches in Mexico. What better place to feel the heart-beat of the Mexican nation but in the very capital Mexico City. The 4 days we spent in this eye-opening destination unveiled in front of us an array of Mexican history, culture, traditions, food and flavours. We were not sad to be leaving Mexico City after our 4-day adventure, rather we were very much looking forward to the next leg of our trip in Mexico – destination Cancun and Tulum. Stay with us to find out more in our next blogposts on how we continued our love affair with this jewel of Central America – Mexico.0