Mexico City/Puebla, Mexico

The overwhelming feeling flying into Mexico City from Cuba was one of shock, the sheer size of this place was mesmerizing. We later found out that the population of Greater Mexico city is over 21 million making it one of the biggest cities in the world.However, coming from Europe we recognised many similarities between Mexico city and any other major European metropolis. There is a lot see and do in the city but like any capital, it is full of global multinational companies and financial institutions and so we decided to stay on the open top bus tour for the whole route allowing us to see the city in three hours! Before we arrived in Mexico we were slightly apprehensive about our safety so we did our research on which neighbourhood to stay in. We decided on the Roma area of the city and we felt very safe wandering through this leafy suburb, even at night.The Mexican food was one of the things we were most looking forward to coming from Cuba and we were craving some spice after 10 days of fairly bland cuisine. Our first meal certainly didn’t disappoint, some tasty beef Tacos dripping with spicy salsa verde accompanied by two refreshing cervezas, Corona and Pacifico.Luckily we landed in the city during the build up to Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. The main Avenue, Avenida Paseo de la Reforma became pedestrianised and numerous colourful exhibits lined the streets. They were all designed by local artists and included some colourful giant skulls and interactive displays. We also visited the Anthropology museum which is in Chapultepec Park. It is the largest and most visited museum in Mexico and it tells the story of indigenous Mexican people from before Columbus to the modern day and boasts many important Anthropological artefacts and relics.  While travelling south towards Oaxaca we stopped off in a nearby city called Puebla. It sits beneath the vast Sierra Madre mountain range and is only two hours from Mexico City. Puebla was an important city in the Mexican War of Independence as it was where Agustín de Itúrbide marched his army into to declare Mexico an independent country. Cinco de Maya also has its roots in Puebla with out numbered Mexican forces defeating the French army on the 5th May 1862. We enjoyed wandering through the streets here and sampling the local mezcal which is a type of Mexican tequila made from the agave plant. 

Highlights:

  • Open bus tour of Centro Historico in Mexico City
  • Visit to Anthropology museum 
  • Sample the local tacos and cervezas
  • Visit to Santo Domingo in Puebla

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