2 weeks in Mexico City
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Aug 10, 2012 4:35 PM Last Post By: rhinotraveller
Jul 10, 2012 2:15 AM
2 weeks in Mexico CityHi people,
I am visiting Mexico City on a business trip this week. Will reach there on 14th July(Saturday) night most probably.. The trip will at most have 2 weekends and in the weekdays I will be having only my nights free I guess and 1-2 half days. Will most probably stay near Mex City DF
I have the following queries if you guys can help me-
1.How much Mexico City can I cover in this time
2. I would like to visit atleast 1 beach in this time.Which is the best one nearby Mex City.
3. I would prefer going on a trek(if possible) or doing any other activity then visiting religious places. Any activities possible there
4. How is the night life in Mex City. Any good clubs that you guys can suggest.
Jul 10, 2012 4:27 AM
Jul 10, 2012 5:34 AM
Jul 10, 2012 7:53 AM
33. I would prefer going on a trek(if possible)
I suggest hikes on the slopes of Iztaccihuatl, about 60 km southeast of Mexico City. Second class buses leave regularly from TAPO to Amecameca, there get a colectivo or taxi leaving from the square to Paso de Cortes, or La Joya at the trailhead.
Jul 10, 2012 8:27 AM
4My thoughts to the four questions:
1. As much as you want to. There's a wealth of information archived here on TTMB which provide lots of ideas of what to see and do, and the FAQ and guidebooks provide even more helpful advice. We don't know you nor your interests ... so the city is your 'oyster.'
2. Acapulco. Getting there by bus takes less than 5 hours. Leave early in the day and have lunch on the beach. It'll be quitet there, however. Although, some of the school vacations are just starting and things could pick-up a bit. Not as crazy as at the holiday times or peak Winter tourist season. You can leave for Mexico City late in the day, say, for example, Sunday, and be back in the city by Midnight. Many Capitalinos from Mexico City do short weekend trips to Acapulco.
3. I don't know of organized treks to recommend out of Mexico City or nearby. There are lots of hiking possibilities. Check the guidebooks for that, and prior postings here. @3 has posted prior good advise about visiting Popo.
4. Saturday night in Acapulco (if you go there) can be fun. Discos, restaurants. There are many nightlife possibilities in Mexico City. I don't often take advantage of them, though. This website might offer some suggestions to consider: http://www.chilango.com/
To fully enjoy these things you're going to need a certain level of proficiency in Spanish. If you do you should have a great time.
Lucky you! Enjoy the adventures.
Jul 10, 2012 4:11 PM
5I've been in your circumstances. Here are my thoughts.
I also suggest just to buy and download LP's Mexico Guide's chapter on Mexico City and around and it will have you set with detailed answers to most of your questions about Mexico City.
Jul 11, 2012 1:35 AM
6Good Lord... you're talking about one of the largest cities on the planet, and one that's been a cultural center since the 13th century, and the center of Hispanic culture since the 20th.
1. You can go to one "non-religious" site a day for the next 30 or 40 years at least...by which time they'll have all changed.
2. At least 8 hours away. I suggest you look at a map.
3. See #1. However, if you want religious sites, what sort? Everything from the Virgin of Guadalupe to indigenous rituals to the tomb of Leon Trotsky.
4. Very good. What is it you want? Coffee-houses, dance clubs, gay bars, S and M parlors, rock n roll concerts, flamenco dancing, poetry readings...? What do you want in an urban area of 20 million or so human beings?
Recommendation: besides checking the previous posts, but a tour guide book (like... oh... Loney Planet's Guide to Mexico City) and read through looking for things that MIGHT interest you... and if you don't get to them, you'll find something interesting en route. Relax and enjoy yourself.
Oh, Altagor... next time you're stuck at Periferico Sur, check out the ruins at Cuicuilco, or Cd Universitaría, or.... (just teasing... plenty to do anywhere in Mexico City).
Jul 11, 2012 2:50 AM
Jul 11, 2012 12:26 PM
Jul 12, 2012 9:57 AM
9#6, Rich - I understand you are just teasing :) And I've been to both place, naturally.
There is something to do everywhere in Mexico City. My point here is that when you are on business trip, during the work week you can only enjoy places that open late (especially, as you tend to work long hours on the business trip) and you prefer places that both are within an easy reach and don't take too much effort to find and research. When we stayed on Reforma and Polanco, we were going or taking a short taxi ride to everywhere in "central" MC almost every night going out after 9 or even 10 and there was always easy to find a new place to enjoy. Once we moved to Pereferico Sur, we had our options limited.
Jul 12, 2012 11:11 AM
10Something I passed-over in the OP:
"Will most probably stay near Mex City DF"
It's possible this person will not base himself in Mexico City, but, rather, nearby. Maybe Toluca. Cuernavaca. Who knows. The language used gives me the impression the work is not in Mexico City, but nearby or adjacent ... and location very much impacts what can be accomplished and in what time frame.
Regarding rain, and the comment about Acapulco: It's just as likely it'll rain every day (mostly late-afternoon and evenings) you're in Mexico City - from now until mid-September. Less at the beach. Less intense, certainly ... except for a hurricane. I still think Acapulco is the beach to visit.
Aug 7, 2012 2:51 PM
Aug 7, 2012 6:58 PM
12DBTI -- The people who built Teotihuacan might have, if they had known about them, laughed about the whoopers that modern travelers sometimes tell about their great city.
Teotihuacan's rulers and artisans apparently established trade and diplomatic ties with populations living in other Meso-American regions. But, contrary to your description, Teotihuacan was NOT a "Mayan" site. (Perhaps a member of your travel writers' group should have spent more time time back at the National Anthropology Museum before authoring his or her "expert" opinions.)
Aug 8, 2012 1:38 AM
Aug 10, 2012 4:35 PM
14Forgot to mention, the venues are either Arena Mexico (main venue) or Arena Coliseo and tickets can usually be purchased at the door.
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