Mexico City day trip
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Sep 4, 2013 5:08 AM Last Post By: ljp555
Aug 26, 2013 8:23 AM
Mexico City day tripGreetings!
I was wondering if you all had any recommendations for a scenic day trip from Mexico City. My boyfriend and I are taking a last minute trip to Mexico City for 4-5 days. I visited Mexico several years ago, so while I know there is more than enough to do in DF in 5 days, I've already been to many of the major sites in DF and would like to spend a little time in the countryside.
I have the LP guide, so I see there are many smaller towns near DF. What would be your top recommendation for scenery (possibly some easy hiking?) and a (very short) experience of small-town Mexico?
Thanks in advance!
Aug 26, 2013 8:41 AM
1This question comes up pretty much weekly...
Try threads like:
It's going to be a hard choice with so little time, Tlaxcala and Tepotzlan are obvious options.
Aug 26, 2013 9:17 AM
Aug 26, 2013 9:47 AM
3A couple of possibilities which come to mind quickly: Malinalco (Edo. de Mexico), and Tlaxcala (Tlaxcala).
Malinalco meets your criteria, including the "small-town Mexico" comment - about 20,000 people. There's the town, the archaeological slite and the counryside to explore on foot. Click here to learn more about Malinalco.
Tlaxcala, though larger than Malinalco, with a population of about 80,000, has, particularly in the center of the city, a "small-town Mexico" feel to it. I've found it a good place to walk about. Click here to learn more about Tlaxcala.
Both Malinalco and Tlaxcala are easy to get to from Mexico City and could be done as day trips. Busses for Malinalco depart from the terminal opposite the Observatorio Metro station. Busses for Tlaxcala depart from the city's east terminal, TAPO.
I'd have suggested Valle de Bravo (Edo. de Mexico), but getting there and back on public transportation can easily consume a lot of time, leaving, IMO, too little time to enjoyably explore. If you had asked about an overnight trip - Valle de Bravo would have been on my list, though.
When do you plan to travel to Mexico City?
Aug 26, 2013 9:56 AM
4I liked all the places mentioned above. I really like Malinalco for the variety of reasons - but I feel it is also a tough choice for a day trip by public transport: it will take you at least three hours each way need to take a bus from (small west-serving) Observatorio bus terminal and then probably switch to a collectivo at Tenancingo or Chalma (I've read there is a direct bus from Observatorio to Malinalco but never was lucky enough to see it).
Honestly, if you can do an overnight, it will be a better option altogether.
Aug 26, 2013 10:02 AM
Aug 26, 2013 11:00 AM
Aug 26, 2013 6:51 PM
7We (Mexico City residents) had visitors last week who were looking for day trips. They did one day in Tlayacapan (already mentioned above), and another day at the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa. For the latter, they took the 6:45 am bus from Tasqueña to Taxco, then went on from there to the Grutas. They were back in Mexico City by 7:00 pm.
Aug 26, 2013 7:29 PM
8Thanks for all the responses. I had read the threads referenced above--just having a hard time deciding what to do.
We're actually arriving in Mexico this Friday morning! We may end up doing Teotihuacan (I've been before, but my bf hasn't), but I'm definitely intrigued by the places you've mentioned.
Sep 2, 2013 11:20 AM
Puebla as mentioned above is good and can be done in a day trip or even better as a one night trip. 2hrs away. Also you said that you had been to the city before and done most of the main things. This site might help for some suggestions but I am sure you have been to most. The Lucha Libre is good fun even if you aren't into the whole wrestling thing. It is just entertainment really and on in the evening when most of your tourist stuff is done. It is on at the wkends and on Tuesdays and is just off a subway station in Arena Mexico.
Sep 4, 2013 5:08 AM
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