Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City Travel Blog

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The following morning we woke up at around 9am and took a shower. I grabbed a bite to eat from the breakfast room and we headed downstairs to the reception to wait for the free city walking tour to start at 10am. It was a cool morning and we were both comfortable wearing jeans and a light sweater.

We were told that the tour guide was on her way over but it required a minimum of 4 people to run, and as it was only us it may not go ahead. She arrived and explained that as we were the only two and no-one from the other hostel branch wanted to go that morning she couldn't take us, but would give us some pointers on where to visit and what to see.

We had a map and she plotted a good route for us to take, and explained that Zocalo, the historic centre, was very safe and that we should not be concerned about going out at night or anything like that. We headed out and wandered around, finding stunning architecture, cobbled streets and dramatic churches. Mexico City is referred to by some as the sinking city because the Spanish drained a marsh to build it, and now many buildings are sinking into the ground.

We stopped to get a coffee and a cake from a delicious patisserie and take a break from walking around before heading off into the city again. The entire city appeared to be in one huge party mood with lights and decorations strewn from buildings and we wondered what was going on. We discovered later that day that Mexico's independence day was coming up and the whole city was preparing for the celebrations. There were vendors selling Mexican flags, stick on moustaches, whistles and sombreros and people all seemed very festive.

Mexico City is a place where you can just wander through the streets for hours and hours, watching the world go by and exploring the abundant courtyards, tiendas, hidden gardens and churches. Mexican people are very proud of their nationality and culture which is displayed in their smart clothes, seemingly endless cleaning of their shops and their friendly and welcoming manner. In my opinion Mexico City is the most surprising place we have visited so far in regards to how much it exceeded my expectations.

That evening we enjoyed dinner at the hostel again and organised a shuttle to Oaxaca, our next destination. At 500 pesos each for a 7 hour door to door journey it was quite good value, particularly as the public bus cost 380 pesos each excluding transportation to and from the bus station. 
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