Hello everyone, another post about Mexico, another piece of love for this place. Actually, as I was staying in Mexico City I realised that there were so many things to see and explore still, that I didn’t want to go away just yet.
So I stayed.
On this post I will talk to you about my favorite neighborhood, Coyoacán, which is located just about 10km south of Zocalo, which is the main square in Mexico City. It is one of the 16 boroughs of the Federal District of Mexico City and the name of the area comes from Nahuatl and it most likely means “place of coyotes”. Wiki says that “The Project for Public Spaces ranked the neighborhood as one of the best urban spaces to live in North America in 2005 and is the only Mexican neighborhood on the list. This area was designated as a “Barrio Mágico” (magic neighborhood) by the city in 2011”.
Not bad at all I’d say.
Of course, it’s also the birthplace and the last residence of our beloved Frida Kahlo. Her house, now known as the Blue House (La Casa Azul), is a historic building which serves as an art museum dedicated to her life and work. Definitely worth seeing.
You can find more information here : http://museofridakahlo.org.mx
Apart from the Blue House, you can find a lot of street vendors and every week there is a food market with a variety of fruits and Mexican street food. I had the chance to try tamales and some local fruits like prickly pears and more whose names I can’t even pronounce! But they were delicious!
And as I was still there amongst all those extraordinary places, the mountains were calling and I answered.
A group of climbers and me (not a climber at all) decided to head northwest of Mexico City and go towards the Centro Ceremonial Otomí and the Parque Nacional Cumbres Sierra Nevada where they could climb and I could receive some Sun energy and relax, haha!
The beauty of this place is unfathomable with lots of trees and a view that is to die for. We ended up spending the whole day there, both parties doing what we love, them climbing and me de-stressing.
Special thanks to the Rutalterna team. More info here : https://www.rutalterna.mx/
But really, I could not, not visit the most amazing landmark of the area. Teotihuacán!
Teotihuacán is an ancient Mesoamerican city located around 40km northeast of modern-day Mexico City, known today as the site of many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas. The city is thought to have been established around 100 BC, with major monuments continuously under construction until about 250 AD. The name of the city was given by the Nahuatl-speaking Aztecs centuries after its fall around 550 AD. The term is said to translate to “birthplace of the gods”, or “place where gods were born”, reflecting Nahua creation myths that were said to occur in Teotihuacan.
And in fairness, I truly believe the definition is right, this IS a place where gods were born. There you can see the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and go up to the top of the Pyramids.
It was the one thing I wanted to see first (with the Casa Azul second) in Mexico. And I was very very pleased.
Note that for Mexico residents, Sundays are free so if you plan on visiting, do it during weekdays when there won’t be too many people and you can enjoy the place and receive the Sun energy your body needs!
If you want more information about the City of Teotihuacán visit UNESCO’s official website : http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/414
As a goodbye gift I will show you the best and worst thing you can try in Mexico, Mezcal.
You know, the one with the worm in the bottle.
Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave plant native to Mexico, and most mezcal is made in Oaxaca. It is the best because its smoky taste is really nice when consumed slowly with food but it’s also the worst because it can reach an alcohol content of 55%, whereas tequila can reach roughly 45%. It can get ugly if consumed quickly and on an empty stomach, so drink responsibly.
“Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien, también.”