7 days in Mexico City



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From the quiet and relaxing cobblestone streets of San Angels through to the hustle and bustle of El Zocalo, from the artistic delvings of Frida through to the boating mariachi bands at the Xochimilco Canals... seven days is not enough, but almost, to see the variety of Mexico's capital and largest metropolis.

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Galería OMR

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Location:

Plaza Río de Janeiro 54
Colonia Roma Sur
06700 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: +52 55 5511 1179 / +52 55 5207 1080
fax: +52 55 5533 4244
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Hotel Best Western Majestic

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Location:

Av Madero 73 Col Centro
Col Centro
06000 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: +52 55 5521 8600
fax: +52 55 5512 6262
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Restaurante Lamm

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Location:

Alvaro Obregon 99
Colonia Roma
06700 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: 52 55 5514 8501
fax: +52 55 5525 5141
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Day 1 - Mexico City


Altitude is a killer in Mexico City so this day has been designed so your body can get used to the toils of breathing where only eagles used to roam. Begin with a walk around the Zocalo, Mexico's main centre square and epicentre of political activity. Around the Zocalo you can step into Templo Mayor, then Palacio Nacional, have lunch at the fantastic Girasoles restaurant. Step into the Secretaria de Educacion Publica for some astonishing artwork and architecture and end in Bellas Artes to be dazzled by the marble and the ritz. If there is still energy left in you, sit back and enjoy a few drinks to the tune of Mexico's top jazz musicians at Zinco Jazz Club.


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Zócalo (El)

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Location:

Historic Center
06000 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 5658 1111 (Tourist information)


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Templo Mayor

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Location:

Seminario y Moneda
06060 Mexico City, Mexico

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Palacio Nacional

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Location:

Plaza de la Construction
Zócalo de la Ciudad de México
06060 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: +52 55 33 4700(Tourist Information)
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Girasoles (Los)

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Location:

Plaza Manuel Tolsa, Tacuba 8 y 10
Colonia Centro
06010 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: 52 (55) 5510 0630
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Secretaría de Educación Pública

Location:

República de Argentina 28
Colonia Centro
06060 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: +52 (55) 5 512 1707
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Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Location:

Avenida Juárez y Eje Lázaro Cárdenas
Centro Histórico
06050 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: 5512 2593
fax: 5510 1388
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Zinco Jazz Club

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Location:

Motolinia 20, Esq. 5 De Mayo
Centro Historico
06000 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 55 5512 3369
fax: 52 55 5518 6369
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W Mexico City

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Location:

Campos Eliseos 252
Corner with Andres Bello, Col. Polanco
11560 Mexico City, MX

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tel: 9138 1800
fax: 9138-1899
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Day 2 - Mexico City


The Chapultepec Forest is best seen on a Sunday. The place was originally a resting area for the emperor and has now become Mexico City's most loved outdoor park by families and children. Start by the luscious Chapultepec castle (castillo) to see the vastness of the place from above, follow it by the museo de Antropologia, Latin America's foremost museum focusing on the history of the region. To end in a boisterous way, head to Gitanerias where the most high energy flamenco perfomance in town can be seen.


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Bosque de Chapultepec

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Location:

Avenida Constituyentes
Avenida Reforma
11850 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: +52 5 515 0535
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Castillo de Chapultepec

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Location:

Bosque de Chapultepec 1a Sección
Colonia Chapultepec
11560 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: +52 (55) 5241 3100


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Anthropology Museum (Museo de Antropologia)

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Location:

Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Ghandi
Colonia Polanco Chapultepec
11560 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 5286 5195
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Gitanerias

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Location:

Oaxaca, 15
Roma
06700 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 5 5514 2027
fax: +52 55 5514 8099
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Day 3 - San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico City


Make an early start for Mexico City's most impressive and accessible pyramids. This meticulously kept site was a citadel of trade and spirituality for the Aztecs and is now one of the most important archeological sites of its kind. This could take all day or just a few hours depending on your interest and stamina. Have lunch at "La Gruta" and underground cave restaurant with performances of national dances (walking distance from the pyramids). Head back to your hotel for a rest (you'll need it!) and have a bite to eat in one of Mexico's most traditional restaurants, Cafe Tacuba.


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Teotihuacan Pyramids (Pirámides de Teotihuacan)

Location:

Carretera México Teotihuacan Km. 46
Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan
03010 San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +55 52 50 0123 (Información Turística)


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Café Tacuba

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Location:

Calle Tacuba 28
Centro Histórico
06060 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: 5518 4950
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Day 4 - Mexico City


This day trip to the south will encompas getting lost among the mansions and cobblestone streets of San Angel, followed by the hacienda-like art haven Museo Dolores Olmedo and boating around the intricate Xochimilco Canals. End the day in one of the most successful contemporary mexican cuisine restaurants: Aguila y Sol.


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Plaza San Angel

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Location:

Avenida Paseo del Pedregal
Colonia Jardines del Pedregal
01900 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 55 5568 1360


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Museo Dolores Olmedo

Location:

Avenida México 5843
La Noria, Xochimilco
16030 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 5 555 1016
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Xochimilco

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Location:

Avenida México Xochimilco
(Xochimilco)
16500 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: +52 5 5525 9380 (Información Turisticos)


Day 5 - Mexico City, Naucalpan de Juarez


Coyoacan area is well known for its relaxed, artistic athmosphere mixed with beautiful plazas, markets and food. Start at Museo Frida Kahlo for a glimpse at the artist's personal life, follow it by Leon Trotsky's home (where he got killed), and head to the Plaza de Coyoacan for a wonder around the markets, souvenir shops and a bite to eat. Follow this by a trip to Museo de Arte Moderno followed by Rufino Tamayo to get a glimpse at Latin America's best modern artists.


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Museo Frida Kahlo

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Location:

Londres 247, between Calles Allende and Abasolo
Colonia del Carmen
04400 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: +52 55 54 5999
fax: +52 56 58 5778
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Museo León Trotsky

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Location:

Av. Rio Churubusco No. 410, between Calles Gomez Farias and Modelo
Colonia del Carmen, Coyoacán
41000 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 5 658 8732
fax: +52 55 5658 8732
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Taquería El Farolito

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Location:

Avenida de las Fuentes 28
Lomas de Tecamachalco
53950 Naucalpan de Juarez, Mexico

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Museo de Arte Moderno

Location:

Gran Avenida
Bosque de Chapultepec
11560 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 5 553 6233
fax: +52 5 553 6211
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Museo Rufino Tamayo

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Location:

Paseo de la Reforma y Gandhi
(Colonia Chapultepec Polanco)
11580 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 55 5286 6519
fax: +52 55 5286 6519 x2249
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Tezka

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Location:

Amberes 78
Colonia Juárez
06600 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: 52 55 5228 9918 x5067


Day 6 - Mexico City


This is a day to soar above the clouds! Given that your body has got used to Mexico's high altitude: travel to Desierto de los Leones for either a nice hike around the pine forests or just a comfortable stroll through the convent. Return to the city and climb to the top of the Torre Latinoamericana, one of the tallest buildings in the city. To end in a similarly high note dine at the luscious Bellini restaurant for the single most stunning view of the city.


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Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones

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Location:

Camino al Desierto de los Leones
Cuajimalpa
03310 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 55 533 4700 (Información Turisticos)


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Mirador de la Torre Latinoamericana

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Location:

Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas esquina Francisco I. Madero
Colonia Centro
06010 Mexico City, Mexico


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Bellini

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Location:

Avenida de las Naciones 1 Piso 45
Nápoles
03810 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: 52 5 628 8304 / 52 5 628 8305
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Day 7 - Mexico City


Start early at one of Latin America's largest zoos (Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec) then head over to centro for a look at a colonial building and former jesuit school that retains a magic touch of Spain. Dine at at one of the top seafood restaurants in the city: Contramar.


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Parque Zoológico de Chapultepec

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Location:

Paseo de la Reforma
Primera Sección del Bosque de Chapultepec
11000 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 55 5553 6263
fax: +52 55 5553 6229
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Colegio de San Ildefonso

Location:

Justo Sierra 16
Centro Histórico
06020 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: +52 (55) 5 702 6378
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Contramar

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Location:

200 Durango
Colonia Roma
06700 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: 52 55 5514 9217 / 52 55 5514 3169
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