Mexico City Off the Beaten Path



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Lucha libre, bullfighting, a voyage to the heart of Mexico's passion for the Virgin Mary... these are but a few of the quirky, amazing or plain bizarre aspects of Mexico City. This 5 day itinerary will give you the scoop on how to best get to those little known places most guide books barely mention. Enjoy!

Author: Federico


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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Dínamos (Los)

Location:

Parque Nacional Los Dínamos
Magdalena Contreras
14100 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 55 533 4700 (Información Turisticos)


Day 1 - Mexico City


Start the trip from two views of Mexico from above. Begin with the Bosque Nacional del Desierto de los Leones for a green and peaceful setting, follow it with a visit to the tip of a mexican skyscraper and head into the small and quirky Museo del Zapato. End the day with a meal at the city's top seafood restaurant. Also, if you are daring enough and its the right season, ask your hotel to arrange tickets for the Lucha Libre at Arena Mexico, but be warned, this is a passionate sport with loud screaming and boiling tempers.


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Bosque Nacional del Desierto de los Leones

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Location:

Carretera México-Toluca, Km 25.5
05000 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: +52 55 5525 9380


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Torre Latinoamericana

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Location:

Eje Central 2
Centro Historico
06040 Mexico City, Mexico

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tel: +52 5 518 1714
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Museo del Zapato

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Location:

Bolívar 27
Colonia Centro
06060 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 5 512 1311


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Contramar

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Location:

200 Durango
Colonia Roma
06700 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 55 5514 9217 / 52 55 5514 3169
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Gran Hotel Ciudad de México

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Location:

Av 16 De Septiembre N 82
Centro Histórico
06000 Mexico City, MX

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tel: +52 55 1083 7700
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Day 2 - Mexico City


This will be an arty day but skipping the usual Frida and Diego sagas for the more obscure contemporary delvings. Start at the Estudio de Joaquin Clausell at the top of the Museo de la Ciudad, follow it with a trip out to the Jumex Collection exhibitions and end it with a meal at the trendy Condesa neighbourhood in the Mama Rosas restaurant.


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Estudio de Joaquín Clausell

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Location:

Pino Suárez, 30
Colonia Centro
06010 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 5 542 0083
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Jumex Collection (The)

Location:

Km. 19.5 Carretera Mexico-Pachuca Ectapec Edo
55340 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 55 5699 1961


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Mama Rosas

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Location:

Atlixco, 105 y Michoacán
Colonia Condesa
06140 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 55 5661 1746


Day 3 - Mexico City


A day to feast on all five senses. Start with a five hour trip through the Xochimilco canals which will take you to nature reserves and an island fully decorated in ancient dolls that most tourist never get a glimpse of. Follow it with a visit to Sensorama, and finish with a meal with the best view of the city.


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Xochimilco

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Location:

Avenida México Xochimilco
(Xochimilco)
16500 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 5 5525 9380 (Información Turisticos)


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Sensorama

Location:

Orizaba, 214
Colonia Roma
06700 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 55 1998 2586
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Bellini

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Location:

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

Contact:

tel: 52 5 628 8304 / 52 5 628 8305
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Day 4 - Mexico City


A day for a bit of popular culture. Start with Mercado el Chopo to get a taste of Mexico's youth culture (skaters, goths, emos, and the like) follow it with a trip to La Feria and its amazing rollercoaster rides (but with a Mexican twist). Dine in style at a chic cantina, and if you are thirsty for more head to La Bipolar for a boogey with the trendiest DJs and dance with the beautiful people.


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Mercado El Chopo

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Location:

Just outside of the Buenavista Metro station.
Buenavista
Mexico City, Mexico


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Feria Chapultepec Mágico (La)

Location:

Segunda sección del Bosque de Chapultepec
Chapultepec Polanco
11100 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 55 5230 2121
fax: +52 55 5230 2100
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Guadalupana (La)

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Location:

Higuera, 14
Villa Coyoacán
04000 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 55 5554 6253


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Bipolar (La)

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Location:

Malitzin 155
Coyoacan
Mexico City, Mexico


Day 5 - Mexico City, México City


Begin this day with a trek to the heart of Mexican catholic devotion for the Virgin of Guadalupe. Mexicans make a yearly pilgrimage to visit this Basilica where the Virgin appeared decades ago. Since you are in the neighbourhood check out the Museo de Cera de la Villa (a smaller and quirkier version of larger wax museums). At 4pm head to the Plaza Mexico for a feast of bullfighting that you will never forget.


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Basilica de Guadalupe

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Location:

Calzada de los Misterios y Paseo Zumárraga
Gustavo A. Madero
07050 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 5 577 6022
fax: +52 55 77 5038
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Museo de Cera de la Villa

Location:

Calzada de los Misterios, 880
Colonia Tepeyac Insurgentes
07050 Mexico City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 55 5781 9455


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Plaza Mexico

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Location:

Augusto Rodin #241 Col. Ciudad de los Deportes
Del. Benito Juárez
03040 México City, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 55 5611 9020
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