Mexico City at last

05May10

With our bikes safely in storage in Zipolite we were able to travel with just a couple of back packs. We arrived in Mexico city at about 8 am. We came over the mountains from Puebla in a bus. The ride into Mexico City was before dawn and we were able to see the whole valley lit up with lights under a still dark sky. Businesses were just starting to open up and the streets were still  relatively quiet. We thought we would arrive in the city in the morning and beat all the busy bodies to downtown. Little did we know that on Sunday morning downtown Mexico city is a pretty quiet place. We were able to walk around a bit and get our bearings. We scoped out a few hotels, hostels and places to eat. Certain streets in Mexico City are closed to traffic and are open to unlimited pedestrian use from 8am until 1 or 2pm. A splendid sight to see. In fact, you could borrow a bicycle free of charge for a few hours from small kiosks set up around the city.
We chose to stay in a hostel for a couple of days. We don’t usually stay in hostels as it is not as economical as hotel rooms. The location was superb, right downtown on the fourth floor with a balcony looking down on the busy street below.
There was a continental breakfast and good internet. The price was average so we took it for a few days.   We were able to see so much from that location. It was only a couple of blocks from the subway which allowed us to get around quickly.

Here are some of the sights from the early part of the week…

Palacio de Bellas Artes

We found the Palacio de Bellas Artes almost right away. Inside stands an incredible display of murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco. These were truly magnificent and free to the public because of the centennial year of Mexico’s celebration of Independence.  Another amazing exhibition inside was The Invisible World of Rene Magritte. A retrospective which was just incredible. See one of the pieces we saw here. The third floor holds the national Architecture museum which has revolving exhibits.

Rene Magritte interactive exhibit

more interaction

inside the Palacio de Bellas Artes

Inside the Palacio de bellas Artes had an Art-Deco / Aztec feel to the place. Photographs were not allowed unless you paid extra and even then some areas were limited to photography.

Sunday morning pedestrian street

A rickshaw carries people to downtown

a main downtown street closed to traffic

Debi fears no traffic

During our time in Mexico City it seemed they would change-up which streets were closed to traffic. One day it would be a certain street and then a different one the next. It was so much fun to be able to explore a city like this.

hand cranked music box

50 smiles per mile

view from our room at the hostel

The air here is thin, tight and exceptionally dirty. At the and of the day when we blow our noses it is black. We are ready to see more and have a few days to do it. Stay tuned for more from this side trip of our bicycle trip.

Hasta Luego,

Bryan and Debi

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One Response to “Mexico City at last”

  1. 1 Kate Cross

    Thanks Bryan and Debi! Especially like the Palacio de bellas Artes! Glad to hear you’ll be heading home soon.


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