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  • Day57

    Mexico City

    September 23, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Day 55 - Mexico City ( 23rd Sep 2019 )

    Itinerary DRAGOMAN:
    Border information: if joining in Mexico City, you will most likely enter Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA code MEX). There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. The rest of the day is free to explore Mexico's incredible capital and to take part in some optional activities. In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes. Wir erholen uns in Mexico City von dem zweiten Teil unserer Reise von Banff (Kanada) bis nach Mexico City. Hier ist auch der Crew Wechsel. Heute morgen lassen wir es ruhig angehen. Wir bereiten uns auf die neuen Gruppenmitglieder vor. Die neuen Tour Guides aus Neuseeland und England haben wir gestern Abend schon kennen gelernt. Wir tauchen einige Stunden in das México City der Menschenmassen ein und zum späten Mittagessen gehen wir in das „Sunburns Azulejos (since 1903)“ Anschließend besichtigen wir das historische Postamt.

    Editiert am 31.10.2020
    Text von Wolfgang und Heidi
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  • Day55

    Parícutin volcano to Mexico City

    September 21, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Day 53-54 - Mexico City ( 21st Sep 2019 to 22nd Sep 2019 )

    Itinerary DRAGOMAN:
    Today we will have a full day drive to the massive and chaotic Mexican capital of Mexico City*. The following day we have a free day to enjoy Mexico. In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours. See Mexico City's famous traditional mariachi bands in the evening around Garibaldi Square (MXN 30). Explore the magnificent ancient Mesoamerican ruins of Teotihuacan near Mexico City (MXN 59). Freely explore the huge area of the Zocalo in Mexico City's centre, along with its famous Metropolitan Cathedral and the Temple Mayor (the last remains of the old Aztec
    capital of Tenochtitlan) (MXN 59). Visit some of Mexico City's other incredible landmarks, such as the Palacio Nacional, the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and the Basilica de Guadalupe (Free). Explore the vast system of waterways and flower gardens at Xochimilco, possibly including a visit to the creepy Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls) (Free). Visit some of Mexico City's most important museums and galleries, such as the old house of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo, the former home of revolutionary Leon Trotsky, and the Museo Dolores Olmedo art gallery (MXN 75).

    Um 07:45 sind wir wieder auf der Straße. Für mich als Teil der Kochgruppe bedeutet das wieder 05:45 Uhr aufstehen. Zum Glück brauchen wir bei dem feuchten, kalten Wetter kein Zelt abbauen. Wir durchfahren ein Hochland mit bis zu 2.200 müN und viel Landwirtschaft. Die Besiedlung nimmt zu, je näher wir Mexico City kommen. Aber auch eine Smokewolke wird immer sichtbarer. Smoke hatten wir bisher auf der ganzen Reise noch nicht. Aber auch so eine Megastadt wie México City hatten wir noch nicht. In México City erwartet uns ein “Komfort Hotel” nach Dragoman-Definition. Faktisch haben wir nur heute Abend und übermorgen Zeit für downtown México City, da wir morgen einen Tagesausflug nach “Teotihuacan” geplant haben. Morgen Abend ist dann das “Abschiedsabendessen” mit Alex und Julie. Faith wird unsere Gruppe leider auch verlassen. Übermorgen Abend haben wir ein Gruppenmeeting mit der neuen Crew und den neuen Mitreisenden. Am frühen Nachmittag nähern wir uns México City auf ca. 2.570 müN. Seit einigen Stunden haben wir auch wilde Blumenwiesen überall. Gegen 17:00 Uhr kommen wir am Hotel an und besichtigen noch ein bisschen die Umgebung.

    Koordinaten: 19°25′60″ N 99°8′33″ W
    Höhe: 2.200 müN

    Editiert am 04.11.2020
    Text von Wolfgang und Heidi
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  • Day2

    Buenas Dias e Bienvenidos a Mexico City

    February 24, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Having arrived at our hotel at 23:30 local time, which equates to 05:30 UK time meaning we had been awake for 24 hours, I was far too tired to update the final leg of our journey on here last night. So we start today!

    A strangely good night's sleep followed and thus we woke fresh and hungry both for food and to start exploring the city on our free day. After consulting the internet, we decided to have our first meal at a Mexico City institution, Restaurante Él Cardenal, which is famed for its weekend brunches.

    Striding tentatively out onto the streets, the first most surprising thing was how quiet the it all was considering it is the largest and most populous city in the world. The restaurant disproved this notion. It was heaving with all of the great, good and those inbetween (i.e. us!) However, it was worth the wait and the food was fantastic. A cup of coffee or chocolate with a sweet bread is the traditional way to start the meal and who were we to buck tradition?! There then followed an omelette with local beef sausage for Nigel and Enchilladas Michocoanas for me - a regional speciality of corn tortillas stuffed with chicken, topped with a guajillo chilli sauce and topped with sweet onion, lettuce, radishes and cheese. Delicioso!
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  • Day4

    Teotihuacán - a place of pyramids

    February 26, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Today's explorations started with a trip to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadelupe. Without going into too much detail, this was an apparition of the Virgin Mary who appeared to a Mexican country worker called Juan Diego. The Virgin took 4 attempts, the last being a miracle, for Juan Diego to convince the local cardinal of the veracity of the encounter. As a result, there has been a church on this site since the 1500s. To be honest, I was fed up with the 'Catholic' side of this trip already but I have included a picture of the latest Cathedral, built in 1976, just due to the scale of the architecture.

    Thankfully, the church visit was relatively short and we could make our way to the site of Teotihuacán, which translates as 'The Place Where Men Become Gods'

    The Teotihuacán civilisation existed from around 400 B.C. to 700 A.D. approximately and the scale of the site was immense. There are two main pyramids in the complex, the smaller, steeper Pyramid of The Moon and the larger Pyramid of the Sun. They know this as the site was built from North to South but the Sun Pyramid faces East to West.

    The Moon Pyramid was constructed for the royal class to venerate the two main gods in their pantheon - Quetzalcoatl: the god of creation and Tlaloc: the rain god. 'And how did they do this?', you may ask. By the aforementioned human sacrifice, discussed yesterday. The chosen one would have considered it a huge honour to offer himself to the gods. He then would have a serpent applied to his body so that its venom would act as pain relief and the priests (for want of a better word), themselves high on ayahuasca, peyoté or similar to render themselves insensate to the enormity of what they were doing, would remove the offering's heart from under his ribcage and offer it bleeding to the gods by placing it in a special receptacle. The size of the receptacle dictated how many hearts were needed to fill it and therefore satisfy the gods.

    Apart from the Pyramids, there were also living quarters for the elite and there were still some original decorative steleae with their natural colouring intact.

    Of course, being as there were pyramids and thatwe were still allowed to climb them, we both did that, with the Moon Pyramid being around 400m tall and the Sun Pyramid 600m tall. The smaller one afforded great views of the ceremonial courtyard and the walkway known as The Avenue of The Dead. This long path was believed by the first people who visited the site after it was abandoned by the Teotihuacans, likely to have been the Mexicas some 600 years later, as the place where men would turn into gods and ascend to their celestial home - hence the name of the city.

    The Sun Pyramid offered breathtaking views of the whole site and the plateau on which it sits. It was pretty breathless as well as there were an awful lot of steep stair to ascend to its summit. The 26°C midday sun didn't help much either but I'm not complainingbeing as it's snowing in London. It was a fantastic proper introduction to an early pre-classic period, pre-hispanic civilisation.

    We returned to Mexico City for a free afternoon, where we took in some of the sites we hadn't seen including the inside of the Grand Opera House, a sculpture garden based on the art of Salvador Dali and a ride up to the viewing platform of the Torre Latinoamericano, which is just under 600ft tall. I would have posted pictures of the views but they weren't that great as the weather had closed in on the valley that holds Mexico City and you couldn't see very far!

    Tomorrow holds an 8 hour coach journey from Mexico City to Oaxaca City, so an early night beckons.
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  • Day16

    Centro Historico

    December 28, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Today we got our butts up and out of the hotel before 9:00 to take a guided walking tour of the Historical Center. We booked it through Strawberry Tours, who offer free walking tours of many major cities around the world. At the end of the tour, you tip the tour guide in accordance with the job they did. The tour started at 9:30 and covered about 3.5 kilometers, ending at noon. Brenda and I took one of their tours in Barcelona a few years ago, were very pleased with the tour and decided fo give it a go here.

    Our tour guide, Hermes, was a historian and provided a ton of interesting historical information on the city, the people and events that made it what it is, as well as his own personal opinions and feelings on many topics.

    We learned that Mexico City was founded by the Aztecs in 1325 on an island in Lake Texcoco. Starting in the 17th Century, the lake was drained and the city now rests on the lake bed's saturated clay soil. This soft base is collapsing due to the over-extraction of groundwater which supplies forty percent of the city's drinking water. Since the beginning of the 20th century the city has sunk as much as nine meters in some areas. This explains why so many of the buildings we saw have a little lean to them.

    Our first stop was at the post office which is undoubtedly the most beautiful in the world. It has polished brass cages throughout, a grand staircase leading to the second floor and a mosaic depicting the country's symbol, an eagle with a snake in it's beak, comprised entirely of postage stamps!

    He then took us through the magnificent Sanborn's department store whose floor slopes so much you almost feel as though you're walking downhill.

    The tour did not go into many buildings, but Hermes stopped outside all the key spots and
    gave us details, anecdotes and history on all of them.

    Next to the Cathedral, are the ruins of the original Aztec temples. There are also a number of indigenous shamans who will, for a donation of twenty to forty pesos (as suggested by Hermes), perform a cleansing ritual to remove the bad energy from our bodies. Brenda and I both went for it as we figured, for that price, what did we have to lose?

    After the tour we walked to VEGuerrero for lunch where I had the special Saturday buffet, Brenda had four tacos and we each tried a Victoria beer, as suggested by Hermes.

    We want to go back to Centro mid week to explore the Aztec ruins, the presidential palace and a couple of museums that were far too crowded on the weekend.

    All on all, a very educational and entertaining day.
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    Hey what was that small grunting man doing to you guys? Did it work? Mabel :).

    Roch Pelletier

    Mabel, he scared the bejesus outta all the bad energy we were carrying around with us. Now we're Mr and Mrs Positivity.


    Bad energy?? You two??? I don't believe it......but it never hurts to get a little voodoo reminder now and then! ;). Mabel heehee

  • Day56

    Farewell party in Mexico City

    September 22, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Wir haben ein tolles Abendessen mit unserer kleinen Gruppe. Julie und Alex sind noch in der Nacht zurück nach Montreal geflogen. Sie waren wirklich tolle Guides! Nach einem kurzen Urlaub zu Hause, fliegen sie weiter nach Katmandu in Nepal, um ihre nächste Dragoman Gruppe zu führen. Faith fliegt in den nächsten Tagen zurück nach Melbourne. Wir gehen noch zum „Plaza Girabaldi“ mit seinen tollen Straßenmusikanten. Für mich ein wahres Highlight. Davon habe ich auch einen eigenes Video gedreht.

    Editiert am 04.11.2020
    Text von Wolfgang und Heidi
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  • Day1

    Antojos Mexicanos

    July 27, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    La comida de México es muy diversa tanto en preparaciones como en nombres. Aunque los ingredientes básicos son los mismos fundamentales: maiz o elote, chiles, frijol y aguacate con el uso de hierbas autóctonas.

    Foto #1. Primer desayuno, primer 'llorada' en CDMX!
    Foto #2 Enchilada de pollo con mole rojo.
    Foto #3 Tacos de canasta "Los Especiales". Nos formamos en fila para probarlos, cerca al Zócalo en CDMX.
    Foto #4 Pollo con mole, a la salida de las Pirámides de Teotihuacan.
    Foto #5 Pulque, bebida fermentada del aguamiel del maguey. Sabe como a "maicitos" agrios.
    Foto #6 La famosa "Torta". A los sándwiches en México se le conocen como tortas.
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