I planned my solo trip to Mexico City after reading another blogger’s city guide. I was inspired by all of the great architecture, art museums, and archaeological sites around Mexico City. For many years I envisioned visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum. I had seen photos of Diego Rivera’s murals and I wanted to see them in person. I wanted to see the pyramids that were built by the native inhabitants of Mexico many centuries ago.
Archaeological ruins at Teotihuacan – City of the Gods
I booked my solo trip to Mexico City around the US Thanksgiving holiday so that I only missed 4 weekdays but I had a total of 10 days off in a row. The week of Thanksgiving is typically fairly slow for my bookkeeping business so it is the perfect time for me to book a trip without putting a strain on my schedule. Check out the latest hotel rates and availability here.
Diego Rivera mural at Palacio de Bellas Artes
Frida Kahlo Museum in the Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City
I flew with American Airlines and the ticket cost me $425 from Austin Texas – no time zone change so no jet lag is a big plus. I booked my accommodation through AirBnB.com which has become my go-to site for booking accommodation this year. (Click here for free AirBnB $20 credit) For a solo traveler in Mexico City I found that AirBnB offers the benefit of staying with a local resident who can offer their personal tips and advice about the city. Hotels and hostels also offer this information but I find it refreshing to hear from a regular local person what their opinions are about places to see, restaurant tips, etc.
I found a room with a private bathroom in an apartment in La Condesa neighborhood. The owner is a busy professional and she was a wonderful host. She loaned me a winter coat when the weather was cold for a couple of nights. She also gave me a local mobile phone with her number, taxis, etc programmed on the phone. The location was great for La Condesa neighborhood but at least 10 blocks from the metro so I would probably look for something closer to a metro station next time.
La Condesa is walking distance to Chapultepec Park which includes numerous museums.
The National Museum of Anthropology
After visiting the indoor exhibits I enjoyed a stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art.
Museo de Arte Moderno – outdoor sculpture gardens
There is also a wonderful coffee shop at the Museum of Modern Art. I sat outside enjoying my cappuccino and tiramisu.
Via Corta Cafe de Autor at Museo de Arte Moderno
Just a short walk from the Museum of Modern Art in Chapultepec Park is the Rufino Tamayo Museum. It is a small museum so there is often a queue to get into the museum especially on weekends.
Rufino Tamayo Museum
The National History Museum and Chapultepec Castle are located on the top of a hill in Chapultepec Park.
National History Museum
Adjacent to the National History Museum is the extravagant Castillo de Chapultepec where Maximilian I and Empress Carlota once resided.
There are wonderful views from the balcony of Chapultepec Castle including Paseo de la Reforma where there are several monuments.
Angel of Independence monument located on Paseo de la Reforma
Here is one more photo from Chapultepec Park featuring one of the tiny residents of the park. The squirrels are a great amusement to many visitors at the park.
Besides the balcony of the Chapultepec Castle the best view of Mexico City is from atop the Torre Latinoamericana building located in Centro Historico – the central historical district. There are several metro stops in the area so it is easy to get to.
View from Torre Latinoamericana building in Centro Historico
There is a restaurant and bar on the 41st floor of the Torre Latinoamericana building where you can enjoy a coffee or cocktail along with a magnificent view of Mexico City.
The Central Historic District features the large plaza known as Zócalo which was originally the ceremonial center of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. The official name of the plaza is Plaza de la Constitución but everyone refers to it as Zócalo.
Centro Historico – Zócalo
Along with great architecture and historical sites there were some delicious tacos to be had for only a few pesos. Delicious carnitas – which means little meats were a favorite. I am not a big meat-eater but these were so tasty!
Tacos in Mexico City
Traveling alone it is important to feel safe and secure. I felt perfectly safe in my neighborhood La Condesa in Mexico City. I stayed on Amsterdam Avenue which is an oval-shaped road with a center pedestrian walkway all around. It took me around 45 minutes to walk the whole loop and I walked the loop several evenings.
La Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City – Amsterdam Avenue walkway
I loved walking around La Condesa early in the morning when it was not so busy and I was more observant of the beautiful architecture and design.
I enjoyed my 8 days of solo travel in Mexico City but I could spend another 8 days to see more of the sites that I missed. You can read about some of them at Sarah’s travel blog post Guide to Mexico City – this is the one that inspired me to book my trip!
You can also visit Mexico Tourism official website for more information on travel to Mexico City and destinations all over Mexico.
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