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Although it’s nearly impossible to run out of things to do in the Distrito Federal, there are several options for day-trips or weekends away from the craziness that are easily reached from the city.

The brightest star of these day-trips is the huge pyramids of Teotihuacan, north-east of the city. If you’re really into ruins, there are also the Atlantes, giant statues atop the Toltec pyramids at Tula, further west. Tepotzotlan is a sleepy colonial town between the two, popular with day-tripping Mexicans.

Anyone pining for traditional British cooking will love Pachuca and neighboring Real de Monte, east of Tula. Its 19th century population of Cornish miners introduced the cornish pasty (known as Paste) into the region’s cuisine, as well as soccer to Mexico. Moving southeast and you hit Puebla, the Republic’s fifth largest city, a place of great historic significance with a bustling center, great food and heaps of stuff to see and do. Nearby Cholula is home to Mexico’s largest pyramid (although it’s not as impressive as the ones at Teotihuacan) and a thriving student population.

South of the city, Cuernavaca is a city of weekend retreats and a large expat population, drawn by its good weather and pretty streets. Taxco, further west, is a gorgeous town of cobbled hills and old silver mines, where you can get browse hundreds of shops selling Mexican silver jewelery.

Toluca, the capital of the state of Mexico, is a growing industrial center surrounded by beautiful mountains and home to the countries largest market. The nearby lakeside town of Valle de Bravo is something of an artists retreat, and there are lots of spiritual and outdoor activities on offer.









29 Apr 2009

Top Things to See and Do Around Mexico City

Ball Courts

The presence of two ball courts in the ceremonial center of Tula is the biggest ace in the hand of the “Toltecs fled to Chichen Itza and established a regime there” camp of historians. Although ...
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The Archaeological Site, Tula De Allende, Mexico

Piramide del Sol

Teotihuacan is dominated by the massive Pyramid of the Sun, a towering 70 meters (230 ft) high monster on the east side of the Calzada de los Muertos, near the Pyramid of the Moon. It’s Mexico’s ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Piramide de la Luna

Although smaller than the Pyramid of the Sun, this dedication to the Moon stands just as high thanks to its elevated position at the end of the causeway. The Plaza de la Luna in front of the pyramid ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Templo de Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli

The pyramid dedicated to the god Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli (the Morning Star), is the pride and joy of Tula’s ceremonial center. It’s not as big as the ones at Teotihuacan, but you can climb up it ...
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The Archaeological Site, Tula De Allende, Mexico

La Ciudadela

The giant sunken square of La Ciudadela “the Citadel” is the first thing you see as you come through the main entrance at Puerta 1. This was the city’s beating heart for administrative ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Palacio de los Jaguares

Half buried under the Palace of the Quetzal butterfly are the ruins of two older buildings, The Palacio de los Jaguares and the Templo de los Caracoles Emplumados. The Palace of the Jaguars has ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Palacio de Quetzalpapalotl

The prettily named Palacio de Quetzalpapalotl (Palace of the Quetzal Butterfly, pronounced Ketzal-papo-lotluh for those who want to practice their Nahuatl) can be found on the left hand side of the ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Museo del Sitio

The Site Museum is well worth taking a peek into, if not least for a break from the searing heat the site is known for. It’s behind the Pyramid of the Sun, in the middle of a pretty botanical ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Frescoes at Tepantitla, Tetitla and Atetelco

The residential neighborhoods of Tepantitla, Tetitla and Atetelco were home to some of the finest mural work found on the archaeological site. Bits of the most famous example, the Paradise of Tlaloc, ...
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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Tepexpan Museum

A few years after the discovery of the “oldest human remains” in America near Tepexpan in 1947, this museum was enthusiastically erected to show off Mexico’s own paleontological marvel. ...
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Around Teotihuacan, Mexico

Coatepantli

The Toltec tradition of building a Coatepantli, or snake wall, was later enthusiastically adopted in Aztec cities all throughout the empire. In Mexican cosmology, the walls determined the boundaries ...
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The Archaeological Site, Tula De Allende, Mexico
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