trip report: CDMX

by mindpilot @, la Playa Buenavista, Tuesday, May 02, 2023, 23:32 (151 days ago)
edited by mindpilot, Wednesday, May 03, 2023, 10:49

My first time in Mexico City and it is really one of the most fascinating places I've ever been. Very cosmopolitan vibe.

We left Zihuatanejo Friday with tickets to the Padres - Giants games Saturday & Sunday at the ball park Mexico City's Rojos Diablos call home.

The flight was scheduled for 1:20, it was actually 55 minutes gate-to-gate.

Staying at the St Regis Hotel. The statue of Diana is right out front, and the Angel of Independence square is just a couple blocks away.

We are reveling in things we cannot do where we live out in Playa Buenavista, like have a dozen restaurants to choose from within a half block walk. Or choose from a selection of convenience stores, including Oxxo, 7/11, and even Circle K.

Saturday's baseball game was fantastic, stadium sold out, so much fun! There were all kinds of banners, sign and posters for the games all over downtown. Even life-size bobble-heads of the players from both teams. The hotel presented us with baseball-themed cookies. It was a big deal. Mexican baseball has cheerleaders and a big, like 25-piece, mariachi band. The Padres need both of those.

Unfortunately, altitude sickness hit us pretty hard, and we couldn't make Sunday's game. Had to get a dr, he gave us the same meds that mountain climbers use, and it fixed us right up.

Padres won both games B-)

Monday was International Day of the Child and May Day, so there was a lot going on, the main street, Reforma, was closed to vehicle traffic and was teeming with pedestrians, street vendors, and everything from bicycles to skateboards.

There is a large art display set up on the sidewalk across from the hotel whose purpose is to raise awareness of the child bride problem. Each painting is of an actual child bride, one as young as 9. They are heartbreaking, very disturbing and there are too many of them. In the 21st century, how is it possible there is anyone anywhere who thinks this is OK? Kept me awake last night.

Monday night we had dinner with some family, and of course that was a fantastic good time.

Tuesday, we took a guided tour of the Museum of Anthropology. It would take days to see the whole thing, so the guide can hit the highlights. In a few hours you see the best parts. I cannot begin to describe how much history I looked at.

Also just lucked into seeing the Palo Volador performing their ritual dance, slowing descending from a 30-meter pole suspended by a rope tied around their waist in an effort to appease the rain gods. If you are not familiar with this ancient ritual, here is the wiki link:

We have one more day...updates to follow.


trip report: CDMX

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, May 03, 2023, 08:02 (151 days ago) @ mindpilot

Great trip report except for the part about you all getting ill. I love Mexico City, too, but I can barely take 3 days of the altitude before my sinus decides to shut down and doesn't want to breathe anymore so that I require nasal drops and then eye drops for the burning eyes. I'm a sea-level person. But it's a fascinating and vibrant city with an incredible history. Sorry you missed the Sunday ball game. But you got to see that fabulous museum. Next trip you'll want to visit Teotihuacán, and the museum homes of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Coyoacán.



trip report: CDMX

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Wednesday, May 03, 2023, 21:02 (150 days ago) @ mindpilot

We, like Rob and you are sea level people. We spent a week in Cuernavaca in our RV and bused and then took the metro into the city three times for full days of exploration. The museum? OMG. The city the same. The ruins??? WOW! On the way back, my sweetie had issues with the altitude and more, the air pollution. It was one of those days. As a former asthmatic, I knew that hydration was the key, and we got off of the bus, hit an OXXO, bought 4 beers, hydrated and calmed him down and all was well.

We originally thought that Mazatlan would be our home in Mexico. Fortunately, we were wrong and are here forever. We have 4 banners hanging on our third terrace here from the 2005 Carib World Series, held in Maz. Amazing games and way more fun than US games. We fortunately had friends that always had season tickets to the normal season so we were able to attend regularly. So much fun and a lot more fun than US games.

Glad you had a good time, and keep the reports coming!

trip report: CDMX

by Odwig, Thursday, May 04, 2023, 06:41 (150 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Great information and post. Thank you. Have a great day.

trip report: CDMX

by JuanPatricio, Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 20:07 (123 days ago) @ mindpilot

Thank you Mindpilot, that was one of the most enjoyable trip reports I have read in awhile!