Our family is enjoying our time here in my beautiful country. Our main purpose for coming was to connect with my parents and give my children the opportunity to connect with their roots, cultural & heritage.
I maybe a little bias but Mexico is a beautiful country to explore. I know the press has given it a lot of bad rap in the past years with headlines about the drug wars and what not, but honestly up to this point I haven’t once felt unsafe in any shape or form.
We do a good amount of international travel so we are not naive and try not to standout as tourist as much as possible though it’s hard for my 6ft tall, blue eyed gringo husband to try to blend in but we try. We are always aware of our surroundings and we don’t go out late at night.
Anyways, my one tip that I want to share with you before you go sightseeing in Mexico City is quite simple but of utter importance if you plan on checking out rich culture that Mexico City’s historical area provides. We learned this the hard way so I thought I would share it with you:
ALL museums are closed on Mondays.
See, I told you it was simple. But if I would have known this ahead of time we would’ve planned our trip into Mexico City very differently. We arrived into Mexico City on Sunday and our 2 day itinerary included visiting: Xochimilco, Chapultepec, Bellas Artes Musuem, Zocalo and surrounding museums. I thought if we go to Xomchimilco on Sunday we could avoid the weekend crowd at the museums. Well, because we didn’t know that ALL the museums including Chapultepec park is closed on Mondays we only got to do Xochimilco on our two day visit in Mexico City.
Apparently, the concierge at our hotel was ignorant of this important detail when he shared that there’s a wonderful restaurant on the lake for us to enjoy a nice lunch. We made the futile 45 minute trek there past our lunch time and on an empty stomach only to discover that it was completely closed including the restaurants inside. Thankfully, we did this without our children otherwise it would’ve been an AWFUL trip–dragging hungry children across town on a HOT afternoon.
Hopefully, this simple trip saves you some time and helps you make the most of your trip.
What other tips do you have to share about traveling to Mexico City?