Best Day Trips from Mexico City
Best Day trips from Mexico City
The capital of Mexico, Mexico City, is evolving itself into one of the most popular tourist destinations while at the same time, retaining its authenticity in the process. Talk about the historic landmarks, world-class museums or a revelling nightlife, the city has it all! Providing a unique blend of modern contemporary city life and the historic culture, Mexico is quite an interesting place to visit. The beating heart of this city is its City Centre, better known as Zócalo, a place that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 1000 important buildings. With so many intriguing things to keep you occupied and wide-eyed, Mexico City surely qualifies to be on your bucket list! However, in a city that has plenty of attractions to keep you hooked, don’t forget to explore the surroundings that are as intriguing as the city itself. Get ready to discover ancient ruins, active volcanoes, cultural insights, spectacular scenery and much more! So here is a list of the best day trips you should make while visiting The Mexico City:
This magic city of Mexico is regarded as one of the oldest inhabited cities in America. Known for its great pyramid and hundreds of colourful churches, it is unarguable well in rage in the tourist circuit. The small city is home to the widest pyramid in the world called Pirámide Tepanapa (wider than any in Egypt!). In the 16th century, a Catholic church covered in 24-carat gold was also built on the top of the pyramid, creating a perfect setting for any kind of traveller. Being heavily dominated by mesmerizing churches, the city is said to host about 365 of them, one for each day of a year! However, you must make sure to visit The Chapel of Third Order and the Church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla. Contrasting to its peaceful and lazy daytime ambiance, Cholula has quite a vibrant nightlife and a wide array of chic restaurants. You also have the option of hiking to the omnipotent Popocatepetl, Cholula’s still active volcano. Being 127 km away from Mexico City, the best and cheapest way to reach there is by a direct bus that takes about 1h 30m. Alternatively, you can also rent a taxi which will take the same amount of time.
Located 45 minutes away from Mexico City, Teotihuacan is the most visited city in the region. This ancient city is known to be the one where gods were created. Once an influential centre for politics, religion, and culture this city is now reduced to ruins and also became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to majestic temples, it is known for its two huge Pyramids, Pirámide Del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun) and Pirámide de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon). You can ascend these pyramids and can appreciate the magnificent view and the scale of this complex maze of temples. Also make a point to head to Museo Teotihuacan, the museum where you can marvel at the ancient relics along with the miniature replica of the city. It is one of the oldest known cities and if you are a history buff, you are sure to lose the track of time here! The easiest way to reach Teotihuacan is by bus from Mexico City that gets you there in an hour.
Huddled in a dramatic setting of mountains and cliffs, Taxco is small yet quite a charming town. The colonial city of Taxco is famous for its mining industry and serves as a perfect place to buy beautiful silver artefacts. In fact, the town’s museum displays intricate and dazzling silver art pieces from the last two centuries in Casa Borda. However, there is more than silver to Taxco. The town is one of those stunning, quaint towns wherein you’d love taking a stroll down the narrow cobblestoned lanes, sipping in the panoramic view of its iconic red-tiled roofs of buildings. Also visit Santa Prisca Church, a 200 yr old Baroque-style church, one of the most well known of all the Taxco’s buildings. The well preserved little colonial town of Taxco makes one of the best weekend day trips. You can take a bus from Mexico City to Taxco and can reach here in 3 hours, or maybe drive to Taxco to reach there in about 2-3 hours, depending on the traffic.
Situated just 2 hours away from Mexico City, Puebla is one of the most frequented getaways in Mexico for its colourful history, scrumptious culinary heritage and mesmerizing landscapes. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and volcanoes, this one is a perfect blend of history, heritage, tradition, and modernity. Make sure you visit Cathedral de Puebla situated right in the city’s main square, that makes for one of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of Mexico! Talk about the most captivating landscape in Puebla, Ex-Hacienda de Chautla, a charming English castle, is situated right in the middle of a lake. Colourful streets and full wall-sized murals are enough to entice any young artist in desperate need of some inspiration. All this makes Puebla a place which you will never want to leave. You can easily reach here from Mexico City via bus taking not more than a couple of hours.
Cuernavaca is an ideal and famous city to visit, mostly known for its balmy weather all year round, earning it the title of “City of Eternal Spring”. It’s a perfect place if you are looking to enjoy some peace and tranquillity away from the big city bustle. Every evening, the whole city comes to life with dancers, musicians, acrobats, local vendors gathering and performing at the plaza, the most ideal place to observe the warm and friendly local culture. However, if you are looking for some adventure, then get set to surprise yourself with its volcanoes, mountains, and rivers offering excellent opportunities for paragliding, kayaking, hiking, rafting, etc. This quaint town offers something for everyone, with its culture, food an impeccable architecture making you fall in love with it. You can again travel here by both car or a bus or you can take a taxi; all of these will take you from 60 to 90 minutes to get there.