Mexico City to Ciudad Juarez / El Paso

Mexico City to Ciudad Juarez / El Paso

Mexico City is the capital city of Mexico and one of the biggest cities in the world.  Mexico city offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Chapultepec
  • Zócalo
  • Bellas Artes Palace
  • Chapultepec castle (and city photography)
  • Metropolitan cathedral
  • Historic downtown
  • Day trip to Teotihuacan pyramids
  • Angel of Independence
  • Torre Latinoamericana (for city photography)
  • Plaza Garibaldi (Mariachis)
  • Azteca stadium
  • Basilica of our lady of Guadelupe (metro La Villa – Basilica)
  • Frida Kahlo museum
Torre Latino, Mexico City, Mexico

View from Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico

The best place for tourists to stay in Mexico City is the historic center.  Why?  Because in a city that’s not completely safe, the historic center is a safe area.  It’s best to stay in the historic center because;

  • Safe and walkable
  • Lots of points of interest for tourists and photographers
  • Access to metro underground train
  • Tourist information
  • Lots of hotels, shops, restaurants, bars and tours
  • Sanborns Azulejos restaurant is fairly priced Mexican food in a beautiful colonial building

The above photo was taken from the Torre Latinoamericana in the historic centre.  This is a good place to go first because it will give you an idea of how big the city is and also where you are in the city.  Almost next door to this tower is one of the most beautiful buildings you’ll ever see, Bellas Artes palace.  It photographs almost as well as the Taj Mahal, it’s a shame it’s in such a big city surrounded by traffic and people.  If it was in the country with a garden and lake I’m sure it’d be more famous than it currently is.

Zócalo, Mexico City

Zócalo, Mexico City

The Zócalo is a must see site in Mexico City, it’s one of the largest city squares in the world.  There is a huge Mexican flag in the center which as part of a ceremony is raised and lowered everyday.  The Zócalo is surrounded by beautiful cathedrals, palaces and colonial buildings.  Another point of interest close to the Zócalo is Tenochtitlan which dates back to 1325.  The Aztecs believed this was the center of the world.

Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City

Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City

Chapultepec is one of the most popular places to see in Mexico City, you’ll find the following points of interest here;

  • Chapultepec castle
  • Chapultepec zoo
  • National museum of anthropology
  • Modern art museum
  • Chapultepec park and lake

The castle was built on top of Chapultepec hill, for photographers it offers great photography opportunities of the city as well as the well maintained castle.  It’s also home to the national museum of history.  I visited the castle with my daughter when she was less than 1 year old, when she’s older we’ll go again and recreate this photo!

There is a Chapultepec metro station, so it’s easy to get to, just try avoid peak travel times as you’ll find it an unpleasant journey!

Another popular place to visit is the Frida Kahlo musuem, the museum is actually the house where she lived.  She was a famous Mexican artist, probably one of the most famous Mexicans.  To visit here you’ll require a metro journey, the General Anaya stop on the blue line is probably the most convenient if you are traveling to/from the center by metro.

Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico City

Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico City

Mexico’s most famous export is probably its Mariachis.  In Mexico city there is a plaza full of them, you can sit there, enjoy a beer and enjoy the Mariachis playing.  The going rate for a song is about 100 pesos, but if you act disinterested, they’ll offer a cheaper price.   You’ll find the mariachi museum on the plaza and on the top floor, a bar.  This is a good place to enjoy a few beers (or margaritas) whilst watching live mariachis.

Teotihuacan, Mexico

Teotihuacan, Mexico

Before I visited Mexico city, I had no idea these pyramids even existed.  After visiting Teotihuacan however, I’ve decided that these pyramids should be on everyones bucket list.  The the temple of Quetzalcoatl, the pyramid of the moon and the pyramid of the sun are walkable on the avenue of the dead.  The above photo is a view from the Pyramid of the moon showing the pyramid of the sun in the distance.  That handsome young man stood on the adjacent pyramid is me admiring the plaza of the pyramid of the moon.

It’s possible to take a direct bus to Teotihuacan from Mexico City’s north bus station.  An easier and safer option would be to go on a prepaid tour, Mexico City Hostel offer daily tours to the site and you don’t have to stay with them to book a tour.

I have a more detailed blog about a day trip to Teotihuacan.

Overnight bus from Mexico City to Ciudad Juarez

Overnight bus from Mexico City to Ciudad Juarez. Chihuahuenses, 24 hours, 1821 pesos

The overnight bus from Mexico City to Ciudad Juarez is very luxurious with a private entertainment system in each seat and lots of legroom.  I only recommend taking the bus to the USA if you have a rule of only traveling by land like I do.  At 1821 pesos, a flight would be the same price, if not cheaper!

Ciudad Juarez / El Paso to Las Vegas

2017-03-13T13:29:40+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Mexico, North America|25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Punita Malhotra January 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    What caught my attention the most was the Teotihuacan complex. The pyramids look incredibly interesting. I have to go see for myself now and learn about their history first-hand.

    • James Smith January 6, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Yes I agree, a visit to Teotihuacan is much more interesting than a visit to Mexico City!

  2. Abigail January 7, 2017 at 12:53 am - Reply

    Those Mayan temples and ruins – these alone have had me yearning to travel to Mexico. But thanks for showing me that there are so much more to see and do. I will keep these in mind for future travels!

    • James Smith January 7, 2017 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Yes, so much to do in Mexico City, it’s just a stress getting around the city!

  3. Aryane @ Valises & Gourmandises January 7, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

    I must say that I have putting off visiting Mexico because of how unsafe it can be. But it’s go to know that there are safer areas!
    I would definitely take that trip to the pyramids. If you’re a ready, I recommend Azteca by Gary Jennings. I must have read it 10 years ago and it sure left a mark!!

    • James Smith January 7, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Thanks, I’ll put on my list of books to read!

  4. Rhiannon January 7, 2017 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    I visited Mexico City this past summer but really, really didn’t do it enough justice! It was mostly used as a base in and out of the country – flew there from Colombia, stayed a few days before heading into Guatemala/Belize and then looped back around to spend a few more days there before flying out to LA – but I really wish I’d given it more time!
    There was an event going on in the Zócalo at the time so there was a few huge tents taking over meaning it didn’t really feel as big as it actually is! Because of the limited time I also didn’t get around to seeing 2 of the main things I wanted to, both of which you’ve mentioned – Frida Kahlo museum and the Teotihuacan pyramids. I guess I’ll just have to go back again some day 😉 Thanks for sharing, great article with some lovely pictures!

  5. Ticking the Bucketlist January 7, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    We are always worried about safety in South America as getting arms is so easy. Your post tells us where to go in Mexico City…thanks!
    Teotihuacan looks awesome…its surely is on my list!

  6. Claire Summers January 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I’m heading to Mexico in August for a yoga course and was toying with the idea of seeing some other part of Mexico while I’m there. I hadn’t really thought much about Mexico Cty but this post has just changed my mind. I am such a huge fan of Frida Kahlo so visiting the museum would be great. I’m also relly interested to visit the temples. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Kate @ Love From Scotland January 7, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos. The Teotihuacan pyramids looks stunning. Mexico has never been on my list but you may have changed my mind!

  8. Diana - MVMT Blog January 7, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    The inside of Zócalo looks beautiful! I love the staircase – it just looks so grand. And wow 24 hours – that’s a long bus ride. I love flying because I like to get from point A to point B in the fastest time possible so I’d definitely do that. Thanks for sharing this!

  9. Allison January 10, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    I have only spent a few days in Mexico but that brief taste makes me want more. Mexico City looks fascinating and how cool you stumbled on the pyramids by surprise. Glad to hear the overnight bus trip was comfortable even if it was more expensive than a flight!

  10. Midori January 14, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Mexico City is such a beautiful city! And you’re so right! People can enjoy without being afraid! xxx

  11. Shona January 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips James I can see Mexico City in my near future!

  12. Julie Cao January 16, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    I was in Mexico City for a week two years ago in December but still feel the trip is so short. I do not even notice the Torre Latinoamericana is next to the Bellas Artes palace, where I went nearly every afternoon. And I agree, Bellas Artes palace is too beautiful and I would just sit around for hours and listen to the music from across the street. I need a return visit to discover more of it.

  13. Raymond Carroll February 18, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Excellent post, James. Very informative and easy to read. The pictures are superb. The Teotihuacan complex looks amazing, I’d like to visit one day. I like the picture of you and the dude in the black hat ready to the duet together. Great pics!

  14. kathy (from walkaboutwanderer.com) February 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    I also have to admit that prior to visiting Guatemala, I did not realise the pyramids existed. I thought they were absolutely amazing. Much better than the pyramids in Cairo. I haven’t explored Mexico yet but I am really looking forward to doing so. Thank you for sharing.

  15. sarah February 18, 2017 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    This is interesting. I never understood why someone would travel by bus when flights are cheaper but you’re right; some people do have their reasons.
    I really liked Mexico City, but I actually stayed over near the Frida Kahlo house, which was a really nice area. A bit out of the way but there were some nice shops and restaurants in the neighbourhood.
    I enjoyed reading this.

  16. Michaela Terese Harrison February 19, 2017 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Teotihuacan looks amazing! Thank you for sharing I always wanted in travel to Mexico and it great to learn about it. Great photos

  17. Joaquim February 19, 2017 at 4:04 am - Reply

    Can’t wait to go to Mexico!! I’ve only been in Yucatan region and would love to hit up the rest of the country. Thanks for the great advice!

  18. Vicki Louise February 19, 2017 at 9:52 am - Reply

    I’d love to visit Mexico – I’ve always been fascinated by the Mayan temples and ruins. I’d love to explore them and the Teotihuacan complex looks like a great alternative to the usual tourist sites.

  19. Sheila Flores February 19, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

    When I visited Mexico I just went to the Mayan Riviera but I think I have to go back to the country as Mexico City looks amazing! Loved all the ideas you propose here but I specially liked the views from Torre Latinoamericana. My favourite plans are always related to finding great photo spots! I would also visit Teotihuacan to discover more about the history of the country.
    I’ll keep this to my next trip! ;D

  20. Swati & Sam February 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Mexico has so much to offer. I have been jotting down all the places we could cover on our trip and the list keeps growing every other day. The views from Torre Latinoamericana is amazing.

  21. Diana - MVMT Blog February 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Teotihuacan is at the top of my bucket list. I’ve seen some ruins in other parts of Mexico, but this one has always stood out to me as kind of like the grandfather of all ruins. I would absolutely pay 100 pesos to sit outside with a beer listening to live mariachi music. That just sounds like the quintessential Mexican experience. Hope to make it to Mexico City one day.

  22. Marlies Wolters June 12, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Awesome writing about Mexico City, glad you mention the safer area to stay as this is one of my concerns.
    The Zócalo is on my list now, it looks like a really impressive building. I have seen some pyramids in the Yucatan province but the onces at Teotihuacan seem a lot more interesting.

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