Travel Tuesday: Mexico City

 

We’re planning our first family trip to Mexico this year. As a preview, here is the thought process behind these trips and how we determine where to travel with the children.

Where to stay:
Mexico is a large country. Several families prefer the beautiful resorts in the Yucatan peninsula for ease of planning. There’s nothing wrong with an all-inclusive easy vacation. If that’s in your budget and what you need to re-charge, go for it! Every state in Mexico is worth discovering, but my go-to for a quick weekend trip to re-charge is Mexico City or, as it’s now officially known, Ciudad de Mexico (CDMX).

The capital city is large and houses sixteen distinct areas to visit. We usually stay in the Polanco area home to great shops, cafes, restaurants and museums. A little something for everyone.

If you have are a member of either the Marriott or Intercontinental loyalty clubs, then consider staying in the hotels of your choice. Both are large, clean and friendly to travelers. The room fees are reasonable and if you have points, it can be even more affordable. Save your pesos, because there is a lot to do.

What to eat: Mexican cuisine is among the best in the world. You can purchase food from street vendors lining Hildago Parque, or try upscale offerings at J by Jose Andres, Pujol or Quintonil.

If you don’t want to plan your meals ahead of time, be assured that wherever you go, there will be a café with postres and good coffee.

What to do: If you happen upon sunny weather, you can enjoy outdoor literary festivals, 5-10K runs or events set up by CDMX. These outdoor events are free and very family friendly. In the past we’ve seen outdoor track and field events, drum corps, zumba classes…every corner was a fresh surprise.

If you are interested in arts and culture, there is a plethora of world class museums: the home of Frida Kahlo, The Museo Nacional de Arte and a real hidden gem: the Museo Soumaya. This museum, filled with art and sculpture collected by Carlos Slim, is free to visitors. When we visited, the “Thinker” by Rodin was prominently displayed along with many other Rodin pieces. There was work from Rembrandt, DaVinci…and on loan from the Vatican, Michaelangelo’s Pieta. Amazing art that you might wait hours to see at the Louvre was within arms reach at the Museo Soumaya. A MUST see for any art lover.

If you need a long weekend getaway, please consider CDMX. You’ll fall in love with Mexico all over again!

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