Highlights of this trip


  • Such wondeful and friendly people
  • So much history to explore
  • Another UNESCO world heritage off the Bucket List ;)
  • Amazing citys and opportunities to meet like minded people in nightlife
  • Don't miss the Tequila :P
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Best things to do in Mexico City


If you're looking for an amazing and affordable vacation spot, look no further than Mexico. Traveling to Mexico is a great way to experience a new culture and see some amazing sights. There are plenty of things to do in Mexico, no matter what your interests are.

Mexico Travel Restrictions

Unfortunately, in today's times, this issue must be resolved first. During our trip to Mexico in December, we had prepared a valid official Corona test as well as our vaccination certificate for entry. We felt that the vaccination certificate would have been sufficient, but I would recommend everyone to at least have an official test.

Since the current Corona situation can change quickly, as we all know by now, please inform yourself before your trip, on the official websites of the Mexican and American governments. We have used this site here:

Mexico Travel Restrictions

Flights to Mexico

Traveling to Mexico from the United States is easy and convenient. There are a number of airlines that offer direct flights to Mexico City, and the flight time is usually around two hours. Our recommendation would be to choose one of the following, as they have good service and we were always satisfied with the full journey, from booking till arriving in Mexico.

  • United Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Aeromexico

We did our flight from Chicago but it is possible from so many airports, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix. Once you arrive in Mexico City, you'll be able to explore this vibrant city. There are plenty of things to see and do, from visiting ancient ruins to sampling delicious Mexican cuisine.

Also, you might have the same question in mind then we had while planning our first trip. When to travel to Mexico? And in our opinion, the best season would be around December to April. That way you will have the chance to enjoy this amazing country and the Mexican culture in the dry season.

Things to do in Mexico City

Teotihuacán

Best Places to go in Mexico – 7 Day Trip to Mexico City, Tlaquepaque, Mexiquillo and Durango

Teotihuacán (teh-oh-tee-wa-can) is one of numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mexico City vicinity, and it comprises some of Mexico's greatest pre-Columbian pyramids. The Palace of the Plumed Butterfly, which features numerous columns of winged creatures, and the majestic Pyramid of the Sun, which sits at the heart of the small city, are two of the most popular structures on the site. Many relics from the period can also be found at the nearby Museo de la Sitio.

While many people were awestruck by the intimidating monuments, several offered some advice to make your journey go more smoothly: The items are expensive, but some Spanish bargaining will help you get a better deal. Visitors also advise carrying bottled water, wearing good shoes, and using sunscreen due to the lack of shade at the site. Visitors also recommend ascending the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon for a birds-eye perspective of the vast complex if you're able. Recent visitors also suggest hiring a tour and transportation ahead of time to get the most out of the experience, stating that not having to worry about getting to the location helps. Check with your hotel to see if a preferred vendor may be recommended.

Teotihuacán is located approximately 31 miles northeast of Mexico City. The facility is reachable via public transit from the Autobus del Norte bus stop (located just off the yellow line metro station by the same name). You can also hire a car or hire a driver. Get there early to escape the crowds, and avoid going on Sundays if at all possible, as residents of Mexico are entitled to free entrance on that day. The entry price is low (about $4).

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City

The vaulting, austere, elegant basilica atop the Zócalo's north end, Mexico's national cathedral, was previously the location of an old Aztec precinct and has so housed the city's spiritual center for centuries. After the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlan, the cathedral was built between 1573 and 1813 and is one of Mexico City's numerous must-see sites. Five naves, 14 chapels, underground tombs, and a painting by renowned Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo are among the cathedral's highlights.

Depending on your interest in Mexican history and architecture, you could spend anywhere from an hour to a half a day at the cathedral. Recent visitors said the massive structure is stunning to behold, and even if you don't want to take the time to explore the inside, it's worth the photo op of the exterior. The cathedral is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and admission is free.

Museo Nacional de Antropología

Best Places to go in Mexico – 7 Day Trip to Mexico City, Tlaquepaque, Mexiquillo and Durango

The Museo Nacional de Antropologa (National Museum of Anthropology) is housed within the famed Chapultepec Forest and houses items from Mexico's pre-Columbian era, dating from around 100 B.C. to A.D. 1521. The museum exhibits relics like as the famous Aztec Calendar Stone, also known as Piedra del Sol, and a 16th-century figure of Xochipilli, the Aztec deity of art, games, beauty, dancing, and maize (among others). The museum examines how tradition, culture, and life evolved in Mexico's many regions.

Various visitors remark that you can spend an entire day visiting the museum's many collections and exhibitions and that you should allow plenty of time to do so. The grounds also have a gift shop, a café, a locker room, and the National Library of Anthropology and History, making it one of Mexico's largest and most visited museums.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). The entrance fee is 75 pesos (about $4). Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 3, and 5 p.m., free guided tours are conducted. If you want to avoid crowds, avoid visiting on Sundays, when Mexican residents get free entrance.

Sightseeing tips


Which sights to visit?

We visited the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Teotihuacán and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City.

Is there a fee to pay to visit some sights?

The Museo Nacional de Antropología was a highlight but a must-see on your visit to Mexico City. It was around 75 pesos (~ $4). The Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City is free to visit for everyone. For Teotihuacán it was also around 75 pesos, but definitely worth it.

When to visit?

All of the above are best visited in the daytime. Otherwise, you won't be able to see all the little details and enjoy the overall view.

Best things to do in Tlaquepaque


Why travel to Tlaquepaque?

There are many reasons to visit Tlaquepaque. The city is beautiful and historic, and there are many places to visit and things to do in Tlaquepaque. The art and culture in Tlaquepaque are some of the best in the world, and there are many museums and galleries in the city. Tlaquepaque is also known for its shopping and food, and there are many places for visitors to shop and eat at.

Best Places to go in Mexico – 7 Day Trip to Mexico City, Tlaquepaque, Mexiquillo and Durango

Places to visit in Tlaquepaque

The Art Gallery - Casa de los Venados (Casa de los Micos)

The Art Gallery - Casa de los Venados (Casa de los Micos) is a beautiful art gallery that is located in Tlaquepaque. The gallery features the work of many famous artists, and it is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city. The gallery is home to a wide variety of art, including paintings, sculptures, and jewelry.

Some of the highlights of the Art Gallery - Casa de los Venados (Casa de los Micos) include:

- The paintings of Diego Rivera

- The sculptures of Javier Marin

- The jewelry of Margarita Lopez

- The pottery of Jesus Martinez

The mariachis at El Parían

Best Places to go in Mexico – 7 Day Trip to Mexico City, Tlaquepaque, Mexiquillo and Durango

Seeing the mariachis perform at El Paran is one of the must-do Tlaquepaque activities. Mariachi is a well-known Mexican folk music that originated in the state of Jalisco and is a must-see for anybody traveling to Mexico. El Paran is a collection of restaurants arranged around a central bandstand where traditionally dressed mariachis perform on guitar and violin, sing, and put on a show. You can't go wrong here if culture is what you're searching for. Enjoy pozole, a tequila-based cocktail with citrus fruits.

Bars and nightlife of Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque is just as enjoyable to visit in the evening as it is during the day, with plenty of nightlife and bar options. Stay till the evening before heading out, or return to your hotel and change. A cab from Tlaquepaque to Guadalajara should cost between 100 and 150 pesos (about $6 to $9 US), so there's no reason not to go. You may choose from any of the bars that line the Hidalgo or Juárez, since they're all solid selections with good drink bargains, but we recommend TlaquePulque for their reasonable pulques and cheap beers, as well as an unusual Oaxacan-Japanese fusion cuisine.

Here on Traxplorio is also another amazing travelogue about this beautiful town. Check it out and leave some love for the author :)

San Pedro Tlaquepaque

Party tips


Where to party?

We really enjoyed the York Pub Tlaquepaque, but there are so many bars. Just go to some "window shopping" and see what bar fit's you the most.

My favorite drink

Give that amazing Tequila a chance ;) It really tastes different, when you try it in Mexico.

What is special about partying here?

So much fun and open minded people. Also the drinks are amazing. Never thought that I would enjoy Tequila that much.

Sightseeing tips


Which sights to visit?

Art Gallery - Casa de los Venados (Casa de los Micos)

Is there a fee to pay to visit some sights?

The Art Gallery was around 70 pesos when I remember it right. But definitely worth a visit.

When to visit?

Go to the daytime and relax with an amazing cup of coffee after :)

Best things to do in Mexiquillo


Why Travel to Mexiquillo

You may be wondering why you should visit Mexiquillo. There are many reasons to make the trip! Mexiquillo is a stunningly beautiful place, and its rich history and culture make it a fascinating destination. There are also plenty of things to do in Mexiquillo, so you'll never be bored. Plus, the people there are warm and welcoming, and they'll make sure you have a great time. So if you're looking for an amazing travel experience, be sure to add Mexiquillo to your list!

Also check out the amazing post about Mexiquillo from my fellow author @Biojeda right here:

Mexiquillo

Places to visit in Mexiquillo

There are many places to visit in Mexiquillo, and each one has something unique to offer. If you're looking for history and culture, be sure to check out the Museo de Arte Moderno. This museum features an impressive collection of modern art, and it's a great way to learn about the local culture. If you're looking for some natural beauty, be sure to visit the Parque Nacional Mexiquillo. This park is home to stunning waterfalls and rolling hills, and it's a great place to relax and take in the scenery.

Parque Nacional Mexiquillo

Best Places to go in Mexico – 7 Day Trip to Mexico City, Tlaquepaque, Mexiquillo and Durango

The Parque Nacional Mexiquillo is a beautiful park that is home to some amazing natural scenery. The park is best known for its waterfalls, which are some of the most impressive in all of Mexico. There are also plenty of hiking trails in the park, so you can explore the area's natural beauty up close. The park is also home to a number of interesting archaeological sites, so be sure to check them out during your visit. And if you're looking for a place to relax, be sure to check out the park's peaceful gardens.

Hiking tips


Where to hike?

No specific route, we were just wandering around the Parque Nacional Mexiquillo. Maybe it has a name, but I didn't recognize it.

Distance and time

The whole trip with photo and relax stops took us around 3-4 hours.

How challenging is this hike?

I would say it is very moderate in terms of height, but definitely bring enough water, when going in the dry season.

Best things to do in Durango


Why travel to Durango

The city of Durango is located in the north-western part of Mexico. It is a historic city, full of colonial charm. There are a number of interesting places to visit in Durango, including the Main Square, the Cathedral, the San Miguel Arcangel Parish, and the Guadalupe Temple. The city is also home to a number of festivals and events throughout the year, which are a great opportunity to experience Mexican culture.

For another point of view about Durango, also check out this amazing Durango Travelogue

Places to Visit in Durango

Historic Downtown of Durango

Best Places to go in Mexico – 7 Day Trip to Mexico City, Tlaquepaque, Mexiquillo and Durango

Durango's historic downtown district is one of the main attractions in the city. The district is home to a number of well-preserved colonial-era buildings, as well as a lively nightlife and cultural scene. There are a number of museums, art galleries, and theaters in the district, as well as a large number of restaurants and bars.

The historic downtown district is located in the center of Durango and is easily accessible on foot or by bike. The area is also served by a number of buses and taxis.

Durango Hot Springs

Best Places to go in Mexico – 7 Day Trip to Mexico City, Tlaquepaque, Mexiquillo and Durango

Durango Hot Springs is a great place to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. The springs are located in a beautiful setting and the water is said to have healing properties. There are several different hot springs to choose from, and each one has its own unique features.

Mexico is a beautiful and diverse country, with something to offer everyone. Whether you’re interested in the vibrant culture, stunning scenery, or relaxing hot springs, Durango and all the other cities are definitely worth a visit. With its convenient location and abundance of activities and attractions, it’s no wonder that this charming city is such a popular destination. We hope you enjoy your time here as much as we did!

Oh, and in our planning, this Mexico Packinglist really was helpful. There you can also find some more details about the other seasons in Mexico. So don't miss that extra information! :)

Spa tips


Where to relax?

In the Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa

Spa treatments to enjoy

Just the Hot Springs were enough for us. It was a well-needed spot to relax after an exciting week :)

How much did it cost?

If I remember it right, it was around $30 per person. But it's worth it, when you need some rest after all the hikes and sightseeing trips.

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