|The Cathedral in Mexico City|
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Disclaimer: The exact Spanish sentences may not be correct grammatically, but this what I could remember/catch.
Immigration lady: Es su primera vez in México? (Is this your first time in Mexico?)
Me: Si (Yes)
Me: Si (Yes)
Immigration lady: Qué hace en los Estados Unidos? (What do you do in the United States?)
Me: Trabjo como ingeniero del software (I work as a Software Engineer)
Immigration lady: Qué parte de México se quedará? (What part of Mexico will you be staying?)
Me: Primera Ciudad de Mexico para un dia despues Playa del carmen para cuatro dias. (First Mexico city for a day and then Playa del carmen for 4 days.)
Immigration lady (Handing over the passport and an immigration document):
Recuerde devolver este cuando se vaya y ten cuidado (Remember to return this when you go back and be careful)
Me: Gracias! (Thanks!)
|Me in Mexico City|
|Museo de bella artes|
You'll find street performers, road side vendors, bargain gift shops, among others, at Zocalo. It also has the most important historic and architectural monuments of the city: The Metropolitan cathedral, National Palace (Palacio Nacional), Mueseo de bella arte, Palacio Postal, Angel de la independencia (the latter three are walk able distances away).
touring the city as well and was planning to participate in the Mexico city marathon the next day. We walked around for a bit, exploring how the city transforms by the night and had dinner at one of the restaurants he suggested - La Casa de Madero near centro.
Day 2 (Playa del Carmen): I had booked the taxi through the hotel the night and the driver picked me up a 8:45 sharp for my 11:30 am flight to Cancun. The return taxi booked thorugh the hotel cost me only 180 pesos (~14 USD) I ended getting there pretty early, around 9:10 ish, as there was virtually no traffic getting there, being a lazy Sunday morning, as the driver said.
|Flight to Cancun|
We were asked to take a shower before so as to not 'pollute' the river and went through a Mayan cleansing ritual by a native Mayan, which although sounds tacky, was quite interesting. We then stepped into the caves.
The entrance fee was $67.15 and it has to be booked at least 5 days in advance to guarantee a slot. They also charged an additional $60 for the photos, which I felt was expensive, but there's no camera (even if it's waterproof) allowed inside the caves.
Also, try using 'Taxi Collectivos', these are shared hop-on/hop-off taxis located between 15th and 20th St at PDC. They are the cheapest and quickest mode of transportation south of Playa.
After the tour I went and relaxed at Akumal beach, which is about 30 min south by 'taxi collectivo' from Rio Secreto.
Day 5 (Chichen Itza, Yucatan): I had booked a tour to this 'Wonder of the world' through Yukatreks, as public transportation is sparse and I wanted somone knowledgeable to understand the hisory behind Chichen Itza. The van picked me up promptly at 7:20 am
f 40'C in the middle of the ruins. So I'd suggest reaching there as early as you can. The site has a variety of ruins of different
architectural style as it was apparently the most diverse of all the Maya cities. There is also a big cenote near the ruins. The tours at the ruins lasted about 3 hours and we then headed to Cenote X'keken in Dzitnup, Yucatan to cool off. Some of these cenotes are really impressive and they were worshiped by the Mayans as it was their source of clean water. After the cenote, we headed ov
|The Church at Vallolodid|
To sum up the whole tour, I'm glad I could combine Mexico City along with the East coast, as I got to experience the best of Mexico! The country has a bit for everyone's interests and I'm sure a trip there would satisfy anyone's requirement for a great vacation.
What businesses did I use?
Airlines: Delta (US-Mexico flights) and Aeromexico (MEX-CUN flight only)
Hotels : Casa San lledefonso and Hotel Colorado
Tours: Cancun Best discounts, Rio Secreto and Yukatreks