|Sunset on our way to Mexico City.
|Tacos from El Rey De Suaderno -- Delicious!
|Zocalo, the 3rd largest public square in the world.
|consommé -- one of the best things about CDMX taquerias
|The ruins in downtown CDMX right off the Zocalo.
|Aztec Sun Stone
|Stereotypical touristic stuff at a ridiculously charming outpost near Teotihuacan.
|Pyramid of the Sun -- the largest pyramid in the world you can hike up (3rd largest overall)
|View from the pyramid of the moon.
We decided on a light Portuguese lunch
(Jamon Iberico, Pan Tomate y Mejillones y Pulpo)
We originally went with hopes of out of control Mexican fireworks (for which they are known), but, one of the few downsides of modern day Mexico City is the air quality (abysmal). As such, fireworks had been more or less outlawed (as had tire fires and trash fires), so we found ourselves on Paseo de la Reforma with a cheery, happy group of folks with nothing more than a band, lights, and *HUGE* sparklers. It was wholesome and wonderful and one of the more enjoyable ways I've crossed the new year's threshold.
Overall, it was a wonderful way to transition into the new year and I'm a bit shocked that it isn't held out as more of an international destination for Americans who want to travel. It is the largest city in North America, very tourist friendly, but clearly its own Latin American destination where English will work, but not remotely as well as Spanish (so if you have some, use it -- they will appreciate your efforts!), and it has tons of culture. Why it is not on the default list of easy places for American families who want to raise world traveling children is shocking to me -- the pyramids alone are worth a trip.
Also, the food. Did I mention the food?
|Chapulines -- look closely, those are baby grasshopper tacos (delicious!)
|We fit in all sorts of fun cultural stuff including a great night of Lucha Libre!