Live Blog: Trip to California & Mexico, Day 6

Today I went to the outskirts of Mexico City to visit three landmarks. While on the way there I also had the chance to see some parts of the city.

I will also post the events for Tuesday here since not much is happening on that day except the trip to the antropological museum and the flight to Cancun.

6:00 pm CST, Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancun
We landed right on time. The flight was uneventful. We flew in a Boeing 767-200, and the plane was like a quarter full. They did not serve any snacks on flight except soda and 2 bags of peanuts.

After getting my luggage I took a shared shuttle that then brought me to the hostel

1:44 pm CST, Mexico City International Airport
I'm at the airport now, waiting for my flight to Cancun later at 4 pm.  

11:00am CST 02-25-2014, National Anthropological Museum
I went to the National Anthropological Museum right after breakfast and after changing some money. I then took the subway to the museum. 

The museum houses hundreds of artifacts unearthed from various excavation sites, including Plaza Mayor and Teotihuacan.  The most famous displayed here is the Mayan calendar, Piedra del Sol.

8:30 pm CST, Centro Historico
After resting for a bit I went down to Centro Historico to look for a place to eat. I went inside a place called Los Bisquets and ordered enchiladas. It was good. 

After dinner I went around for a while, walking along Zocalo and Merido.  This place looks gorgeous, especially at night. 

I then went back to the hostel and watched some TV, the Simpsons dubbed in Spanish. It's strange to see Apu with a Spanish accent.

2:00 pm CST, Teotihuacan
The landmark we went to next is the second UNITED World Heritage Site I visited in Mexico. The first one was yesterday, Templo Mayor.

Teotihuacan is a city founded around 250 BC located around 50 km from Mexico City. The whole complex was huge, measuring more than 2 miles. There are many pyramids here, but are dominated by three large ones: the Temple of the Moon, temple of the Sun and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. Connecting the pyramids is a wide road called Avenue of the Dead. I will blog about the complex and the pyramids individually in the coming posts.

11:00 am CST, Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The next stop of the tour was one that I always wanted to do here in Mexico, a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The original image of the Virgin, who appeared to an Indian, Juan Diego (who later became a saint) is housed in the new basilica.

9:30 am CST 02-24-2014, Tlatelolco
The first stop of the tour bus was an Aztec (mexica) excavation in Tlatelolco in a place called Plaza de las Culturas.  Just adjacent to the ruins is the Temple of Santiago, which was built the the 17th century. 


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