4 Days of Cielo in CDMX

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Advisor - Holly Bollinger
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Holly Bollinger

  • Mexico City

  • Adventure Travel

  • Active Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • History

  • Sightseeing

  • Relaxation

cityscape on a sunny day
Curator’s statement

Mexico City is where history meets modernity! It's a vast and vibrant place, full of magic, memories, and amazing mezcal! With it being the largest city in North America, there are many amazing sights to see, history to view, and foods to try. From sunrise to sunset, Mexico City has it all. Take an early morning boat ride in the old canals, spend an afternoon in one of the largest and oldest parks in Latin America, or enjoy a delicious dinner in the clouds. This sparkling and spirited city surrounded by scenic views and skyscrapers will quickly find its way into your heart and leave you wanting more.

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Day 1: When in Roma

tortillas restaurant

Stay in and explore the safe and striking Roma neighborhood! Roma was nicknamed "barrio magico". It is quite literally a magical neighborhood mixed with history and hip hangouts. It's a very walkable location with a lot of beautiful bakeries, quaint coffee shops, terrific tacos, and creative cuisines. Roma's Juliet-style balconies, colonial-era architecture, and tree-lined streets will make you feel like you are in the middle of Europe, without spending any Euros!

On Day One, get your bearings by starting the day with breakfast and an incredible cup of coffee. Enjoy the ambiance and watch the city walk by at La Ventanita Cafe.

In the afternoon, visit the tortillerias, the Tuesday markets, and all of the trendy tiendas. You will find world-class cuisine, as well as, some simple street food that will knock you off your socks! Make sure and stop by the Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela for some memorable souveniers.

For dinner, head to the local Tacos Orinoco. Get a sampler and try all of their tacos, or just get as many Tacos al Pastor as you can and enjoy their five signature sauces, that range from simple, spicy, and very spicy! No matter which one you choose - you can't go wrong! Don't miss the Buenelo and Banana ice cream for dessert. It is muy delicioso!

Day 2: The Centro of it all

palace on a sunny day

Book an early boat ride in Mexico City's famous floating gardens and colorful, colonial-era canal system. Tour these waterways in a trajinera and enjoy a relaxing ride. The best time to go is early before it gets loud and crowded (unless that's your thing!), so grab some pastries and coffee nearby, take an Uber to Xochimilco, and enjoy your morning. (You can also book a lunch cruise, or a full day boat tour.) You can grab some food over at Nuevo Nativitas if you want to enjoy the local eats, but the best place (and perhaps quietest) to hire a boat is at Embarcadero Cuemanco.

Lunch over at the local Library in the center of Mexico City. No seriously! The Librería Porrúa has a rooftop cafe and the El Mayor Restaurant overlooking the Templo Mayor, which is an active, Aztec archeological site in city center. Choose from a quick bite and some cocktails or a long leisurely lunch with a view.

Next take a stroll through the heart of the Centro Historico and see all of the famous sites, starting with the Catedral Metropolitana, then the Plaza de la Constitución with some great photo ops. The very large flag of Mexico flies in the center, and you will also find the CDMX sign which stands for Ciudad Mexico or Mexico City! Then walk down the 16 de Septiembre into the shopping district, past the Gran Hotel (of which you have to peek inside and check out the atrium and glass ceiling!) then toward Alameda Central. There you will find the Palacio de Bellas Artes and across the street the Sears store. On the eighth floor of Sears, you will find Cafe Don Porfirio's rooftop restaurant. Grab a mid-afternoon drink or snack and take in the gorgeous, glass terrace view of the colorful domed palace and park.

When in Mexico, eat tacos! Take in more of Centro Historico by going on a Taco Crawl for dinner. Choose from a variety of taquerias in the area such as Molino "El Pujol", El Tizoncito, El Farolito Altata, El Greco Taqueria Campeche and several other amazing eateries nearby.

Day 3: Park it for the day

stone temple in a park

Jump in an Uber and take a ride (or walk) to the Condesa neighborhood to eat breakfast/brunch in the quaint, open-air restaurant Lardo. Named the world's best female chef, you're sure to enjoy a wonderful euro-style feast from Elena Reygadas that is full of Mediterranean flavors with a Mexican flair.

After a hearty breakfast, walk down to Mexico City's "Central Park" called Bosque de Chapultapec or Chapultapec Park. This beautiful forested garden is actually a little larger than double the size of New York City's Central Park, so make sure and wear your walking shoes. There you will find the Chapultapec Castle and Chapultapec Lake, the famous Museo Nacional de Antropologia, the Alfonso Herrera Zoo, and lots of fun food finds along the way. If you don't want to navigate this large green space solo, you can always book a walking, bike, or segway tour through the park online.

For dinner, choose from Amaya, Pujol, Contramar, or any other incredible culinary delights close by. The food and nightlife in Mexico City is not to be missed. There are so many amazing restaurants to choose from, but depending on your palette, you will find a pretty spectacular meal around every corner.

Day 4: The sun, moon, stars & sky

rooftop bar

Grab an early breakfast at Fonda Margarita, said to be the best breakfast in the city. They serve up an authentic guisado that is apparently out of this world. Get there extremely early to beat the crowd. We're talking early! At 7am it is already packed.

Plan to arrive at the ancient archaeological site of Teotihuacán around 9am. There you will miss some of the afternoon tourists, see the magnificent Mesoamerican ruins, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Moon, the Teotihuacán Museum and much more. It is worth the drive!

After you tour the site, head over to Restaurante La Gruta which literally means "the grotto". Enjoy a great lunch, some incredible cocktails, and cool off for the afternoon in the unique atmosphere of an actual cave. You won't want to miss this amazing experience!

By now, you will have already seen the sun and the moon. Now it's time for the stars and the sky. Head over to the Sofitel Hotel and spend a very happy hour at one of their luxurious and classy hotel bars enjoying one of Mexico City's finest mezcal tastings. Next, take a ride to the very top of the hotel. Step out of the elevator on the 38th floor and into the clouds. Rooftop Cityzen is hands-down the best view of the city. If you are a fan of rooftops, this is one of the best! It's spectacular to sip and savor a memorable mezcalita and meal overlooking the sparkling lights on the mountainside, the stars in the sky, and the sensational views of the city. It will be a great end to what we know will be a wonderful trip!

DISCLAIMER: Make sure and book a private Uber for the day, or book online for your Teotihuacán tour. They do half or full day tours or you can go on your own, but plan to at least spend a few hours there and about an hour away from the city. Also, make a reservation in advance to eat at La Gruta and Rooftop Cityzen. They book up quick! Always make restaurant reservations when you can.

There are so many other things to see in CDMX, but in four days we know you will find a little bit of "heaven" high up in the clouds over Mexico City and you will want to keep coming back for more. Book your trip now and thank us later!

Other Eateries/Experiences

  • For an afternoon snack, grab an assortment of pastries, cakes and coffee at Ballaro.

  • Grab a famous churro and Mexican chocolate (caliente or frio) at Churrería El Moro.

  • Enjoy a frozen smoothie al fresco at Amamba

  • Eat at the gorgeous gastronomic and very upscale Azul Restaurantes

  • Have a bite of the softest donuts over at Panaderia Rosetta.

Advisor - Holly Bollinger

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