9 Evening Activities in Mexico City Perfect for any Budget

Yes, you know all about the day trips and awesome parks in Mexico City, but where can you spend an evening here?? As a digital nomad, it can be really hard to find destination recommendations that aren’t aimed at traditional vacationers with all day to kill.

Luckily, I’m here to help. I spent one month living and working here, and this is my list of the top nine evening activities in Mexico City!

 

1. Check Out Biblioteca Vasconcelos

Time: Open until 7:30 pm
Cost: Free Entrance

 

Girl in Biblioteca Vasconcelos

 

This was the very first place I went in Mexico City. After seeing the amazing pictures online, I knew I had to get there.

Biblioteca Vasconcelos is perfect if you love photography, or just getting off the beaten path in a new city. Spend time admiring the views from every floor, snapping some insta worthy shots, or just sitting quietly with a book to read. The library also has gardens surrounding it that you can check out on a sunny day, and balconies on the top floor with expansive views of the city.

 

side view of the book shelves at biblioteca vasconcelos

 

This is possibly the most unique building I’ve ever seen, and it felt just like stepping into a sci-fi movie one thousand years in the future. For digital nomads, Biblioteca Vasconcelos is a must see evening activity in Mexico City.

 

2. Visit the Basilica de Guadalupe

Time: Open until 9pm
Cost: Free Entrance

The Basilica of Guadalupe is a major Catholic site in Mexico City. Your probably weren’t expecting a church on my list of evening activities in Mexico City (lol of course you were) but if you’re at all religious or interested in history or spirituality, this is a must-see. Even if you’re a firm atheist, it’s still an interesting stop just for the sheer importance of the site to the Catholic community.

What makes this church so special? In 1531 the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a Mexican man, now Saint, named Juan Diego. The four apparitions occurred on a hill near this spot, and the Basilica was built as a shrine to commemorate it. It even holds Juan Diego’s cloak, which miraculously bears the image of Mary that is now famously known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.

There are now two Basilicas on the site (one old and one new), and both are currently open for exploration, prayer, and meditation.

 

3. Take a Cooking Class

Times: Chosen around your schedule
Cost: Around $50 to $80 usd per person

If you have room in the budget, this is a delicious and educational way to spend an evening in Mexico City. I mean, we all know Mexican food is one of the best cuisines in the world, so what better way to enjoy it than by learning all the techniques you need to make it at home? While researching it for my to do list, I found a few different class options you can check out here and here.

 

4. Take in the View at Torre Latinoamericana

Time: Open until 10pm
Cost: ~100 pesos per person

This famed tower was once the tallest in Mexico City, and is one of the most beautiful evening activities in Mexico City. Come for dinner, drinks, or just the view. You can buy tickets in the lobby for 90 pesos to head to the observation deck, or you can go to the restaurant, one floor lower, for free.

If you don’t want a whole dinner, you can just get a beer and still hang out at the bar for a bit and snap a few photos of the view. Just make sure you go on a day without smog!

 

5. Try Craft Beer at a Local Brewery

How convenient, I have a guide right here that doesn’t just list the best breweries in Mexico City, but ALL the breweries. It was actually pretty difficult to make because the craft beer scene in Mexico City is up and coming, and there’s not a lot of info from the breweries online yet.

My favorite brewery on the list is HOP 2, but I really enjoyed our visit to La Graciela and The Tasting Room as well. There are a bunch of breweries spread out across the city, so head out for your thirsty Thursday and try some beers you won’t be able to get anywhere else.

 

 

6. Wander the Quaint Neighborhood of Coyoacan

Time: Always Open
Cost: Free

This neighborhood is so cute, and great to explore day or night. Some people actually think it’s more lively in the evenings, and I have to agree.

Daniel and I went around 4:30pm and spent a few hours here. There is a large market, two beautiful squares, an ornate church, tons of hip bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops, and side streets lined with brightly painted houses and green leafy trees.

If you go, I recommend checking out Los Mercaderes Coyoacan for beautiful bottles of mezcal or tequila, grabbing a beer at the cool La Calaca Bar, and walking through the large Viveros de Coyoacan park.

 

7. Go to a Mexican Wrestling Match

Time: 7:30pm on weekdays, 8:30pm for the Friday matches
Cost: Tickets range from 100 to 420 pesos per person

Yes! Lucha Libre, or Mexican wrestling, is such an big part of Mexico’s culture in the city. There are matches every Friday, and you can buy tickets directly at the box office before they start. However, if you can’t make a Friday show or want to see more than one, there are sometimes fights during the week as well.

I definitely can’t guarantee it, but check out this calendar of events on Ticketmaster to see if any are coming up. If you can, choose one at Arena Mexico which is the main stage.

Daniel and I went to a Friday match and had soooo much fun. Even if you’re totally not into wrestling and don’t speak Spanish (check and check) the wild atmosphere and sheer absurdity of the event will get yelling and cheering along with everyone else.

 

Wrestling Match in Arena Mexico

 

8. Cheer on Club America at a Soccer Game

 

Time: Weekday matches start around 8:45pm
Cost: Tickets range from 150 to 1,000 pesos

Like the Lucha Libre events, these are totally dependent on schedule. Don’t look too far in advance though. Daniel and I checked the schedule a month before we arrived in Mexico City, and saw nothing listed. A few weeks later when we arrived, there were two games added in during our stay. They play at the famous Estadio Azteca, which is the biggest stadium in the country.

Unless it’s a really big match you can buy your tickets right at the stadium and have fun cheering on Club America, Mexico City’s official team. If you’re lucky enough to catch a game, it’s an awesome way to spend an evening in Mexico City!

 

9. See the Ballet Folklorico

Time: See the schedule here
Cost: Tickets range from around 360 to 1500 pesos

The ballet is a great evening activity in Mexico City because not only do you get to see a show, but it’s also located in the beautiful Palacio de Belles Artes. The building looks gorgeous day and night, and has a museum you can visit as well on your night out. If you want to learn more about the culture of Mexico, or just enjoy a good show, definitely try seeing the Ballet Folklorico after work.

 

If you’re looking for a fun evening activities in Mexico City, look no further. This list has something for every interest and every budget. If you’re a digital nomad in Mexico City and have more evening destinations to add to the list, please comment below and let me know!

All my love,
Di

PS for more things to do in Mexico City check out the rest of my articles here

 

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The Complete Guide to Breweries and Craft Beer in Mexico City

Craft beer in Mexico City is amazing, but trying to find out where it’s served is not. Seriously, putting together this article felt like investigative journalism at times.

My hunt for the best breweries encountered some major roadblocks, because a lot of the information online isn’t clear… specifically which bars serve craft beer, and which actually brew their own. It was also confusing to find which breweries have tap rooms, and which are just businesses that are closed to the public.

On Friday, Daniel and I showed up at Cerveceria Reforma because we believed it was a brewery open to the public (it’s not, yet). The owner, Ivan, came out to meet us and was genuinely confused why we were standing outside of his business!

We explained we were looking for craft beer, and he helpfully took us under his wing and got our search on the right track. Oh, and then a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit, his power went out, and we walked across the city together because none of us could get an Uber and the traffic was insane… Safe to say, our search for craft beer in Mexico City has been incredibly eventful.

I put a lot of work in finding the best beer tours, breweries, bars, and taprooms here, so you can enjoy them all on your next night out. I hope this complete guide helps everyone discover the up and coming awesome world of craft beer in Mexico City!

 

Turi Cervecero Beer Tour

Location: Click Here for a list of locations where you can buy tickets (the tour isn’t listed on the site at the moment, but it is definitely still running as of March 2018)

This beer tour is perfect for someone who wants to see a lot of what Mexico City has to offer in a short time frame. The tour is 400 pesos per person, and runs every Friday and Saturday evening for 4.5 hours.

They take you to visit four different breweries and taprooms, some of which aren’t even open to the public, like Cerveceria Reforma. The other options include Cru Cru, Hop 2, and Crisanta (breweries) and Sonny Diaz, Deposito, and Fiebre de Malta (bars).

The price of your ticket includes one beer at each of the four locations you visit. I haven’t done this tour, but it could definitely be a great and easy option to try some craft beer in Mexico City. If you check it out, please comment below or shoot me a message to tell me how it was!

 

Breweries in Mexico City

Daniel and I visited every single brewery in the capital’s city limits. This isn’t just some options you can try, it’s all of them. Keep reading to see locations, prices, my reviews, and more!

 

Taller de Cerveza La Graciela

Location: Orizaba 163, Roma Nte, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX
More Info Here

This is a small brewery, restaurant, and bar, and one of my favorite places for craft beer in Mexico City. They have a window into their brew room that you can check out, outdoor seating on a lively sidewalk, and tons of different beer options.

You can try their own beers on tap, or browse a long list of bottles from both Mexico and around the world. I got a coffee stout (I’m a sucker for a stout) and Daniel got an IPA. Both were 100 pesos.

We went on a Saturday night and it had a really lively atmosphere. The best part about La Graciela is that it’s right next to a few other bars and an ice cream place, so this can be one stop for your entire night.

 

Escollo

Location: Calle Querétaro 182, Roma Nte, 06700 Mexico City, CDMX
More Info Here

Escollo was the first craft beer in Mexico City that I tried, and it was super strange because right when we walked in a saw a sign on the wall for Warped Wing!

Warped Wing is a brewery in my hometown in Ohio, and one of the stops in my DIY brewery walking tour of Dayton. Turns out, the two owners are friends and had created a beer together in 2015. Small world.

On to the beers themselves, Escollo is both a craft beer bar and a brewery, and they had eight different options of their own beers to try. I had the stout and Daniel had an IPA, but we actually each preferred each other’s and traded.

Escollo is good because the beers are pretty cheap, and you can even get some of their drafts for only 60 pesos. It’s also within walking distance to La Graciela. However, the atmosphere could definitely use some work… at 8pm on a Saturday night it was almost empty. If you want a quiet night out, this is the place, but if you’re looking for a lively brewery, there are better options.

 

Escollo Brewery in Mexico City

 

Crisanta

Location: Av. Plaza De la República # 51, Tabacalera, 06000 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX
More Info Here

Daniel and I went to Crisanta for Valentine’s Day, and to be honest we left a little disappointed. They advertise themselves as a brewery, but had none of their own beers when we went. It looked like their brewing equipment has been completely disassembled in the back, and upon closer inspection many reviewers have had the same experience. So, don’t go here expecting to try their house beer.

The food was pretty average, and prices kind of high: 190 pesos for a burger or pasta dish, and 80 pesos and up for craft beers. The selection was definitely good, and the open front had a view of the Monument to the Revolution which is lit up beautifully at night. The place was full and had a nice vibe. If you’re in the area check it out to try some craft beers in Mexico City, but even though it bills itself as a brewery, I don’t think it is anymore.

 

HOP: The Beer Experience

Location: Roma 13 Col. Juarez, Mexico City, Mexico 06600
More Info Here

Just so you don’t get confused, there are actually two locations for this brewery (and we visited both). First, I’ll talk about the HOP 1, the original at the location listed above. We walked here after having dinner and drinks at Crisanta, because it was only 15 minutes away.

The place was small but packed. They had about 20 craft beers listed on the wall (ask which ones are their own) and we got a flight. Because it was Valentine’s Day they also gave us a taster of five chocolates to try with the beers. So cute!

 

 

HOP 2, their second location, is in the Narvarte Poniente neighborhood. This the the larger location where their beers are actually brewed. When Daniel and I visited they had only had one of their own beers on tap (the Pale Ale, it was pretty good) but they also had at least 20 other craft options to try.

The brewery was by far my favorite of all of them. The vibe was super cool with picnic tables and lights string across the ceilings. The kitchen is also in a food truck right in the middle of the bar! I actually felt like I was back in the States at a brewery in Chicago or LA. The draft selection at HOP 2 is also great, and you can tell it was curated with care because almost everything we tried was delicious.

HOP 2 is great for groups because all the beers are on tap, so you can get pitchers for a really good price. On Wednesdays, each pitcher also comes with a free large pizza! So, Daniel and I got about 6 beers and a large pepperoni pizza for 250 pesos, in one of the coolest bars in Mexico City… awesome. They also have flights for 125 pesos each, and lots of different deals like all-you-can-eat pizza on Tuesdays.

Finally (if I haven’t already sung its praises enough) HOP 2 has a small shop in the front where you can buy any of your favorite beers to go on your way out. I bought the Chai Tea beer from Error de Diciembre brewing to try at home, and it was delicious.

 

 

Cerveceria Cru Cru

Location: Cjon. of Romita 8, Roma Nte., 06700 Mexico City, CDMX
More Info Here

Ok, this is where Ivan’s insider info really came in handy. He’s good friends with the team at Cru Cru, and told us to go check it out. It’s not officially open to the public, but if you knock on their door they’ll let you in and sell you some craft beer to try. SECRET BREWERY! Guys, it doesn’t get any cooler than this.

Daniel and I went on a Friday evening, (luckily this one was earthquake free) and knocked on the door as instructed. The place is built into a historical monastery with interesting murals on the wall, and they had an arcade machine as well as indoor and outdoor seating. I tried the Gose beer, which is made with grasshoppers… it was pretty interesting. Daniel had the porter which was great.

If you do decide to stop by, try to go around 8pm on Friday or Saturday, when the tours are going to be there, so it’s not to inconvenient for the staff 🙂

 

four beers from cerveceria cru cru

 

The Tasting Room

Location: Calle de Chiapas 173, Roma Nte., 06700 Cuauthémoc, CDMX
More Info Here

This is a super cool craft beer bar, that I think has only recently branched into brewing. They had two of their Casa Cervecera Morena beers on tap, and I tried the IPA. The flights here are 125 pesos for Mexican beer, but the price goes up if you want a flight of imports.

We were here on a Saturday night and the bar was completely full, the vibe was awesome and modern, and there were at least 20 different craft beers on tap from around the country and the world. I loved it!

 

Principia Tasting Room

Location: Avenida Magdalena 311, Local A, Col del Valle Nte, 03100 Ciudad de México, CDMX
More Info Here

This was the last of the breweries that we tried. Well, actually it’s just a tasting room, but you can try the Principia beers here. I liked the vibe, and when we went they had two of their brews on tap. The rest of the selection was a couple different Mexican breweries, and (not sure why) eight beers from Founders in Michigan. They had some bottled beer options to choose from as well.

It was good for a chill night out. I tried both the Principia beers and two others in a flight for 100 pesos, and they were all pretty good. Their food looked great and I really liked their branding too. My only complaint would be that the selection could use a little more variation.

 

 

 

Awesome Craft Beer Bars

Tried all the breweries and ready for something new? Here are some of my favorite craft beer bars in Mexico City.

 

Roma Biergarten

Location: Calle Querétaro 225, Roma Nte., 06700 Mexico City, CDMX
Perfect for: Getting a drink after a delicious dinner at the Mercado Roma (it’s located right upstairs).
More Info Here

 

Fiebre de Malta

Location: Calle Río Lerma 156, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX
Perfect for: I’m not sure… unfortunately I didn’t have time to make it here, but Ivan recommended it and you know you can trust a local brewer!
More Info Here

 

Fritz Bar and Restaurant

Location: Av. Dr. Río de la Loza 221, Doctores, 06720 Ciudad de México, CDMX
Perfect for: Enjoying a large beer selection before a Lucha Libre event at Arena Mexico.
More Info Here

 

La Belga Beer Store

Location: Calle Querétaro 96, Roma Nte, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX
Perfect for: Getting a few craft beers to go.
More Info Here

 

The Craft Society

Location: Plaza Luis Cabrera 16, Roma Norte, 06700 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX
Perfect for: Day drinking on a sunny day in Roma.
More Info Here

 

 

Craft Beer Festivals in Mexico City

Finally, don’t miss these festivals celebrating all things craft beer in Mexico City.

Beerfest Texcoco February 24 – 25 || More info here

7th Annual Puebla Beer Fest March 2 – 4 || More info here

7th annual Cervefest March 16 – 18 in Xochimilco || More info here

Cerveza Mexico Oct 26 – 28 || More info here

There’s also a Craft Beer Camp (sounds like a dream come true) and Taco and Beer Fest that happened in 2017. No dates seem to be announced for 2018, but definitely something to keep an eye on.

 

Craft beer in Mexico City is everywhere if you know where to look. Try these breweries and bars to get your fix, and explore the world of Mexico’s microbrews. Support the local beer scene on your next night out with this complete guide!

All my love,
Di

 

 

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Instagram Makes it Look Easy: The Truth Behind Life in a Prius

No agenda to keep, new cities every week, and a weirdly strong opinion about Taco Bell.

It might not be what 28-year-old Jordan Thornsburg expected when he graduated from Miami University in 2012, but the daily grind of post-grad life in Dayton, Ohio had him rethinking his priorities.

Some people buy an RV, others renovate a van… Jordan Thornsburg lives in his Prius. The videographer and creative mind behind Macroscope Pictures has been living in his car since March 2017, and gave me a glimpse into his incredibly unique and often hilarious life on the road.

Where, how, and most of all, why? He answered all of my questions and more about a lifestyle we’ve all thought about in passing, but never really had the guts to make happen.

 

Leaving His Old Life Behind

As with most major life-altering decisions, it all started with a break up.

“I had a really great relationship that ended right before 2016 when she decided to move to the UK and I did not. That severance was the catalyst for a lot of soul searching about the course I wanted my life to take. According to a 2010 census bureau survey, Ohio residents are the 3rd most likely to still live in their state of origin.  I knew I wanted to defy this trend, but I didn’t know where to start. How exactly does one decide where they want to spend their life when they’ve experienced so few of the options?” 

Although traveling the country seemed like a faraway, fleeting thought, it soon turned into an obsession. He scoured Youtube daily for ideas, saved money for months, and finally landed on his escape plan.

“A few DIY projects and Goodwill drop-offs later, I quit my job, and on March 1st, 2017 I told Siri to set a course for yonder.”

So, what makes Jordan different from the rest of us? Not much, really. He’s just a college grad who was underwhelmed by the monotony that adult life often becomes. Traveling the country and living in his Prius was the solution, and so far, he’s loving it.

Jordan recommends the lifestyle for “those who seek to challenge themselves, collect less bullshit space-consumers, and live while they’re alive. You can work for 50 years at the same job in your hometown saving smart for a retirement of travel adventures, but not only are you going to be the least physically capable of enjoying it you’ve ever been, there is also no guarantee you won’t die before the time comes.”

And if you need a little more inspiration…

“We gave a manbaby [Trump] access to a button that could trigger the end of every conscious creature on the planet. Go for broke!”

 

 

The Day to Day Life of Living in a Car

Many of the basic amenities we take for granted in an apartment are non-existent in a Prius. So, what exactly does the day-to-day routine of a car dweller look like?

“Ironically while I set out intending to escape routine, I ended up discovering its value. When you are hopping from one place to another nearly every week, keeping a routine that sets you up for physical and mental flourishing becomes much more challenging.”

Jordan hoped that getting away from the distractions of every day life would help him become a better version of himself. So far, it’s a work in progress… 

“On an ideal day I go to the gym, meditate with Headspace, chip away at a creative project, cook, journal, and read/listen to philosophically enriching or educational content. The daily reality involves failing to do half of those things, eating out, and wasting time on Tinder.” 

 

The Basics

I’m glad Jordan mentioned Tinder, ’cause I was feeling like it was time to get pretty up close and personal. Specifically, how does showering work when you live in a Prius without running water? The answer is “hobo hygiene,” and it’s easier than you think. He pays $32 a month for a YMCA membership that grants him access to 2,700 gyms across the country, effectively solving all the problems associated with trying to smell like an upstanding citizen while living in a car. 

 

 

Internet Access

Showering may be one thing, but internet access is a whole different beast when living on the road. Can you imagine life without unlimited wifi? For Jordan, that’s been one of the toughest aspects of the lifestyle, but also one he’s grown to appreciate in a certain way. 

Jordan “shares” (aka uses 95% of) a 15gb month family cell phone plan with his parents. Even that’s not enough, though, and local libraries and Starbucks have become frequent haunts for him. Still, limited internet access could be a blessing in disguise for a lot of us who have become addicted to our screens. 

“An unlimited data plan is very tempting, but at the same time I actually appreciate the limitation. It’s an incentive to put my phone into airplane mode and experience the world, rather than sit in my car and gorge on Netflix.”

 

Food

Most Priuses don’t come with an open kitchen plan, and cooking outside on the hitch on the back of a car sounds less than ideal. Still, it can and does happen (although, pretty infrequently). Jordan only owns a single fold up burner, a spoon, and a pot.

To be honest this sounds like my own personal version of hell, but some people just really don’t care that much about food variety. When your fridge is a high-efficiency cooler only sporadically refilled with ice, something’s gotta give. 

“Despite having all the gear I need to make meal magic, I can’t help myself from analyzing the time and resource investment it takes vs. optimized drive-thru fast food orders. My diet right now is in large part made up of healthy choices from Taco Bell.”

He usually opts for one of two options every time he goes. Two mini skillet bowls fresco style or two tostadas fresco style (no chipotle sauce!) both run him only $2 – $3 for a filling 300 calorie meal.

 

 

Sleep

You can’t just park overnight wherever you please. Living in a Prius involves a certain amount of stealth, and Jordan’s sleep game has been slowly evolving over the year.  “I started out sleeping in Walmart parking lots. Later, I discovered how much I get a kick out of sleeping in a downtown area where a hotel would cost a fortune.” Jordan will let you aspiring Prius dwellers in on a little secret: “most metered parking spaces in excellent locations don’t start charging until 8am.”

If you can get your ass out of bed early (not too hard when the morning sun is cooking you, Jordan says) these become convenient places to settle down for the night. And when he’s not checking out new cities, Jordan likes to sleep in nature. “Lastly,” he says, “I got hip to the wealth of Bureau of Land Management properties, where you can camp for up to 14 days straight free of charge.” He also recommends Freecampsites.net as an enormously helpful resource for car dwellers in the country.

 

Let’s Look at the Finances

We’re all wondering it, so I asked it. How can you make money when you live in a car?

Well the honest truth is… you don’t. Jordan saved up money before he went on the road so he has the freedom to go where he wants, when he wants, and only take on paid work that he really enjoys.

Over the past year he’s worked on freelance shooting and editing projects and a few corporate video gigs. However, most of his time is spent working on passion projects, like the #ShotsOrShots drone challenge he and his friends complete every week on his Instagram, or the videos showcased on his Youtube channel, like this promo he made for the Summer Shadows Tour.

 

 

On average, Jordan spends between $500 and $650 a month to live in his Prius, depending on how often he goes out for dinner and drinks with his friends. However, I noticed that health insurance wasn’t listed on his budget breakdown. Jordan may be different from most millennials in a lot of ways, but the cost of health insurance is still f*cking up his life like the rest of us.

Instead of doctors, Jordan uses “peppers to absorb my toxins and crystals I bought on Ebay to provide healing energy.” He’s just kidding though.. kind of.

“I use the kind that’s imaginary and I pay $700/year in penalties. I looked into buying healthcare and it would cost me $3000/year and not even begin covering me until I’ve spent something like $5000 out of pocket. On principal, I’d rather die.

 

Lifestyle: The Pros and Cons of a Living in a Prius

Since Jordan started traveling, he’s been able to spend weeks in each of the top three cities he always wanted to live in: Denver, Austin, and Los Angeles, and that’s just the start. The list of places he’s traveled to was over 30 entries long, including Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and national parks throughout the west.

I wondered if there’s a car or van life culture that’s hidden to the untrained eye, and Jordan says he’s met a few others like him. However, the lifestyle is so nomadic that he didn’t really see any common threads that tie them all together. “I’ve been surprised about how much variance there is. Variance in upbringing, wealth, motives, political affiliations, physical health, mental health, diet, etc. But if you judge the “culture” by the 25,000 youtube channels on the topic, you could begin to think they’re all vegan bloggers.”

As far as the worst parts about living in a car, Jordan says it’s hard to keep a healthy morning routine, and (despite the amount of time he spends on Tinder), dating is difficult and the logistics of his love life have become pretty interesting.

However, one of the best parts about it is pretty clear. He has “the freedom to pick up and go wherever I want, whenever I want. My friend was talking about how she really wanted to visit Taos, NM. One Google search and an hour later, I was on my way there.”

 

 

Stand Out Moments

Every adventure has it’s memorable moments, and Jordan’s is no different. We discussed some of the scariest events that he’s been a part of on the road.

“In New Orleans I found myself feeling extremely tired, so I pulled over to take a nap in an unfamiliar part of town. After putting in my ear plugs and masking my eyes, I heard what was very clearly gunshots. Despite this realization, I drifted to sleepy boy land. Next I woke to a cop shining his flashlight through my windshield. ‘This is not the place you want to do what you’re doing,’ he told me. He was obviously right.”

What’s as scary as gunshots and cops in the night? Easy: “Being on a road in Texas. Any road.” Jordan has found driving in the Longhorn state to be more terrifying than anywhere else he’s been in the US.

“You’ll often hear excessively long horn blasts and dramatic skidding to a stop. During one week there I saw two minor collisions. Another time I was first on the scene where a vehicle ran off the road and tumbled into a ravine. The driver was fortunately okay enough to crawl out and attempt to act sober… That said, I still love Texas.”

 

 

So, How Long Will it Last?

Traveling the world is fun but can also be romanticized, and I know it’s definitely possible to get disillusioned with the nomadic lifestyle. I asked Jordan if he has any plans to get a permanent place soon, and put the Prius lifestyle behind him for good.

“I don’t have an end date in mind but I’m not in any hurry. With my Prius I feel like I’m lacking nothing, and the cramped space reinforces my motto: Sleep in your car, live in the world.” 

Right now, finances are fine and life on the open road has only just begun. He gets to see the world, push his creative limits, and hopefully become a better version of himself along the way. Exploring and creating are major perks, but most importantly for Jordan “living a life self-defined comes with a sense of pride.”

 

Jordan lives in his Prius so he can make videos for YOU. Follow him on Instagram, subscribe to his Youtube channel, and check out his site at Macroscope Pictures. 

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How to Get to the Pozas Azules: Taxco’s Natural Pools

The Pozas Azules are truly a hidden gem in Taxco, Mexico. Daniel and I went during our weekend trip to Taxco from Mexico City, and they were so beautiful. There’s not a ton of info on the internet about how to get the Pozas Azules or even why you should go, so I’m here to share it all.

These natural pools are about 40 minutes from Taxco, but so worth the trip. They are formed by the rocks and waterfalls of the river, and each pool has something unique. Some are shrouded in beautiful dappled light, others are deep turquoise blue, one has a jumping platform and waterfall running into it, and they’re all really refreshing and fun to take a dip in.

We were on the fence about whether or not we wanted to take the trip out to them, but in the end going to the Pozas Azules was one of our favorite parts of our weekend in Taxco. If you’re debating whether or not to check them out… do it! They’re really unforgettable.

 

swimming in Taxcos natural pools

 

How to Get to the Pozas Azules

The best, and only, way to get to the Pozas Azules is by a shared van called a collectivo. The one you want will have signs on it that say “Atzala” and “Pozas Azules” on the front. They park right in front of a big bank called Coppel Plateros, so if you just plug that into your GPS you’ll be good to go.

The cost for a one way trip is 25 pesos per person. The collectivos leave when they’re full, so just head out whenever because it’s pretty hit or miss on how long it will take for the next one to go.

 

What to Do at the Pozas Azules

Swim! Take Pictures! Get some Mexican cuisine at the small local stands or a buy a few snacks and beers. Pack your own lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables, jump from the boulders into the pools, relax under a waterfall, read a book in the sun, the options are pretty endless. The entrance fee is 30 pesos per person and you can stay as long as you want.

There’s also a zipline here that costs 200 pesos for two lines and two suspension brudges. That seems pretty cheap, but then again is ziplining really where you want to bargain hunt… Daniel and I decided to give it a miss this time.

By the way, if you’re just now reading this in Taxco and bummed because your forgot a swimsuit, there are plenty of stalls there selling cheap suits, sports shorts, and other things you may be wishing you had right about now.

 

swimming in the Pozas Azules

 

How to Get Back to Taxco

Getting back to Taxco is as easy as walking to the entrance of the pools and getting in a collectivo right where you got dropped off. It will take you back to the Coppel Plateros, and from there you can walk 10 minutes to the bus station to head back to Mexico City, or 20 minutes to the Taxco main square to grab a bite to eat back in town (see my restaurant recommendations here!)

 

Total Cost for a Trip to Taxco’s Natural Pools

This is such an affordable half-day outing. The total cost for our trip for two to the Pozas Azules was 180 pesos. That included both our round trip transport and the entrance fee. If you need a snack or don’t pack a lunch, there are plenty of cheap options that will only run you 50 to 100 pesos more. Plus, you’ll get to pat some stray puppers for free!

 

puppy in Taxco

 

It’s easy to get to the Pozas Azules from Taxco, so there’s no reason to miss these beautiful natural pools. We had only 24 hours in Taxco, and I still felt like we had enough time to see it all plus visit the Pozas Azules without missing anything.

I hope this short little guide helps, and I doubly hope you enjoy your time at the beautiful Pozas Azules!

All my love,
Di

PS click here for my complete guide to Taxco, Mexico, including how to get there from Mexico City, what to do, restaurant recommendations, and more!

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The Complete Guide to Visiting Taxco, Mexico

After hiking 12 miles among the erupting volcanos in Izta-Popo National Park last weekend, Daniel and I decided to plan something much more relaxing for our next getaway.

From Mexico City, a two-day trip to Taxco and the Pozas Azules (Blue Pools) was exactly what we needed. This mountainside town was relaxing, quiet, beautiful, and every positive adjective under the sun. And the best part is, it’s only three hours away from Mexico City!

If you’re looking for a weekend escape to Taxco and the Pozas Azules, this guide has absolutely everything you need to know to make it happen.

 

 

Getting To Taxco

Getting to Taxco from Mexico City is really easy. Busses depart daily from the Terminal Central del Sur (Taxqueno) and cost 225 pesos. Some lines that run the route are Estrella del Oro, Costa Line, and ADO. This route doesn’t leave as often as others that have busses every 15 or 20 minutes, so it’s a good idea to check the timetables on their websites the day before you go and plan accordingly.

Once you get on the bus, travel time is about three hours, a bit more or less depending on the traffic. The bus will drop you off at the Taxco Terminal which is only a 10 minute walk from the Zocalo central square.

 

 

Where to Stay in Taxco

Daniel and I decided to go to Taxco on a Saturday morning and leave Sunday afternoon, and it was honestly plenty of time. You could head out from Mexico City on a Friday night instead if you want to, but 24 hours is all you really need to see it all.

We spent only one night in Taxco, but we loved our stay at Hostel Casa Taxco. It was just steps from the main square and super clean and quiet. Definitely recommended!

If you book somewhere else, just make sure you’re as close to the main square (Zocalo) as possible. That’s where all the best food and bars are, and the city is built on a mountainside so if you stray too far you’re going to be stuck walking uphill a lot.

My tip: Prices can get kind of high for accommodation in the small town, so try to book in advance if you can. We paid $35 for a private room w/ a shared bathroom and it was the cheapest option available in the city because it was only a day or two before we went.

 

 

Where to Eat and Drink in Taxco

Eating and drinking in Taxco is great because the food is amazing, the views are stunning, and the prices are SO CHEAP. Maybe it’s just because we came from Playa del Carmen and Mexico City, but the prices in Taxco are insanely low. We came in about 800 pesos under budget despite eating and drinking whatever we wanted, and almost every meal we had was under 100 pesos each. Here are some of my recommendations for good eats and good views!

 

Awesome Restaurants in Taxco

Rosa Mexicano || Breakfast: We woke up on Sunday morning and headed straight for breakfast at Rosa Mexicano. The view is beautiful from their terrace and the food was great and priced well. We had the waffle with chocolate sauce for 69 pesos, and the chilaquiles meal with orange juice and coffee for 129 pesos.

Just two things to keep in mind: the terrace isn’t open for seating until 9:30am but if you get there beforehand (like we did) you can sit right by the open doors and still get a view. Also, they put bread on our table when we sat down and then charged us for it…. pretty lame! Watch out for that, but otherwise enjoy the food, prices, and views from Rosa Mexicano.

 

 

Del Angel Inn || Lunch: When we arrived in Taxco on Saturday our first stop was a late lunch at Del Angel Inn. The terrace was just steps from our hostel and the main square, so it was an easy choice. Although the food wasn’t the best we had in the city, the view was awesome (are you sensing a trend here) and the service was really great. They even had a live mariachi band.

We got the chicken fajitas for 170 pesos (Daniel loved them, I thought they were just ok) and the ravioli for 99 pesos. Each meal also came with bread, butter, chips, and salsa which definitely got the meal off on the right foot. I saw some groups splitting giant pitchers of margs and starting their day drinking early, and they definitely had the right idea. If we had been in the mood, this is the place I would pick for some drinks in the sun.

 

 

S Caffecito || Lunch: Another great restaurant that we tried on Sunday was S CaffecitoThis place is a bit up off the main square and was built into a restored home. The tables surround the open courtyard with trees and greenery, and book shelves line the walls.

The food is an Italian/Mexican fusion, and just like everything else in Taxco, super cheap. We got the mole lasagna, Caprese salad with crostini, and two fruit drinks for 200 pesos with the tip. We also tried to get the cheesecake but they we’re out! Noooooo.

 

La Bambina Casa Roja || Dinner: The best chicken wings! Hot, crispy, flavorful goodness for only 80 pesos. It’s just off the main square and the lively bar make this restaurant a great place to start the night with food and a few drinks.

 

Tia Calla || Anytime: So, Taxco is famous for a soup dish called pozole, and Tia Calla is the place to get it when you’re there. Even our hostel owner recommended it for a cheap and delicious meal. It’s right on the main square, and one of the most popular places to eat in the city.

 

Great Bars in Taxco

Yolotol Tap Room: Yep, even teeny tiny Taxco has a brewery! If you’re looking for craft beer made right in town, this is the place. The owner speaks English and will be happy to tell you about his different taps. Definitely a great place to start or end your night.

 

Terrazza 360: Straight from the recommendation of a local and onto my to-do list. Our waiter at Del Angel Inn grew up in Taxco and told us it was one of his favorites, so we visited for iced coffee and a few afternoon beers. Coronas are only 25 pesos, and cocktails range from 40 to 80 pesos each. Of course, the main reason why you need to hit this up is for the absolutely amazingggg views of Taxco while you get buzzed!

 

 

Bar Berta: This is also in the main square of Taxco. The vibe is kind of like a mountain lodge but it definitely works. Bar Berta also has a second level with a balcony and beautiful views of the church.

 

La Bambina Casa Roja: Love this little place. We got amazing wings here and the drink prices were super cheap. Pretty much everyone here was ordering huge 5 liter jugs of beer to split with the table, so it’s a great place to go with a group of friends. It’s also right off the main square, which makes it a super convenient place to stop for dinner or beers. Did I mention the wings? I had been craving them for awhile and these ones totally hit the spot.

 

Things to Do in Taxco

The number one best thing to do in Taxco is relax and enjoy the view of the picturesque town (it seriously felt like stepping into Europe). We arrived on Saturday at 1pm and spent the afternoon eating a late lunch, getting coffee, and terrace hopping for a few beers. However if you want more, here’s pretty much everything else there is to do in this sleepy tourist town.

 

Shop for Silver

Taxco was founded by Hernan Cortes himself in 1529, and was built around the abundant silver mines in the mountain. It became famous for it’s jewelry and silver products and is still known for them today. There are dozens of shops all around the main square and winding cobblestone streets selling silver jewelry.

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t have any interest in the products so we didn’t shop around and I can’t tell you how the selection was. When I was researching our trip though I read that you need to be careful not to be ripped off, and make sure you always ask if it’s real silver from the area.

 

Check out the View from Cristo Rey

You’re not in Latin America is there’s not a giant Jesus statue staring down at you, and Taxco stays true to form with their own Cristo Rey above the city. We went for sunset to check out the view and it was amazing. Watching all the lights come on was magical… it’s the perfect place to enjoy my favorite time of day when everyone’s gearing up for the evening, when the night hasn’t started yet and it’s just so full of potential.

To get there, wave down any taxi and ask him to take you to Cristo Rey, the cost should be around 40 to 50 pesos. Afterwards, there may be some drivers at the top who can take you down, but if they’re all waiting for other groups, ask them to call a friend. One offered to for us, and a taxi appeared to take us down in five minutes.

 

 

Take the Teleferico

Outside of shopping, eating, drinking, and views, there’s honestly nothing else to do in Taxco. If the Cristo Rey wasn’t enough, you can also take the teleferico (cable car) up to a viewpoint for some more stunning vistas. This one is a bit out of the way outside the city, and costs 90 pesos round trip. Personally, we just stuck with Cristo Rey because it was closer and easier to get to, but if you want to see the city from afar, climbing up the mountain instead of looking down on it, consider adding this to your Taxco to-do list.

 

Visit the Pozas Azules

The Pozas Azules are only five miles from Taxco, which sounds great, right? Wrong. Because of the winding mountain roads, unfortunately it still takes 40 minutes by collectivo to get to them. HOWEVER, they’re so unique and beautiful that you definitely should not miss them while you’re in Taxco.

 

swimming in the Pozas Azules

 

These natural pools are in a forest with green trees, dappled light, and the most stunning clear blue waters. They cost 30 pesos to enter and there’s about five different swimming holes with waterfalls flowing into them, jumping platforms, and hanging vines. The water was cold and refreshing, and the vibe was nice (if a bit crowded) on a Sunday afternoon. There’s also plenty of food stalls to get snack, a cheap meal, or a few beers to enjoy!

Read more about how to get to the Pozas Azules

 

The Complete Guide to Visiting Taxco

Have you been considering Taxco as a weekend trip from Mexico City? If so, I really recommend it. It’s been one of my favorite getaways during our entire eight week stay in Mexico, because it’s just so different from what I thought this country was like!

Awesome views, good food, and relaxing vibes await in Taxco, and you definitely shouldn’t miss it.

All my love,
Di

PS Just click here to plan the rest of your trip to Mexico with my handy guides 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Izta-Popo National Park: A One Day Volcano Hike in Mexico City

If you want to hike in Mexico City, Izta-Popo National Park is one of the absolute best options. Daniel and went on a day trip from Mexico City, and it was so easy to get to. Add some fresh air on a hike in Mexico City to your itinerary with this guide to hiking Izta-Popo National Park!

 

 

The Stats: Izta-Popo Hike in Mexico City

Distance from Mexico City: 1.5 hours by bus

Hike Time: 6 – 8 hours

Hiking Distance: 20k / 12.4 miles

Altitude: Start at 11,105 ft and climb to 13,047 ft

 

 

Total Cost

I was going to say this is super cheap hike in Mexico City, but after adding up the expenses I’m kind of surprised. Almost all of our costs were spent on transportation.

We spent 120 pesos round trip on the Uber ride to and from the bus station, 70 pesos each for the round trip bus tickets from Mexico City to Amecameca, 400 pesos round trip for the taxis to and from Paso de Cortez (250 on the way up, and 150 on the way down) and 35 pesos each to enter the National Park. We packed our own food and water for a picnic lunch.

In total, the price for the Izta-Popo National Park hike in Mexico City was 730 pesos for two people ($39 usd). If you have a car, though, you can cut costs almost to zero.

 

 

Getting There

Getting to Izta-Popo National Park from Mexico City is really easy. First, take a taxi, uber, or metro to the TAPO bus station. From here, look for the “Volcanes” bus line sign. It’s easy to spot, and once you do just walk through the room to their ticket station.

We paid 35 pesos each for our ticket, and hopped on the next bus to Amecameca. They leave multiple times an hour, so don’t worry about scheduling.

Try to go as early as you can. There’s a couple reasons I recommend this. First, the ride out only took an hour because there was zero traffic, which was nice because it took about 1.5 hours on the way back to Mexico City.

Also, we were on the 6:40 am bus so we got to see a beautiful sunrise over the mountains as we drove… definitely makes the ride more enjoyable!

Finally, we had super clear skies and amazing views all morning. Then, just like everywhere else in Mexico City, the smog and haze rolled in and majorly obstructed Popo Volcano. Clouds usually gather in the afternoons to hide the peak of Izta too, and she was almost completely out of sight by noon.

Because these two volcanos are the main attractions of Izta-Popo National Park, there’s really no point in planning this as an afternoon trip. If you can’t go early, it’s probably not worth visiting unfortunately. But if you can…. do it! The views are really unforgettable on a clear and crisp morning.

 

 

What to Pack

Definitely DO NOT forget sunscreen! At this high altitude it’s easy to get burned, as Daniel and I unfortunately found out. Also, there’s nowhere to get food and water after Paso de Cortez, (except possibly a small market stall at La Joya) so pack lots of snacks and two bottles of water per person.

Finally, layer up. I started in a fleece jacket, then switched to a light cardigan, and finally completed the hike in just a t-shirt. Temperatures change quickly in the shade and sun on mountains, so be prepared with warm and cool clothes.

 

 

Where to Hike

Once you arrive in Amecameca, turn left out of the bus station and walk down the street to the main square. Here you’ll see a line of taxis, and you can grab the first one.

Negotiate with the driver on a price to Paso de Cortez, the entrance to Izta-Popo National Park. It’s about 30 minutes away from Amecameca, so expect to pay between 150 to 300 pesos. We paid 250 for our ride up.

As you leave the town and start to climb in the mountains, the air gets colder and the landscape changes from houses and businesses to forested roads and mountain views.

Once you arrive at Paso de Cortez you can buy your entrance band at the small park office and start your hike.

 

 

Paso de Cortez Round Trip – 12.5 Miles

You really have two different options for the Izta-Popo hike in Mexico City, depending on how much you want to trek. We did the Paso de Cortez roundtrip hike, and it was long.

It’s mostly on a dirt road, and some cars will pass from time to time. The hike is 6.2 miles from Paso de Cortez to La Joya.  During the hike we had the road almost to ourselves most of the time, watched Popo Volcano erupt (twice!), and had beautiful views of Izta Volcano.

The signs pointing to La Joya are very obvious and easy to follow. There were also side trails to a secluded rest station with picnic tables where we stopped for an early lunch, and others that leave the main road and branch into the prairies on the mountainsides.

We left Paso de Cortez around 8:45am and reached La Joya at 11:15 (with lots of breaks, picture stops, and lunch in between). The whole hike so far had been easy, flat, or just gradually uphill. Once you get to La Joya, that changes.

 

 

At La Joya there is a parking lot where a lot of people opt to start their trek instead. This is where you can finally step foot on the Izta Volcano. The main trail veers upwards, and it’s a steep climb. It does even out eventually, but the high altitude and uphill battle mean it’s definitely not easy. We only climbed on Izta for about short amount of time.

After abut 15 minutes, we saw a small path that left the main one and went right. We climbed it and emerged on the ridge to the most amazing views of Izta behind us, Popo to the left, and the sweeping valley and city laid out to our right. Seriously amazing photo op.

From there, we decided to turn around because we still had a LONG way back to Paso de Cortez. We started the trek down, walked past La Joya, and continued the 6.2 miles back to Paso de Cortez.

With two miles left (we had walked 11.5 in total at this point) a taxi driver passed us. He was headed back to Amecameca from dropping a passenger at La Joya, and we happily flagged him down. It was only 150 pesos to get us back to Paso de Cortez and then all the way down to Amecameca bus station.

If a taxi doesn’t pass you (I wouldn’t count on the good luck) you can wait at Paso de Cortez for one. They come to drop of tourists fairly often and it shouldn’t be a problem finding one for the way back.

 

 

La Joya to Paso de Cortez One Way – 7 Miles

After our experience, I had another idea for a great way to see the Izta-Popo National Park hike in Mexico City. This option gives you a chance to see the awesome landscape without having to hike all 12.5 miles of Paso de Cortez to La Joya and back.

If you want to cut your hike to 7 miles, have your taxi driver take you from Amecameca all the way to La Joya. You can start your hike here and climb up Izta for a bit, and then turn around and hike down to Paso de Cortez. You’ll see all the gorgeous views we did, without having to back track or repeat upon yourself.

The total trek distance would be a mile or two up and down Izta from La Joya, and then 6.2 miles from La Joya to Paso de Cortez. Definitely a good option to consider!

 

 

Hiking Izta-Popo National Park in Mexico City

A trek in Izta-Popo National Park is a great one day hike in Mexico City. It’s easy to access, the trails are extremely well maintained, and the views are truly stunning. You can hike on Izta Volcano herself, and watch Popo erupt multiple times from afar. You can even bring some camping gear and spend a night or two here… I bet the starry nights would be beautiful.

I highly recommend a trip to Izta-Popo National Park the next time you need some fresh air and an escape from the city!

All my love,
Di

PS want to challenge yourself to reach the peak of Izta Volcano? Check out this guide on Summit Post to learn more about the permits, timing, and where to sleep in the park.

 

 

 

 

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