Holiday trip to Mexico 2013
Collected by Greg Sullivan, AFAR Founder
I ended 2013 with a wonderful 9 day trip to Mexico City and Nayarit/Jalisco. Three days in bustling Mexico City went by far too quickly, but whet my appetite to return at least a couple of times in 2014. I relaxed in the laid back beachside town of Sayulita for three days. And then we drove to El Carmen and Tequila - about an hour west of Guadalajara, to capture some of the charm of Jalisco.
Av. Pdte. Masaryk 390, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City has no dearth of luxurious boutique hotels, but Las Alcobas is a special option. Designed by famed firm Yabu Pushelberg, the hotel is full of gorgeous details, from hand-stitched leather wall coverings to a spiral staircase that surges...
Anatole France 100, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Never underestimate the power of shocking pink. The intimate but lively dining room at Dulce Patria—the smash hit by celebrity chef Martha Ortiz—feels not unlike a stage set. Soon after 2 p.m., it starts to fill with high-powered...
Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The cobalt-blue-and-brick-red residence where now-legendary Mexican visual artist Frida Kahlo grew up—and at times lived with husband Diego Rivera—is one of the city’s most consistently packed attractions; buying tickets in...
San Ángel Inn, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This used to be a hacienda, but it was turned into a restaurant almost 50 years ago. The food is phenomenal and the margaritas are famous—in fact, they’re my favorite thing on the menu. There is always a band or a pianist playing. 50 Diego Rivera...
Bahia del Espiritu santo 21 Local 2, Anáhuac I Secc., Anáhuac I Secc, 11320 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
There are multiple outposts of the popular pozoleria La Casa de Toño all over Mexico City, but only a few of them are open 24 hours, including this one in the Zona Rosa neighborhood. Whether you've worked up an appetite dancing or need to soak up...
55800 San Juan Teotihuacán, State of Mexico, Mexico
While it's not in Mexico City proper, the sacred pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan is close enough–about 30 miles– for an easy day trip if you're interested in architecture, archaeology, and indigenous history. The site's primary...
General Aguirre 183, Centro, San Sebastián del Oeste Centro, 46990 San Sebastián del Oeste, Jal., Mexico
Walking around the delightful colonial town of San Sebastián, we asked one of the locals where we should have lunch. We were glad she pointed us to Comedor La Lupita. We had machaca tacos, chicken mole, refried beans and rice, all prepared on the...
46730 Centro, Morelos 210, Centro, 46730 Ahualulco de Mercado, Jal., Mexico
This is a beautiful historic hotel, going back to the colonial era. Although just 27 rooms, it is a surprisingly large place, with a huge spa and horseback riding. It feels like a step back in time; for better or worse. The rooms are charming in...
Carretera Estatal 604 Guadalajara-San Marcos, Gral. Lucio Blanco, 46762 Teuchitlán, Jal., Mexico
Right outside the town of Teuchitlán, Jalisco—about an hour west of Guadalajara—is one of western Mexico’s most impressive archeological sites. Discovered in 1969, Los Guachimontones includes a series of unusual conical...
Las Fuentes 5, Zona Restaurantera, 46760 Teuchitlán, Jal., Mexico
After visiting the pyramids at Los Guachimontones, we were ready to eat. Just a five minute drive through the town of Teuchitlan, and across the main road (to the left), there are several restaurants right on the small lake. We didn't know how to...
José Cuervo 73, Centro, 46400 Tequila, Jal., Mexico
Jose Cuervo dominates the central part of the town of Tequila. It has put a lot of money into its facilities to make them hospitable to visitors. They have some tours that take you through the tequila making process that are pretty interesting,...
Ramón Corona & José Cuervo, Centro, 46400 Tequila, Jal., Mexico
Cholula is a restaurant owned by Jose Cuervo - right across the street from their distillery/emporium in central Tequila. The restaurant name comes from the hot sauce sold across the US that I love - and hadn't realized was tied to Cuervo. The...
México, Centro, 46400 Tequila, Jal., Mexico
Just down the road from the main town square is this little bar that was made legendary by its owner, don Javier Delgado Corona. He created the Batanga cocktail in 1961. Its tequila blanc with coke, lime and salt. Not at all fancy, and Don Javier...
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