|Subject: Mexico City|
If I understand you correctly you'll have two days in Mexico City
with one of these two days involving a visit to TeotihuacĚn. This is
generally the premiere sight visited in the Mexico City area and deservedly
so. The visit to TeotihuacĚn will involve most of a day. You should also be
able to do at least one other sight that day which doesn't involve as much
time. I would suggest the Centro Hist█rico around the Z█calo, the second
largest public plaza in the world (the Red Square in Moscow being larger).
This is the center of the city and includes the National Palace housing
Diego Rivera's wonderful mural depicting the history of Mexico, the enormous
Catedral Metropolitan, and the ruins of the Templo Mayor, the Great Temple
of TenochtitlĚn which was the center of the Aztec Empire. Destroyed during
the Conquest and subsequently built over by the Spaniards it was
rediscovered during construction of the city's subway.
If you happen to be in the Z█calo in the late afternoon you might witness the trooping of the colors, the ceremonial lowering and folding of the immense national flag that flys in the center of the plaza. Due to its great volume it takes upwards of twenty soldiers to execute this logistic puzzle. All the while a military band plays the national anthem and keeps rhythym. The best vantage to observe this is from the rooftop restaurant at the Hotel Majestic on the corner of Av. Francisco Madero and Av. 5 de Febrero on the west side of the Z█calo.
Afterwards you can stroll up and down the four streets (Calle Tacuba, Av. 5 de Mayo, Av. Francisco Madero, &Av. 16 de Septiembre) that run between the Z█calo and the Alameda Park. In addition to window shopping you might take the opportunity to visit the House of Tiles dating from 1596, the Palacio de Iturbide an 18th century mansion belonging to August╠n I self-proclaimed Emperor of Mexico, stop in at the Dulcer╠a Celaya for a visit to one of the premier candy shops in the city (try anything with coconut), or enjoy a meal at the Caf╚ Tacuba. Finally, you could continue up Av. 5 de Mayo past the Palacio de Bellas Artes (try to get in to look at the fabulous lobby and murals by Rivera, Siquieros, and Orozco on the mezzanine walls). After passing the Palacio de Bellas Artes you enter La Alameda Park. This park is nice in its own right but is definitely enlivened by the various activities of the vendors, food stalls, and promenaders. Additionally you can visit the Museo de la Alameda which contains another mural of Rivera's. This work called Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park is one of my favorites by Rivera and you could easily spend a couple of hours gazing at the myriad different characters marching past you.
Hope these help. John Rule San Diego, CA