Mexico City & Ixtapan de la Sal

We spent two weeks in Mexico on holiday.  We didn’t have any plans for travelling around the country as the main goals were to participate in certain social occasions: we attended a wedding, birthdays, the Mexican Independence Bicentennial and even the birth of my niece.  Even so, we managed to slip away for a couple of nights to Ixtapan de la Sal, a small spa town not far away from Mexico City.

Route AMS-MEX
Helsinki-Amsterdam-Mexico City
Tacos al pastor & tacos de bistec
Excellent welcome: Tacos al pastor & tacos de bistec
Mole de olla!
Mom's best: Mole de olla
Rubik art
Piñata aftermath or Rubik art
Esquites
Esquites: boiled corn grains with cream, mayonnaise, cheese, lime juice and lots of chilli powder
Autumn in Mexico
You might not believe it, but the 4 seasons also manifest themselves in Mexico.
Chile en Nogada
Chile en Nogada is only available around Mexican Independence Day and consists of a Poblano chilli stuffed with prepared ground meat in a nut sauce and obviously adorned with Mexican colours.
Ángel de la Independencia / Angel of Independence
Ángel de la Independencia / Angel of Independence
Ecobici
Bycicles for rent in Reforma.
Ixtapan de la Sal main square
Ixtapan de la Sal main square
Hotel Ixtapan
Hotel Ixtapan
Ardilla / Squirrel / Orava
Ardilla / Squirrel / Orava
Salseras
A restaurant in Mexico will live or die by its availability of good sauces, so they are presented like this.
Mexico City landscape
Mexico City air quality is not as bad as it used to be in the beginning of the 90's. It also helped that late summer is the rainy season.
Virgen de Guadalupe
Paying our respects at the Virgin of Guadalupe main shrine. A manifestation of the Virgin Mary, it is said that maybe not all Mexicans are Catholics but all are Guadalupanos.
Antigua Basílica de Guadalupe
According to legend, the Virgin appeared to an Indian atop a mountain almost 500 years ago, and there they built her shrine.
Playing golf in Chiluca
A little bit of golf doesn't hurt.
Tostada de pata, tamal de rajas & tamal oaxaqueño
Tostada de pata, tamal de rajas & tamal oaxaqueño at the Mexican Independence Day bicentennial dinner
Coyoacán
Streets of Coyoacán, in the southern part of the city.
Coyotes de Coyoacán
Coyoacán means "place where coyotes roam"
Vista desde las Torres de Satélite
Vista desde las Torres de Satélite

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