A Photo Blog of 3 Mexican Cities: Guadalajara, Mexico City & Oaxaca

In Mexico we visited three of the most important cultural / historical centers – Guadalajara, Mexico City & Oaxaca. And we saw everything from Mariachis, to street Shamans, to a shipwreck in the middle of Mexico City. We hope this photo blog gives you a taste of these 3 incredible Mexican cities!

Bubbles in Guadalajara (in park near Zocalo & Cathedral)

Bubbles in Guadalajara (in park near Zocalo & Cathedral)

Mariachis outside Guadalajara

Mariachis outside Guadalajara

In Mexico, the Zocalos are where are all the action is during the day –street vendors, musicians, tourists and locals alike all flock to these town centers. They are filled with so much history and beauty, and they are great places to sit for a while and enjoy a snack / people watch.
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There are two important things everyone should know about Guadalajara (the capital of the state of Jalisco). First, it is capital of the Tequila state and second, it is the capital of mariachi. Our last night we spent in a small town called Cocula, just outside Guadalajara which claims to be the birth place of mariachi. The “lonely Planet” ensured us that mariachis would be playing at the town plaza that night. The concert started earlier by the group of Mexicans at the next table that demonstrated a great love to the mariachi and a strong tequila drinking skills. The real music started at 8pm which we were lucky to enjoy for a few hours.

4 Electricians in Mexico City

4 Electricians in Mexico City

Street Vendors at Zocalo in Mexico City

Street Vendors at Zocalo in Mexico City

Everything is a bit different in Mexico, including the way they get their work done. And everything will be finished in just ¨un momento,¨ which means somewhere between 1 minute and a few hours! This scene was pretty funny as we watched one electrician working and three watching by his side – they´ve actually invented a way to chill and work at the same time!
The first thing we saw in Mexico City center was different kinds of vendors. They were selling everything from souvenirs to wrist bands. Their market places are organized on the asphalt of the main square and it is hard to pass them not being indentified as a “gringo” that immediately makes you a potential buyer.

Medicine Man at Zocalo in Mexico City

Medicine Man at Zocalo in Mexico City

The fast food version of Tribal Medicine! (Zocalo in Mexico City)

The fast food of Tribal Medicine!

I like to call this the McDonalds version of tribal medicine. These pseudo shamans congregate in the town center with herbs and other charms that they claim will cure whatever ails you. And the best part is it only takes a couple dollars and less than 5 minutes of your time!
Not for the “gringos” were shamans who as all others offered their services in the very city center.

Street Alley in Centro Historico (Mexico City)

Street Alley in Centro Historico (Mexico City)

Street Vendors in Centro Historico (Mexico City)

Street Vendors in Centro Historico (Mexico City)

Even among the dirt and grime of the biggest city in the world, you can still find a simple aesthetic beauty.
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Walking down the historical center we discovered that it turned into even a bigger market place. This is the typical part of the market that reminds me of a picture quiz I used to as a child. So find the following on the picture: CDs, tacos, jackets, 3 boxers for 50 pesos, underwear, jackets for 100 pesos, 5 plastic chairs, sport pàns, all for 50, cafeteria, jeans, 5 folding beds… found more?

Marketplace in Mexico City (by Jardin De Arte)

Marketplace in Mexico City (by Jardin De Arte)

Marketplace in Mexico City (by Jardin De Arte)

Marketplace in Mexico City (by Jardin De Arte)

The market places in Mexico City are a must see! Filled with every type and color of food to eat on-site or take back home – from salsas, to rellenos, to barbocoas, pozoles & everything you could ever imagine. And of course they have your standard tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas.
Just next to our hotel in Mexico City we found a fruit paradise! All kinds of fruit were there: bananas, papayas, melons, watermelons, strawberries, pomegranates, peaches, mangoes, cacti…. Everything in different variations: cleaned, cut, grained, in juices, dried… mmm

Shipwreck in Mexico City Lake

Shipwreck in Mexico City Lake

Jardin De Arte, Mexico City

Jardin De Arte, Mexico City

In the center of Mexico City, there is an enormous park, Chapultepec, which is similar to Central Park in New York City. Chapultepec Park has everything from an amusement park, to a zoo, to a large central lake with ducks and paddle boats for hire. For the most part, it was peaceful, but this group managed to create their own scene by capsizing and almost sinking their boat along the dock.
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Jardin de arte appeared to be much more popular among Young generation then adults. The installations were carefully discovered by kids. They were measuring different parts of installations in their own child’s way; putting different parts of their bodies inside, on and underneath the constructions. And that definitely made them very happy. As an adult I viewed the installation more as a sitting device – a crazy modification of the park bench that definitely makes the park worth visiting.

Vasilisa at Teotihuacan

Vasilisa at Teotihuacan

Joshua climbing the stairs at Teotihuacan

Joshua climbing the stairs at Teotihuacan

Vasilisa at Teotihuacan

Vasilisa at Teotihuacan

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Vasilisa at top of the Pyramid of the Sun (Teotihuacan)

Vasilisa at top of the Pyramid of the Sun (Teotihuacan)

Teotihuacan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which means it has to have some history & culture to it. And climbing up the pyramids is quite a rush. My only complaint is that the vendors inside the site are a bit to pushy, and on top of it they sell these bird / lion whistles which all the kids buy (and continually use), which sort of ruins the spiritual atmosphere.
This is from my point of view what you´re supposed to do at the top of the pyramid. Don´t you know? You have to find the very center and raise your arms up to the sky to get the universal energy. This is a must do on every pyramid.

Vasilia at Monte Alban

Vasilia at Monte Alban

Joshua at Monte Alban

Joshua at Monte Alban

Monte Alban was similar to Teotihuacan, but much less crowded, peaceful, and without all the vendors and kids piping on their bird / lion whistles. The surrounding scenery and green grass-filled centers are beautiful, and the air at the top smells so fresh. This is an experience that should not be missed!
Joshua found his own way to gather the universal energy by stretching his but up to the sky :).

Moles at Mercado Benito Juarez in Oaxaca

Moles at Mercado Benito Juarez in Oaxaca

Joshua's getting ready to devour his favorite Mexican snack (Oaxaca)

Joshua’s getting ready to devour his favorite Mexican snack (Oaxaca)

To me, Oaxaca was all about the food & the moles, and everything else was just gravy (or is it the other way around?). I tried the green mole, the black mole, the red mole, the yellow mole, chapulines (fried grasshopper) and everything else I could find. The fried grasshoppers are actually pretty good –sort of sweet –and they give you a rush as they go down!
Oaxaca was a paradise for Josh. He was extremely exited to try Oaxaca’s famous moles, grasshoppers, chocolates and other foods. Still all that didn´t make him happy enough until his favorite Mexican snack: corn: fried corn, corn and butter, corn and mayonnaise, corn and cheese, corn and chili. He tried corn with all different toppings cooked in all possible ways.

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This article has 3 comments so far!

  1. Julie says —

    Great Pictures – Keep blogging. I love reading both of your adventures….Love you,
    Mom

  2. Aunt Sara says —

    Sounds as if you are having a great time. Keep posting. Be careful of the street food unless there’s a bathroom near by!!!!!!!

  3. Danny says —

    Hi Vaz,
    Great photos, great blog!
    Greetz from Holland

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