On the way back to the US, I made a 10 day stop in Mexico to spend a little more time with Tania. She did her best to show me even more of Mexico City and its surroundings. Judging by the obscene length of this post, I'd say she did a good job.
Our first stop was a visit to Santa Fe, the ritziest and boringest part of the city if you ask me. Lots of soulless office buildings and none of the local charm and walkability that makes the rest of Mexico City so great. Frankly, it looks a bit like a modern American city's downtown, just more sparse.
At the outskirts of the city there's a national park (eerily named "Desert of Lions") that features this old convent. It's a peaceful escape from the city.
Now we're back in Mexico baby, but holy bajesus were those enchiladas spicy.
The National Museum of Anthropology is fantastic, I felt like I was on Legends of the Hidden Temple.
I want all of this in my house someday.
Saw this guy on the way home.
We also visited Tepoztlan, a small touristy town that is supposedly the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec feathered serpent god.
There's a steep trail you can climb that leads to the Aztec Tepozteco pyramid, which is on a clifftop overlooking the town. It was built somewhere around 1200 C.E.
On the road to Taxco, in Tequesquitengo.
From Tepoztlan, we headed to Taxco, which you could think of as a whitewashed Guanajuato. This city used to be a major Silver extraction center by the Spanish. Today, you can't walk 10 yards in Taxco without passing a shop selling silver wears.
Like Guanjuato, the rugged terrain leads to some very narrow and steep streets. As you can see they also often lack sidewalks, making them picturesque but dangerous, and are paved with dark stones.
The town's skyline is dominated by the Santa Prisca Church. It's a Baroque building, built in 1751 by a man who became fabulously wealthy in the silver mines. Despite his wealth, the opulence of the church nearly bankrupted him.
'nother day at the office for Tania.
'nother day in the life of a gangsta.
We explored the remains of an old gold mining operation, recently discovered during a renovation of the fanciest hotel in Taxco.
Pozas Azules, just outside of Taxco. Very pretty and very cold.
On the way home we stopped at Las Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, the largest cave system in the world. Groundwater still filters down to it, so the formations are still growing today.