The Art of the Stroll: Coyoacan Edition!
Mexico City is having a moment. Sure, the sunny Central American country has been luring tourists for ages with its sandy beaches and all-inclusive resorts. But for travelers seeking mind-blowing food, amazing art and architecture, history and religion, adventure-packed excursions and exciting nightlife, you are spoiled for choice in this colorful capital! Street life is buzzy and fun and there is something new and different happening around every corner. When deciding where to base myself this past February, a few neighborhoods sounded like a good fit. But Coyoacan caught my attention.
Some of the world’s greatest cities demand to be explored on foot. Think London, Paris, Rome — and, yes, Mexico City! An accidental explorer, I relish immersing myself in the places I visit. And, in many cases, there is no better way to accomplish this than by walking. Sure, traveling by car is, at times, absolutely mandatory. But, in my opinion, the best way to authentically experience a new city is to explore it neighborhood by neighborhood, step by step. Stay in the car and you risk missing out on what makes the city special.
For me, the key to any successful trip is traveling deliberately and with purpose. This goes double when taking on a city by foot. Make a plan! To help you decide on your next destination, grab a pen and paper and write down the answers to these questions:
1. Why do I want to visit this country/city/town?
2. What do I want to accomplish during my visit?
3. How many days or weeks will I need to accomplish my goals?
4. What is my all-in budget, including travel insurance?
Being realistic about your goals and your budget is absolutely critical. If you can’t answer these basic questions, there’s a good chance your trip will be a crushing disappointment (and, quite possibly, a financial nightmare). Successfully completing these questions will help you answer the Bigger Question: Which city/town/neighborhood should I base myself?
To help you narrow down your options, literally take out a map and begin circling all the sites within the city or region you want to visit. Notice the distance between your markings. Are a lot of your circles close together? If so, this might be a terrific indicator of the neighborhood that will be most suitable for you. Next, prioritize what’s important to you (food, safety, culture, shopping, nightlife, outdoor spaces and access to public transportation).
These are precisely the steps I took when planning my most recent trip to Mexico City in February.
Besides cozy cafes and foodie markets, one of the things I look for when searching for the perfect travel base is green space.
And a stroll around Coyoacan is as delicious as it is delightful!
Travel happy, y’all! x Sandy