Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Mexico City

Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:02am EST
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore Mexico City? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most from a short visit in the Mexican capital.


4 p.m. - Head straight for the huge Zocalo square in the Centro Historico, Mexico City's spiritual and historic heart. It's dominated by a giant Mexican flag and the Metropolitan Cathedral, which is slowly sinking into the ground through subsidence. You'll see dancers in feathered headdresses stamping their shell-adorned feet to Aztec drum rhythms.

Pop into the Palacio Nacional and be wowed by dramatic larger-than-life murals by Diego Rivera depicting scenes from Mexico's history. If you're feeling brave, get lost in the labyrinth of streets behind the Cathedral.

6 p.m. - Feeling thirsty? Stop for tequila and guacamole in La Opera Bar (Ave Cinco de Mayo 10), an ornate early 20th century watering hole with velvet-cushioned wooden booths and a bullet hole in the ceiling left by revolutionary Pancho Villa.

8 p.m. - Now for something completely different. Grab a taxi to the nearby Arena Mexico (Dr Rio de la Loza) to see Mexico's famed masked wrestlers. Get a ringside seat for a good view of the outrageous costumes and raucous action. Get a beer in a paper cup and yell out politically incorrect insults along with everyone else. You can buy your own mask outside for a few dollars.

10 p.m. - You'll be starving by now, so whiz back to the Zocalo and head to La Casa de las Sirenas (Guatemala, 32, till 11 p.m.), a beautiful colonial house with a rooftop terrace that overlooks the Cathedral. The sopa de cilantro (cream of coriander soup) is mouthwateringly good, as are the various mole sauces. And they serve nearly 150 types of tequila.

12 p.m. - In the unlikely event you are still standing, get down to Mama Rumba's (Queretaro 230) where the sizzling Cuban band will be starting and the salsa-dancing hotting up.

SATURDAY   Continued...

<p>An art installation representing a skeleton is seen at an altar assembled by artists for Day of the Dead celebrations at Zocalo's square in Mexico City October 29, 2010. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte</p>