Tour on the Turibus in Mexico City
The 2 Turibus routes are a great way to get a narrated overview of the city without having to wrestle traffic on your own. Just be aware--these bus rides are not for the faint of heart. If you finish the route in 3 hours or less, you are VERY lucky...
Ciudad de Mexico
fountain near Chapultepec Park
clearance through some of the highway tunnels is a little tight for the ol' Turibus
I'm sure many of you will INSIST upon riding the montana rusa ("russian mountain" aka roller coaster) as soon as you get down here for a visit
Fuente de Tlaloc (fountain designed by Diego Rivera depicting the Aztec god of rain & water)
More fountains honoring water
Yes! Even more montanas rusas (at the Fair in Chapultepec Park)
My fellow Turibus passengers
the National Auditorium
One of my early sightings of the zillions of street vendors here
Pianos, however, are sold indoors in wittily-painted stores
Interesting architecture in the Condesa neighborhood
The main streets in Condesa have a wide park down the middle of them
pretty palm tree-lined streets w/the standard bumper-to-bumper traffic
A bit hard to see w/the reflection off the glass, but you get the idea that left turns can be tricky here...
Polyforum Siquieros, near the World Trade Center; home of a variety of cultural/political/social activities
The Olympic Stadium (hosted the 1968 Games & the some World Cup games in1986. Now is part of UNAM (largest university in Latin America)
Mural on the outside of the stadium by Diego Rivera "La Universidad, la familia mexicana, la paz y la juventud deportista"
views of the mountains from the south side of the city (driving on Insurgentes Sur, the longest avenue in Mexico City & also said to be the longest in the world (18 miles north/south across the city)
Central Library at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), designed by Juan O'Gorman with stone mosaics
Another view w/the edge of the UNAM campus
A blurry shot of the coyotes after which the neighborhood Coyoacan is named. ("Coyoacan" derived appropriately from a word meaning "place where they have coyotes")
John waits with me for Round #2 of the Turibus, at the stop located in front of one of the crummy stores in our neighborhood
A big Mexican flag. Woah.
Very tropical-feel with all the palm trees
The famous "El Angel de Independencia" monument on the Paseo de la Reforma (street on which the Embassy is located, right by this monument)
Another great American export.... :P
Hmm definitely can't remember what this monument is along Paseo de la Reforma
the traffic in Mexico City is great!
This is where the Segways nap in between their tours
Our wussy Turibus driver manages to get us PASSED by the Turibus who started 15 minutes behind us. Weak.
The amazing Palacio de Bellas Artes, the premier opera house of Mexico City
It is used for classical music, opera, dance, is the home of the National Symphony, and has two museums inside
As we get downtown near the Zocalo, foot traffic increases considerably!
more amazing architecture
The Metropolitan Cathedral on the Zocalo.
Another view of the Cathedral, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere, along with a crowd milling about the Zocalo
Those ladders appear LESS than stable in my book.
Native dancers prepare to perform near the Zocalo
We drive by prep for some wedding photos, along with the puffiest dress ever