This fall, we will continue our month-at-a-time travel adventures, on a three-month visit to Mexico. Famous for its full-bodied culture, fascinating history, and friendly population, Mexico will be our first international month-at-a-time experience. To sample a variety of Mexico’s allures, we will start in its massive capital of Mexico City, move on to colonial Guanajuato, and finish in picturesque Pátzcuaro in the state of Michoacán.
For most of this trip, I will be traveling solo. Unfortunately, Lizzie, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is nearly 14 years old, and too frail and needy to travel. Esther has graciously agreed to stay home with her, but will meet up with me at each of our three destinations.
There is no better introduction to Mexico than dynamic Mexico City, the oldest capital in the Americas. In 1325, wandering Aztecs were inspired to build their city here, on an island in the middle of a large shallow lake. Almost seven centuries later, it has expanded to over 20 million inhabitants, becoming one of the world’s great cities.
In modern downtown Mexico City, we have rented a small apartment on Paseo de la Reforma, the city’s grand boulevard. Situated near the U.S. Embassy and Mexican stock exchange, our convenient location should be an ideal base for exploring the city, its many museums, and abundant taco stands.
For our second month, we will travel by bus into Mexico’s colonial heartland and step off in the lively town of Guanajuato. Built with the riches dug out of its prolific silver mines, Guanajuato blankets a steep-sided valley like a brightly colored serape. Located near the country’s geographical center, this area is also considered the cradle of Mexican independence.
We will be living in a rental apartment on one of Guanajuato’s many labyrinthine pedestrian alleys. During the month, we hope to solve the maze of Guanajuato’s streets, rock the cradle of the region’s history, and enroll in some needed Spanish language classes. Our visit to Guanajuato also coincides with the International Cervantino Festival, one of the most important artistic and cultural events in Latin America.
To witness another essential Mexican event, we will spend our third month in the state of Michoacán, where Mexico holds its most lavish Day of the Dead celebrations. In addition to its festivals, Michoacán is also known for its strong indigenous Purépecha culture, high-quality handmade craft markets, and ever-present orchards of bountiful avocado trees.
While in Michoacán, we will take up residence in the bucolic lakeside town of Pátzcuaro. From there, we hope to visit nearby Purépecha villages, explore the area’s lush volcanic countryside, and get to know the city of Morelia, Michoacán’s Spanish colonial capital. By staying a month in pastoral Michoacán we hope to feel its festive vibe, while reveling in the relaxed rhythm of rural Mexico.
From the great metropolis of Mexico City to the colonial masterpiece of Guanajuato and Purepécha paradise of Michoacán, we expect to discover a variety of Mexico’s scenic, cultural, and historical treasures. With our laughable language skills in the world’s most populous Spanish-speaking country, we are happy to announce our next month-at-a-time travel adventure with an enthusiastic cry of ¡Viva México!
Blogger’s Note: I took the Mexico City photos this week, and the photos of Guanajuato and Michoacán during previous trips to Mexico.