"Hi, I'm actually planning a trip to visit my boyfriend who is living in Mexico City for work until the end of the year during dia de muertos and wanted to get your input ... only going to be there fri-mon so trying to pack as much in as possible. The must dos. I definitely would like to take the trajineras thru the canals and see la llorona performed...I hope to find the pancake guy, too which I found thru your blog!! During this particular weekend do a lot of people walk around with their faces painted?? I'd like to do this but wasn't sure if it really was a popular thing to do. Any other tip etc would be great!! I really can't wait for this trip, so excited"
So, here's my Guide to Visiting Mexico City during Día de Muertos:
(Though admittedly it's probably not possible to fit it all in on a Friday - Monday trip)
Go to the Zócalo (Historic Downtown)
Go to Coyoacán
|Frida Kahlo's Blue House|
Go to the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
|UNAM's Central Library|
Go to Xochimilco
|trajineras in Xochimilco|
Go to the Chapultepec Castle in Chapultepec Park and the Anthropology Museum
|Voladores de Papántla outside of the Anthropology museum|
Go to the restaurant/bar Guadalajara de Noche
|show at Guadalajara de Noche|
Go see the pyramids at Teotihuacan
Technically this is outside of Mexico City, but how can you come all this way and not see some pyramids? There are some tours available that take you to the Basilica de Guadalupe and Tlalteloco on the way to Teotihuacan.
As for Day of the Dead, you can see my previous posts here.
|an altar at UNAM's Megaofrenda|
As for face painting, I've seen it in Maltrata more or less trick-or-treating style and I've seen some people dress up and/or paint their faces at the Megaofrenda at the UNAM, but other than that haven't really seen anybody paint their faces for Day of the Dead.
Have a fantastic visit!!