Mixing with mariachis in Mexico City and travelling sustainably in San Miguel de Allende
The first country Lara and Terry ever visited, Mexico inspired the couple's love for travel and their desire to explore the world. A brilliant budget destination and a great place to settle in for a while, Mexico was also chosen as the ninth country on the Grantourismo itinerary and offered the team plenty of opportunities to dig deeper into its fascinating local culture. Lara and Terry's visit started in Mexico City, the capital and largest city in Mexico, and ended in San Miguel de Allende, a small charming town located in the eastern part of Guanajuato. Read all Lara and Terry's posts on their trip to Mexico
Overwhelming and vibrant, Mexico City is a unique destination and a great place to experience true Latin American culture and food. After checking into this elegant penthouse apartment
, Lara and Terry headed to the Zócalo
, the modern city’s main square since 1813 and its pulsating heart. With something unexpected always happening there, the square's pull is so magnetic that people find themselves returning again and again to soak up the action. It was on the Zócalo that Lara and Terry met Fernando Revilla on their first trip to Mexico City, so when they returned to the city for Grantourismo, Fernando was the first person the couple looked up and he quickly became their Local Knowledge contact
In a quest to explore the city's vibrant nightlife, Lara and Terry were also keen to spend a night on Plaza Garibaldi
, the home of mariachi music. The couple found the place buzzing with activity, so they joined the party and enjoyed the music, food and drink. However, Mexico City is also reputed for its popular art that has a special place in Mexican culture and identity. Even though Lara and Terry are generally avoiding museums on this trip, they are nevertheless visiting those that offer real insight into the culture of a place, such as the Mexico City’s Museum of Popular Art
and Frida and Diego’s museums
Mexico City is also a great culinary destination, so during their stay the Grantourismo team ate at every kind of eatery, from street food stands
and casual taco joints to traditional Mexican restaurants and discovered their favourite places to eat in Mexico City
. To end their visit in style, they also took a drinking tour of the city
sampling Mexican Wine, Pulque and Mezcal. Read all Lara and Terry's posts on their trip to Mexico City
- Lara and Terry's 'HomeAway from home
' in Mexico City was an elegant penthouse apartment on the sixth floor of one of the most architecturally important buildings in the historic centre. Decorated in a fresh contemporary style, the apartment offers breathtaking views of the city and boasts four charming bedrooms, comfortably accommodating six guests. The property also features an enormous living area, a plant-filled terrace and a modern, well-equipped kitchen.
The property is available to rent on HomeAway.co.uk (Property 126586). Read Lara and Terry's full review of the property
San Miguel de Allende
Even though Lara and Terry had plenty of memories from their previous visits to Mexico, it was their first time in San Miguel de Allende. A picturesque historic town founded in 1542, San Miguel de Allende has become an arty haven for North American expats, so our Grantourismo team were curious to see if the place still had any remnants left of the original local charm that formed its appeal; they wanted to see if it was possible to live in a place with so many foreigners and still find the ‘real’ Mexico there.
To get their bearings in this charming and characterful place, Lara and Terry had a quick chat with Giovanna Canela Miranda
, a young Mexican woman born and bred in San Miguel de Allende and owner of a hip store in the town centre. Specialising in cool and quirky products, everything in Giovanna's shop is 'made in Mexico' by Mexicans, which meant that Lara and Terry had the opportunity to buy local and thus travel more sustainably
In search of more local activities, Lara also decided to get a taste of the silver making classes offered by Jose Antonio Lopez
, the son of master silver maker Enrique Lopez Larrea, a professor of silver-smithing at the Instituto Allende for almost 50 years. The couple also went along to soak up the atmosphere at a classic Sunday afternoon corrida
, and later on during their stay Terence learned how to prepare home-cooked food at the Marilau Traditional Mexican Cooking School
. Read all Lara and Terry's posts on their trip to San Miguel de Allende
- Lara and Terry's 'HomeAway from home
' in San Miguel de Allende was a colourful one-bedroom 'casita' reflecting the exuberance of rich colours freely combined in the unique Mexican way. The property has been converted from a wing of an antique colonial home in the historical centre of San Miguel. The main room with gas fireplace combines the living/dining area and the kitchen with a full sized fridge and stove. Sun shines in through skylights and two glass paneled double doors open out to your own private patio, the perfect place to enjoy meals alfresco. The bright sun filled bedroom with queen size bed has skylights for star gazing and a window facing the courtyard's fountain and flowers.
The property is available to rent on VRBO.com (Property 181896).
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