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dallas
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9 days in trip

hi all...we(couple and a 2 yr old) are planning a trip to mexico city from may 23rd- june 1....could someone provide some things we must do and location to visit close by for those 9 days...we plan to rent a car so taking 1-2 days trip will be possible...we have a kid so obviously nothing too taxing but would love to get a good flavor of mexico city and culture around it..thks for you help in advance..

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1. Re: 9 days in trip

Don't rent a car. I'll leave the rest to others.

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You don't want a car in a Mexico City. Cabs and the Metro are easy to use and cheaper. Avoid Metro during rush hour. Get a good guide book for the city, there is so much to see. Puebla is a two hour bus ride away and buses in Mexico best most tour buses in the US for comfort.

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A car in Mexico City would be more trouble than it's worth, even if you speak good Spanish!

A two-year-old would probably like the folk art museum http://www.map.df.gob.mx/

It has activities for kids.There also activities for children in Chapultepec park and elsewhere: papalote.org.mx/

I don't usually recommend Cuernavaca as a destination, but others like it and it also has a children's museum: http://www.papalotecuernavaca.com/

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would you all recommend buses even with 2 yr old for places few hrs away? also we were thinking about going to the following cities:

1. sam miguel de allende

2. Teotihuacan

thanks for all the info so far.

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First class buses are very comfy, so good to travel with a toddler. Local bus to Teotihuacan less so and you may prefer a tour. However the site involves a lot of walking.

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I agree with the others about not renting a car. In Mexico City it would be a huge hassle. Cabs are relatively inexpensive, and you can look out the window and pay attention to your toddler instead of trying to figure out where the heck you are going. For longer trips, like to SMA, buses are so comfortable, and you won't have to worry about parking. Do take a sweater along, though, as they really crank up the air conditioning. And be advised that most first class buses show movies of all kinds so seat your toddler next to the window if you don't want them peeking down the aisle and being exposed to a lot of movie violence!

When my kids were that age, they enjoyed just about any place where they could run around, pick up and play with gravel, dabble their hands in fountains, etc. and Mexican cities are loaded with such places. You will see many families with kids doing the same, and your toddler might enjoy interacting with some of them. Many parks have vendors selling all manner of balloons and inexpensive pull toys, and you will see a lot of little kids running around with these.

I haven't seen very many people using strollers in Mexico, so if your child is accustomed to riding in one, you may need to ask around about how to find one, unless you are bringing your own.

For Teotihuacan, bring a hat and sunscreen for your little one--- there is very little shade.

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Mexico City has a wonderful children's museum. Museo del Niño or Papalote. Not far from Chapultepec Park. Strollers are used all over the City.

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Xochimilco- famous for floating gardens and gondola boats.

2 is pretty young but here you will find lots of action, color and sounds especially on a Sunday. Fun!

We took a bus but that was so many years ago, I couldn't tell you which one to take. good Luck!

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thanks all for your advice...how much are the first class bus fares generally? We also are planning to goto puebla, oaxaca,Cuernavaca. Mostly day trips but overnight in oaxaca since its far away. Is it fine to wait till last week to book bus tickets or the earlier the better? hows the weather like in end may?

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Bus fares have gone up quite a bit lately and I don't think of them as especially cheap any more. DF-SMA on Primera Plus is now $364P, more on ETN. That's about 220km, and other routes will be comparable. ADO is the main company heading to Puebla/Oaxaca, so you can check prices and times online, but there is no need to prebook. Most people just show up and take the next bus. You should visit Puebla on the way to Oaxaca and stay overnight at least one night there. You really need 2/3 nights minimum to do justice to Oaxaca. You can come back on a night bus if you are up to it; or fly for not much more. May is usually the hottest month, but it's dry heat inland and so pleasant in the shade and at night.