I think that four nights is barely enough to see Mexico City (considering that one day would probably be some sort of day trip to Teotihuacan). There's plenty of things to see and do.
Why not wait for the extended visit to go to other towns? You'll be less constrained and enjoy more.
Well, there's certainly nothing stopping you from taking a day trip. However, you're not going to be able to see everything in Mexico City in just 3 days, so a day trip wouldn't really gain you anything..especially because Puebla has the same kinds of sights that you'll find in Mexico City.
I think a day trip would make more sense if you were going to visit a spa, a mountain, an archaeological site, or something else that you couldn't see in the city.
Sounds like good advise to me - we're very excited to finally get to see Mexico City, so I think we'll just relax and enjoy.
I concur with the suggestion of someone else that you stay put in Mexico City. Whatever it is you might see in the vicinity as part of a day trip you can almost certainly also see in Mexico City. You'll be in the city at one of the best times of the year. Temperatures will be getting warmer, though cool in the evening, and it's the time just before the rain's start to fall (for about 5 months straight). Enjoy!
So,is Xochimil...considered a day trip or an activity within the city?
Xochilmilco is in the south-east part of the city. It takes about 45 minutes from the center by taxi, 2 hours for the boat trip so it's about half a day. We combined it with Coyuacan to make it a whole day out.
Xochimilco is well-served by public transportation - Metro and light rail; that's how I get there. Good Friday may not be the best time to visit, though. My memory is failing me at the moment, but I'm suspecting it'll be quiet there and that possibly many of the boats will not be operating.
Ooops, well, I'll play it by ear and ask the concierge for any suggestions and advice....at the least,I can wander around Coyoacan for part of the day. Thanks for reminding me about Good Friday.