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Touring Mexico City during Semana Santa

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Touring Mexico City during Semana Santa

Hi tripadvisors,

A group of friends and I are traveling to Mexico City this week, and plan to tour some of the well-know point of interest between Thursday and Sunday. Our main concern is whether these places will be close to visitors, or on the other hand, too crowded.

The main places we plan to visit are (in no specific order yet): Zocalo/Centro Historico, Basilica de Guadalupe, Teotihuacan, Museo de Antropologia/Chapultepec Park.

What do the Mexico City experts think the itinerary should be (based on the concern listed above)?

Thanks a lot for you valuable advice!

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1. Re: Touring Mexico City during Semana Santa

I guess the only place you might find "crowded" will be the Basilica because of the Holly Week Liturgy (Thursday and Friday). Saturday will be a good time to enjoy the "Burn of Judas"which is an ancestral tradition at the Zocalo. Remember, if you want to enjoy the Anthropology Museum half a day is the idoneous amount of time.

Enjoy the City!


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2. Re: Touring Mexico City during Semana Santa

The places you list should be fine and open. It has been hotter than normal so expect more people in the park. While the city empties out for Semana Santa, those who cannot get away for one reason or the other stick around.

There will be bad water shortages due to maintenance work on the main water supply (they are turning off the main valve) and hopes to save.

It will be great to be in town with no traffic at least.

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3. Re: Touring Mexico City during Semana Santa

I went to Mexico City for the same holiday last year. Be aware that most money exchange places and banks are closed that Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun. Change your money in the airport or accept the lower exchange rate at your hotel or when you buy things. Bring lots of US $1 and make sure your other bills (5, 10, & 20) are crisp and fresh to make it easier to shop, dine, etc.

Coyoacan was packed with Mexican tourists from the coastal areas. The locals of the city were gone, however, and the town was practically empty. There was no traffic and riding the subway was a breeze as there were no regular folks in town riding it. I spent time in the Zocalo/Centro Historico and walked around all over. There are some amazing musuems there!!! I also made it to the entrance of the Chapultepec Park, but was too tired and out of time to enjoy the Museo de Antropologia. So, I'm returning to see that stuff in May this year.

Hope this info helps!

Buon viaje!

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