Visitantes. Dia Cuatro.

Ah, another lovely Mexico City morning! And another visit to the Hampton Inn breakfast buffet, today's selection: Make your own chilaquiles bar (plus popcorn chicken, a famous Mexican breakfast staple)!

We had a big plan for Saturday, a big two part plan, and the first part of that two part plan had three subparts itself. Part 1 Subpart 1: The Chapultapec Park Zoo! We got there nice and early before the crowds and before most of the animals had woken up. Just as planned!

You might wonder why we decided to go to what looks like a very normal zoo while on our big trip to Mexico City. That's because...(drumroll)...the Chapultapec Park Zoo has Pandas! And not only does it have pandas, but a long history of in-captivity pandas breeding success, just a great general Mexican Panda history (that's another thing, the Mexico City Pandas aren't loaners from China like most pandas, but owned outright!)

Pandas observed, we made our way out of the park past all the vendors setting up in the early morning 

And across the street and down the street a little...

To Plan Part 1, Subpart 2: the Anthropology Museum! An exhaustive and amazing collection of so much old Mexico history. Which would be a lot more interesting to me now that I've begun reading a book on the history of Mexico City, but when I was on the trip nearly felt like anthropology overload. I was so young back then! 

Then back outside to head to Plan Part 1, Subpart 3...but first, we pass some food stall and buy an elote. I know you were wondering when we'd get an elote! We picked it out from a bunch on a grill and paid according to its size, just like a Christmas tree!

Okay, last part of the Chapultapec Park plan: A visit to Chapultapec Castle up on top of Chapultapec Hill in Chapultapect Hill. Did you know that "Chapultapec" means "Grasshopper Hill?" Kind of makes me wonder if anything I said in the last few sentences was redundant.

Back down the hill and out of the park we went and to catch ourselves an Uber to the second part of our day.

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Part 2 of our day was a visit to Cuoyocan, a quaint and charming and lovely part of town to the south of town. We started our Cuoyocan visit with a visit to the Cuoyocan Market to eat at world famous Tostadas Cuoyocan, an amazing grouping of stalls where a humongous variety of  tostadas are available for rapid delivery and eating.

Then we walked down the street to the center of town.

Then we took a little walk through the residential parts of town, admiring how good it looked

Heading back into town, things were sure starting to bustle with high Friday evening energy

One thing Coyoacan is known for is Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's Casa Azul, and I understand its pretty cool

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But you can find me at Leon Trotsky's house

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That night we did some more El Centro walking and went up to Plaza Garibaldi, where all the mariachi hang out, but I forgot to keep my memory card in my camera. So no pictures! I shouldn't have even said anything because now you're so disappointed.