Road Trip in Central Mexico – Episode 564

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Central Mexico Road Trip Itinerary (podcast) - what to do and see and where to go

Hear about a road trip in Central Mexico as the Amateur Traveler talks to Amie from about a trip they took near Mexico City.

Amie and her husband Matt are on a long multi-month road trip from California to Panama. They are not “big city people,” so they were more interested in some of the sites around Mexico City than in the city itself.

They start us instead at the amazing archeological site of Teotihuacan, which is a series of large pyramids and other temples a one-hour drive from Mexico City. This was a city that pre-dates the Aztecs, who thought this must have been a city built by giants. The tallest pyramid is half the height of the Great Pyramid in Egypt, but this one you can climb to the top.

From Teotihuacan, we drive two hours to El Chico National Park and the town of Mineral del Chico. This park is a cool pine forest.

A 3-hour drive from El Chico National Park, we will find Grutas Tolantongo, which is a couple of hot steam caves at the end of a box canyon. You find cascading hot waterfalls falling over these caves into a warm river.

If you have more time, Amie also directs us to the archaeological site of Cantona, the ruins of an Olmec-Xicalanca city built between Olmec-Xicalanca. She also recommends a trip to San Juan Raya, where they saw dinosaur footprints, and to the Jardin Botanico Helia Bravo Hollis to see the cacti.

We talk about great Mexican food like al pastor and barbacoa (the precursor to BBQ). We talk about the Mexican people and camping, and we talk about what a beautiful and diverse country Mexico is.

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Show Notes
Visiting Teotihuacan near Mexico City (Video #90)
National Museum of Anthropology (Mexico)
Teotihuacan RV and Trailer Park
Al pastor
El Chico National Park
Pueblo Mágico
Mineral del Chico
Grutas Tolantongo
Hidalgo (state)
Lonely Planet Mexico (Travel Guide)
Otomi people
Cantona (archaeological site)
Jardin Botanico Helia Bravo Hollis
San Juan Raya
4 Days in Mexico City – The Wonderful Heart of Mexico


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Chris Christensen

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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “Road Trip in Central Mexico – Episode 564”

Agness of eTramping


Mexico seems like an excellent destination for a road trip. We are currently on a road trip in EU. Do you have any tips about a road trip in Central Mexico?



well… we have this whole episode… so yes

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