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Mexico City: southern districts in a day?

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We are visiting Mexico City for the first time, and would like to devote a dayin Coyaocan and San Angel, primarily for Diego/Frida sites . We are interested in:

* Casa Azul
* Museo Anahuacalli
* Museo Dolores Olmedo
* Estudio Rivera
* Museo Trotsky
* Probably not a long meal but a snack somewhere

It is quite far from city center, and we would like to have some idea what can realistically fit in a single day. We enjoy a relatively "slow" pace, and would rather limit to fewer sites than rushing. The plan is to take metro from the center in the morning, and taxi between sites. If it does not rain after the last museum closes, we would like to end the day with a stroll around either Plaza Hidalgo or Plaza San Jacinto.

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    You mention your primary interest to be Diego/Frida. I would then probably stick with Casa Azul, Museo Trotsky which is nearby as you likely already know, and Estudio Rivera in San Angel. Both Coyoacan and San Angel are great walking areas and this would make for a nice not-too-rushed day. If you are up to it, the Soumaya museum at Plaza Loreto (NOT the one in Polanco) is also very close to San Angel as well and is a fairly nice visit (not necessarily all top-notch art, but some interesting pieces nonetheless).

    We really enjoyed museo Dolores Olmedo which is in a hacienda (gorgeous grounds) but this is significantly further out. We spent a good 3 or 4 hours there, as they often have traditional dance shows on a stage located on the grounds, as well as a small restaurant. I somehow feel that this may be rushing things if you want to also see Coyoacan.

    It is easy to spend at least a couple of hours at Casa Azul, but the Trotsky museum is a quicker (and sobering) visit.

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    If you only have one day and want to visit it at a slow pace, you should only do Casa Azul, Museo Trotsky, and Estudio Rivera. While the life of Trotsky is closely linked with Frida and Diego's, it's a good option to do those three. You'll find all kind of restaurant in the center. Enjoy walking from the center to Casa Azul/Trotsky Museum but take a cab to the Estudio Rivera!

    You can also do the 'Tranvia' which is a sort of small bus that goes all around Coyoacan, generally guides are great and know a lot about this place. This one hour tour costs about 50pesos and can be taken in front of the San Juan Bautista church (also known as the Cathedral of Coyoacan). More information here: http://www.tranviadecoyoacan.com.mx/en/home.html (don't really need to book, however you can call to know more about an english speaking guide tour). This tour is great to learn more about Coyoacan and have an overview of the place, that's why I highly recommend it to you. I would also suggest you to do it first then visit the museums.

    I should also warn you to be careful taking the metro to and from Coyoacan: passenger cars are really overloaded during peak hours! Also, from the metro station to the center of Coyoacan you will need to take a bus (Micro) so just ask where to take it when you arrive there. Last but not least, museums in Mexico City are closed on Mondays!!!

    Enjoy your stay!

    Laurent

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