Discovering Coyoacan was a travel itinerary that wasn’t supposed to happen. From our hotel in Mexico City, a friend and I hired a taxi to take us around for a day. Our first stop was Frida Kahlo’s Blue House – and we were told that the queue would be unbearable. So, our driver picked up at 7:30 in the morning – even if opens at 10:00. We felt we arrived too early so our driver suggested to drop us off Coyoacan center and leave us there to stroll around.
The Morning Stroll at Coyoacan
Coyoacan is a little charming town just 30 minutes outside Mexico City. I think that if you are visiting Frida’s Blue House, you should also check out the historic center after. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. 🙂
People believed that the town got its name from the coyotes that used to inhabit the place. In fact, a fountain was built for the coyotes to drink. And yes, those two animal statues? They’re coyotes!
An early morning walk around the historic center gave me that bohemian kind of vibe.
With almost no one around, it felt like I was traveling to the past.
We started our morning stroll at the Church – where our driver dropped us off.
The Church of San Juan de Bautista stands next to a former monastery for the Dominican friars.
If you are impressed with its facade, wait until you see its interior. Every detail here is worth seeing. Don’t forget to see all the seven chapels inside.
Next to the 14th century church is Plaza Hidalgo. And of course, in every plaza with Spanish influences, you’ll find a statue of men.
The plaza itself has well-manicured gardens and benches are everywhere. I reckon the place will be a hubbub of activities in the late afternoon.
Across the Parish of San Juan Bautista is the Jardin del Centenario.
It’s quieter here than Plaza Hidalgo and the gardens are greener, too.
Surrounding the Garden are Spanish-influenced structures that are well-preserved.
And, maybe, boldly colored! 🙂
The cobble-stoned streets, the ancient buildings, the neat gardens, and the serenity in the morning in a small town are what I needed after traveling through Mexico for almost 2 weeks.
Affordable Stay in Mexico
My friend and I stayed at NH Collection Mexico City Reforma in Zona Rosa. We love this area because it is close to bars, restaurants, groceries, shops, public transport, and some interesting places to see. Police officers are ubiquitous in this area, too. The hotel itself is nice and we were given a room with a good view. We can see the Angel of Independence Statue from our room. It takes about 40 minutes on foot to the historic downtown. The staff can also arrange a tour for you if that’s your kind of thing, including going to the Frida Kahlo Museum (aka, The Blue House).