[+(pre-) and (post-)] Malinalco

February 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

It seems that I cannot go for more than a few days without some sort of road trip this year, so that’s exactly what happened after my few days in Tepoztlán.

The prelude to the weekend away was half a day in Cuernavaca, which is more than enough time to spend in that particular city, in my humble opinion.  Although, I did enjoy the evening, as I spent most of it hiding in the Jardín Borda.


They had an exhibit featuring Zárraga, which wasn’t really up my alley, but the museum space was great.


There, I met a young man who was fretting about his current situation in life, so we had a hearty heart-to-heart conversation for a couple of hours, and then he invited me to his piano recital at the garden theater.  It’s been too long since I had attended a piano concert, so it was thoroughly enjoyed.  After that, it was time to seek refuge with a salad and a cup of espresso, and call it a night.


The next morning, off to check out Malinalco, a town fabled to be the next Tepoztlán.  The drive there was great, with lots of mountains and cliffs and tall trees and winding roads to enjoy in the sunlight.


I can see why people compare Malinalco to Tepoztlán; both are in a valley with ruins up above, and both have a generous handful of hippie and boutique nooks to satisfy the international traveler.  Overall, I do prefer the smaller size of Malinalco and its proximity to more nature and seclusion, but I like the hike to the ruins more in Tepoztlán.  And Tepoztlán does have some sort of mystic feel that did not penetrate quite as deep in Malinalco.  But, still special in its own way.  After all, it is the rumoured home to the goddess Malinalxochitl, so you can’t be completely magic-less.


The main attraction here are the ruins build upon Cerro de los Idolos (Hill of the Idols)- most importantly, Cuauhcalli (House of Eagles):

, which boasts a great view over the town and has some nice cliffs and cliff cacti:


But there are also a few charming churches in town:

, and plenty of cobblestones streets to skip down:


I particularly enjoyed the colorful buildings:

, and this rooftop coffee shop, which provided hours of things to sip on and cards to deal (all while enjoying the view onto the mountains):


I also did appreciate a lot of the interior designs here- a lot of clear and furnished looks out of recycled materials, and a lot of rustic feels.  Like at the hotel, which had no shortage of warm sienna hues and textured wood:

And we all know that orange and blue is my favourite color combination for a cozy house, so all of the sponged paint and hand-painted ceramics were very much to my liking:


After a night of strobe lights and a lazy morning of markets and church courtyards, it was time to jump back into the car and head back to Mexico City, as my next adventure would be taking the bus from there to Oaxaca the following day.  I highly enjoy all of these little jaunts into the city; easing my way into it.

This time, it was spent mostly walking around random streets in the dark:


, but also venturing into national museums and zoo’s.  To be honest, the main mission of Mexico City this time was visiting its most famous bookstore branch: El Péndulo.

And not just one of them- four of its stores.  Which was a great tour of the city, as it required us to walk through four different neighborhoods: Condesa, Polanco, Zona Rosa, and Roma.  All of the bookstores were quirky and special in their own way, with an impressive selection of books and a yummy food menu for the café portion of the Cafebreria.  If all of the books wouldn’t be sealed in Mexico, I would call this place perfect and would have probably not have made it out of there in time to catch my night bus (or any bus, ever).  I loved the walking tour accompanying all of them, but my favourite one was the first one, in Polanco.

Maybe it had something to do with the accompanying breakfast on painted tables though?

Either way, it was a satisfying urban pit stop before putting on the red backpack again and venturing out alone to explore the next region of Mexico: Oaxaca!


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