Mex­ico City’s kid-friendly cul­ture

In Mex­ico City, adults will love the kid-friendly cul­ture, too

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Nevin Martell

TEOTIHUACAN, MEX­ICO» It is 248 steep steps to the top of the Pyra­mid of the Sun, but the views are worth the ex­er­tion.

From the pin­na­cle of the third-largest pyra­mid in the world, you can see the un­earthed com­plex of Teotihuacan (the City of the Gods), lo­cated 30 miles out­side Mex­ico City. At one point, it cov­ered eight square miles and was home to 100,000 peo­ple, mak­ing it the largest city in the pre-columbian Amer­i­cas. Gaz­ing down the Av­enue of the Dead, lined with stone plat­forms and mi­nor pyra­mids, the road­way ends at the smaller, no-less impressive Pyra­mid of the Moon. At the base be­low us we could see my wav­ing wife, who looked as small as a Lego minifig­ure.

My 4-year-old son, Ze­phyr, and I stared at the an­cient ruins for sev­eral min­utes, in part out of fas­ci­na­tion — “It’s like In­di­ana Jones,” he re­marked in awe — and in part to catch our breath. Not only was the climb ar­du­ous, but we were more than 7,000 feet above sea level, so oxy­gen was in shorter sup­ply than back home in Sil­ver Spring, Md. Dur­ing the first few days of our trip in late March, the in­tense el­e­va­tion, along with the less-than-pris­tine air qual­ity, had left me winded.

It was my only com­plaint. Mex­ico’s cap­i­tal has an un­wor­thy rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing un­safe and un­san­i­tary — not nec­es­sar­ily great for fam­i­lies. Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. Mex­ico City is the per­fect place to travel with lit­tle ones be­cause it’s brim­ming with great kid-cen­tric ac­tiv­i­ties that adults will love, it has a child-friendly cul­ture and it’s em­i­nently af­ford­able. To the lat­ter point, the mod­est Ho­tel Mi­lan in the funky Roma Norte neigh­bor­hood where we stayed cost as much for a week as one could eas­ily spend for a night at a Wash­ing­ton ho­tel, while it cost only a few dol­lars to take an Uber trip across town.

Pick­ing up unique sou­venirs was equally rea­son­able. We made two trips to the epic Ci­u­dadela arts mar­ket, a

Nevin Martell, Spe­cial to The Wash­ing­ton Post

At Teotihuacan, a view of the Pyra­mid of the Moon from the steps of the Pyra­mid of the Sun.

Nevin Martell, Spe­cial to The Wash­ing­ton Post

The au­thor's son con­tem­plates cool­ing down un­der the wa­ter­fall foun­tain at the Museo Na­cional de An­tropolo­gia.

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Small clay skulls dec­o­rated with tiny beads, an artis­tic spe­cialty of the coun­try's Hui­chol peo­ple, are on sale at Ci­u­dadela, one of Mex­ico City's finest arts mar­kets.

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