Fall stroll

Charco del Ingenio

Cuatro milpas

Vista Charco

By Jade Arroyo

Although we enjoy pretty nice weather overall, we cannot deny that fall has come to town. This time of year, we suggest these places for a feeling of fall.

Beginning the day, there is nothing like a morning at El Charco del Ingenio. This botanical garden holds an impressive collection of cactus and wild species, and it has amazing views like the canyon and the dam. Surrounded by nature and clean air, a walk around El Charco is a unique experience. Once there, you can have breakfast at the cafeteria; how about some organic coffee, fruit juice and tasty molletes to pair?

El Charco is located 10 minutes away from the centro, so you can either take a taxi for a 30-35-peso fare or hike up Cuesta de San José.


The Parque Juárez is a true jewel in the center of the city. Even though it is not a very big park, the place, built in beginning of the 20th century in a French style, is totally charming. Every Saturday, you can find local painters who are showing and selling their work at affordable prices.


La Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal is one of the oldest and most representative buildings in town. Its beautiful carved wooden doors are iconic. This house has become a museum sponsored by the Banamex Foundation. The current exhibition features engraving by Francisco Goya, a must-see for any art lover. The museum is located at the corner of Canal and the Jardin.

To have some fun later in the day, try the bar Las Cuatro Milpas (Barranca esq. Montes de Oca). This is an old-style Mexican cantina. The décor is inspired by ancient drug stores, but the final turnout is quiet delusional: anywhere you glance, you’ll find some dated and precious trinket, like a tv from the 40s or little glass bottles like in Alice in Wonderland. The house drink is the scorpion mescal, which at first sounds frightening, but actually has many health benefits. Besides drinks, there are also tasty Mexican options for dinner, like ostrich or Jamaica tacos (for vegetarians). Las Cuatro Milpas is open Tuesday through Sunday, 2pm-1am.

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