From San Miquel we took another Primera Bus to Mexico City, a long but fascinating drive through the dessert, country towns and bush. Saw many cowboys on their horses and more trucks and buses than I have ever seen in my life.
From the Bus terminal in Mexico Coty we took a Taxi to the Hotel Del Principado in the very safe section of Mexico City, Zona Rosa. Some of Mexico City is definitely dangerous. As we drove through the red light district one night, the Taxi driver raised the windows and locked the doors. You do have to get used to seeing Police cars everywhere with lights flashing and the fact that they often carry machine guns. If you are not doing anything illegal - no problem. We found the Police very helpful when we needed directions.
We didn't go anywhere stupid and didn't walk around late at night. There are fantastic restaurants and shops and a few good nightclubs with live bands in the Zona Rosa. The food in Mexico is very good and hot n spicy if you like it that way. It was halloween and the day of the dead whilst we were there so the "trick or treaters" were out in force and the cemetery was decorated with skeletons etc. Quite bizarre but fascinating.
A bus ride into the central square of Mexico City is a must. The shops, buidlings and historic sites are well worth a visit. The Buscombe camera bug had hit once again. No we didn't lose one - the battery fried the camera so luckily we picked up another one in Mexico City at a good price. Was not happy about the prospects of doing the Inca Trek without a camera!
We stayed 2 nights in Mexico City but are coming back in a week or so after the Inca Trail. The hotel kindly allowed us to leave some of the heavier souvenirs we had so far picked up along the way and Shauna's Texan hat from Fort Worth!