Mexicable Cable Car in Mexico City
Mexicable Cable Car in Mexico City
After Irmante finished her studies at lunch time, she skipped her afternoon Spanish class so that she we could hang out. We caught the metro to the end of Line 3 to Verdes Indio. From there we caught the free Mexicable Bus for 20 minutes through Mexico City traffic to the start of the Mexicable system.
Mexicable is cable-car gondola transportation that just opened in October 2016, and runs over the some of the poorest slums/favelas of Mexico City as public transport to get locals to and from the city.
The pristine Mexicable system has seven stops and costs 6 pesos ($0.30) to ride. The entire 5kms commute takes 17 minutes.
The Mexicable itself is nothing like anything else mechanical in Mexico.
Mexicable shines. It is fresh. It glistens. It is beautiful. And it has a really cool name.
Security guards control the whole system and each metro system is a work of art, literally. Graffiti artists from Mexico, Argentina, Canada, United States, and Colombia where hired to paint gorgeous murals on the buildings below to be seen for the duration of the trip. Besides typical murals on the sides of buildings, rooftop graffiti sits directly below. Everyone seems to have wanted a part of the beautification action.
One of the riders in the gondola with us told us about the greatest part of the ride: the safety. Before the pristine Mexicable opening in October, buses and vans were used to transport workers from their homes on the mountain into Mexico City. These buses and vans were often subject to robberies and hijackings. The robberies are no longer an issue with those who use the Mexicable, which transports 18,000 people each day. Although the monstrosity of Mexico City’s population never seems to end, a fellow gondola passenger told us that the Mexicable system is actually in the state of Mexico rather than a part of Mexico City itself. Without being shown, it is impossible to locate the line that separates the two as the housing just carries on and on.
Mexico is so vibrant.
There are sections of the favelas that seem to have color codes. It is as if someone stipulated, ‘In this area, you will only be allowed to paint your house purple, pink, yellow or turquoise.’ It is incredible.
On the way to the top, we asked a young Mexican who works in a hotel in the city where the best stop would be for us to get off. He looked at our skin and said, “It is better if you do not get off.” He did not want any chance of harm to come to us. Our friend departed at Station 5 and we carried on to the top at Station 7 where we got off the Mexicable system against his prior judgment. I guessed that no one was going to approach us and stab us in broad daylight.
We walked down the main street all the way back down to Station 5. The streets were actually very calm and quiet with very little traffic on them. At Station 5 we turned around and walked back up to Station 6 where we got back on the Mexicable and rode it to the top again, stayed on, and rode it back down the entire length to the bottom again.
Mexicable is a great experience and it is something that you need to do should you ever visit Mexico City.
Even if you do not care for heights or sights, the warmth of the locals sharing the ride with you will be certain to make the ride a pleasurable experience. And if you never get off the Mexicable, the entire 34 minute journey to look down into: the lives of the locals, the mechanics fixing cars, the cemetery, the blockade yards full of collected iron, the ladies hanging laundry, the dog on rooftops…will cost you all of 30 cents to view from above.