I returned to Mexico after a three year hiatus. I can’t believe it has been that long since I traveled the country with my friend Steve. It seems like only months had past with the memories so vivid.
I always wanted to return to Mexico one more time. It left a lasting impression on me. Okay, it’s no Canada but it does have it’s charm. Mexico City has stunning architecture, wonderful history, delicious cheap street food and friendly Mexicans even if it portrayed very differently in the media. I was excited to show and share my previous experience of Mexico City with my partner, which was her first time in Mexico.
We were fortunate we had my partners best friend for many years, currently residing in Mexico City, owning a petite boutique bed & breakfast known as Casa Hipodromo . Casa Hipodromo is a small B&B in the heart of Condesa. They seek to give their guests a warm and rich experience with their extensive list of knowledge of the city, they want to give their guests the experience to see Mexico City like a local. Check it out here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2323184
We stayed in Mexico City for three weeks which gave us the opportunity to divulge into the city and experience everything it had to offer. Downtown Mexico City is filled with historical buildings and landmarks from every epoch. It is also known as the City of Palaces, because of the large number of stately buildings, especially in the Centro. In addition, Mexico is the city with the largest number of museums in the world, with New York #2, London #3 and Toronto #4.
I have selected a few highlights of our trip that we enjoyed visiting and are definitely worth checking out if you have plans on exploring to Mexico City soon.
Laza de la Constitucion, commonly known as Zocalo located in centro, is one of the largest squares in the world, surrounded by historic buildings, including the City Hall and the Cathedral.
La Catedral the biggest in the Americas. Containing many altars, its principle altar is made from solid gold.
Angel de la Independencia or simply known as “El Angel” is a monument in Reforma Avenue and Florencia Street, near Zona Rosa. This monument celebrates Mexico’s independence in 1810.
Coyoacán is a historic Colonial Arts district which was home to Frida Kahlo, Leon Trotsky, and Diego Rivera, amongst others.
Paseo de la Reforma known as Reform Avenue is a 12 km long grand avenue and park in Mexico City. The name commemorates the liberal reforms of Mexican President Benito Juarez.
Palacio de Bellas Artes is located in centro. A concert hall and an arts center, it houses some of Mexico’s finest murals and the Art Deco interior is worth seeing alone.
Mexico City is full of various plazas and parks scattered through every neighborhood, but the following are some of the biggest, prettiest, most interesting, or best-known.
Chapultepec Park is a large park of 6 km in the middle of the city which hosts many attractions, including the city zoo and several museums such as the Modern Art Museum, the Museum of Anthropology, the Natural History Museum and the National Museum also known as Castillo de Chapultepec.
Parque Mexico and Parque España are two adjacent parks in the Colonia Condesa, which used to be part of a race track. Now they are popular for an evening stroll, and sometimes house outdoor exhibitions or concerts, and are surrounded by cool cafes and bars.
Mexico is the city with the largest number of museums in the world, to name some of the most popular we visited:
National Museum of Anthropology Chapultepec is one of the best museums worldwide over, it was built in late 1960’s and designed by Pedro Ramírez Vazquez. It gathers the best collection of sculptures, jewels and handcrafts from ancient Mexican cultures, and could take many hours to see everything.
Museum of Modern Art Chapultepec.
Here you will find paintings from Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo, as well as a sculpture garden.
Day of the Dead (November 1-2). Mexico is one of the few countries in the world that celebrates this day (Dia de los Muertos), in which people go to the cemeteries to offer tribute to their departed ones, and decorate their graves with marigolds and bright colors. But this is not a sad celebration, on the contrary, people give family and friends candy treats in the shape of skulls and bones made of sugar and chocolate. Don’t miss a visit to a public market to find these delicacies, and watch out for the parades to and from the local cemeteries.
A trip to Mexico City will not be complete without a visit to the ruins of Teotihuacan in the outskirts of the City. Teotihuacan, also known as the City of the Gods, is an archeological site 40 km northeast of Mexico City. Teotihuacan is home to some of the largest ancient pyramids in the world. According to legend, it was here where the gods gathered to plan the creation of man. Construction of Teotihuacan commenced around 300 BC, with the Pyramid of the Sun built by 150 BC. 150–450 AD.
Mexico City is a place you come to explore, get educated and immerse yourself in the Mexican culture. Take in all of its wonderful history, architecture and cheap delicious food. If you want a relaxing holiday then I would not recommend it especially in hurricane season. You would need to head to Puerto Vallarta or La Cruz which fortunately for us is exactly where we headed next.
Also you can check out my friends article on Mexico City from our experience three years earlier where we experienced drinking the local tradition, Pulqueria. https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/travel/americas/a/23980635/drinking-in-the-local-traditions/