Mexico City, Mexico

Of course I couldn’t be a part of a travel blog without writing about the beautiful city where I live: Mexico City. And even though I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco (the state that created tequila and mariachi, you’re welcome) I have been living in Mexico City for more than 10 years now.

I could write a lot about all the things you can do, given that it is one of the biggest and most populated cities in the world (Hello, 11+ million people) but this post would be extremely long, so I’m just gonna write a few of my favorite things.

  1. Xochimilco

Xochimilco (3)
The world famous and colourful trajineras in a row

Which name could be translated into something like “the sowing of flowers” is a place where you can rent  trajineras to navigate through the canals for hours while  drinking something with your friends or buying flowers from the passing chinampas. There’s even an island filled with old abandoned dolls, not creepy at all.

2. Paseo de la Reforma

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The Angel of Independence

This is one of the most iconic avenues on Mexico City, with amazing skyscrapers on each side and sidewalks filled with sculptures it was modelled after the European boulevards like Champs-Élysées  in Paris, and at first it was called the “Promenade of the Empress” in honor of the consort of the second emperor Mexico had, Maximilian I from Habsburg. But later they changed the name in honor to the Reform War.

On Sundays you can cycle, skate or walk through it since it’s closed until the afternoon for people to enjoy a nice evening. You can also climb inside the Angel of Independence for a breathtaking view of the city.

3. City Center Zócalo

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Inside the Grand Hotel of Mexico City

One of the most touristy and known places is the city center, better known as Zócalo, with a surface of 57, 600 m2 you can find practically anything you can think of. Museums? We’re the second city in the world with more museums, plus on Sunday they’re free. Ancient ruins? Go to the Templo Mayor and marvel at the aztec temple discovered in 1978. Restaurants? There are thousands, from street carts selling snacks and sweets to world renowned traditional mexican cuisine. You can find cathedrals, buildings from the time of the Inquisition and stores where you can buy everything from wedding gowns to video games.

If you saw the new James Bond movie, this was the location of the “Day of the Dead” scene.

4. Chapultepec Castle

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Entrance of the Castle

As I mentioned above, Mexico used to be ruled by an Austrian Emperor, Maximilian I, and this castle was his residence. But before that it was also a summer home for Viceroy Bernardo Gálvez y Madrid and also a military academy in 1841. After Maximilian was executed it turned into the official residence for the president, until 1944 when it was turned into a museum. Inside you can find the permanent exhibition of the lives of the Emperor and his wife, Carlota, or temporary ones in the outer wings of the castle.

These four are just some of my favourite places to go in the city, and I also think that as a traveller you can’t miss them while being in Mexico City because they’re filled with culture and are a true representation of our history . There are plenty more activities and places to go, given that the city is so big and also a lot of places I’ve been dying to go to and haven’t even thought of my 10 years living there, like Frida’s house, which is definitely on my list when I go back, and maybe even bring Ryan along.

-Agatha

 

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