Mexico City, the misunderstood capital of Mexico. It has been through some political and economic crises in previous years, however it is now revamping many areas of the city. There are a number of things to do for tourists including attractions, shopping, dining, and sightseeing. It is now considered to be a safe place to visit and does not feature on the US State Department’s warning list. The primary language spoken is Spanish, and the church and family are both highly regarded by Mexican people. Mexico City has a subtropical climate, with warm summers and mild winters making it a great place to visit at any time of the year. If you are planning on a trip to Mexico City, read on for my mini guide.
Travel and Transportation
Mexico City has a highly developed public transport system making it easy to get around. Taxis are considered a safe way to get around. You can also take advantage of companies such as http://www.carrot.mx who offer car hire and carpooling services. There are also a number of tourist ‘hop on hop off’ buses and bus tours that you can use to get around.
Where to Eat
The culinary scene in Mexico has exploded in recent years, and the Capital is the epicenter of stunning Mexican food. There are a huge range of restaurants to suit all budgets if you like to dine out. For example in the Polanco neighborhood, you will find restaurants from many of Mexico City’s most prestigious chefs. For something more casual and informal you could check out the Roma and Condesa neighborhood which is home to dozens of bistros and cafes. Alternatively, you could take a food tour to be guided to a variety of places. You could sample the local cuisine in the form of street food, which included things like tamales and tortillas. Mexican food tends to be heavy on spice and use staples such as corn, beans, avocados, and meats.
Things To Do
There is plenty for tourists to see and do in Mexico City, so you certainly won’t get bored on your trip. You could steep yourself culture and history by going to a museum, cathedral or building of interest such as the National Palace. You could go to Chapultepec which is an expansive park with regular attractions and things to see. Or go to Zocalo, which is the main plaza of Mexico City. Here you can see fascinating pre-Hispanic ruins and colonial buildings, and frequent events are held.
Where To Stay
Depending on your budget you could stay anywhere from a budget hostel to a chic boutique hotel. There are plenty of different options at different price points. There are chalets, villas and cottage rentals to choose from making it easy to find something that is perfect for you.
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