At first, when we decided to travel to Mexico City, we were both nervous and excited at the same time. Regardless of what media portray, we had the hope that Mexico City would be the place full of wonderful people, amazing things to do, gorgeous architecture and delicious foods. Well, when we arrived we were in shock, it was even better than we thought! These following are 5 reasons why we feel absolutely in love with Mexico City.
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The different unique neighborhoods
Mexico city is divided up into a neighborhood or what they call colonies. Each one has its own unique feeling and distinct style. We couldn’t help but want to explore them all! Admittedly, there is no single day that we feel bored and want to stay at our apartment. There are full of beautiful colors, crazy architecture and unique history behind each area. It really seems like there is a colonial for everyone to adore. If you’re looking for that rich upscale feeling you can go to Polanco, if you want a good cup of coffee and hang out with the hipster vibe, don’t miss Roma, or just go for a long walk in the unique parks in Condesa. To be honest, our favorite place is Coyoacan, this colorful colonial makes us feel like we took a step back in time. All the buildings are full of beautiful colors, amazing patterns, and calm. Between it being a Photographers paradise it has the best little side shops to enjoy some amazing local eats as well. We spent one full day here without getting bored at all.
The Culture in Mexico
Mexican culture is made up of everything from food, traditions, people, language and even the values the locals hold. With Mexico being 62% The mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish), we found the best way to learn about the country and culture was to see what they truly hold near and dear to their heart. That’s why we went to Mexico during the Día de Muertos (Day Of Dead). This is a tradition that Falls between October 31st and November 2nd every year. People celebrate the lives of their loved ones that past away with family and friends. They make beautiful alters and decorate things in a very unique way to welcome the dead back again to the family in order for celebrating together. We can’t say that this is the whole culture but if you had a short amount of time to learn as much as you could, I think this is the best way to do that – Try seeing Mexican cultural events to get to know their beautiful culture.
Spanish influenced architecture in Mexico
Being in Mexico City is nothing but how breathtaking the architecture is – stunning with the bright colors to the elegant marble you will feel like you are in another world. It’s really an amazing thing to see how well designed these buildings were built and the detail that they hold. Many buildings were affected by the recent earth quake in 2017 but the city is making sure these historic landmarks are fixed and stay standing. Many of these buildings are still being worked on. In 1521, the Spanish decided to bring European architects to Mexico, they laid out the city on a grid pattern of neighborhoods and plazas (this is how the city still is). In the middle was a central plaza, which was in the same place that Tenochtitlán was. Mexico City was largely based on European styles and shows that beauty to this day.
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Transportation in Mexico
Transportation in Mexico City is super convenient. Uber is cheap and subways are even cheaper. We mainly only use these two means of transportation to get everywhere and if you try and stick to the subway you can get just about anywhere you want for very cheap! The Subway is only 5 Peso ( $0.25) and you can ride it as far as it can take you for no extra charge. With it being so cheap, it also comes with some drawbacks – a subway train can get very crowded. This is why we suggest you to always avoid using the subway during rush hour ( noticeably 5pm – 8pm ) – try not to be going anywhere during these times. The Traffic is completely insane in Mexico City and can take hours to go only a short distance during this time. So if you can do most of your traveling outside rush hour you will have nothing to worry about.
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Crazy Mexican Cuisine
Mexican restaurants are everywhere, especially in major cities worldwide. No Mexican food we have ever had compares to the varieties we had in Mexico City. The dishes are full of unique flavors that we have only found in Mexico. From the blue corn to the yellow corn. we really loved the T diet – They say Mexico runs on Diet T (taco, tamales, and torta)- the most common street food in Mexico. This is only some of the most common dishes but there are many other amazing dishes that date back centuries that have a vast influence from the history in Mexico. Some of our favorite dishes are Chilaquiles, Tlacoyos, and Pozole.
Many people worry about traveling Mexico because of what the media portrays Mexico to be unsafe, unhealthy and hard to travel. We are here to tell you that Mexico City is none of that. We had an amazing time here and feel absolutely in love with the people, culture, and food. We can’t wait to travel to Mexico again next year and see more of it.
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Thank you so much for reading and I hope this information helps you decide to book your next trip because we can’t wait to go back!