Mexico is a huge country, it asks you to take minimum a couple of weeks to explore the whole country unless if you make very specific plans to go to a few cities. I ended up staying in Mexico for three weeks and mostly spent my time in their capital, Mexico City. It’s surprisingly very big and there are so many things to see, do and eat. I don’t wonder anymore why backpackers stay there for a long time. It just doesn’t let you go easily. Curious? Let me explain you better.
1.Historical monuments & museums
Start off your first day visiting Mexico City’s historical monuments and museums. The National Museum of Anthropology is something you definitely shouldn’t miss while in Mexico City. Even if you are not necessarily interested in Anthropology, everything you see in there makes you think how vast anthropology is. The museum is a lot larger than I expected so Francisco and I ended up staying much longer time there, nonetheless it was definitely worthy.
The National Museum of Anthropology
Address: Av Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Gandhi S/N, Chapultepec Polanco, 11560 Ciudad de México
Had a good time learning about Anthropology? Then I’d suggest you to move to Chapultepec Park. Well I’m pretty sure getting used to Mexico’s enormous size is hard no matter what it is, from their food to buildings. However Chapultepec Park is quite easy to explore and it’s pretty entertaining if you don’t rush and take some time there. A couple of interesting museums including the national museum of Anthropology are just next to the park. It seemingly has been loved also by locals living in Mexico City, so I wouldn’t say it’s only for tourists.
Mexico is a traditionally christian country, thus it’s not a surprise seeing a load of different named churches everywhere you go. People also tend to have christian names, mostly influenced by Spanish ancients. If you ask me, my favorite church in the city is Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral. We were able to see an overall view of the city on the top of the church and it was absolutely stunning.
The church itself is also very big and gives you some time to see. If you are already fed up seeing churches in Europe or whatever, try to change your mindset and see the real beauty of Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral.
Also, plz don’t forget to visit The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Seeing the distinctive architecture there is interesting and you will definitely love making photoshoots out there.
3.Zócalo: The Birthplace of the Constitution
Everything starts from Zocalo in Mexico City, It’s a very popular meeting point for locals and also tourists don’t dare to miss the chance to explore it.
But be careful, in night time Zocalo could be a bit dangerous to be alone, make sure about security and I’d suggest you to not be there too late. During the day it’s really lively as it’s practically the heart of the city.
Mexico City is overflowing with amazing street foods. Am I a big fan of street foods? No. But you definitely gotta eat them when you are there.
Going to a Taqueria is also great but trying street made tacos, quesadillas and fajitas is nice as well.
5.Metro & Traffic jam
Did you know that Mexico City is one of the crowded cities in the world? I don’t even think it’s ONE OF THE, actually it’s THE most jammed city I have ever been to. Metro in rush hours could be definitely nightmarish, but not to much worried about. It’s funny only foreigners look stressed and locals don’t even seem to give a crap about it. Also traffic is huge, drivers often drive very bad, so be aware of it. Be patient, see if there are some cars coming by.
Do you know what’s the best way of making friends with Mexicans?
Let’s say “Sing and dance with them!”
Nonetheless, I presume the most common thought regarding Mexico for most people is it’s unstable security, yes, I was also worried about it to be honest and wasn’t fond of going out in night time, but if you are with Mexicans there’s nothing to worry about. In fact, I had such wonderful times in many bars and Karaokes.
Drinking in Mexico is five times cheaper than in the US and Canada, besides foods are even cheaper and nicer. Besides you will see many musicians singing and playing guitars next to you. So make sure to enjoy the nightlife you are given! Obviously you gotta pay some attention on where you are and what you are doing, however it’s not as terrible as the media has shown.
Mexicans are super friendly, I kinda feel bad most people’s imagination and impression on Mexican people isn’t as good as in reality. I was so lucky to stay with Norma and her family. They took care of me so well and I felt welcome and well taken from the first moment to my last day in Mexico.
Hospitality in Mexico is one of those things that make you love Mexico. Oh I probably should tell you that Mexicans often tend to act as if they know everything, of course in a good way, thus when you ask some address or something, you better ask to at least 2-3 people and the funny thing is they may give you different answers. And the word is, they like to help people but they might not know what the real answer is, if you know what I mean 🙂
God, I love this place! One day Francisco’s mom Guadalupe (literally my Mexican mom! :D) asked me if I wanted to explore Xochimilco and I was like “why not?” although I have to admit I had no idea what that is, well it better be good because I was already in love with Mexico City.
We spent a quarter of a day on the boat, talking, eating, drinking and getting some nice photos.
Well there you go, that’s the highlight of your stay in Mexico City and I’m so glad that we made it to this beautiful place. It’s an ancient Mesoamerican city located in a sub-valley of the Valley of Mexico, located in the State of Mexico 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast of modern-day Mexico City, known today as the site of many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas. (Thank you wikipedia!)
There are 2 pyramids but I’m completely sure you wouldn’t want to climb both. We decided to choose the pyramid of sun which is a lot higher than the pyramid of moon, it was grueling for sure but totally worthy.
After having been to Teotihuacan It definitely was time to leave the city and head to the airport. My mind and my heart were racing with thoughts of all the beautiful art and architecture, vibrant people, and mouthwatering cuisines I had experienced. Mexico City, I loved the city and cannot wait to head back.
What’re your favorite spots in Mexico City?