I recently visited Mexico City, one of the biggest and most populated cities in the world. It’s the capital of the country; the most important cultural, financial, educational and political centre of Mexico. This North American city is located in the Valley of Mexico; the origins of the city go all the way to the Aztecs, who built it on an island of Lake Texcoco (following an old legend) during the mid 1300’s.
As soon as I got there, two earthquakes were felt in the city, “You don’t have to worry”, said the girl from the lobby of my hotel. The Defeños and Chilangos are used to this and many other random things that the city has to put up with. Regardless of the bad reputation it had before the war on drugs, (one of an overpopulated, unsafe, traffic clogged city) DF, as it is mostly called, is now a dormant monster which allows its inhabitants to carry on with their lives, investments, jobs, studies and to welcome visitors like me.
DF has something for everybody, from the ancient Aztec ruins behind the Zocalo, the Chapultepec forest crowned with the only Castle in the Americas (true story), a milliard museums and a diverse and vast offer of restaurants, to the interaction with almost 21 million people who live there.
If you are planning a trip to Mexico, visit the capital, go to the Zocalo, enter the Cathedral, try its public transportation (the underground system is marvellous and freaking cheap), and eat whatever gets in your way, you won’t regret it.
Mexico City is, by far, one of my favourite cities, so much culture, national identity, education and with some of the best food in the world. My recommendations: La Condesa‘s night life, Coyoacan‘s casual drinking, Bellas Artes, the Memory and Tolerance Museum, and eat whatever the city has to offer, so much flavour (Unless you get the Moctezuma’s revenge… in that case: Pepto Bismol).
Ps. Don’t worry about eating too much, as far as you walk it off.
Ps2. Did I mention that the weather is sweet as most of the time? 20 Celcius.