Mesmerizing Mexico!

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There are some places where time seems like it has frozen. And then there are places like Mexico City. Vibrant and chaotic, time doesn’t just move, it leaps. Its mess of trendy and modern next to elegant and old can be seen in every plaza and barrio. Whether you’re jumping between museums or spending your time getting to know its delectable culinary hotspots, a trip to Mexico City will swallow you up in all the best ways. Mexico City was built over lake Texcoco and expanded from a single island to the metropolis it is today. However, because of its unstable foundation, the city is slowly sinking every year.

Map of Mexico: N 19.43° / W 99.13°

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When to go: February - May

Photo of Mesmerizing Mexico! by SONIA DAVID

Finding an inexpensive ticket to Mexico City is feasible year-round, but hotel prices can skyrocket during the busy holiday seasons (stay away during Christmas and Easter). The rainy seasons runs from May to October, so the best time to visit is February to May. Gorgeous weather means more people out in the streets, but ideal temperatures for sightseeing.

If you’re enamored with the murals of Diego Rivera and the portraits of Frida Kahlo, then Mexico City’s art scene is for you. The Frida Kahlo Museum, and Palacio Nacional are absolute musts, but don’t be fooled into thinking these masters are the only great Mexican artists on display. Get to know José Clemente Orozco at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and fawn over the contemporary works of Rufino Tamayo at Museo Tamayo. Tour the European masters at Museo Soumaya, or get lost in any of the other hundred museums.

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Why walk like an Egyptian when you can wander in the footsteps of the Aztecs at Teotihuacan? This ancient pyramid complex is just a car ride away, and though it may be bustling with tourists it is worth the trip. Back in the heart of the city, visit the Plaza de la Constitución, aka Zócalo. Mexico City’s main square contains remnants of its Aztec past, among other historical treasures, and is worth an afternoon of exploration.

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Not quite sport, not quite rock concert, the lucha libre wrestling matches of Mexico City are a spectular part of Mexico’s culture. The brightly-dressed luchadores don their superhero masks each week to engage in a spectacle of lights, music, and theatrics. Get tickets to the show at Arena México, and be front and center to watch the drama unfold.

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After a few hours in Mexico City, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. If you need to find a quiet corner to just breathe, retreat into a bookish escape. The trendy La Roma neighborhood is packed with fun cafes, old bookstores, and funky clothing shops where you can choose to wander or just relax. Be sure to check out Cafebrería El Péndulo, a coffee shop and bookstore that is perfect for a quiet morning. Biblioteca Vasconcelos, the downtown library that is nicknamed “The City of Books,” is another must see. You could literally lose yourself in these stacks, and finding a quiet moment is easy.

What to eat?

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Mexico City’s culinary scene is where you can truly find the heart of the city. Old mom-and-pop taquerias attract just as many visitors as the upscale, trendy restaurants in the city center. Find your second stomach, because you’ll need to taste a lot before you leave. Below is the list of favorites!

1. Enjoy a three course meal for less than a Chipotle bowl with extra guac at El Mayor overlooking the ruins of Templo Mayor.

2. Chase a shot of tequila with a fried scorpion in Mercado de San Juan (it tastes like chicken).

3. Eat churros and consuelos fresh from the fryer and you’ll never look at dessert the same again.

4. Put on your evening wear and shell out a few extra pesos at the revolving restaurant. Embark on a culinary journey that will have your mouth watering the next day.

Where to stay?

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Stay in Mexico City can get confusing, all thanks to the development in the hospitality sector over the last few decades. However, below is the list of options that one can look for during their stay in Mexico.

1. Las Alcobas : tucked in a tree lined street, this 5 star hotel aces it on design, amenities and services.

2. Hotel Condesa Df: a hotel that is a blend of modern and bohemian perfection, also has a rooftop bar and dining area.

3. Stylish Apartment : centrally located in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city, this apartment will have you feeling like roller.

4. El Patio 77: this eco friendly BnB wins the heart for style and sustainability, all at great price.