Mexico is among the trendiest tourist destination in America today, begging the question: Why did it take tourists so long to discover this magnificent place? At the heart of the nation’s history and culture is it’s biggest city – Mexico City. The city has grown tremendously in terms of infrastructure and security and houses some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Its beautiful and hospitable people, on the other hand, make the city even more attractive. That’s without mentioning its many museums, libraries, and restaurants, all of which represents the wonderful history of the Central American nation. In this article, we look at some of the things that will help you to understand Mexico City better as a visitor. Be our guest.
Go Shopping Along Paseo de La Reforma
Inarguably one of the most promising commercial hubs in the world, this street will offer you everything you need from fancy boutiques to street vendors. Once you are done shopping, you can spend a little bit more time here and visit one of the many banks that line up the entire stretch. You will learn everything about The Mexican Stock Exchange from there. If you are not into financial stuff, you can go to Monumento a Cuauhtémoc or La Angel de Independencia and discover some of the greatest treasures of the Mexican people.
Are You Into Boat Riding?
If yes, you can’t get enough of Mexico City. You can choose to ride a boat as you enjoy the beautiful scenery that Chapultepec Lake is or ride through the canals of Xochimilco and discover everything you need to know about the Mexican culture. The boats at Xochimilco are beautifully decorated, the foods traditionally prepared, and the traditional Mexican drinks specifically prepared to appease tourists like you. While at Chapultepec Lake, you can visit the Chapultepec Park and enjoy some of nature’s most beautiful trails ever. The park stretches for over 680 hectares so you will have a lot of outdoor activities to partake while there.
Hone Your Spanish-Speaking Skills By Chatting With the Locals
You haven’t explored Mexico City if you haven’t had time to interact with its locals and learn Spanish from them. The city is a haven for beautiful and friendly people who are always ready to chat with visitors. They will take you around their colorful neighborhoods, share with you their local delicacies, and sell you some of their beautiful local artifacts.
Visit the 80-Year Old Palacio de Bellas Artes
Here, you will be amazed by the many artworks from legendary Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera to Geraldo Murillo. You will learn about the origin of Mexico’s architecture, music, and art industries. While here, be sure to visit the Palacio library and discover Mexico’s most thrilling literature works.
Tour the Outskirts of the City
Outside of the city center, there are a lot of attraction places waiting for you. One of these places is the town of Santiago de Queratero that is a few miles away from the main city. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this small town is the hub of Mexico’s political history. Many groundbreaking political treaties and conferences took place here in the 19th century, including the promulgation of the nation’s first constitution after independence.
Visit The Torre Latinoamericana
This is among the tallest skyscrapers in the city and represents some of the most interesting memories among the locals. It was among the few buildings in its neighborhood that withstood the 1957 earthquake. It was also the first skyscraper to be erected on a highly active seismic land world over and that makes it a legend in its own right. From up there, you will have a panoramic view of the entire city and have a feel of what its structural engineer, Dr. Leonardo Zeevaert, felt on the day of the 1957 earthquake.
Shop at the Mercado de La Merced
A market of its own kind! You will get nearly everything in this market from foodstuffs, clothes, to artifacts. Traders bring here their farm produce/supplies directly from the farmers so you will never lack fresh things to buy. The population here is amazing and the energy therein terrific. Hopefully, the experience here will inspire you to explore other Mexican markets such as the Coyoacan Market on the southern side of Mercado de La Merced, where you will get the tacos, tostadas, and other local delicacies.
The cultures in Mexico City are too diverse to learn them all in a day. The touristic attraction sites are even more. Whereas the seven places we have recommended herein are good for a start, it is advisable to find someone who can walk you, or hire the services of tour guides who, at a small fee, will take you around the city and help you to know the areas to prioritize.