Mexico City Travel Guide
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- 60%Local Culture
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- 56%History Buffs
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- Mexico CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jun 30, 2014
Easy to get around for non-Spanish speakers. All the amenities of a modern bustling city, with all the Mexican cultural facets. Several day-trips at your fingertips, and a variety of ways to experience the city with a myriad of boroughs. All the food is delicious, authentic and cheap cheap cheap!Recommended for:
- Mexico CityMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 3Feb 24, 2014
This city never gets the love it deserves. It's cheap, easy to get around by subway, has the best street food on the planet, and tons interesting places to check out. The history of the city is incredible. In one place you can view Aztec ruins, Spanish colonial churches, and rising skyscrapers.
You might find you never eat in a restaurant and not care, drink mescal at 2, and hear "bienvenidos a Mexico" from locals on the subway.Recommended for:
- Mexico CityFeb 02, 2014
Americans are so lucky to have this metropolis in their hemisphere. It's staggering. The center is as gorgeous as any European capital, the arts scene is astounding, the sprawl is boggling. I bought a map of the *entire* city, and it nearly covered a twin bed. The area I explored in a week was about four square inches. I would move there in a second. On a totally practical note: if you're coming from sea level, the high altitude will likely make you very tired, so don't plan a lot in the first few days.Recommended for:
- Mexico CityMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersMar 13, 2013
This is a very large city (largest in North America) and is very chaotic as well. Make sure you are comfortable with the altitude before you do any thing very strenuous. Do your research before you go and stay save.
- Mexico CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jan 08, 2013
I visited Mexico City once, and by accident (I was living in Guatemala and needed to see a gastroenterologist). And I completely fell in love with the DF. If I had to move there for some reason, I wouldn't have minded. I love cities that are engaging and lively, but where you can still find some breathing room. I love the Frida Kahlo museum, the Diego Rivera murals, the anthropological museum, and the campiness of Xochimilco. That Teotihuacan is just a few miles away is a fantastic bonus. Oh, and did I mention the food? Reason enough to visit, as it's the best food in Mexico I'd say.
- Mexico CityNov 19, 2012
A fast-paced city like any other only its enormity never ceases to hold surprises around every corner. From the architecture of the Spaniards to the modern malls with their boutiques and food courts, there is definitely something for everyone in this vast metropolitan city of the world.
- Mexico CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 05, 2012
Mexico City is a teaming mega-metropolis of 20+ million people, or about 20% of the entire population in it's sprawling environs. It is the commercial and political power center of Mexico.
There are many major international corporations with subsidiaries headquartered here, and of course, it is the capital of Mexico. It does have a rich heritage and colorful history.
Despite it's many charms, Mexico City isn't the safest city in the world. It is crowded with over 20+ million people, it is smoggy and filled with traffic congestion, then there is the threat of earthquakes, and the mile high altitude and thin air takes some getting used to. Also, you should never hail a taxi on the street, but order one officially through the hotel, as a foreign tourist.
Like any large city, it has its bad elements, and millions of poor in outlaying shanty towns. The city center is pretty safe, but you should use precautions just like you would in New York or Paris.
- Mexico CityJul 05, 2012
People had been living in the Valley of Mexico for many centuries before the arrival of the Aztecs in the thirteenth century and the conquering Spaniards soon after that. The basin had no natural outlet and several lakes formed in the valley, attracting inhabitants to their shores. Not far from present-day Mexico City, more than 100,000 people lived in Teotihuacán, the "Place of the Gods," before it was inexplicably abandoned around A.D. 750. Many other groups moved in and out of the valley. Several lakeside communities, some with 10,000 to 15,000 residents, flourished in the Valley of Mexico during pre-Columbian times.
According to oral history, the Aztecs were a nomadic tribe. Unskilled and barbaric, they were not welcomed by the inhabitants of the Valley of Mexico when they arrived there in the thirteenth century. They were forced to move from one place to another along the western shore of salty Lake Texcoco, and they ate whatever they could find, including mosquito larva, snakes, and other vermin. In time, the Aztecs settled on some swampy islands on the western shores of the lake. According to legend, the Aztec war god Huitzilopochtli led them to this place. They knew they were home after seeing an eagle perched on a cactus devouring a serpent (today, this national emblem is on the Mexican flag). From here, the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán spread over the marshes, swamps, and islands.
In 1428, in an alliance with several valley communities, the Aztecs defeated the dominant city of Azcapotzalco. Until then, the Aztecs, known for their viciousness, had served as mercenaries (hired soldiers) for the Tepanecs, the people of Azcapotzalco. To maintain power after their victory, the Aztecs joined a triple alliance with the valley cities of Texcoco and Tlacopan. The three cities exacted tribute (money and goods in exchange for protection) from surrounding communities, but it was Tenochtitlán that rose to become an
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Aliases: Ciudad de Mexico, מקסיקו סיטי, Mexico D.F., D.F.