Lives in Manila, Philippines
Since Jun 2014
25-34 year old male
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Zocalo is your starting point in exploring the Historic Center of Mexico City. The National Palace, Templo Mayor and the Metropolitan Cathedral is within walking distance. If you're into folk dancing sometimes there will be Aztec street dancing around. I went here during Mexico's Dia de la Independencía and it was literally jam-packed! But what an experience it was!
The National Palace (Palacio Nacional in Spanish) is the seat of the federal executive in Mexico. The site has been a palace for the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec empire, and much of the current palace's building materials are from the original one that belonged to Moctezuma II. There are historic murals showcasing the history of Mexico. Particularly strong are the Aztec murals and some works of Diego Rivera.
Smack in the middle of the city center, you will find the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral. It sits atop the ancient ruins of an Aztee temple, which still has some standing walls to view. The cathedral has withstood a fire and was, for some time, slowly sinking because of the soft clay soil it was built on. The cathedral was placed on the World Monument Fund's list of 100 most endangered sites, but removed from the list after reconstruction restored the building's integrity.
Centro Historico is the area that encompasses Zocalo and its surrounding destinations. Try getting a hold of a map or internet data for your phone so that you will not get lost. This is a good starting point if you're headed to the Zocalo, Palacio de Bellas Artes or even seeing the Mexican cityline while watching Torre Latinoamerica.
Torre Latinoamerica used to be the highest building of Mexico City but even with it's title gone it is still one of the most iconic building in DF. Entrance fee was around 80 Mexican pesos, so it is pretty reasonable. The view from the observation deck is really breathtaking. You can see the Zocalo, Mexico's business district and the surrounding provinces and mountainsides on a clear day.
The ruins of the former Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan, now houses a museum that showcases the ruins of the former capital and all the artifacts that was found during its excavation. Food for thought: It is said that during the Spanish Reconquista the Spanish would build churches and cathedrals on top of the destroyed Mesoamerican temple to show their power over the natives and their religion's strength (Catholicisim) thus why the Catedral Metropolitana is right beside the ruins of Tenochtitlan.
The Palacio de Bellas Artes is the most important cultural center in Mexico City as well as the rest of the country of Mexico. It is also one of the first National theater's of Mexico. Check out the architecture, interiors, art gallery and performing arts to experience the full beauty of Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Top of your stay at Palacio de Bellas Artes with a performance by the famed Ballet Folklórico de México. They perform here twice a week and it is a MUST see. Folk dancing and old Mexican music, from Son de la Negra to the famous Jarabe Tapatio, Mexican Hat Dance. It is a MUST SEE cultural experience while in Mexico City. The Amalia Hernández dance troupe never seizes to amaze me.
As a Catholic I have always wanted to go to the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and it was indeed a sight to behold. On the outside the architecture was pretty simple but once you go in you get the feel of the 'holiness' of the facade as you see the altar being decorated by nice, Gothic interiors with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe being displayed atop the altar while the Mexican Flag is surrounding it in its embrace. If you know Juan Diego's story and how Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to him you'd know the relic of Juan Diego's tilma and how the image of Our Lady miraculously showed itself at the 'tilma' in front of archbishop Zumárraga.
One of the most romantic avenues I have ever seen. Paseo de la Reforma houses in it center the Angel de la Independencia, which is one of the most iconic symbols of Mexico City. This area is a good starting point to travel around Insurgentes, Zona Rosa and the area towards Chapultepec park.
One of the best museums I've ever been to. Pretty detailed exhibit ranging from the first civilizations of Mexico (Aztec, Olmecs, Mayans, etc) to the Spanish reconquista of Tenochtitlan and the other Mexican provinces. The museum itself is huge and very informative. Facilities are well-maintained and up to date. The Aztec Sun God tablet is the highlight of the museum.
Bosque de Chapultepec opened my eyes to Mexican history, from the bravery of the six niños heroes to valiant efforts of revolutionaries like Pancho Villa and Zapata. Chapultepec castle houses a museum of its own and showcases how these heroes made México to what it is today. There's a wonderful painting of Juan Escutia, one of the Niños Heroes, wrapping the Mexican Flag around him before jumping from the rooftop of Chapultepec castle.
Chapultepec Park is one of the biggest and most beautiful parks I've been to. Good starting point if you're intending to go to Chapultepec Castle, Chapultepec Zoo and the Nacional Museo de Antropologia. Don't forget to pay homage to the Niños Heroes at their pillars located in front of Chapultepec Park.
It was a pretty nice museum highlighting the modern and abstract art of Mexico. The museum has a nice library and a coffee shop. It's clearly for students and art enthusiasts the like. Recommended for lovers of modern and abstract art. A good hang out place.
Top off Day 2 of your trip with a unique Mexican experience, watching Lucha Libre. I went to Arena Mexico last Dia de la Independecia so there were a lot of tourists around. You know when there's a lot of tourists there are also a lot of pesky and persistent scalpers and merchants that'll force you to buy lucha masks and other lucha libre equipment. I thought the neighborhood around Arena Mexico was kinda rowdy but when I went in it was literally vibrant and alluring. You can feel the fun and vibrant Mexican atmosphere inside the arena. People from all walks of life watch Lucha Libre in Mexico, be it people in business suits or the bystanders just wearing casual clothes. It really shows you the camaraderie of Mexicans. The show itself was very entertaining, from the scantily dressed ringside girls to Lucha Libre greats like Valiente and oh yeah, Porky. Haha. Plus, the crowd getting in the action, calling heel characters "aaaahhhhh P*to", "gorda" and "webos" was very funny. If you can speak and understand Spanish it'll make the experience more enjoyable and memorable. A MUST SEE when in Mexico.
This is the last of the Aztec canals that run through Mexico City although I advise going here alone or try to book a tour before hand. Nonetheless Xochimilco gives us a glimpse of the beauty of the Aztec canal waterways and how Tenochtitlan might have looked during the Pre-Spanish period. The tour around the canals last from 40 mins to 1 hour and a half. If you're brave enough try going to the island of dolls (islas de las muñecas), one of the most scariest places on Earth.
This is one of my favorite spots in Mexico city. You can grab coffee at a local coffee shop and enjoy the churros while watching the view. Enjoy the historic part of the city, visit the Coyoacan cathedral and immerse yourself to the old yet peaceful part of Mexico City. No wonder Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera decided to stay in this part of DF.
If you're into the arts La Casa Azul, the place where Frida Kahlo made her masterpieces is a MUST SEE. You get to see the where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived and how they went on with their lives. Turning a house into an art museum put a personal touch to the already fascinating facade.
Nice neighborhood to chill at. This is a must go-to place if you're going to Coyoacan as well as there adjacent with each other. This is a trendy spot for arts, museums and restaurants. If you're already here try checking out San Angel at Plaza San Jacinto and visit the Saturday Bazaar.
End your 3 day visit of Mexico City with the vibrant nightlife of the Condesa Area. There's a lot to do here. There are a lot of good restaurants, bars and clubbing spots, from salsa dancing at Mama Rumba in nearby Roma and partying the night away at Jules Basement. Condesa also has a nice park in the form of Parque Mexico. Definitely a go-to place if you wanna have a nice night out at DF. If you wanna bar hop Roma, which is just next to Condesa, is a trendy spot as well.