Mexico City is known for being one of the most dangerous metropolises in the world, but it is also a capital with many places to visit and things to see.
The Capital of Mexico is one of the most modern cities in Latin America; it is also one of the largest and one of the busiest and most culturally stimulating on the continent.
Its inhabitants have developed a bipolar attitude towards it, love it and hate it at the same time, and it is not difficult to understand why. Nobody calls it Mexico City and everyone still refers to it with the abbreviation of DF (Defe, Distrito Federal, which was the name it carried until 2016).
In the chaotic and enormous perimeter of the metropolis, it is difficult to know what really happens. One of the few certain things is that one third of its inhabitants’ lives are spent on buses, cars or other public transport, and that we must learn to spend that time doing productive things like conference calls and 360° exploitation of telephone power.
In recent years Mexico City has grown out of all proportion, skyscrapers have grown as fast as bamboo, and to the layers of history accumulated over the millennia, new museums, extravagant pedestrian areas, restaurants and trendy boutiques have been added. Contradictions remain but there is also so much new to see every day in a city that today is more cosmopolitan than ever.
What to see in Mexico City?
But let’s see in detail which are the most beautiful places to see absolutely in this contradictory metropolis and the things that will make you love Mexico City.
In the district of Cayocan there is the Casa Azul, the home where Frida Kahlo was born and lived with Diego Rivera. In 1958, the house became the Frida Kahlo Museum and houses the works of the two artists, but also of illustrious friends and objects of daily life as well as Frida’s notebooks.
Alameda Central is a huge city park in the heart of the historic center of Mexico City. The park is also the oldest promenade in the capital and one of the oldest in all of Latin America. It was built in 1592.
Palaces and Museums
In the historic center of Mexico City, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL), the Palacio Nacional, the Oficina Postal and the monumental Metropolitan Cathedral are a must. The most picky visitors and lovers of art and history will have ample choice among the 109 museums in the city.
Among the districts of the historic center, San Angel, a barrio of artists and painters and of old houses with belle epoque charm in chilanga sauce is worth a visit. Walk through the quiet and cobbled streets of Santisimo; visit the Casa del Risco Museum, the Museo del Carmen and Baños Colonial, one of the few public baths still open in Mexico City.
Unmissable is a ride on the Trajineras, traditional colorful boats built to navigate shallow waters. The tours depart from Xochimilco (metro 2) and allow you to rent boats and boatmen, with comida and musicians included.
The Colonia Roma is a neighborhood near the historic center of Mexico City where there are palaces and villas in Liberty, Art Deco and Neoclassical style. Visit the Mercado Medellín (Local 349 and Local 507for croccantissimi chicharrón and a special ice cream). Another unmissable market is that of La Merced which occupies the extension of about 4 football fields. 3. Continue with Covadonga, an old retro wine cellar where patrons of all kinds drink beer, tequila and play dominoes and who today has become trendy.
The walls of Mexico City are paintings on which artists keep traditional Mexican muralism alive. Street Art Chilango is an association that deals with finding walls that can be legally painted as well as producing works on commission. Organize 3-hour group tours or private tours ($ 100).
Hotel in Mexico City
The possibilities for sleeping in Mexico City are many, there are hotels of all types and all prices. On Airbnb there are functional and design apartments and lofts at around 20 euros a night. Lodging
Casa Stella (Amsterdam 141, Condesa) is a b & b housed in a charming Art Deco building while Red Tree House (Culiacán 6, Condesa) is a mixture of a b & b and a boutique hotel.
Climate and Weather
In Mexico City, as well as in all areas of Mexico at an altitude of more than 2000 meters above sea level, winters are dry with pleasant temperatures during the day and a strong night-time temperature range. In spring, the precipitations are scarce and the temperature is in continuous ascent (25 / 30º C diurnal; 15 / 20º C nocturnal).
In summer, it rains a lot, especially in the afternoon and at night, and the frequent rains mitigate the temperatures that are sometimes quite high.