More about Distrito Capital
"the Federal District"
The nation's capital, Mexico City, is on this district.
The northern half of the Distrito Federal is completely urbanized, the southern half still has some fields and forested mountains, such as the Ajusco. This mount is a National Park and can be visited for picnics, hiking, biking and climbing.
See more about the city at my Mexico City page.
"States and Districts in Mexico and the US"
Mexico, politically, is very similar to the United States. Both countries are comprised by states: 31 in Mexico, 50 in the US. In the same way, the capital is not in a particular state but in a federal district, DF in Mexico, DC in the US. The districts were seceded from a state, State of Mexico in Mexico, State of Maryland in the United States. Both capitals have grown so much urban areas have spread in the neighboring states and engulfed nearby towns.
One big difference between these two districts is representation. In Mexico, the Distrito Federal is represented in the Union Congress by representatives (diputados) and senators. The District of Columbia is not represented in the US Congress.
According to law, if ever is decided to change the capital to another city, then that place will be declared the federal district, and the current district will not get reintegrated to the State of Mexico, but rather will be constituted as the State of the Valley of Mexico.
Mexico is a wonderful country. The capital Mexico DF has many attractions for a tourist, but you can also make one day excursions to the outskirts, such as Xochimilco, and take a boat to visit the channels. Sometimes you see mariachis playing serenades or old songs of Jorge Negrete and Rocia Durcal.
Mexican food is delicious. I advise you to try tacos and enchiladas and drink a “margarita” cocktail with plenty of tequila.
In the capital Mexico DF, there is a nice square called Plaza de Garibaldi where every night many musicians play their instruments for the tourists and Mexicans alike that are having dinner in the many restaurants.
I love music very much and I have composed many songs that I play with my piano at home, or when I meet my friends in the clubs of Barcelona where I am a member. I am not exactly a virtuous playing piano; nevertheless my friends adore my songs and always ask me to play again and again more songs, until late in the evening. I like especially classical music, pasodobles, flamenco, sardanas, foxtrot, tango and boleros.
We like very much the Spanish speaking countries because the communication is fundamental while travelling. We are polyglots and speak several international languages. My wife Rosser speaks English fluently, apart from Catalan and Spanish, and I speak French, Spanish, Catalan and Gallego. Conversing in a language that you speak perfectly, as we do in Spanish, helps you to make friendship with the local people and understand better the culture of the countries that you visit.
GREG's Mexico page
M?xico -- Land of Contrasts
Many people think of Mexico either as land of the beaches or land of the desert -- Mexico is ALL of those and much more!
From Highlands to Lowlands, north to south, mountains to beaches Mexico is varied like the U.S.
The best part: (1) The People!
(2) The climate in Central, Coastal, and Southern Mexico
(3) the Landscape
(4) the FOOD
and maybe the tequila if you can learn to sip and appreciate it while drinking a great Mexican Beer -- Viva Mexico!!
Country (long form) United Mexican States
Total Area 761,605.81 sq mi
1,972,550.00 sq km
(slightly less than three times the size of Texas)
Population 100,349,766 (July 2000 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 153,162,145
Languages Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages
Literacy 89.6% total, 91.8% male, 87.4% female (1995 est.)
Religions nominally Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 6%, other 5%
I increased my knowledge of Spanish in a wonderful program at Encuentros! Jeannie will place you in a small group that is suited for your needs!
tell her Greg sent you!
¡¡¡Viva México, cabrones!!!!
Welcome to Mexico.
You can enjoy different activities in just one country. The most importants cities are: Mexico city, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Cancun, Acapulco, Oaxaca and Tijuana. Very much cities are very good to visit.
For Backpack travel, the ideal places are San Miguel de Allende, San Juan de los Lagos, Real de Catorce, Chichén Itzá, Barranca del Cobre, Cañón del Sumidero, Guasave, and more...
To beach enjoy, best cities are Cancun, Acapulco, Huatulco, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel and Veracruz.
To exploring nature (ecoturism) excellent are Bahía Magdalena (whales), Desierto del Pinacate (desert), El Cielo (National Park in Tamaulipas), Cuatro Ciénegas (World Patrimony), Selva Lacandona (jungle), and more...
Some cultural places are Taxco, Oaxaca, Casas Grandes, Morelia, Puebla, etc.
Official name: Estados Unidos Mexicanos [United Mexican States]
Capital: Mexico city
Population: 103,400,170 (2002)
Area: 1,964,382 sq km (758,452 sq mi.) [5th in Western Hemisphere; 15th in the world]
It is characterized by an extraordinary diversity in topography and climate and is crossed by two major mountain chains.
The most fantastic country in America
"aztecas, mayas, toltecas, spaniards..."
Please, come back to this page in a short time, when I will have it translated into english.
¡Qué país más fantástico que es Méjico!
Sin ninguna duda es uno de los diez más fabulosos del mundo, pues lo contiene todo: cultura antigua a moderna, muy buena comida (de las más sabrosas del mundo), tradiciones entrañables, playas idílicas, amabilidad y bondad de sus gentes, etc.
Sin embargo, de la capital, Mexico DF, hay que visitar lo justo, es decir, el Zócalo y la Catedral, el Museo Antropológico, y tal vez pasearse en barcas por la encantadora Xochimilco. Ah!, y también visitad los atlantes, en Tula. Personalmente guardo muy mal recuerdo del D.F., pues me robaron en la Plaza Garibaldi escuchando música de Veracruz (bueno, apenas perdí 20 dólares, por no ser cuidadoso).
Pero eso sólo fue un incidente insignificante con todo lo que Méjico me ofreció. Os aconsejo el Yucatán y ciudades encantadoras como San Cristóbal de las Casas, Palenque, ¡Ah!, y el tren por la Barranca del Cobre, entre Chihuahua y Los Mochis.
Acordaos de comprar una bella hamaca en Mérida, en el Yucatán y de presenciar las danzas típicas de allí, que son las jotas, como en Aragón, España.
En Tulum encontrareis unas ruinas mayas fantásticas a orillas del mar.
Seguro que pronto volveré a Méjico otra vez y os seguiré contando.
Altar of the church
Red fruit Cornetto... we ate this among 4 ppl! YUM
Multi colored urn of Quetzalcoatl 72
lunch or snack at the museo
Arriving in Mexico city February 18th
We have 10 hrs between flights.... taking into account customs etc and being back at the airport 2hrs before flight, we figure we would have about 6 hrs to spare. We would like to take a trip to the pyramids at Teotihuacan, is this possible..?
2nd question ... if its possible, how can we book a taxi to take us there and make sure they pick us up to get back to airport, or can we book a taxi that would wait for us.
We have looked into private tours but timing is off, also price, $300 and up for the 2 of us.
Thanks in advance for any input......nanas5
Re: 10hr layover
Check with Hilton Hotel at the airport. Call their consierge to set up for you. Take Hotel Taxi Should only cost 100-150 Dlls. Hotel is within airport. Leave your luggage there. Pay car when you return to Hilton. Have him wait for you.
Re: 10hr layover
Thank you for input.... will look into the Hilton taxi.....nanas5
Re: 10hr layover
don't take a taxi from the airport to the pyramids. They will take you and leave you there to spend,let's say waste your time, they won't give you any explanation and will not charge you cheap!!
Re: 10hr layover
After you land and clear customs all you have to do is wander around the terminal looking confused for about 3 seconds and you will be approached by taxi drivers that have been cleared by security. You might be able to strike a prety good deal.