Mexico City is ENORMOUS!
Mexico City is a * H U G E * city; you would need a lot of time to know all of it (like most interesting cities) cause there is so much to see. However, it makes it easier that the main and most beautiful attractions are in downtown and down south. There's nothing to see in the north of the city - which by the way isn't a nice zone, in general - and it takes ages to get there anyway. The only thing worth seeing in the north are the Teotihuacan pyramids, but you actually drive OUT of the city to reach those, so you oughta take a full day for that, it's worth it. The rest of the time you can stay in downtown and go to the south, and see some of our many museums, stroll our parks, see our old historical buildings and experiencing Mexican way of life.
Not all of the city is nice, that's for sure, but I'm sure there will be places you'll love, such as Chapultepec, Xochimilco, el Centro Historico (downtown area in general), Coyoacan, among others. You may see in this picture a view of Reforma Avenue, seen right from our Independence Monument (The Angel); this is located in the Zona Rosa, another popular spot for tourists where you can find a lot of night life and entertainment, as well as some of the nicest hotels in town. It's not far away from downtown, and you will find a lot of foreigners wandering around.
el dia de muerte / day of the deads
Go to Mexico-city around 2 novembre!
Mexicans have a special party at this day: "El dia de muerte". They make sceletons and scalps from suger and choclate. You can buy it everywhere.
This is the day they think the dead family will wake up for one night. Mexicans go to the cemetery's with food, drink and music and stay all night long to eat and drink together.
The foto shows one of the souvenirs you can buy.
Christmas in Coyoacan
During the Christmas season/holidays the entire city is decorated with lots of lights, Xmas trees, Nativity scenes and similar stuff. The main square in downtown (Zocalo) is where you can see the biggest display of lights, but the downtown area of Coyoacan is also nicely decorated and the interior of its church is as well.
I had never visited Coyoacan during the Xmas season so it was nice to see the decorations, especially now that the main square has been totally remodeled and the street vendors have been removed, so you can walk more freely and enjoy the view of the whole square. It was also a nice surprise to see the church decorated inside, including a human-sized nativity scene (please see the pictures).
On December 21, 2009 there was a concert being offered inside the church. The music wasn't exactly Christmas carols as one would have expected..... it was an acoustic & electronic music mix which was rather unusual for the season instead. But concerts in churches aren't really common in Mexico as they are in other countries, so it was a nice surprise to have this during the holiday season and it wasn't too bad after all. There were also religious themed plays called Pastorelas being offered in the area by different groups of actors/performers, although these usually aren't for free (the concert was) but are very traditional in Mexico so you may want to see one some time if you get the chance.
Explore the cute neighbourhoods of Mexico City
One morning, I wandered along Moneda and watched the city life waking up from sleep - locals vendors setting up their kiosks, the chilly morning greeting the beams of the sun. I loved the small churches with figures of saints twisted from pain with such a horryfying expression on their faces that gave you a shrill. It was like being on a borderline between life and the other world. On my walk, I ran into small plazas with tropical trees and plants decorated with ribbons - quite a touch of exoticism for me.
I love early mornings in warm countries - the chilliness being gradually replaced by the heat and the intensity of light that amplifies within minutes. The dawn soothes your soul and brings you back from your hybernation.
Paseo entre libros
about 250 m south of metro "Pino Suárez" there's a subterranean connection north to the station of Zócalo. Here you can find the "Paseo entre libros". This is a gallery of 39 bookstores with about 20 million books.
Most of them are sorted by publisher or specific topics like science, culture or whatever ...