Around Town, Mexico City
The longest avenue in whole Latin America starts in Basilica zone, north edge of the city, to lead us to the Tlalpan District, south edge of the city, and it is often intersected by other important streets, so you will find heavy traffic at all times.
It is one of the most important avenues of the city, that has parks, public squares and monuments, shopping centers, restaurants and bars, offices and bussines centers, hotels, apartments and residences, schools and universities, theatres, cinemas, museums, cultural centers and exhibition halls...
From downtown to the north there are a lot of popular, even dangerous, nighborhoods and the only one important place for a tourist travel could be the Basilica de Guadalupe (Basilica of Guadalupe).
There are many important neighborhoods and Districts along and arround Insurgentes Av. from downtown to the south such as Del Valle and N?poles, Roma, Hip?dromo, Condesa, Escand?n, Mixcoac, Guadalupe Inn, San Angel and others.
There is also the Ciudad Universitaria (University City) and the Cuicuilco archeological site.
Some of this neighborhoods have turned into the most prestigious of Mexico City thanks to its central location and pleasant mood that reflect the cosmopolitan air of the zone. Others have a traditional mood and ancient history, others a bohemian air or an intelectual character.
To sume up, Insurgentes Av. is a place to discover and enjoy Mexico City in a friendly way.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, sampling the local beer is definite must!!!
What do the locals drink, what beer is most popular, which beer is hardest to find, does it come in a half pint glass just like grandma used to drink…or better still, a full pint glass like I drink??? These are all good questions that need to be answered...
Politicians and Partisans aside, raise a beer to the Mexican Flag… Although my all time favorite Mexican beer is Tecate, which I particularly like ice cold and from a can, I found myself hitting the Negra Modelo quite often during my last trip through Mexico…
It seems there are two major Mexican breweries crafting a variety of brands in Mexico; Modelo (Corona, Modelo, etc.) and Moctezuma (Sol, Dos Equis, etc.). So, whichever brewery happens to sponsor the bar you happen to be in will dictate which brands are available….
For some reason, I was always in a bar controlled by Modelo....whether I was drinking in the hard rock club Mundo Corona in Cd. del Carmen, Campeche, an even more seedy strip club in Paraiso, Tabasco or the Salon Corona in the D.F., Negra Modelo was there and it was my friend…
Here I am at the Alameda on Avenida Juarez.
The park was created in 1592. It has sparkling fountains, monuments and shady trees.
At one time heretics were burned here by the Inquisition.
A typical Sunday afternoon at the Alameda will offer live music, markets and food stalls.
Favorite thing: Mexico City shouldn't be missed. It has so much to offer. From a relaxing boat ride in Xochimilco (see pic) to a stroll in Chapultepec. It has so many nice museums that you can spend a week in here without seeing them all. I would definitly suggest a visit to Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Speaking of museums, check out the local newspapers for the free days. This may change once in a while, but when I went there I got free access to several museum on Sunday.
Visit the Santo Domingo Plaza, the second most important colonial square after the “Zócalo”.
The old plaza was twice officially renamed in the 20th century: first as the Corregidora’s Garden (in honour of Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, an independence patriot), then as the May 23 Plaza (in commemoration of the National University’s autonomy, won in 1929). However, for the public the name has always been simply “Santo Domingo Plaza”. It is one Mexico City’s loveliest public squares, partly because it is surrounded by a number of buildings having great architectural and historical significance. The Santo Domingo Convent, the Palace of the Inquisition, the old Customs House and the Evangelist Arcade were all nerve centres in Mexico’s spiritual, economic and social life in colonial times. In addition, the Plaza is all the more significant because all buildings around it date from the same period, making it one of the capital’s most homogeneous squares.
For more info and pictures look at my Santo Domingo Plaza travelogue please…
Favorite thing: Take a visit to the Latin American Tower and go to the top where you have a great view over the city. When it was constructed in the fifties, it was the tallest building in the city. The slide shows on the “intro” and top off the “Full Page travelogue” give you an image of the scene. This picture I took from the Alameda Park and on the left, there is still a piece of the Palace of Fine Arts.
Favorite thing: Take a walk over Reforma Street. This +/-10Km street is one of the most important roads in Mexico City. Do not do this street with a taxi or bus, because you will be surprised how many statues you can find here. The most well known statues you find here are “Diana the Huntress” and the “Angel”. It was on this spot I took these pictures over Reforma Street in both directions. To see the (most interesting) statues look in my “Reforma Street travelogue” please.
Today you can visit el Museo Nacional de Antropologia located in the Bosque de Chapultepec (be sure to spend 2 to 3 hours there, since the museum is so big you can spend the whole day there). Then go to Coyoacan: have a walk in Plaza Hidalgo, visit La Casa azul de Frida Kahlo and take the trainway to hear about the history of this colony.
Today you will visit la Plaza de las tres culturas, la Basilica de Guadalupe, then you can have a walk, coffee and go shopping in Condesa and San Angel, at night have a quick look at the mariachi revelation in Plaza Garibaldi.
In mexico city you must visit Xochimilco on a sunday where you can enjoy nice mariachi music drink a nice tequila all this during a lovely boattrip. a very juvenile and nice hang out stop is the barrio de La Condesa.
Fondest memory: I must say that my fondest memory has been my all vistit because I had the luck to have a personal guide who offered me his house who introduced me to his family, who showed me his country in all his aspects. I have now mexico in my house as my personal guide has become my boyfriend.
Visit the cathedral of the virgin of the Guadalupe.
Walk aong the paseo de la reforma
Visit the fantastic anthropological museum
Shopping in the 'zona rosa'
Take a stop in the chapultepec park
Visit the central square
Go to Teotihuacan and visit the famous Pyramids of the moon and of the sun.
Fondest memory: The enormous size of the city.
Go atop Torre Latinoamericana (Latin American Tower), a 44 story office tower, once the tallest in Latin America (now surpassed by 2 other buildings in Mexico City). View points at 42nd, 43rd and 44th floors. Restaurant at 41st floor. Acuarium at 38th floor!! Fare to the top: about 4 dollars.
Fondest memory: See live webcams from La Latino (short nickname). Go to the following address and click on any picture. You will be asked to accept a little software for viewing. Downloads in no time and opens another window. Enjoy the great views!!: http://www.centrohistorico.com.mx/cgi-bin/bvdesa/BVPortal/ch11_camaras.jsp
visit the floating gardens, the cathedral,the socolo[a market place with SO much to offer]sugar figues to pretty to eat the palace really to much to list here oh yes the pyramids older than the ones in egypt
Fondest memory: the aztec calander and friendly people
You have to walk the Paseo de la Reforma from Chapultepec to El Caballito and turn right to the Zocalo. A pleasant walk trip. Don't forget to visit the Templo Mayor near the Cathedral, it is a very good museum.
Fondest memory: The best in Mexico is the people. Let know it!
Llegué de noche. Viajaba en un jumbo Madrid-Mexico D.F., vía Montreal. Llegar de noche volando a esta ciudad te impresiona. La extensión de luces es inagotable.
Sinceramente viajaba un poco intranquilo, coincidí en el avión con un matrimonio de 'ricos' mexicanos que venían de realizar una gira por Europa, y las cosas que me contaban a nivel de inseguridad me intranquilizaban.
Nos hospedamos en un hotel de la zonal rosa (Crown Plaza), hotel magnífico en sus instalaciones, de esta ciudad recuerdo su majestuiosidad en lo grande, y también sus tremendas bolsas de pobreza. El ver los chamizos en dónde vivian hacinados millones de personas sin servicios mínimos, realmente te causa un mal sabor de boca.
Por lo demás, lo típico, visita a Gudalupe, los Jamelgos, Palacio de la Opera con un espectáculo de bailes tradicionales, y sobre todo la visita a Teotihuacan, ruinas aztecas localizadas a unos 40 km. de la ciudad de mexico (el paseo de los muertos, la pirámide del sol, la luna,....).
La visita a la plaza de las tres culturas es de obligado cumplimiento, así como la visita a su catedral y al ayuntamiento de la ciudad.