What comes to mind when one thinks of Mexico D.F.
Pollution! Well this is true. But look beyond the smog and you will find a beautiful city with much to offer. The city is huge and has many dangers learking around. Most VT are people of sound travel knowledge so the obvious warnings are implied.
Mexico City is the largest metropolis in the western hemisphere. If looking to endulge yourself in a week vacation would leave so much undiscovered. One can compare it to cities such as New York, London, or Rome. You can visit sites such as the largest park within a city, Chapultapec, or you can take a gondola ride thru the ancient canals of Xochimilco.
Enjoy the vibrant city of Mexico!
Go to a Football match ( sorry that would be soccer to all you Americanos !) Great atmosphere, good footie and the inevitable traffic jam afterwards was turned into one big party.
Fondest memory: Sitting on top of the Pyramid of the sun at Teotihacan watching the sun set.
When you go to mexico (chiapas ) you absolutely must learn to know the local people but remember it is useful that you learn to speak Spanish. Only few of the people can speak English.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory was the visit we made to a house were indians live. They were making toys and clothes.
Favorite thing: see Tulum (7 km. north of Maya Tulum) which is the largest Maya construction built on the coast. Today it is Mexico's most visited pre-Hispanic site. This royal city, perched on limestone cliffs, is worth a visit because of the magnificent view and the charm of its buildings.
This is a photo of my father and his brother Arturo. Arturo is 6 years younger than my father. I arrived in Mexico City around 4 hours prior to my father. He came from Texas and I from Florida. I asked my father to instruct my relatives that I would meet them upon arival of my father, but Arturo insisted on being there for my arrival. As I passed by the line of people awaiting international arrivals, a voice called out 'Enrique'. As I turned to look I knew immediatley who it was. My father told me that his brother Arturo was going to be there but he didn't tell me how much he ressembled him. As you can see in the picture below, the two of them almost look like twins. Arturo, however, is not near as reserved as my father. While waiting for my father to arrive he jokingly asked if I wanted to go to a cabaret :-)
My father is on the left, BTW.
The sheer size of the city is incredible. You can't imagine it before you see it. The city is built in a kind of bowl shaped valley with houses and roads covering every square feet for miles and miles.
This bowl shaped valley creates problems though; the pollution stays inside suffocating the inhabitants and tourists of course.
Fondest memory: Arriving from the air.
Usually, when arriving in a city by plane, you start to see the suburbs, then the density increases and you say to yourself 'we must be arriving soon'.
Arriving in Mexico City, you see the suburbs, the density increases, BUT it still takes you half an hour before the plane starts its descent!!!Breathtaking!
There is certainly plenty to do in this wonderful city, however, I do not recommend staying very long, because of the tremendous smog problem affecting this city.
Fondest memory: Attending some plays at the many theatres in Mexico City. The incredible variety of good restaurants in town. Visiting friends and their wonderful hospitality.
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