Take the long walk up the hill to the Basilica de Guadalupe. There you’ll find some awesome artwork. Along the way up there is also some beautiful scenery. The Basilica de Guadalupe is seen here in the back ground at the top of the hill. Around the same area there is also the New Cathedral and an interesting looking clock. Mexico is a very religious country so be respectful around an area like this one.
Some people think we Mexicans still live in pyramids. Just look at OUR NEWEST ONE! Haa haa...
Inaugurated in 1994, the WTC Mexico City stands HALF the height of the WTC New York (the unfortunate Twin Towers). Not so many countries can say they have one of these. :) Open the picture!
Mexico City is a BIG, modern city and except for the language reminded me a lot of San Francisco or LA. (Actually, I felt safer in Mexico City than LA.) You see all kinds of people in Mexico City and it's very popular for 'executive types' to walk around with cellular phones.
The one thing that confused me the most was at restaurants. The breads that they put on the table aren't 'free' like they are in most US restaurants - you pay by the piece, whether you eat the whole thing or not! (We were billed for eight the first, and last, time my friend and I ate out because we sampled each one!)
Most of the hotel and airport staff can speek some English. Take a translator book or know some Spanish.
The city has a high crime rate and it is stronglly recommened not to be out after dark walking the streets alone. Travel in groups and in high traffic areas.
Mexican people are usually very open, warm and hospitable, and they do their best to help tourists when they need to be oriented. However, it's not very easy to find people that speak English around here (especially common people you find on the street, cause people in the hotels or big restaurants are more likely to speak English), so you may have some problems communicating with Mexican people. However, they'll help you as much as they can most of the times. Be careful though, because as I said in the WARNING section, there can be some people that may take advantage of you if they notice you're a lost & defenseless tourist. When shopping in the street or small markets you should keep in mind that vendors usually rise their prices for tourists, cause they know people from abroad are ready to pay for stuff regardless of the price, and so they sometimes abuse you asking for more money than the stuff is really worth. So learn how to bargain and don't show much interest in the stuff you like, that way they will lower the price.
For tipping in restaurants: the tip is not included in the price of dishes make sure you tip them the 10% of the total account.
To greet people: Say Gracias! Muy bueno!
Talk to people, we love to talk!
Poverty is present everywhere downtown.
One trick some have is they will peel and slice a mango and deliver it to you on a stick right there on the spot on the corner of the street.
Less annoying than begging and delicious too.
Honestly the best and definitely the cheapest food in Mexico City I had in local markets. My favourite is the Xochimilco one where I had the best consome and tacos dorados with lamb meat.
Museums on Bosque Chapultepec are free on Sundays for Mexicans. Expect long lines such as these outside the museum of anthropology
As well as Agua, Juices and icecreams, you can find also Paletas de Agua (water) or Crema (cream) made of fruits and other different flavors.
Lemon, Rompope, Frambuesa are some of the famous flavors
Then take a walk down Mexico City's grand Reforma blvd, and enjoy the different mod cactus sculptures lining its sidewalks. Very cool stuff.
A trip to Mexico City would not be complete without the sounds of mariachi in the backgorund.
The mariachi band traditionally plays at the end of a wedding celebration.
Every day for a week in September, a parade
of local people climb from the city's
main church to a chapel at the top of a nearby mountain, Cerro de la Bufa, in honor of the
patron saint of the town.
Mexican are very religios people, so if you go to the 'Basilica de Guadalupe' and they have Mass inside, please be quite.
The anthropological Museum of Mexico city is in general regarded as one of the most interesting of the whole word.