As a travel professional based out of New York, most of my travelers tend to visit the tourist hotspots of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum, and Cancun. It is very rare for travelers to visit Ciudad de Mexico unless they have family there. After working with a lot of suppliers out of Mexico, I always wondered why that was, and I realized it was really because we do not know much about Mexico City.
I took a trip to Mexico City for five days, and I must say that it truly is a beautiful city and more travelers in the United States need to visit! Mexico City is a high altitude city that is known for its Catedral Metropolitana de Mexico (The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heavens), Palacio Nacional (National Palace), Chapultepec Castle, and many more! If you have never been to Mexico City, you need to go, check out some of the things I was able to see and decide for yourself!
Catedral Metropolitana de Mexico
The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heavens is the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico (Roman Catholic). This beautiful cathedral is located in downtown Mexico City and is the main attraction of the Zocalo (the main square). When I visited the Cathedral, it was during Grito de Dolores (Mexico Independence Day), so I was unable to go into the Cathedral, but I did have a simple lunch with a view of the Zocalo and the magnificent cathedral as well as the crowds it brings.
For those who have known me throughout my travels, they know that I love castles and if there is ever a castle, you know for a fact I will be there to explore it. This castle is no different, just a simply beautiful architecture from the 1700s this castle is something to see in Mexico City. The castle is located on top of Chapultepec Hill in the Chapultepec Park (very creative naming clearly). The name Chapultepec means Grasshoppers and is a local delicacy (see my street food section below). The castle has so much beauty and a wonderful garden area on the top.
Palacio de Bella Artes
The Palacio de Bella Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is the cultural center in Mexico City. From Opera, theatre, dance, music, and literature, it holds some of the most important exhibitions in Mexico. The roof is made of crystal, and Marotti Glass covers the iron roof above the main hall. The Palacio de Bella Artes is truly a sight to see, but because I was there during the independence celebrations, so they were not open to the public. However, I did get to go up to Sears to get a coffee and take in the amazing views! I think I got some awesome shots of the Palace, what do you think?
If you are a shopper or enjoy going shopping, Mexico City is the destination for you! With the amount of shopping in the city you can shop until you drop! I know I fell in love with the store Cuidado con el Perro. It is the Mexican H&M it is very budget-friendly, but the style is great, and the quality is good.
I love food, and I love street food. Sometimes it’s better to eat food on the street because you get the real feel of the destination and a taste of the local culture. Check out some of these great street foods including the local Mexican Tacos, the real tacos not the weird things we get in the United States.
Independence Day Parade in Mexico City
Check out the amazing display at the Mexico Independence Day Parade in the city. The streets down Reforma were all closed and it was spectacular.
There is so much more in Mexico that I am not able to share at this time, all I have to say is if you have not yet gone to Mexico City, make sure you contact me so I can help you plan your next trip out even if it is just for a few days. It is a beautiful city with beautiful people and amazing food and sights. Comparing Mexico City to the tourist hotspots in the beach resort towns is like night and day. When you visit Mexico City, you will fall in love with it too.