Why Mexico City is Worth Visiting

The first question I heard when people heard about my current travel adventure was why?  Why would you go to Mexico City?

Mexico City was never my original destination.  The small, colonial town of San Miguel de Allende had been on my radar for about a year, and I decided that trip was going to happen sooner rather than later. But when I started researching and learning that getting to San Miguel was not the most convenient, the option to expand my trip was born.  

SMDA is about 3 1/2 hours from Mexico City, and although there is a smaller airport that is closer, flying to Mexico City from most major cities in the U.S. is both cheaper and more convenient.  When I realized this, it seemed silly not to include it in my plans, so that’s what I did. 

I have been so thankful that I took the past few days to really experience all that Mexico City has to offer.  So often we head to Mexico to sit by the beach and eat our guacamole from the comforts of our beachfront resort.  There is nothing wrong with that, and I’m certain I will be back in no time sitting poolside with my umbrella’d drink. 

But what I’ve experienced in the last few days has also been an amazing experience.  I had the opportunity to learn about the culture of Mexico, to see and experience the a small portion of the depth and complexity that makes up this great country.  And of course… eat.  If you are not a lover of Mexican food we probably could never be friends. And there is no better place to really experience and appreciate the wide array of authentic mexican food than in Mexico City.  For that, as well as the few things I was able to see and do while I was here I am incredibly grateful. Here are a few of the highlights..

Food Tour:  There really is no point in coming to Mexico and not eating as much as possible, so I made that a total priority.

Walking Food Tour in Mexico City

Walking Food Tour in Mexico City

Anthropology Museum: I will be the very first person to tell you that I am not a museum person. At all. So, while I may not have been the person to spend the whole day here like they suggest, I did enjoy this incredibly well done museum.

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Teotihuacan: Heading outside the city to see the pyramids was the one “tour” I was sure I was going to do while I was here. I was incredibly glad that I did, and going early in the morning with an informative guide was a great decision.

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Local Spots: I was invited by some fellow travelers to check out this dive bar— a Pulque bar in fact— and it was quite the experience.  No tourists here, but a totally authentic piece of Mexico City and the opportunity to connect with some fellow travelers.

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There are a lot of preconceived notions about Mexico City that I have found to be not quite accurate. Sure, it may not be the right trip for everyone— but hopefully by taking just a glimpse at my time here, you can see if it could possibly be something you’d like to consider.