I must confess that I was a little nervous going to Mexico City. It’s an enormous place (22+ million people) with both a reputation for being beautiful and dangerous. But surprisingly, Mexico city was one of the places I felt safest when travelling! And the beauty of the city is apparent everywhere =) The people are fantastic, the architecture is amazing and even though everyone told me not to take my camera out, I can honestly say that I never once felt threatened by anyone. Like all places, I did make sure to be aware of my surroundings, but it’s hard sometimes, when the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is begging to be photographed!
The Chapultepec Castle is one of the most impressive places you can go to in Mexico city! You start by going up Chapultepec hill, which in itself is a beautiful walk with statues and monuments throughout. Once you reach the top, take some time to appreciate both the gardens and the scenery. The inside of the castle is fantastic, complete with the old furniture they had, painted ceilings, and even a tour of the royal bathrooms!
By far the best thing that happened on this trip was while we visited Xochimilco. Here you can rent gondola-type boats and ride along the canals. While these boats can fit over 20 people at a time, my wife and I were alone so we rented a boat to ourselves. About 10 minutes into the boat ride, another boat, full of people partying, crossed our path. One of the people on the boat yelled “Hey!…..You’re boat sucks!! Why don’t you abandon ship and join our party?” ….so that’s exactly what we did!
Turns out, they were all part of the Couchsurfing community, which we would be using all over Europe! We made some fantastic friends which to this day I still keep in touch, and had a great night!
Finally, you cannot go to Mexico City without visiting the pyramids! Teotihuacan was a Mesopotamian city that has an insane amount of archeological treasures, the biggest being the sun and moon pyramids. We took the subway and bus to the location, which took about 1.5 hours, and spent the entire day there!
Aside from photographs, I also took plenty of video and compiled it into one fun 5 minute segment!
If you are thinking about going to Mexico city, take it from me, it was a fantastic experience, I’m barely touching the surface of what we did (the museums, the food stands, the outdoor malls, etc), and you will love every minute of it.
Special thanks to Kramsky, who hosted us the entire time, giving up his place so we could stay for a bit and experience his city! Much appreciated! =D
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