Magno Travel Insights for Mexico City
Hi, Magno readers! The Magno Insights are some of the learnings I’ve come to after 25 years of traveling experience in Mexico. By taking advantage of these inputs, you’ll go a little beyond on your trips in Mexico. Please take advantage of these recommendations that I consider useful for any kind of visitor.
So, some recommendations for Mexico City are:
* Since Mexico city is an immensely large city with varied tourist attractions, I strongly recommend you have a strategy for visiting the city’s treasures. Either an individual plan for solo traveling or a group traveling plan will be your compass inside the CDMX.
* Personally, and after having visited the city over 100 times, I recommend this following tip. Covering the city through their alive essences that give it identity and personality, it’s a fantastic way to start your journey by the right foot. What I mean is to visit their typical neighborhoods.
* However, if your visitor’s choice is purely thematic, this recommendation fits here. I mean, you only seek to absorb the big city’s delicacies through its culture, gastronomy, history, you can then switch your liking to build your plan up according to your preferences.
This way, this traveling experience strategy goes into what I call and recommend as thematic routes. For example, culinary visits, sport and concert events visits, museum visits, among other similars.
* Also, the way you approach your visit will be determined if you do it on solo traveling or in a group. The latter approach can be as part of a specialized tour provided by a dedicated tour operator.
In this particular case, I recommend that you consult an established tour provider that visits the city’s key points and thematic destinations, such as the tour companies “Turibus” and “Capital Bus.”
These tour operators offer an extended general and specialized tour menus that allow you to get to know the city in a unique manner.
* I also recommend that you let yourself be carried away by the city’s magic with no other plans in between. Something I do sometimes is simply let myself be carried away by the city charms. Let me explain myself.
I start by standing, for example, in the “Paseo de la Reforma.” From this place, I just start walking (or you can also do it by bicycle or “scooters” (Patines del Diablo; that’s how we call them here) and without having a pre-established plan, I start breathing the city’s wonders.
I also like to let myself be trapped and carried away by the magic of the Chapultepec’s first section corridor (Primera Sección de Chapultepec). Or by those little streets of the so-called “Roma” or “Juárez” neighborhoods.
Whatever comes out, is a unique opportunity to discover hidden aspects that only the city reveals to its intrepid explorers.
* The mobility that Mexico City offers is unique. The city’s public transportation global network is remarkably developed and extended. This system’s backbone is the Metropolitan Collective Transportation System, known only as the “Metro.” A network that comprises twelve lines and a hundred and ninety-five passenger stations.
Most of the day you’ll find it crowded. Sometimes, too much crowded. I recommend avoiding transfers during the so-called “peak” hours.
I mean, times when passenger demand increases. Those times run from Monday to Friday from 06.00 AM to 09.30-10.00 AM and from 5.30 PM to 9.30 PM approximately.
* The gastronomic options in Mexico City are little less than immense, abundant, and for all likings. Of course, there are thousands of Mexican food options and international cuisine choices such as French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Indian, Korean, Cantonese, etc.
From the high-end restaurants located in places like the Historic Center, the neighborhoods of “Coyoacán” or “San Ángel,” the “Paseo de la Reforma,” or the “Condesa” neighborhood, excellent culinary options will be popping up one after another.
Now, there’s another side for the CDMX food choices. Commercial restaurants with pre-defined menus or the so-called “comida corrida,” along with the typical restaurants or “fondas,” public markets, and street markets or “tianguis” will be gastronomy resources you can give them two thinking rounds.
Finally, semi-fixed stands on public highways and even “ferias” or traditional dishes, temporary festivals will also appear in your traveling horizon.
My formal recommendation will be to approach the city’s gastronomic offer according to three aspects:
1.) The specific food type you’d like to enjoy, i.e., Mexican, typical or Spanish, etc. or
2.) Any food offer depending on the particular area you are visiting or
3.) Make a visit specifically for culinary purposes.
One recommendation that I offer you as part of my repeated visits to the city. Don’t miss out on dedicating an exclusive tour on some time that you have, I mean, to open a space to visit some of the hundred and forty-four Mexico City’s native neighbourhoods.
Located throughout the length and breadth of the formerly known as the “Political Delegations.” They are now known as the “Mayorships” (Alcaldías). They are another journey inside your major capital’s city odyssey.
They are like a micro gateway that will transport you to other authentic realities that refuse to cease. Those realities that refuse to die because of constant modenity advancement.
* Xochimilco neighborhood. I advise you to dedicate special attention to this historic neighborhood. It’s a typical and folkloric spot and “Mayorship” located in the city’s southern region.
It’s made up of fifteen original neighborhoods, which they don’t lose its real Mexican, historical and traditional authenticity, city’s provincial taste essence.
Its colors, aromas, textures, tastes, views, and sounds will leave their mark on anyone’s soul. The “Sementera de Flores” place, or where flowers are born, is also where Mexico City asserts itself as unique and varied.
There are specialized tours that go around it, or if you like it, you can also let yourself be carried away by its charms, which don’t disappoint any explorer.
* Something that I also recommend when you visit the Aztec capital is not to stop listening to the city. I mean, what the city sounds like.
From the voices of street sellers, markets, or “tianguis” to the typical fairs’ music, or the one of the musical groups that entertain the city’s diverse festivities, Mexico City has its own melodies.
Melodies or concerts, like the famous festival “Noche de Primavera” (Night’s Spring Festival) to the daily sounds, sui generis, and purely urban, Mexico city has its own trademarked sounds.
The city sounds loud. My advice as a Mexican travel blogger is to listen to the cities or villages. They also talk to their explorers in very subtle ways, which hardened travelers know how to listen to them.
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