I was very surprised to see how diverse and mixed Mexico city was. My visit was short, so I only got a teaser of the whole deal. Still, since my couchsurfing hosts were scattered around the city, taking the public transit and exploring neighbourhoods was part of the deal.
I was mostly curious about the large number of newspaper and magazine stands with pictures of semi-naked ladies
Some stories, funny incidents and a tour of Mexico city’s two rapid transit systems. The underground metro and the above-ground metrobus.
Located to the west of Zocalo and the historic centre, Monument to the Revolution is a landmark and monument commemorating the Mexican Revolution. The building looks majestic with a symbolic ‘open-socialist concept’, and you can take an elevator to the top for taking HDR pirctures
Sundays are free museum days in Mexico city and Chapultepec park, located west of downtown Mexico city, gets pretty crowded. I visited the richly decorated Chapultepec castle and the museum of Mexican national history that is located on top of a hill that the Aztecs considered to be sacred.
Checkout the HDR pictures
I read about this dance while researching about mesoamerican dances. The flying men dance is very circus-like, but it has a religious and ceremonial connotation from the Maya traditions. I wonder how much of the original dance and ceremony is still preserved, but the spectacle that was created here, with the accompanying music and chanting, did give me goosebumps.
Nahutal for ‘the place of coyotes’, Coyoacan, with its narrow cobblestone streets and maze of plazas and old buildings, is a bohemian neighbourhood that’s very quaint compared to the busy Zocalo and historic centre of Mexico city.
When I walked into the market to scenes of meat and carcases hanging from hooks and unclean floors in dingy corners of the market, I was very skeptical. Nevertheless, I settled down at a booth that served Tostadas, praying earnestly that I be spared from the revenge of Montezuma, an exotic name for traveller’s diarrhea.
The Zocalo, located in the heart of Mexico city, is one of the largest city squares in the world. Prior to the conquest of Mexico, the area that the Zócalo occupies was open space, in the center of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan. After the destruction of Tenochtitlan, Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquistador, razed the Aztec temples and palaces, and used the building materials to construct a grand Church (which later became the Cathedral), a palace and other buildings.
Tula, the capital city of Toltecs, has intriguing gigantic stone statues of Toltec warriors in its archeological zone. It is also believed that the ancient Toltec ruler was very “white” and had to leave his throne for some reason. He pledged to come back. When the Spanish arrived centuries later, people thought that the mythical king was back. As if this was not interesting enough, I visited a cathedral in the city that has a semi-naked mural of Jesus Christ. A fun and strange day overall!
Mexico city or Ciudad de Mexico is a huge city and I was tempted to spend a whole week checking it out. However I have this thing about big cities – while I like them, I am never keen to explore them fully. That’s because I keep thinking that there might be other times in the future I’d visit Mexico city. Thus, I ended up spending more time in towns around Mexico city rather than the city itself.