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Mexico City Is One Of The Must-See Cities In The World And Here’s Why

Mexico City is one of the biggest cultural capitals of the world, with incredible art, architecture, and beautiful sights to see. The bustling city, which is one of the most populated places on earth, offers centuries of history dating back to the Aztec empire that once stood there. It’s one of the most exciting places to visit, and has some of the most delicious food you can ever try. And best of all, it’s affordable.

Here are 20 reasons you absolutely must put Mexico City on your list of places to travel to!

20. Pujol

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One of the most famous restaurants not just in the entire country, but the world. So much so that it was featured on an episode of “Chef’s Table.” Their mole, made with hundreds of ingredients and slow roasted to perfection, has become their most renown dish, though the rest of the menu ain’t too shabby. Come for one of those life changing meals you’ll talk about forever.

19. La Pulqueria

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This cool little punk bar serves the unofficial drink of the city, pulque, in a variety of flavors. Housed inside of an old three story house, La Pulqueria offers live music and place to try some of the best pulque in the city. It’s a perfect spot to kick off your night.

18. El Moro Churreria

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Are you ready to absolutely lose your mind over some churros and chocolate calentito? Then look no further than El Moro, a chic and hip little cafe that makes the most delicious sweets you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. And since CDMX is a walking city, you don’t have to feel too guilty.

17. Lardo

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Another one of the city’s best restaurants, led by a chef once voted the best chef in Latin America, the small neighborhood restaurant offers Mexican-Mediterranean cuisine in an adorably chic and beautifully-designed space. Totally grammable food and decor!

16. Stroll Around La Condesa

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Considered one of Mexico City’s hippest neighborhoods, La Condesa has great bars and restaurants that can be found along its tree lined streets. Rent a bike and check out the neighborhood, including a picnic in Parque Mexico and grub at Tacos Gus.

15. Xochimilco

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A huge series of floating gardens can be found in Xochimilco. Board one of their color barcas and take a nice, long, leisurely trip surrounded by nature, music and food. You can literally hire a mariachi or norteño band as it floats past you on a barca, then buy the most amazing Mexico City-style quesadillas you’ve ever had in your life.

14. Museo Nacional de Antropología

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The Museum of Anthropology is one of the most incredible architectural marvels you’ll lay eyes on. While the museum itself boasts fascinating ancient artifacts and exhibits that delve into past cultures and Mexico’s history, the building itself is worth the trip. There a huge indoor waterfall structure that will make your moth drop.

13. Zócalo

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The main square of the Mexico City’s centro historico is surrpunded by beautiful historic buildings and the famous cathedral. La Casa de las Sirenas is the spot to grab a drink at and look upon the entire square. It’s a great place to see some history.

12. La Ciudadela

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This mercado de artesanias has everything you could ever want to buy, from artisan made leather purses, shoes, and hand spun wool dolls, to clothing, toys, and glassware. It has everything you can expect, and then some! And you can grab a delicious snack or drink from one of the many little cafes found inside, perfect for a shopping break.

11. Palacio de Bellas Artes

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The palace dedicated to preserving and holding Mexican art and culture is famous the world over for being home to a large scale mural painted by famed artist Diego Rivera. That alone is worth a visit, however there’s performances that will blow your mind from renown professional dancers and gorgeous art exhibits.

10. Dinner at Rosetta

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This beautiful, colonial-style restaurant offers some of the best food in the city. It’s warm and dimly lit, making it the perfect spot for a romantic date. But if you want an amazing dinner with friends to kick off the night, this is your spot also.

9. Pyramid of the Sun

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This well-known pyramid in the ancient city of Teotihuacan is one of the largest in the world. Climb to the top of the pyramid and see what the ancient people once looked upon. It’s a breathtaking place.

8. Chapultepec Castle

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Chapultepec Castle is located on top of Chapultepec Hill within one of the largest parks in all the world. Inside you’ll find a fascinating history museum and incredible views. It’s definitely worth the visit. Plus there’s a zoo nearby.

7. Mercado Medellin

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This market situated in Colonia Roma is perfect for food lovers who want to try a little bit of everything, and take some snacks and ingredients home. Sit at a counter for some antojitos or buy yummy snacks from all over Latin America. Either way, your stomach will be happy.

6. Casa de Frida Kahlo

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The hone and final resting place of iconic artist Frida Kahlo is an absolute must when visiting Mexico City. It’s beautiful garden is the necessary calm you need after a day of walking, and the incredible original paintings by the artist will take your breath away. There’s also an exhibit of her clothes and accessories, and if you look closely for a brass sculpture shaped like a toad, what you’ll actually be finding is the urn holding Frida’s ashes.

5. Mama Rumba

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Wanna get down to some salsa music in one of the most exciting, lively bars in the city? Mama Rumba is the place to go. Bring your dancing shoes and, most importantly, your hip-shaking moves.

4. Museo del Objeto del Objeto

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A museum dedicated to objects, there are fascinating exhibitions – both permanent and temporary – that celebrate and pay homage to the artistry of the every day objects we interact with in our lives. It may seem strange, but it’s a fun, quirky, and fascinating space. They once even had a exhibit dedicated to – ahem – erotic objects.

3. Plaza Garibaldi

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You can’t visit anywhere in Mexico and not hear mariachi music. It’s just not allowed. And in Plaza Garibaldi, you can hear beautiful music while enjoying great drinks and food. It’ll fill you with pride and happiness.

2. Leon Trotsky Museum

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For those of you who are into politics and political history, a visit to the Leon Trotsky Museum is also a visit to the place where the famed revolutionary was also assassinated. It’s not for everybody but if you’re into political science you’ll be happy as a clam.

1. Luis Barragan House and Studio

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While his name is not a household one, Luis Barragan was one of the greatest minds in modern architecture. A visit to his home and studio is a chance to wander into the mind and process of a design genius. Plus, it’s absolutely stunning.

This is only the tip of the iceberg! There’s so much more to explore that you’ll be so sorry to leave this incredible city. Perfect! That just gives you an excuse to plan another trip!

Mexico City Is Hoping $10,000 Pesos Is Enough To Get Its Police Officers To Lose Some Weight

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Mexico City Is Hoping $10,000 Pesos Is Enough To Get Its Police Officers To Lose Some Weight

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Ever struggled to drag yourself from bed for a little morning gym? Yeah, you’re not alone. Getting into shape is often a matter of finding the right motivation.

Would $525 help?

That’s the amount that the Mexico City government is planning to reward its police officers who’re prepared to drop the extra pounds. That’s right – they’ll be paid to get trim.

Mexico City has launched the ‘Healthy Policia’ program which aims to help police get in shape.

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The Secretariat of Citizen Security of Mexico launched the program to combat the problem of Mexico’s overweight police. The problem is so huge, no pun intended, that a 2017 study by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) found that a whopping 8 out of 10 city police officers were overweight.

The government hopes that rewarding MXN10,000 (525 US dollars) to agents who lose weight, might finally help put the force into better shape.

Overweight police are a common sight on city streets.

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Anyone who’s visited Mexico City will likely have seen large and heavy uniformed police officers pacing street corners on duty or standing in the torta line.

Obesity is a massive issue that cuts through all segments of Mexican society.

But you wouldn’t be crazy to expect a higher fitness standard from those whose duty should be to keep la gente safe and maintain order in this bustling city.

But, sadly, seeing overweight agents on duty is just business as usual.

Obesity in Mexico, not just among the police force, is an epidemic.

In fact, a 2018 National Survey of Professional Police Standards and Training found that 79.4% of officers exceed their recommended BMI. And not only does it affect job performance – it’s also a serious health issue for them.

A national survey found that 81.4% of police officers suffered from at least one chronic disease. Topping the list was high blood pressure, diabetes and chronic stress.

That same survey found that, interestingly, police with operational roles were more likely to be overweight or obese, than those in administrative roles.

The new Healthy Polícia initiative is designed to pay off over 6 months.

This new Healthy Polícia initiative will benefit up to 2,000 members of Mexico City’s police force and will even require them to sign a letter of commitment to the cause.

The program rolls out in stages over 6 months. To start with, the agent’s level of obesity will be diagnosed. For the next five months, the agent will receive 1,000 pesos for every month that they manage to lose weight. On the sixth month, they’ll receive a final bonus reward of 4,000 pesos as the proverbial cherry-on-top.

Participants will also receive medical, psychological, nutritional and dental care during the program.

Mexican police authorities are also making an effort to improve their force’s diets, across the board.

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In a country with more cheap chicharron and tortas de tamale than ya can shake a stick at, it’s not too surprising that the authorities behind the Mexico City police force were forced to take some sort of measure regarding diet.

From October of last year, a program was kicked off to cut back on the calorie and carb intake of the force’s diets. They’ve since changed the menus of its 60 dining rooms to offer a much more balanced, low calorie diet, and have nutritionists keeping an eye on the daily fare.

While the new food regulations have supposedly been effective for many, it hasn’t been all fun and games. Some of the police have apparently struggled with the switch in focus from meat, to fruit and veg. One officer reportedly said the measure is “hard” and “leaves us very hungry.”

This comes a month after news of 625 Mexican federal police officers being rejected from the National Guard for being too heavy.

News surfaced last month that a huge number of federal police officers who wanted to move to Mexico’s new National Guard division, were instead instructed to slim down.

According to a leaked audio recording, over 625 federal police were rejected for not meeting the strict physical requirements of the National Guard. Instead, these agents were transferred to the National Immigration Institute (INM) to help control immigration at checkpoints on Mexico’s northern and southern borders during the ongoing crisis.

And obesity isn’t just a problem for the cops.

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The obesity epidemic in Mexico has skyrocketed in the last decade. More and more Mexican families are gorging on processed, sweet and saturated foods and the collective effort has turned Mexico into one of the fattest nations on the planet – with five million clinically obese people living in Mexico City.

According to WHO, Mexico has one of the highest per-capita consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in the world. It’s estimated that almost nearly 10% of total energy intake for adults comes from sugar-sweetened beverages. Duuude.

In fact, things are so bad that the city even installed machines that give out free metro tickets in exchange for squats!

READ: Mexico City Is One Of The Must-See Cities In The World And Here’s Why

An American Died In The Dominican Republic In March But The Death Was Ignored And Treated As Natural Causes

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An American Died In The Dominican Republic In March But The Death Was Ignored And Treated As Natural Causes

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More Americans have died while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. News agencies have been reporting on the increasing number of American deaths in the Dominican Republic and now one more death has come forward from March after being ignored.

A Georgia man’s death and under investigation months after dying in the Dominican Republic.

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Tracy Jerome Jester Jr., of Forsyth County, Georgia died in March while vacationing in the Dominican Republic with his sister. Allegedly, Jester started to complain of not being able to breathe after a day of sightseeing with his sister.

Jester Jr.’s mother told ABC News that his death certificate references “respiratory illness” as the cause of death.

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Jester Jr.’s mom told ABC News that he did have lupus. Yet, the man’s mother remembers her son telling her about a “nasty” Sprite he drank in the Caribbean country shortly before his death.

According to ABC7, Jester’s mother got a call from her son the night before his death and he told her about his activities, including the questionable taste of the soft drink he purchased at the hotel. While she told him that it might be a different flavor in the country, he insisted that something was odd about the drink.

At 4:40 a.m., she got a call from her daughter and the conversation was troubling.

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At this point, Jester Jr. was vomiting blood and telling his sister that he wasn’t able to breathe. Their mother instructed her daughter to call emergency services but there was a delay in someone assisting, according to ABC7.

There was no toxicology performed because of when the young man died in connection to the increase in tourist deaths.

It wasn’t until there was increased media attention to the deaths and three deaths at one hotel that toxicology screenings started to happen. So far, the FBI is performing toxicology screenings on the three victims from the same hotel.

Officials in both the U.S. and the Dominican Republic claim that there has been no significant increase in deaths.

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People are trying to calm down the fears of everyone talking about the deaths in the Dominican Republic. While it is not abnormal for tourists to die while on vacation, the deaths of those in the Dominican Republic have left Americans stunned.

READ: Dominicans Are Taking To Social Media To Make Sure That People Stop Trying To Cancel The Dominican Republic

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