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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!

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Residents Cite Negligence After Mexico City Train Collapse Leaves At Least 23 Dead

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Residents Cite Negligence After Mexico City Train Collapse Leaves At Least 23 Dead

A segment of a Mexico City Metro train line with a history of structural problems collapsed on Monday night leaving nearly two dozen dead and many more injured. As the dust begins to settle, many residents of the city are already pointing fingers at local officials who have done little to ensure the line’s safety.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador has said that his government will allow for a transparent investigation and will “hide nothing” from the public but many have little faith in the government to do what’s right.

Mexico City Metro train collapses and leaves 23 people dead and many more injured.

A metro train traveling on an overpass in the southeastern part of Mexico City collapsed late on Monday, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 70. One person trapped in a car underneath the wreckage was pulled out alive.

The two train carriages were seen hanging from the structure, above a busy road. This is the deadliest incident in decades in the city’s metro system, one of the busiest in the world.

A crane was sent to the scene to stabilize the carriages amid concerns they could fall onto the road, which forced officials to temporarily halt rescue efforts at night.

In chaotic scenes, anxious friends and relatives of those believed to be on the train gathered in the area. Efraín Juárez told AFP news agency that his son was in the wreckage. “My daughter-in-law called us. She was with him and she told us the structure fell down over them.”

Gisela Rioja Castro, 43, was looking for her 42-year-old husband, who always take that train after work and had not been answering his phone. She said the authorities had no information about him. “Nobody knows anything,” she told the Associated Press.

Mexico City’s metro system is one of the world’s busiest but has long suffered from underfunding.

Mexico City’s metro system is one of the most used in the world, carrying tens of millions of passengers a week. In North America, only New York’s subway carries more people every day. Yet the incident did not occur on one of the older lines, which have been through at least two major earthquakes in the past 35 years. Rather it happened on Line 12, completed as recently as October 2012.

There will be difficult questions for the mayor’s office to come about the construction of the line, including for several former mayors.

They include Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who was in office when Line 12 was unveiled and who championed the metro’s expansion. He called the accident a “terrible tragedy”.

Mexico City’s current mayor has promised a thorough investigation.

The tragedy puts the spotlight on Mayor Sheinbaum and Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard, two key allies of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who are both seen as early front-runners to be Mexico’s next president. Lopez Obrador said at the Tuesday briefing that his government would “hide nothing” from the public about the accident.

Sheinbaum, who has been mayor for more than two years, said the city was going to inspect the entire Line 12, on the southeast side of the city, which she said had been undergoing regular maintenance. She said the rest of the subway lines are safe, though she pointed out that as recently as January, the metro system had had another major problem, a fire in the main control room that stalled operations through mid-February.

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

Mexico City is the oldest surviving capital city in all of the Americas. It also is one of only two that actually served as capitals of their Indigenous communities – the other being Quito, Ecuador. But much of that incredible history is washed over in history books, tourism advertisements, and the everyday hustle and bustle of a city of 21 million people.

Recently, city residents voted on a non-binding resolution that could see the city’s name changed back to it’s pre-Hispanic origin to help shine a light on its rich Indigenous history.

Mexico City could soon be renamed in honor of its pre-Hispanic identity.

A recent poll shows that 54% of chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) are in favor of changing the city’s official name from Ciudad de México to México-Tenochtitlán. In contrast, 42% of respondents said they didn’t support a name change while 4% said they they didn’t know.

Conducted earlier this month as Mexico City gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec empire capital with a series of cultural events, the poll also asked respondents if they identified more as Mexicas, as Aztec people were also known, Spanish or mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish blood).

Mestizo was the most popular response, with 55% of respondents saying they identified as such while 37% saw themselves more as Mexicas. Only 4% identified as Spaniards and the same percentage said they didn’t know with whom they identified most.

The poll also touched on the city’s history.

The ancient city of Tenochtitlán.

The same poll also asked people if they thought that the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán by Spanish conquistadoresshould be commemorated or forgotten, 80% chose the former option while just 16% opted for the latter.

Three-quarters of respondents said they preferred areas of the the capital where colonial-era architecture predominates, such as the historic center, while 24% said that they favored zones with modern architecture.

There are also numerous examples of pre-Hispanic architecture in Mexico City including the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco and Cuicuilco archaeological sites.

Tenochtitlán was one of the world’s most advanced cities when the Spanish arrived.

Tenochtitlán, which means “place where prickly pears abound” in Náhuatl, was founded by the Mexica people in 1325 on an island located on Lake Texcoco. The legend goes that they decided to build a city on the island because they saw the omen they were seeking: an eagle devouring a snake while perched on a nopal.

At its peak, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, the ruins of Tenochtitlán are in the historic center of the Mexican capital. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco contains what remains of the geography (water, boats, floating gardens) of the Mexica capital.

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