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We Wanted To Find Out What We Could Buy In Mexico With Just $10, Here’s What We Found Out

So I’ve been living in Mexico for about two years and am totally prepared to answer that question. How far will a dollar get you? Or in this case, what can you buy with $10 when traveling in Mexico?

The exchange rate is currently at about 19 to 1 at the time of this writing, but that doesn’t mean you can buy 19 of whoever we could buy with one dollar. Likewise, just because a beer costs $7 USD in the US, doesn’t mean the equivalent priced beer in Mexico would be any good. Many people don’t quite understand just how exchange rates work and when they come to Mexico just how far their dollar will take them.

With $10 USD, you could eat 13 finger licking good tacos that would make your abuela proud.

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Yes, you’re reading that right- for one crisp, well, Hamilton ($10 bill) you can buy about 14 tacos. That’s less than a dollar per taco! There are many places in the States that have no shame in charging $5 each! Except for these taco’s are damn good. These aren’t your typical taco-kit taco’s. And Taco Bell is literally dog food next to these. It’s no exaggeration when people say, “Until you’ve tried a taco in Mexico, you’ve never tried a taco.” These things are finger-lickin’ good. I’ll take three, please! And for about $2 USD, we are full and happy.

Then you could wash down all those tacos with 8 bottles of Mexican cerveza.

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Obviously, beer is popular with loads of people visiting Mexico and you’ll be happy to hear your $10 could get you a pretty good buzz (obviously we don’t condone drunk driving and please drink responsibly.) At many casual bars you’ll find national brands (think Corona, Indio, Tecate, Pacifico) for about $1.25 USD. If it’s a Thursday, hit up a Chili’s restaurant (yes, that Chilis) and get them 2×1!

If craft brews are more your thing, order a cerveza artesenal. Even with just $10 USD you’ll be able to get about two of them, whereas in the States you’d easily pay $10 just for one.

Are you more of a cocktail kinda type than a chela type? Enjoy at least 2 cocktails with your $10 USD.

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Few places will charge you more than $100 pesos (or about $5 USD) per cocktail. Whether you want a gin & tonic, vodka OJ, vodka cran, whiskey ginger, Long Island ice tea, or a sex on the beach, you’ll be able to drink em all.

Now if you go to a mercado or even a Seven (that’s 7-11), you can buy that bottle of liquor and a mixer for just about your entire $10 USD. And how many cocktails does that get you…?

With Mexico’s heat it’s important to stay hydrated. Thankfully, that’s pretty cheap to do.

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There’s a common misconception that Coca Cola is often cheaper than water. I haven’t seen that yet but it’s often pretty damn close.

With your $10 USD you’d be able to buy 18 regular bottles of water or 17 bottles of Coca Cola. See…pretty damn close.

Not into tacos? Don’t drink? Here are some other things to stuff your belly with on just $10 USD.

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Tortas de chilaquiles? Ever tried one? If not, search for one right now. Stop what you’re doing and run. These things changed my life and are worth every pesito, or in our case, penny.

On the streets of Mexico City, you can find some of the best tortas de chilaquiles for about $2.50 – meaning you could buy a family of four a mouthwatering breakfast with your $10 USD.

Maybe you’re more of an esquites or elote kinda person? Then you’re in luck. Across the country you’d be able to scarf down at least five cups of elotes or chomp on at least six elotes – all for $10 USD.

Ok, so we’ve eaten and drank enough. Let’s talk stuff to do! Take your novio/novia to the movie theatre and splurge on palomitas all for $10 USD.

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Going out to the movies is insanely popular in Mexico and largely because it’s so affordable. You won’t have to spend more than $4 USD per ticket at any of the major movie chains (unless you’re into that bougie VIP-style stuff) and a popcorn – of which there are many many many options – is a whopping $2 bucks. The perfect date night for just $10 USD.

But wait…you gotta get looking all sorts of cute for that hot date. All you need is that $10!

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Nails done? Yup, you can have them done twice for $10 USD. Estéticas are all over the country doing up nails for just $5 a pop.

Hair did? For women, $10 USD might be pushing it but you can definitely have at least a trim. For men, you can visit a totally hipster barber shop and have that beard trimmed or that hair did and still have enough left for a good tip.

Pedicure? Be prepared to say goodbye to that entire $10 bill but come on, $10 for a pedicure, I ain’t mad about it.

OK…now wait. Can I take an Uber to my date at the movies?

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Uber is definitely the most expensive way to move around Mexico but it’s dirt cheap compared to prices in the US. You can easily get both to and from your date at the movies for less than $10 USD.

Prefer to save as many coins as possible? Take the CDMX Metro 40 times with your $10 USD.

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Yea, it’s true. Mexico City is home to one of the world’s cheapest Metro systems. For just $5 pesos (about 25¢ USD) you can take a ride throughout the entire system. And it’s a giant system – second biggest in the Western Hemisphere and one of the world’s busiest.

What about keeping in touch? Don’t worry. A month’s long phone plan can be yours for roughly $10 USD.

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Companies like AT&T and Telcel all offer Pay-As-You-Go plans, so you can spend as little or as much as you need. With just $10 you can get a month’s worth of unlimited calling, texting, and social media plus 2 gigs of high-speed data. Not bad right?

Wanna take a day trip somewhere? Your crisp $10 bill is all you need.

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Museums across Mexico – even major tourist attractions like Teotihuacán and Chichén Itzá – aren’t expensive. You and a friend can easily get in on $10 USD and still have a few left over for souvenirs.

From 14 tacos to 40 rides on the Metro or an entire date night at the movies, $10 USD (about $200 pesos) will get you pretty far south of the border in Mexico.

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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

It’s an election year in Mexico and that means that things are heating up as candidates fight for the top spot. At the same time, Mexico is experiencing a burgeoning fight for women’s rights that demands accountability and justice. Despite all the marches and protests and civil disobedience by hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, it remains to be seen how much change will happen and when. 

Case in point: Félix Salgado, a candidate for governor of Guerrero who has been accused of rape and sexual assault but maintains the support of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Now, after being disqualified from the race because of undisclosed campaign finances, the candidate is vowing to block any elections from taking place unless he is allowed to continue his campaign. 

A disqualified candidate is vowing to block elections unless he’s allowed to run.

Félix Salgado was running to be governor of the Mexican state of Guerrero when he was faced with allegations of rape and sexual assault. The commission that selects party candidates allowed him to remain in the race and he continues to maintain the support of President AMLO – who is of the same political party, Morena. 

However, in late March, election regulators ordered that Salgado be taken off the ballot due to a failure to report campaign spending, according to the AP. Mexico’s electoral court ordered the Federal Electoral Institute (FEI) to reconsider their decision last week. Salgado is already threatening to throw the election process into chaos.

“If we are on the ballot, there will be elections,” Salgado told supporters in Guerrero after leading a caravan of protestors to the FEI’s office in Mexico City on Sunday. “If we are not on the ballot, there will not be any elections,” Salgado said.

The AP notes that Salgado is not making an empty threat. Guerrero is an embattled state overrun with violence and drug gangs and many elections have been previously disrupted. Past governors have been forced out of office before finishing their terms. Salgado was previously filmed getting into a confrontation with police in 2000.

It was just weeks ago that the ruling party allowed Salgado’s candidacy to move forward.

In mid-March, Morena confirmed that Félix Salgado would be its candidate for governor in Guerrero after completing a new selection process in which the former senator was reportedly pitted against four women.

Morena polled citizens in Guerrero last weekend to determine levels of support for five different possible candidates, according to media reports. Among the four women who were included in the process were Acapulco Mayor Adela Román and Senator Nestora Salgado.

Félix Salgado was the clear winner of the survey, even coming out on top when those polled were asked to opine on the potential candidates’ respect for the rights of women. He also prevailed in all other categories including honesty and knowledge of the municipality in which the poll respondents lived.

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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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