Here Are 7 Must Do Things While In Mexico City, According To Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek loves Mexico. There’s no denying her love for her native country despite living and traveling all over the world. But now we’re getting a sense of what Hayek really loves about Mexico, specifically Mexico City.

In an article for Vanity Fair, Salma Hayek is dishing on her favorite things about Mexico City.

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Hayek, who’s married to French business mogul François-Henri Pinault, divides her time between France and the U.S. where she’s a naturalized citizen. However, that doesn’t mean that her heart has forgotten her roots.

Here’s some highlights of her favorite things according to her article in Vanity Fair.

1. Teotihuacan Pyramids


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Hayek says that these historic pyramids, which date back 200 CE, is a can’t miss destination. The Pyramid of the Sun, which is included in the compound, is the third largest pyramid in the world behind two the Great Pyramid of Cholula and the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.

2. Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul

The Frida Kahlo Museum, which happens to be Frida’s house where she was born and lived most of her life, is obviously on the list of things to do. Hayek listed this experience as one of her local favorites.

3. Museo Jumex

Hayek’s favorite museum in Mexico City showcases some art work from renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Gabriel Orozco, and Jeff Koons.

4. El Bazar Del Sábado, San Ángel

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This open shopping market is ideal for lovers of Mexican artisan works. If you find yourself wandering around Mexico City, this is the spot for all of your souvenirs.

5. Tepoztlán

This secret hideaway from the bustle of the largest city on earth is a perfect getaway for a quiet and memorable Mexican experience.

6. Pujol

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What should you order at this fancy restaurant? Hayek recommends the octopus with habanero.

7. Hotel Condesa DF

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A room here will cost you at least $200 a night, but Hayek says that this hotel is the best hotel in the city.

Not bad if you want to live it up like Hayek.

(H/T: Vanity Fair)

READ: Mexico City Ranks #1 in the World, Find Out Why

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The Mexico City House From Netflix’s “Roma” Is Up For Sale And Could Be Yours For The Right Price


The Mexico City House From Netflix’s “Roma” Is Up For Sale And Could Be Yours For The Right Price

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Every so often the locations filmed in some of our favorite movies become famous in their own right. Think about the dinosaurs from Peewee’s Big Adventure, the Circus Liquor store from Clueless, or the San Francisco mansion from Full House, close your eyes and you can probably picture them crystal clear.

For the Netflix film Roma, one of its biggest stars has been the house in which many of the film’s scenes were shot. In fact, it’s become a bit of a tourist destination in its own right. And now, as it comes on the market, people are flocking to the property for a chance to see it up close.

The house from Roma is on sale and people are flocking to see it.

Besides being a chronicle of a family during a turbulent moment in history and conveying a complex look at class and gender, Alfonso Cuarón’s award-winning Roma is also that rare film where its primary location feels like a character unto itself. In this case, it’s the Mexico City house where the film’s characters live; over the course of watching, you might feel like you live there yourself.

Now, the house in question is on the market — and cinema buffs and architecture fans alike might be intrigued.

The now famous house doesn’t really standout among the neighboring homes – except for a commemorative plaque.

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Although the house is located in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods – Roma – it’s located in a quiet corner of the colonia and doesn’t really stand out from any of the other houses. Although upon further inspection, you’ll see a plaque that commemorates the most celebrated Mexican film in decades, Roma.

In the 2018 film, Tepeji 22 stood in for Alfonso Cuarón’s boyhood home, and its facade and patio featured in some of the most memorable scenes.

Cuarón spent the first years of his life in the house across the street, Tepeji 21, but preferred the light in the house opposite to shoot his film and the family agreed. The production designer, Eugenio Caballero, changed the window grilles and retiled the patio, which serves as the set piece for the film’s first scene introducing the film’s protagonist, Cleo, the family’s maid, as she washes dog waste from the floor with soapy water.

The home was painstakingly recreated a set to match Cuarón’s memories.

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In a Netflix documentary about the making of the film, Cuáron describes how he tried to find as much of the original furniture as he could, contacting relatives across Mexico to ask them to borrow pieces. And it worked, since so many people who saw the film spoke about its authenticity and beauty.

The home’s owners have put it up for sale but aren’t publicly disclosing the price.

When Roma was nominated for 10 Oscars – and won three, including one for Best Director – the Monreal family (who own the property) welcomed tourists who tracked the movie’s locations through Roma and the rest of the city.

“It hurts,” Monreal told The Guardian, of the decision to sell the house, preferring to keep the reasons for the sale private. “It has given us great satisfaction, we love it. You can’t measure everything that we have lived through here, everything this house has given us: shelter, closeness, a united family.”

Despite the rumors that are swirling across social media, the Monreal family has not publicly shared the asking price for the house. A listing for a four-bedroom house on the same street, which is only two blocks long and not much changed since the 1970s, cited an asking price of about US$760,000.

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A Tourist Was Arrested For Illegally Climbing Up The Pyramid of Kukulkán


A Tourist Was Arrested For Illegally Climbing Up The Pyramid of Kukulkán

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It is important to be a responsible tourist. This means following rules, acting responsibly, and not violating sacred places. That is something one tourist learned the hard way when she climbed the Pyramid of Kukulkán in Chichén Itzá.

Here’s the video of a tourist running down the steps of the Pyramid of Kukulkán.

The Pyramid of Kukulkán is one of the most iconic examples of Pre-Hispanic architecture and culture in Mesoamerica. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico. In 2017, more than 2 million visitors descended on the site.

Of course, #LadyKukulkan started to trend on Twitter.

You know that Twitter was ready to start calling out this woman for her actions. According to Yucatán Expat Life Magazine, the woman was there to honor her husband’s dying wish. The woman, identified as a tourist from Tijuana, wanted to spread her husband’s ashes on the top of the pyramid, which it seems that she did.

The video was a moment for Mexican Twitter.

Not only was she arrested by security when she descended, but the crowd was also clearly against her. Like, what was she even thinking? It isn’t like the pyramid is crawling with tourists all over it. She was the only person climbing the pyramid, which is federally owned and cared for.

The story is already sparking ideas for other people when they die.

“Me: (to my parents) Have you read about #ladykukulkan?
My Dad: Yes! (to my mom) When I die, I want you to scatter my ashes in the National Palace so they call you “Lady Palace,” sounds better, no?” wrote @hania_jh on Twitter.

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