I have had a love affair with Mexico City since 2006 when I first visited for a Manu Chao concert. I was reading Carlos Fuentes, drinking mezcal and looking for underground clubs. Nightclubs literally underneath the the old buildings in the historic core. Mexico City is one of those destinations that you will never finish covering. You come to Mexico City with a list of five things that you want to see. You cover those five things but in the process you learn about ten more things that are even more interesting than the original list. And that’s how Mexico City has been for me for the last decade. A list of places that I want to visit that gets bigger the more more I go.
It is hard to comprehend the size of Mexico City but you can think about each neighborhood like it were its own city. Each neighborhood has a different feel and provides a distinct experience. When you go from the historic core to La Roma to Santa Fe and back to Coyoacan you will realize that these neighborhoods could easily be their own cities and world class destinations at that. Just remember that traveling at rush hour is not an option and traffic is always a consideration.
Where to Begin
Everybody has their own agenda but the Zócalo and Centro Historico is the obvious place to start. The most important thing to remember is that before this was Mexico, before this was part of Spain, this was the center of world for the Mexica people. The Aztec danzantes are there everyday to remind us that before this was Mexico City it was called Tenochtitlan. Make sure to visit the Templo Mayor in the northwest corner of the Zócalo before visiting the cathedral and Diego Rivera murals in the Palacio Nacional.