Welcome to Mexico City AKA CDMX. Mexico City is a vibrant place that is an up-and-coming travel destination. More tourists are coming here as the city gets safer, and I had the chance to visit for a few days with my husband for his conference. While he worked, I woke up at 6:30am to take photos of the downtown Zocalo area. I may have overdone it a bit as I walked 13 miles, yes 30,000 steps in one day! I don't suggest doing that but at least I was able to see a great deal of the city in a short amount of time.
Unfortunately on our last day we both came down with food poisoning and had to go home. We were very disappointed, especially as we had been very careful: We drank bottled water the whole time and even brushed our teeth with it. We may have become too trusting in the food department and it was probably salad that got us. Anyway, aside from that I do recommend Mexico City as a great cultural destination with beautiful sites and cathedrals. I felt safe the whole time, but it is important, like with any large city, to stay in nicer areas and to be alert. I would also brush up on your Spanish, because a lot of people speak little to no English.
A few noteworthy places not to miss!
- The Zocalo of course, and the Metropolitan Cathedral shown in my last photo. You will know this area looks familiar from the recent James Bond movie Spectre
- The Grand Ciudad hotel. A block away from the main Zocalo Square, the stainless ceiling is breathtaking, also in the movie Spectre.
- The National Palace. I stumbled upon the location when I saw a line forming outside around 10am. I hopped in line and asked the tourists on line with me what this place was, and lucky me because the line got very long! They only allow a certain number of people at a time and are heavily guarded with security. In fact most museums or monuments will require a security check. Don't forget your ID.
- The Post Office. The inside is just beautiful. The House of Tiles is right next to it... not as amazing as it looks online but it is nice to get a peak at because you will pass by it.
- Museo Franz Mayer. The people of Mexico love their courtyards! Almost every building has a beautiful one especially here.
- Museo de Arte Popular. Do NOT miss this museum! It is just so cool and colorful.
- Last but not least... go inside the Sears building to the 8th floor cafe to get the best view of the Palacio de Bellas Artes! (Pictured in the first photo) Enjoy a hot beverage while admiring the view!