Days of culture
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North America5 days / January 2017
Highs & Lows
Discovering the Soumaya Museum
The city was too big for us to see it all
For some reason a lot of people had warned us about Mexico DF; about how it could be unsafe and how it wasn’t all that pretty to be around; so we were greatly surprised when while being there we stumbled upon such an amazing city. The city is huge and the differences between each area are remarkable, from the downtown area with the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the great Angel of Independence looking down on Paseo de la Reforma, the modern touches of the Museo Soumaya and the malls around it. Everything in Mexico is different and special, I never imagined I’d encounter such a beautiful city. Of course, one of the best things there was, was the food; there are a lot of amazing places to enjoy typical Mexican food, like Tacontento or a fancier choice Hacienda los Morales; or even try something different with an Argentinian restaurant by El Palacio del Hierro. You’ll be greatly surprised by all this city has to offer.
One of the most incredible places in the city is Castillo de Chapultepec, on the top of a hill over the forest of the same name. Once you’re up on the castle’s terraces you’ll have the most incredible view of the hill below and the city. This place, currently a museum will allow you to tour around the castle and all the gardens, giving you the time to marvel at the gorgeous architecture and design, as well as all the beautiful nature around. I have not seen a prettier garden than those in the castle, filled with colorful flowers and surrounded by columns and glass divisions that make it all seem like a fairy tale. Spending a morning walking the castle grounds or the hallways lined with stained glass windows will be a great way to start this trip.
One of the clearest references I have of something Mexican, is the image of our Lady of Guadalupe, the religious icon for the people. While in the city we took some time off to go all the way over to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe; which feels like a completely different place from the rest of the city. Once you get there you’ll stumble upon a gigantic square with the basilica at the end of it, and a smaller, modern basilica on the side, which is where the famous original image of the Virgin is. Here you’ll be able to walk around listening to the beautiful music coming from every corner, tour either or both of the basilicas and pay your respects while admiring the beauty of this religious landmark. This is an amazing way to get some peace in the midst of the city’s entertainment.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would try to walk a little bit more than we did.
How was the food?
Amazing. Everything here has so much flavor! Don’t dismiss non-mexican food restaurants though.
What tips would you give a friend?
Maybe check if there are any shows around the days you’re there.
The weather was nice, not too warm of cold, I would recommend packing some jeans and t-shirts, nothing too extreme.
We walked a lot, used the subway a couple of times but mostly ordered taxi’s
Mostly everything was through expedia.