Of course, if you only have a few days in town and plan on focusing mostly on historic sights, it's worth staying in the Centro. By day, its streets buzz with life, though at night certain roads feel a little deserted and you should guard your pockets. Even so, for travelers who find them reassuring, police are almost omnipresent in the city. The Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico is one of the Centro's classic gems, with Old-World style and a luxurious finish.
Mexico reveals its sabor only at rare times. When walking down the street, for example, you pause, look up from your worn and tattered map, and realize that all around you children are laughing and playing fútbol, elderly couples are engrossed in conversation, and young men are sitting outside a corner taquería and enjoying the air. It is then that a warm feeling of camaraderie embraces you and allows you to perceive a distinct sabor in the laughs, the smiles, and the humor of Mexico.This is the unexplainable element that defines Mexican life and its people. This is the unnameable thing that makes Mexico feel different than any other country. The traveler who finds Mexico’s sabor will surely fall in love with the place, and in falling in love, realize that this pervasive flavor allows Mexico to somehow surpass and transcend its beaches, its ruins, and its stereotypes of men in sombreros leaning over cantina counters.Those who have experienced Mexico and discovered its sabor will inevitably return time after time to seek out the same sensation and delight in its thrill. Take a good look around you, smell the smells, see the sights, climb the ruins. But once in a while, put the book down and truly discover Mexico.
The W Mexico City was in the upscale neighborhood of Polanco. The area oozed wealth and was host to many fine-dining restaurants (including Pujol), designer shopping and international embassies. Chapultepec Park, akin to New York’s Central Park, was a few minutes away by foot and encompassed a lake and beautiful running paths. The entire neighborhood was gorgeous, extremely safe and a nice way to ease into the city.
The W Mexico City is a funky, modern property located in the affluent Polanco district of CDMX. I loved the Fantastic Suite I was upgraded to, specifically because of the natural light that came in from both sides, the modern furnishings and the view from the bathtub. The facilities and room were also up to the standard expected of the W brand, with a level of customer care that kicked the service up a notch. I would happily stay the hotel again for business or pleasure.
Bordering the US to the north and Guatemala and Belize to the south, Mexico is a fantastic country of contrasts: tropical jungles, palm-fringed beaches, Indian markets, colonial towns and the majestic ruins of the Aztecs and Mayans.
This is a large country and Mexico tours should be at least ten days to two weeks, to ensure you can explore properly. A highlight of Mexico trips is always the time spent on the Yucatan Peninsula – especially at the extraordinary ruins of Chichen Itza, Palenque and Tulum. Travelling distances around Yucatan are not too great and there is plenty of time to relax and soak up the pulsating Latino atmosphere. You'll find a range of Mexico holidays below.
At the heart of your Mexican experience will be the Mexican people. A super-diverse crew, from Mexico City hipsters to the shy indigenous villagers of Chiapas, they’re renowned for their love of color and frequent fiestas, but they're also philosophical folk, to whom timetables are less important than simpatía (empathy). You'll rarely find Mexicans less than courteous. They’re more often positively charming, and know how to please guests. They might despair of ever being well governed, but they're fiercely proud of Mexico, their one-of-a-kind homeland with all its variety, tight-knit family networks, beautiful-ugly cities, deep-rooted traditions and agave-based liquors.
Mexico City is, and has always been, the sun in the Mexican solar system. Though much-maligned in the past, these days the city is cleaning up its act. Revamped public spaces are springing back to life, the culinary scene is exploding and a cultural renaissance is flourishing. On top of all that, by largely managing to distance itself from the drug war, the nation’s capital remains a safe haven of sorts. Far from shaking off visitors, the earthquakes of 2017 revealed a young society who attracted admiration through their solidarity.
Mexico City’s huge international airport, now virtually surrounded by development in the northeastern part of the city, handles both national and international flights. Although the facility in the capital has been expanded, the airport at Toluca has been used since the 1980s to facilitate air traffic control. International flights also depart from the city of Puebla.
Mexico City is one of the most enjoyable destinations. Its historic center, better known as Zocalo, is declared World Heritage by UNESCO and is the heart of a living culture that exudes everything accumulated since the founding of Tenochtitlan. Visit its neighborhoods flooded with art nouveau and art deco, enjoy its cuisine and lose yourself in the streets of the city with the most museums in the world.
I can only speak for Mexico City, but honestly I always felt safe while growing up, however, thinking about it there are a few signs our country is definitely less safe than for instance the US.
For example, drive through the city and every single house is like a mini-fortress. Working class neighbourhoods will use broken glasses in order to avoid people climbing their walls, middle class houses normally have electrified fences or other security features, and entering most upper class gated communities feels like crossing customs in an airport. You will be required to present some form of ID and the sometimes even inspect the trunk if your car. My point is that regardless of what part of the city you are in you will never be able to simply walk into someone's lawn without their explicit consent.
My brother in law is from Mexico and his step dad was abducted from his store and beheaded. No involvement with drugs that they know of. Just a random act of killing. His cousins were killed a few days later supposedly by the same people. Some other people heard about the abduction and called the daughter and told her that they know where the step dad is and if she comes with them they will show her where he is. That was a lie because he was dead the entire time.
This is our first and only trip with Intrepid so far, and I would gladly take more in the near future! The organization of the trip was fast-paced, but was tempered by the professionalism and responsiveness of our guide who was there for all our needs. The trips were informative, and each activity provided unique insights into different aspects of the diverse culture that is Mexico.
An awesome trip to get a taste of the culture, archaeological wonders and scenery of part of this very beautiful country. Bring some warm clothes if travelling in Dec/Jan. Some long travel days but well worth it!!
I love Mexico.
I lived in Mexico City for four years, and I loved it!!! The people are so nice and everything just feels very real. There's also a very heavy indigenous influence which gives the city a very supernatural undertone kind of like New Orleans. It's a magical city. Love it there! Gonna buy a condo in the Condesa one of these days!
Beautiful city, always loved Mexico there's just something warm about this place, being French Quebecois I get along with latinos, great music too! THE FOOD! Girls ;)