Mexico City - Post Report Question and Answers
What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?
Amazing travel and food, affordable everything (until more recently), exciting embassy work. - Jul 2023
So many. Lovely hiking, fantastic day trips, great food. - Apr 2021
This has been our favorite post ever. The culture here is astounding, from the food to the folk art to the cultural heritage. We have loved all of the parades in the city, and the season of Dia de Muertos is a magical time of year. The city comes alive (no pun intended) with celebrating the season, and it's always fun to explore the large markets during that time. There are also wonderful trips to the various beaches as well as a chance to see the Monarch butterfly migration in Valle de Bravo. - May 2020
We have visited local beach towns, we have formed a few great friendships, the school that our son attends is great and he is flourishing in the Spanish language. Lastly we have simply enjoyed being immersed in a different culture. And the food! I can not forget the food. - Apr 2019
There are so many trips and experiences. Bring the Lonely Planet and see it all! - Apr 2019
Food, beaches, and culture! - Jun 2018
The food is amazing. - May 2017
There is wonderful travel in Mexico. The beaches in the Yucatan are of course wonderful, but colonial cities such as Puebla are not to be missed. Chiapas is a fascinating place to visit, as is Oaxaca (currently suffering some difficulties). Traveling in the region is also easy and interesting. Guatemala is a quick trip, as is Costa Rica. There are lots of getaways reachable by car or fancy, comfortable bus from Mexico City. Interjet and Volaris, two low-cost carriers, fly to all the tourist destinations. I've enjoyed experiencing the vast regional differences in different parts of Mexico. - Sep 2016
- Food. Any local food (quesadillas, sopa azteca, tlacoyos, gorditas, huaraches, nogales, mole...). Great street stands (if they are using bottled water and many people eat there - do it! there are a few near the Polanco metro station).
- Markets - great fruits and vegetables (cheaper than in the US). And drinks - try atole and horchata!
- People are polite and nice (although seemingly unconsciously occupying all of the public spaces). Just say "con permiso" and a way will open to you.
- Many museums and art galleries, history.
- The pyramids at Teotihuacan.
- Jun 2016
Some of the world-class restaurants in the CDMX (Ciudad de Mexico). Our wonderful nanny. - May 2016
The travel opportunities are wonderful. Taking our family to pyramids in nearly every place we go has been incredible. The food is out-of-this world. Interesting things to do and see all of the time. We have driven to all coasts. Driving is permitted in many areas, and is a nice way to see the country. - May 2016
Learning more about the history of Mexico. Being part of a huge city, but insulated in a relatively quiet area. - May 2016
Trips to beautiful beaches, museums, pyramids, mountains, pueblas. Eating out! Coming from India, it was incredibly nice to be down the road from mega supermarkets with everything I need in one place. We have Costco. You will not get bored here. Lots to see and do. It's a beautiful, charming country in general, and the people are great. - Oct 2014
Beautiful beaches. - Aug 2014
Highlights: I think I said them all. But: food, people, friends. Trips around the area. - Apr 2014
Being able to climb the pyramids of Mexico. - Mar 2014
The travel opportunities are incredible: For one-day visitors, downtown affords an accessible opportunity to see ancient, colonial, and modern Mexico. Start with the Xocalo and then go to any of the great restaurants in the Condesa/Roma area. For several days, there are a number of day-trips within the city (takes a while to get around a city this big, naturally) - Xochimilco water canals, the pyramids, Basilica de Guadalupe, a number of magic towns, Cuernavaca or Puebla (if they want to see a smaller big town), Chapultepec park, Coyoacan, museums, clubs, etc. For those who live here, your options are limitless, really. The country established a program called "pueblos magicos" that pumps a bit of money into towns all over the country in order to promote tourism. Some have done a better job than others, but many are worth the time and there are a good two dozen within a day's drive of Mexico City, each requiring just an hour or two to arrive and you can spend 30 minutes to a full day there - stay until you leave, really. Some you'll find are less impressive, but most have either an interesting local cuisine, neat architecture, a nice museum, pre-colonial ruins, interesting dress or wares to buy. For weekend trips, there are lots of options - each of the big cities within driving/flying distance deserve a longer look - Guadalajara, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Puebla, Oaxaca, Merida, Morelia (though I never made it), Queretaro - among many others. Cancun and the Maya Riviera region are always great to meet the less-adventurous. The beaches there are among the best in the world, and the all-inclusive places are fabulous during slower season. If you're looking to get out of the city-life, we had an excellent week touring Mayan ruins in the Yucatan, stayed in swank resorts in Cabo, saw indigenous life throughout Chiapas, and did great road adventures through Veracruz, Hidalgo, Jalisco, and broader swaths of El Bajio. Seriously, if travel is your thing, Mexico has some hidden gems. Sure, take your guidebook, but there's plenty of unexplored areas which really make you feel intrepid. Nothing left in Europe like that. - Dec 2013
The chance to explore its unique culture. It is the mixture of the diverse indigenous cultures and the Spanish heritage that makes this country unique. Puebla, Queretaro, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende are also unforgettable places. - Jul 2013
We loved to travel, and we loved to drive to all of our destinations. You don't get to see the different towns and cities if you fly over them. Also, the food is amazing here! We all LOVE Mexican food. - Jan 2013
Visits to pyramids, small towns, Mariachi bands on the streets of Mexico City, great food, and great local friends. Mexicans are generally a very welcoming people. - Jan 2013
Road trips around Central Mexico. For example: Go for a drive out of town when strawberries are in season. Support the small farmers along the freeway by buying gallon-sized hand-made wicker baskets of strawberries for a dollar or two, and bringing them back for all your friends. - Apr 2011
There is always something to do in Mexico City. The Chiapas and Quintana Roo regions are just beautiful. - Apr 2010
It is a great city, for families with kids, couple or sigles, the people are very nice, friendly and helpful, I will miss evreything here after we go back home. - Feb 2010
The travel opportunities to colonial towns around Mexico City, within driving distance - Puebla, Taxco, Valle de Bravo, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Cuervavaca, Morelia, Patzcuaro, etc. The toll road system is pretty solid. - Jan 2010