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Why You Should Skip the Beach and Visit Mexico City

Up until recently, anytime I thought of Mexico I immediately pictured Instagram worthy beach resorts and wild spring break pool parties. However, Mexico City is quickly becoming the new hot spot.

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Exploring Mexico City

The capital of Mexico is currently experiencing a cultural renaissance and there is no better time to visit. From it’s contemporary style and budding culinary scene to its colonial architecture and historically rich museums, there is plenty to explore. Not to mention, that the ancient city and pyramids of Teotihuacan are only an hour bus ride from Mexico city. There is so much to see and do that it’s difficult to fit everything into one trip.

Now you may be asking yourself, “is it safe?” Let me assure you that the nation’s capital is indeed very safe. However, when visiting any foreign place, you must be aware of your surroundings. I spent most of my time adventuring on my own and felt totally comfortable. Also, make sure you pick the right neighborhood when planning your trip. The urban, upscale area of Polanco has great shopping, an upbeat nightlife scene and is home to some of the world’s best restaurants.

Where to Stay in Mexico City

I stayed at El Camino Real Hotel which was very centrally located. It’s just a half mile walk to El Bosque de Chalpultec, one of the largest city parks on the western hemisphere. There you can visit an 18th century royal castle, go paddle boating in the lake, or see pre-columbian artifacts at the country’s largest museum.

Wanderdreams Tip: Exchange your dollars for pesos at the airport and keep a conversion app on your phone. If people see you with American dollars they may overcharge you. I exchanged $20 for pesos and that got me into two museums, breakfast, and a taxi ride!!

You can tailor your experience depending on what you are looking for. Equal parts adventure, history lesson, and party city – it has a little something for everyone. I like to keep a nice balance of culturally enriching activities and debaucherous night time excursions. However you choose to spend your time in Mexico City, I can promise you’ll leave ready to plan your next trip back.

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