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Paul asks…

Must-see attractions in Mexico City?

So my mother is from Mexico City and we’ve been living in Canada for over 15 years ! My brother and I are both already teenagers so it’ll be easier to get around rather than when we were younger! We visit every once in a while; we’re going this december ! What are the must-see attractions that don’t stray too far from Mexico City? (To be specific, we’re staying in the town of Neza) Examples like great malls, beautiful landmarks, etc! Thank you !!

Tijuana answers:

Mexico City is a city of almost countless distinct neighborhoods, each of which offers a unique experience. I love hanging out on the plaza in Coyoacán; it is easy to spend hours there, and every visit is full of surprises. Plus, there are many excellent restaurants surrounding it, including two of my favorite in the city — Los Danzantes and Corazón de Maguey. The neighborhood of Polanco is upscale yet very comfortable, though parking and traffic can be miserable. One of the most beautiful bookstores anywhere in the world is Cafebreria el Péndulo, in Polanco. Near Polanco, don’t miss the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Chapultepec Park; it is a beautiful monument to the evolution of Mexican culture, and a visit there is inspiring and will leave you feeling very proud of your Mexican heritage. Two additional neighborhoods that you should explore are Condesa and Roma — Condesa especially is very hip, and you will undoubtedly find many interesting things to do if you wander the main streets.

Of the malls, my favorite by far is Antara Polanco. Perisur is decent also, but I would not go out of the way for it.

Finally, be extremely careful in Neza. It is relatively safe to walk around outside at night in the areas I mentioned, but you absolutely must pay close attention to your surroundings and your personal safety in Neza, Ecatepec, most areas of Iztapalapa, etc. If you can stay somewhere else, I would recommend doing so.

Maria asks…

planning a trip to mexico… help!?

next year i want to go to mexico to celebrate my birthday… i want to be there for at least 2 weeks, i want to be there for the day of the dead festivals, and i want to see real ‘mexican’ life and culture, not just tourist locations (although a few quick stops are in order)

about how much would this cost? how far in advance do i need to make arrangements for anything? what do u suggest seeing/where to go/what to do/what to eat, etc.? any events or cultural things i should know about? i want to get the most out of my experience! i might be going by myself, and i might be going with a friend or two. word-of-mouth ideas appreciated more than links. thanks so much for taking the time to answer this!

Tijuana answers:

Hey!!! I’m from Mexico City. If you would like to know real Mexican Life with great sights then go to CHIAPAS… Visit San Cristobal de Las Casas, San Juan Chamula, Pyramids in Palenque, Chiapa de Corzo. Southern Mexico is the best place to know mexican culture and try to eat lots of dishes from that part. Once I did a tour with my friends: 1. Veracruz, Veracruz; 2. Villahermosa, Tabasco; 3. CHIAPAS (all those places I told you); 4. OAXACA (Monte Alban, Mitla) if you have time go to the beaches: Mazunte, Zipolite, Huatulco, Puerto Escondido.
You have to take buses from TAPO located in San Lazaro metro station.
Check the prices:

Southern Mexico is REALLY cheap. If you stay in mexico city you have to visit Xochimilco, Chapultepec, Coyoacan and obviously the Historic Center.

P.S. The Day of the Deads was on 1st an 2nd of November but in December there’s the Virgin Mary Festival (Dec 12) at Basilica de Guadalupe and lots of parties (mexican posadas) starting in December 16.

What to eat?
– Chiles en Nogada (special mexican dish, you will see why)
– Pozole
– Enchiladas de mole poblano o suizas
– Sopa Azteca (aztec soup)
– Lots of TACOS
– Quesadillas
– Elotes (boiled corn, in the street)
– Tamales

Try NOT to eat lot of spicy food or your stomach will suffer and eat in Restaurants like Pozolcalli, VIPS or Sanborn’s

HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!

Helen asks…

Most quiet period/month in Yucatan / Playa del Carmen/ Cancun, Mexico?

Hi! Im planning my holiday to Mexico,
I would like to know what the most quiet month is to visit Yucatan (especially Playa del Carmen, Tulum ….) Is December/January pretty quiet?

Thanks a lot!

Tijuana answers:

The first two weeks of December are very good weeks, and very quiet time! We start to see THe influx of winter tourists arriving around the 15TH. The low season ends around the 15th so before this you find reduced prices and uncrowded attractions. We see an increase over the two week winter break, but then a little lull until the 15Th of Jan. Then we are full through March.
This time of the year the weather is great highs in the mid to upper 80’s and lows in the low 70’s. When we get rain during Dec. It is usually late in the afternoon or early evening and for short periods of time. Never enough to ruin your day. There is so much to do here.
Hope this helps. Got another question just ask or contact me directly as I live in Playa del Carmen

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