Post Contributed by Hayley Jones // Cover Photo Source, Edits Made by Paige Wunder for this Post
Many people consider themselves ‘cultured’ if they embark on a journey to a new, cultured place with many different things to do. They often find that these areas bring them the most satisfaction in a holiday because upon going home they have learned something directly from a culture, be that its food interests, its architecture or the way the people interact with tourists. Travel broadens the mind, and culture expands it limitlessly.
However, many tourists consider only the basic ‘cultured’ destinations to travel, and they usually include some more iconic modern cities like London, Paris, Rome or Barcelona. While these are all beautiful and historically rich cities to explore, you might find that you could have a just as entertaining, dynamic, interesting time in another city, and who knows maybe even more! A city with passion, like Mexico City. Mexico City is simply bustling with life, celebration, some of the tastiest food you can ever have the good pleasure of coming across, and people who have such celebratory hearts that you’ll never want to leave them. After you’ve booked your cheap flights to Mexico City and have arrived at the destination, here are just three out of many amazing activities to embark on to squeeze and experience the most out of the culture and history.
Located near the Bosque de Chapultepec, the Castillo (castle) is a landmark that many tourists want to visit. The castle has some of the densest historical action imaginable. Statesmen including presidents and emperors used to live there, and with good reason. The castle itself is absolutely stunning. Trimmed with gold and white marble throughout, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had awoken in an Spanish-American fairytale.
Thankfully, the guided tours can help you get the most out of this location, and it’s important that you do so. The place is practically dripping with historical insight, gorgeous photo opportunities, as well as the pinnacle of historical architecture. Visiting the castle is sure to humble you, and thankfully, the botanical gardens lay all around, affording you that relaxing space you so sorely desire after a long couple of days learning the history of a location. Plus, the view of Mexico City from this castle is unrivaled!
The Coyoacan markets bring you that intrinsic feeling of goodwill that can only be found in a bustling place. Some of the best street food imaginable can be found here. If you like eating, this is the place for you. Just be warned, once you start, it can be difficult to stop. This market displays some of the most colorful, flavorful and (be careful,) spicy food that you can find on the planet, so be sure to experience as much of it as you can.
What’s more, you can do all of this on the move, limiting wasted money spend on tips or drawn out dining experience. Why eat in a fancy restaurant when you can find ruggedly honest and great food on the street all ready and waiting to fuel your trips? Convenience is key, and Mexico City’s eatery offers that in spades.
Although this is actually just outside of Mexico City, it’s a wonderful site full of rich cultural history. It absolutely shouldn’t be missed. It’s believe to have been established around 100 b.c.e. Although Chichen Itza is the world wonder in Mexico, Teotihuacan is the most visited archaeological site in all of Mexico. This 32-square-mile site contains multiple structures and gorgeous examples of architecture. Plus, there are museums in the area highlighting different aspects of this ancient culture.
These three activities can help fuel a cultural Mexican adventure like you would never have believed. From here, you can find tour advice and branch out into the wider city. Starting with this foundation and after meeting some of the amazing locals you’ll see even more. Have fun, and enjoy this wonderful location!
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