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Experience A Cultural Vacation In Mexico City

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.

Mexico City

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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.

Chapultepec Castle

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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! 

Coyoacan Markets

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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.


Mexico City

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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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  • Reply
    July 31, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Paige. Good to hear from you. What a surprise. A Mexico post. My, my. When were you here?

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    jen Morrow
    July 31, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I have not made it over to Mexico city, yet. The food, history and beverages keep me coming back to Mexico for more.

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    August 1, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Mexico is a vibrant and colourful destination. What I love about the place is that it is teeming and vibrant with cultural heritage. Teotihuacan is a place that I did not know about, definitely a place close to my heart, given my fascination for the Mayan civilization and culture.

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    Anne @TravelTheGlobe (@TTGLOBE4L)
    August 1, 2017 at 1:27 am

    I found Mexico City really fascinating and loved the Pyramids of Teotihuacan. I wasn’t a massive fan of the traffic though

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    Yu Yunique 2 Smartphone
    August 1, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Glad to read your post.

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    August 1, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Mexico City is literally one of my top 5 destinations of all time. I am always raving about how cheap it is, how friendly people are, and how incredible the food is! I just want to go back to have tacos and tamales… yum! Teotihuacan is so incredible and super easy to get to by public transport too.

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    Danielle Desir
    August 1, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I sadly missed both Teotihuacan and the Castillo during my last trip to Mexico City! I did however get to visit the food market where I ate my first grasshopper. Mexico City is remarkable!

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    Nano @ Travel With Nano B.
    August 4, 2017 at 7:58 am

    As soon as we move back to the US I’m planning a trip. Mexico has been on my bucket list forever, and sadly I haven’t been able to make it there yet. I’m fascinated by the vibrancy of its culture, people, food and nature! xx

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    August 6, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Wow that market looks so vibrant and beautiful! I’ve heard from a lot of people that Mexico City is quite dangerous, did you find that to be the case? Regardless Mexico is definitely high on my list for future travels.

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    August 6, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Mexico is such a diverse country. I keep reading about so many different facets of it and it is just piquing my interest more and more. I have never read about a castle in Mexico before so the Chapultepec Castle is of great interest to me.

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    Lydia Smith
    August 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I agree with you. Many cities are over rated and they get not to offer much prolly because much was expected. I’d love to visit Mexico. I’m sure I’d be self satisfied when I do.

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    Red Nomad OZ
    August 8, 2017 at 4:36 am

    There sure are some interesting attractions in Mexico City – the 3 you’ve shown are a great mix of history, culture, architecture and food, so they’ll SO be on my list if I ever go there! You’re also right about people choosing the more obvious places to visit – so it’s great to see some different ideas from more experienced travellers!

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    August 8, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Mexico City has been at the forefront of my mind for sometime now, I feel very drawn to it and mostly due to its cultural intrigue. I could easily get lost in all those gorgeous marketplaces. I have never heard of Chapultapec Castle but it looks gorgeous! It reminds me of a scene in Rome!

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      Paige Wunder
      August 9, 2017 at 8:44 am

      I can totally see that! My cousin is actually heading there on Friday on a semi-permanent basis (met a girl, hates Trump-era politics, etc) so let me know if you guys go, I’ll see where he’s at in the area and you guys could get together! I’m dying to get there too, so I’m hoping he’ll still be there when we get back to this side of the world.

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    August 9, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    México is on my list since a long time.. I hope I can go there.. Thanks for writing this post!

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    Chasa Fulkerson
    August 21, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I would love to visit Mexico City, Mexico in general really. I would love to visit the markets with all the bright colors and also all the historical sites! #gltLOVE

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