In one of my earlier posts, I had listed down some of my initial thoughts and observations about the exciting, colourful and bustling Mexico City. In this picture story, I will take you through some of the unique things to do in Mexico City. This is my Mexico City travel blog.
Mexico has a very fascinating and violent history. It is exciting to read about the pre-hispanic times and the Spanish conquest led by Hernan Cortes (Read about him here: https://www.livescience.com/39238-hernan-cortes-conqueror-of-the-aztecs.html). While in Mexico City, my friend Ivan shared a book set in those times – a book by Gary Jennings, titled Aztec. It details the Aztecs’ life – the culture, the Gods, the human sacrifices and the conquest. You could buy the book from Amazon by clicking on the link below (it has my affiliate id):
Unique things to do in Mexico City: Turibus Ride
A Turibus ride is the best way to get introduced to this city. These are hop-on, hop-off buses that ply all year round through different routes covering the city’s various attractions. You could choose to site in the lower deck or the open upper deck (keep lots of sunscreens and a hat handy). For more details on the routes, check out their website https://www.turibus.com.mx
Roaming around colourful Coyoacan is one of the unique things to do in Mexico City.
This is a very colourful neighbourhood where I used to spend many a weekend, clicking photographs. The place is vivacious and legendary for being the birthplace of Mexico’s most notable artist Frida Kahlo.
The other lovely neighbourhoods that I enjoyed walking around are Roma and Condesa.
Centro Historico (a.k.a Zocalo)
Zocalo is the throbbing historic centre of Mexico City. Walking around Zocalo is the best way to absorb this place’s history, sights, sounds, and smells – another one among the unique things to do in Mexico City.
This awesome park was located very close to my hotel, and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this park on Sundays. This is a place where dogs have a separate enclosure where they are let free.
San Ángel is a colourful and picturesque neighbourhood that houses art galleries and artisan markets. The place comes alive on Saturdays for the ‘Bazaar del Sábado’ – where the best handicrafts of the highest quality from all over Mexico can be found. Definitely another one of the unique things to do in Mexico City.
Located about 40kms off Mexico City, Teotihuacan is the site of many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in Mexico. Teotihuacan’s origins, history, and culture largely remain a mystery, but this city was founded as early as 400 B.C. When the Aztecs found this city in the 1400s and named it Teotihuacan (“the place where the gods were created”), the city had been abandoned for centuries.
The city contains The Pyramid of the Moon, the Pyramid of the Sun, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl (the Feathered Serpent) and many smaller pyramids. Human and animal sacrifices were practised here. I took a Turibus tour to this site.
Xochimilco – A world heritage site and one of the most lively places in Mexico. Riding the waterways in these brightly painted and decorated trajineras (traditional flat-bottomed boats) is quite an experience indeed.
Mexico City street photography
There is no other city that’s more ideal for street photography than CDMX. The place is so colourful, filled with interesting people and buzzing with activity. I used to roam the streets of Mexico City with my Nikon during the weekends and got some amazing shots. I have posted some pictures above. If you want to order some Mexico City photography prints, please do reach out.
So there. Those were the unique things I did and the places I visited in Mexico City. There’s a lot more to write about the place – the history, the food, the art and the music. But that’s for another day. I hope you enjoyed this brief photo journey.
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