Recently, I took a getaway trip to Mexico City with some of my family members and I must say that my four-day stay was quite bizarre but in an interesting way. There I witnessed locals crawling on their knees towards their church as a way of giving thanks for answering prayers. The toilet paper for local restrooms cost 10 cents and after usage it’s thrown in the trash rather than flushed down the toilet. I took a tequila shot with a worm because it symbolizes luck. I was taught to drink a shot of alcohol on your knees because it will have a more intense effect when you stand. Lastly, this was probably the first time I truly felt like a foreigner. My family and I received constant stares by everyone, the kind where the person doesn’t care if you catch them. We were even asked multiple times to take pictures with locals. Everything was pretty unusual unlike what I’m use to in the states, but that’s what comes along with traveling outside the country. I’m grateful to talk about how weird things got on this trip, and yet I still had a great time.
Mexico City has a pretty unfavorable reputation and for most people I know it isn’t an ideal place to visit. When I shared with others that I was going there, all I kept hearing was, “don’t get kidnapped,” “don’t go anywhere by yourself,” “don’t drink the water,” “don’t eat the food, you’ll get sick,” don’t BREATH!” In my opinion, Mexico City is just like any other big city where there’s the risk of crime, kidnappings, and contaminated water or food. You should always be cautious of your surroundings but don’t hold back from new experiences based upon bad incidents you assume will occur.
Instead of me suggesting what you shouldn’t do in Mexico City, I plan to do the complete opposite. So if you ever plan to visit, here are 8 things to do in Mexico City:
1. Take a Walk on Paseo De La Reforma
Paseo De Las Reforma is a popular street in Mexico City that holds the famous Anthropology Museum, a Park, Zoo, local vendors, and more. Great place to just walk and site see if you have free time on your hands.
2. Book a Mexico City Tour
If you want an overall history lesson and want to visit the key attractions in Mexico City, booking a City Tour would be the best option. These types of tour can be arranged through the concierge at whichever hotel you choose to stay at.
3. Grab Some Fresh Churros With a Hot Beverage at El Moro
If you’re looking to try out some fresh and hot churros, El Moro is a good place to start. On top of the churros, there’s hot chocolate, which came in handy due to the cool weather. Every person that I’d ask about El Moro their face would light up; so overall it’s a crowd favorite with a 5-star rating.
4. Visit the Original and New Basilica de Guadalupe
The Basilica Church was a pretty amazing site to see. We learned a few historic facts behind the first Basilica Church that is now a museum and saw the new building, which holds the original Virgin Mary image. This is the area where we saw locals crawling on their knees to show appreciation.
5. Checkout the Teotihuacan Ancient Pyramids
The city of Teotihuacan is mostly known for holding the ancient pyramids, which stood for over 2,100 years and still unknown of how they were built. It was also pretty interesting to learn that the meaning behind the name “Teotihuacan,” which is a place where the Gods were created and was given to by the Aztecs. There you will find the Pyramid of the Moon, Pyramid of the Sun, Avenue of the Dead, Temple of the Feathered Serpent, Mural Art, Writings, and more.
6. Party at Love Night Club
If you’re looking to have a fun night out with dancing and good music, club Love is a good place to start. Love is a Disco Lounge located in a safe environment near Paseo De La Reforma. The venue is elegant, the customer service was awesome, and it’s a fun place to go with a group. Here was where we were taught by locals to take a shot of alcohol while on your knees before standing. There are other nightclub options to choose from in Mexico City but this one in particular is the only place that I experienced and enjoyed.
7. Tequila Tasting at Teotihuacan
You can’t leave Mexico without trying some tequila and the people of Teotihuacan took real good care of us. Teotihuacan is an ancient Mesoamerican city located on the northeastern side of Mexico City. Here we witnessed some of their local traditions, saw a local Mexican dog that was hairless with matte black skin, wore sombreros, and tried different brands of tequila and where I ate the worm, which was very disgusting and I almost puked! Since it symbolized good luck and I’m no wimp by any means, I ate that worm like a “G.”
8. Floating Gardens of Xochimilco is a Must-See!
This was by far one of the highlights of my Mexico City trip. The floating garden of Xochimilco was an absolute fantastic experience. Lake Xochimilco is a borough within the Mexican Federal District and it’s most common for their Trajineras Rafts, which can hold 10-15 people at a time and float along the waters during the day or night. It’s awesome for large groups that are looking to have a party because and you’re allowed to bring aboard your own food, alcohol, and even a speaker to blast music. Good times!
Hope you all find this helpful and/or amusing!
God bless ☺