Mexico City has everything a big metropolis should have — so of course the goal is to avoid the obvious and get under the skin of this truly amazing city.
The capital is the world’s third largest urban area and is 2.25 km above sea level. Its famously unbreathable air is overstated and although street crime is a problem, it’s not difficult to avoid if you stay smart, allowing you to immerse yourself in a diverse and vibrant culture which happily mixes ancient Myan history with world class nightclubs, incredible artistry and some of the best tequila and tamales you will ever taste.
Mexico City is big and I’d recommend you wake up close to whatever you want to see. There are two key hotel areas; Polanco is a 15-minute taxi ride from downtown and at the heart of restaurant, commercial and night club zone. It’s not cheap, a room for two will cost around $200 per night. My choices would be W, Habita, and Nikko. In downtown, the prices are more flexible with all kinds of hotels and hostels.
On a short trip don’t miss the Anthropology Museum, the most important of its kind in Latin America. Take your time and enjoy the ancient cultures of Mayan, Aztecs, Nahuatl and more. (mna.inah.gob.mx)
An absolutely must- see would be the Mexican Wrestling (Las luchas). There are two options: Arena Coliseo or Arena Mexico where you will find full-grown men wearing masks and trying to pin each other down for money
At night, $5 gets you a beer at a Mariachi event at Plaza Garibaldi. Great for traditional musicians and food.
Another gem is to hire a trajineras (Mexican boat decorated with flowers) at the Xochimilco floating gardens. Mexico City is full of magic — you just need to know where to look.