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Mexico City?

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IJumpedAboardAPirateShip · 30/12/2019 02:16

Thinking of going with my parents and D.C. (aged 8&11) in April - any tips as I start research? Particularly on where to stay

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professionalnomad · 30/12/2019 02:29

I lived there for 5 years. It's a fabulous place. Stay in la roma or la condessa

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Mexicoco · 30/12/2019 03:34

Semana Santa and Pascua (the weeks before and after Easter Sunday) are the best time of year to visit Mexico City because most people leave to go to the beach so the traffic is much better and you'll find it easier to get around.
Polanco is a good neighbourhood to stay in.

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SJaneS48 · 30/12/2019 09:03

We went there on honeymoon before flying to Cozumel 14 years ago. I liked it but our 4 days were enough, it’s not somewhere I think I’d spend more than that. It’s absolutely huge and some of the outlying areas we drove through were pretty rough. The city centre itself has a lot of Spanish colonial buildings, some of which are sinking as the Aztec built the city on marshes and the Spanish built using heavy stone. They built directly over the Aztec temples etc, trying to obliterate the cities origins but this is being uncovered and next to the cathedral in the main square (Zocolo) there are the remains of an Aztec temple. It felt safe walking around during the day time and in parts you felt like you were walking around in a typical Spanish city. The murals by Diego Rivera on the National Palace in the Zocolo depicting the history of Mexico were fantastic and I’d also definitely go to the National Museum of Anthropology. Some of the hotels & bars in the Zocolo have roof top bars which give you a great view over the area.

Our hotel was central but blah so wouldn’t recommend. Quite a few Western tourists seemed to be staying in the Rosa Zone, this was 14 years ago so they may or may not be a good area now but was pretty commercialised with lots of shops & wasn’t unattractive.

DH didn’t much like Mexico City but if you like modern art, history and good food there’s a good chance you will! The only thing I didn’t like was a pervasive smell of greasy corn oil from the street food vendors but that’s really minor!

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FrazzleRox · 30/12/2019 11:44

We're going to Mexico for last 2 weeks in Oct 2020 with 2 teenage boys, in/out of Mexico City. Thinking 3 nights there before moving on.

Looking to move around & incorporate some culture into a fairly active itinerary that includes rainforest/water/wildlife and a few beach days.

Any advice on what not to miss? Should we avoid the Caribbean side in late October due to hurricane season? TIA

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IJumpedAboardAPirateShip · 31/12/2019 15:52

Thanks guys - have been to Mexico before and speak Spanish so really excited about CDMX, first things first trying to work out where to stay and then booking our Frida Kahlo tickets

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Mexicoco · 01/01/2020 00:57

You can get tickets for Frida's house outside. Either just for the house or for the house and another museum. We bought the joint ticket because it meant we didnt have to queue to get into the house (we didnt bother with the other museum because of a lack of time).

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