Trip Tips: Mexico City for the hipster and history buff

Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:07pm EDT
 
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By Gabriel Stargardter

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An ancient megalopolis built in a drained lake rimmed by mountains, Mexico City consistently flies under the radar. Lacking the samba-steeped allure of Rio de Janeiro or the chic intellectualism of Buenos Aires, Latin America's biggest city has failed to shed an unfair reputation for crime and pollution.

But Mexico City also feels like a city on the up, benefiting from more than a decade of progressive municipal administrations that cleaned up the atmosphere, legalized gay marriage, introduced a bike-sharing scheme and spruced up the austere historic center.

With excellent weather, vibrant history and one of the best dining scenes in the Americas, Mexico City is finally getting the attention it deserves.

Here are tips for getting the most out of a trip to Mexico City from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.

    

PAST MEETS FUTURE

Modern day Mexico City sits on what was Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec kingdom and one of the largest pre-Columbian cities in the Americas.

Many of the treasures from that era were destroyed by 16th century Spanish invaders. What remains has been consumed by the city and become part of the fabric of life.   Continued...

 
Hot air balloons float above the Pyramid of the Sun during the international hot air balloon festival in the pre-hispanic city of Teotihuacan, on the outskirts of Mexico City in this March 17, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Henry Romero/Files