Welcome to Mexico City
Having only begun a cultural renaissance, the sprawling metropolis that is Mexico City is now teeming with life with its colonial splendor, buzzing culture and fascinating arts scene.
While there had been human activity in the area for centuries, the Aztecs founded Tenochtitlan in 1324. According to the legend, the Aztecs saw an eagle atop a cactus devouring a snake (an image that remains on the Mexican flag today), which they determined to be a sign from the gods to stop and settle. Tenochtitlan reached its peak at the beginning of the 16th century before the Spaniards arrived and essential razed it, building their own settlement on top of the remains. The new city remained the capital of Nueva España until Mexico gained independence in the 19th century.
While Mexico City has always been a bustling metropolis, it’s only recently undergone a cultural renaissance that’s put it at the forefront as far as culinary destinations. Whatever your budget, Mexico City is an all-around food superstar. Between boutique food trucks, bustling street markets and fusion restaurants, Mexico City is leading the charge in the world of contemporary cuisine. At the same time, the city is a trip back in time in the form of pre-Hispanic pyramids, colorful colonial buildings and ancient canals.
While Mexico City offers ideal weather to travel any time of the year, it’s worth noting that June through September is marked by dramatic bursts of rain. Around November marks the end of the rainy season, ushered in with the bustling Día de los Muertos festivities held across the city. Simply put, traveling by car is a nightmare in this city with a population of 20 million, making biking an extremely popular option and great way to see the city. For those times where you have to catch a ride, opt for Uber, which is widespread and far cheaper than city taxis. You'll want to look out for comida corrida, which will be advertised at every other corner during lunch hours. This implies "cheap hot lunch" and will be found at hole-in-the-wall eateries to gourmet restaurants.