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Mexico City, Mexico
Places to go... Mexico City Reviews
Apr 30, 2007
This review is more about the whole of Mexico rather than the city itself. If you are visiting Mexico, you may have read tons of suggestions. Well, these are my very own (and biased) recommended places.
- Patzcuaro (Michoacan) and surroundings, including Erongaricuaro and Zirahuen. A great area if you are into nature, indigenous culture, and great food. There are lots of small towns around the lake of Patzcuaro that are worth a visit in a quiet rainy afternoon. Talk to the locals and just relax, you will very soon find yourself reflecting and sighing in awe.
- Tapalpa (Jalisco) and Jalapa (Veracruz) fall into the same category of Patzcuaro. A bit further but also very rewarding is Creel (Chihuahua). You can easily spend a few days in places like these. It is really easy to enjoy them at all times, sp in low season.
- Cities to not miss include Morelia (Michoacan), Guanajuato (Guanajuato), Queretaro (Queretaro), Oaxaca (Oaxaca) and Zacatecas (Zacatecas). These are what I'd say 'ideal size' and great destinations to appreciate the "colonial" taste of Mexico (XVI and XVII century buildings). (Yes, Oaxaca is perfectly safe to go to, you know: "One swallow does not make a spring")
- Beaches. Avoid at all costs Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, etc... unless you want to only meet foreigners and taste plastic-Mexico-wrapped-for-gringos! If you require all services, head to Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Escondido or Zihuatanejo. Otherwise there are tons of alternatives all over Guerrero and Oaxaca's coast. Can't single out one of them, just drive along these coasts and find your own spot.
- Mexico City ain't that bad! Yes, it is polluted and chaotic, but as any big city it has heaps of interesting things to offer. Think of it as THE melting-pot of this country, a sort of "fractal" of the entire Mexican identity. Plenty of great food, performances, exhibitions, shops, museums, etc. So, make up your mind as to what you'd want to do and then ask, ask, & ask around. That's how people who live here do it!
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