Welcome to another guest post and this one is coming from Kate from The Escape Clause. Kate and her partner Jeremy are brilliant at documenting their travels and expert money saving tips so I’m really pleased that she’s put together this great piece about Mexico City for Wander with Laura. It’s giving me the itch to explore more of the Americas for sure! Now, let’s get into the piece – it’s over to Kate!
Mexico City is, hands down, one of the best value cities that I have ever visited. The fact that it remains under the radar as a travel destination is a shame, because it makes an unforgettable (and affordable!) urban getaway.
Here’s why you should consider Mexico City for your next city break:
1. Mexico City is cheap
$0.25 USD subway rides? $3-4 USD entrance into world class museums? $0.40 USD for a handful of delicious churros?
Far from breaking the bank, Mexico City offers incredibly low prices for comparatively incredible experiences.
2. It’s easy to get around
Mexico City’s subway system and metrobus system are both safe, if crowded, to use, and will take you just about anywhere that you need to go. For just a few dollars, you can even catch a bus out to Teotihuacan, and for $10-15 USD, you can head just about anywhere within a day’s drive in Mexico on the ADO bus line.
If you need private transport? Uber is popular, safe, and easy to use.
3. Mexico City is full of history
In the center of Mexico City’s historic district, two sites rest side-by-side: the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, majestic enough to rival those in Europe, and Templo Mayor–the remains of an Aztec temple. This is not the only place where Mexico’s history pre-and-post conquistadors meets, but whether you’re studying the time before, after, or during this transition–there is so much to learn.
Mexico City’s archaeological museum is considered a must-see while in the city, and is a great place to start getting an overview about how rich the history is in the area.
Looking for a great day trip out of the city? Teotihuacan predates even the Aztecs, who stumbled across this city when it was already abandoned. Nicknamed the City of the Gods and set about an hour from Mexico City, Teotihuacan makes the perfect day trip from Mexico City.
4. It’s full of delicious food
Whether you’re eating tacos al pastor on the street for just a few dollars, tasting the world-renowned cuisine at Pujol, or eating just about anywhere in between, Mexico City is a food lover’s paradise.
5. It’s parks are gorgeous
Chapultepec Park is twice the size of New York City’s Central Park, and is incredibly peaceful. Alameda Park near the Palace of the Arts is beautiful and lively–and even prettier when viewed from above, at the top of the Torre Latinoamericana.
Additional parks dot the city–if you’re looking for a place to escape the concrete jungle for a bit and be surrounded by trees, you’ll have plenty of options.
6. Mexico City has a castle
If there was something that I wasn’t expecting in Mexico City, it was a fairly modern castle (construction began in the late 18th century).
Set at the top of a hill in Chapultepec Park, Chapultepec Castle is worth a visit not only for its beautiful interior and exterior, but for the sweeping views of the Mexico City skyline available from the grounds.
7. You’ll never run out of things to do
As one of the biggest cities in the world (ranked four or five by population), Mexico City can easily entertain travelers for weeks (or more!) on end. Whether you want to explore the history, wander through the art museums, eat your way through the city, or a little bit of everything, Mexico City can give you what you’re looking for.
Ready to plan your next trip? Give Mexico City a try: I bet you won’t be disappointed.
About the author:
Kate is busy traveling the world with her husband and documenting all the adventures (and how to pay for them) on her blog, Our Escape Clause. When she’s not writing, you can normally find her on a hike
somewhere gorgeous, swimming in a beautiful sea, wandering around a city or baking one of the thousands of dessert recipes she finds on Pinterest. You can read Kate’s Mexico City 3 Day Break Itinerary here or check out her Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.