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20 experiences that you must live in Mexico City.

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1. Navigate Xochimilco in the Trajineras

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1987, Xochimilco is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Mexico.  It is located south of the city and is famous for the canals that run through it, which are the remains of a system to transport water built by the Aztecs. A ride in trajinera is something that you must experience, the colorful rafts are an unmistakable icon of the city and the perfect plan for any day off. You can take your food, drink and delight in the scenery while you enjoy the ride. Just arrive at the pier and choose a trajinera, they usually charge around $350 pesos per hour. If you do not want to bring your own picnic, you can just buy everything right there: snacks, beer and even mariachi songs!

 

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8:00 a.m.

 


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2. Climb to the top of the Latin American Tower

Every great city has a viewpoint to admire it. The Latin American Tower stands 204 meters high in the heart of Mexico City. This building was designed by the Mexican architect Augusto Álvarez and was inaugurated in April 1956. It became the tallest building in Mexico City until 1972, the year in which the Hotel de México was finished. It is also an architectural achievement that has served as a reference for other buildings as it is built in an area of high seismic risk.

Going up to its viewpoint is the equivalent of going up to the Empire State Building in New York. From above you can admire the immensity of Mexico City, its neighborhoods, colors and its urban charm.  Visiting the viewpoint costs $120 pesos, and you can use your bracelet to go up as many times as you wish in 24 hours.

 

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9:00 am -10:00 pm.

 

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3. Try the extensive street food menu

They say that a great way to get to know a place is through its food, and no food is more native than what we find in the street stalls. Mexico City is a food paradise: it can satisfy from the minimum whim to the most voracious appetite. Try the dorilocos, the famous fried food combining textures and flavors made out of vegetables, chamoy, cueritos (pickled pork rinds), peanuts and gummies. For vegetarians, tlacoyos (thick corn dough tortillas in an oval or rhomboid shape) with cream, cheese, nopales and beans. A delicious chilaquiles sandwich to start the day full of energy in La Esquina del Chilaquil, a restaurant very close to FlowSuites Condesa,  or some octopus tostadas in the famous seafood cart El Caguamo, Av. Ayuntamiento. A world full of flavor is at your fingertips in the streets of Mexico City. Try it!

 

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Esquina del chilaquil

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El Caguamo

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4. Ask yourself if  freestyle wrestling is acted or real

The history of Mexican freestyle wrestling (better known as “las luchas”) dates back to 1863, during the French Intervention in Mexico. It is an entertainment event inspired by Greco-Roman wrestling. It started as a theatrical act for entertainment, but has developed into a unique form of genre, and much more intimate for the country. Many important Mexican figures have emerged from it, such as El Santo, Blue Demon, El Solitario and Mil Máscaras, to name a few. It's a very funny and picturesque sport-show that will make you get a little closer to the culture of Mexico City and have a good time. You cannot miss one of these acts! If you want the full experience, try to buy a ticket at the foot of the ring, but if you prefer to appreciate it from a distance, any other place works. Prices vary, the closest to the ring can cost up to $540 pesos and the farthest up to $150. Find your tickets here.

 

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5. Walk, run, skate or ride a bike through Reforma

Paseo de la Reforma avenue is the most important street in Mexico City. It is emblematic for its history and because it contains many of the most important tourist attractions and monuments and buildings, such as the Angel of Independence, the Columbus roundabout, the Diana Huntress, the Bancomer Tower, the Caballito, the Museum of Anthropology and History, The National Auditorium, among others.  A visit to this avenue has to be on your to-do list if you are staying in the city. We recommend you visit it early on a Sunday as the road closes from 10 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon for pedestrians, cyclists and skaters. You will not have enough time to see everything in it.

 

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6. Rent a "lanchita", or small boat, in the Bosque de Chapultepec

The Bosque de Chapultepec is a unique and impressive urban park measuring in total 678 hectares; the park is full of monuments, museums, cultural sites, fountains and sports areas. Renting a lanchita or small boat is just one of the thousand activities you can do here: visit the castle or the zoo, go skating in the skate park, run in the Sope running trail, make souvenir purchases... there are many activities to choose from. This park is one of the most visited places by locals and tourists. No matter what you decide to do Chapultepec always promises a good time.

 

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 


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7. Visit the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon in Teotihuacán

Mexico is a country rich in history and cultural heritage, and one of the best ways to get to know it and witness its origins is by visiting the archaeological site of Teotihuacán. One of the largest and most advanced cities in Mesoamerica was established here.  Go visit and climb the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and let yourself be amazed by these detailed constructions. At the top of the pyramid, be sure to extend your arms and look at the sky to receive all the good energy. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water, a hat and sunglasses.  You can find day tours that depart and come back on the same day (click here) or venture into your car since it is only an hour away from Mexico City. If you have a student or teacher's credential, take it with you so that you can enter for free.

 

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8. Enter the cathedral in the Zócalo

If you want to know a town, visit its church. In Mexico, a mostly Catholic country, churches are very important and have also become attractions for tourists because of its impressive beauty, especially the Cathedral of Mexico City. It is a World Heritage Site since 1987 and one of the most important and representative works of Spanish-American architecture. The church was inspired by Spanish cathedrals. Its construction began in 1573 and was finished until 1813. Due to the long time it took to build it, it is said that practically all the artists, sculptors, gilders and painters of the viceroyalty participated in its elaboration. Visit it and admire its towers 67 meters high, its roofs, the organ and the admirable architectural work.

 

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9. Visit the murals of Diego Rivera in the National Palace

Since you are already in the Zócalo of Mexico City, walk towards the side of the Cathedral through the street of Plaza de la Constitución to find the entrance to the National Palace. This building is currently resuming its role as the seat of the country's executive power, where the Grito de Dolores is celebrated every year and also houses some of the most important works of art by the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. You cannot miss the visit to this art collection, an historical and artistic heritage, since the work portrays the history of Mexico since its very beginning. We recommend you arrive early to avoid a long line and to acquire a tour with a certified guide so you can get the most out of it.

 

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9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

 

 

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10. Go shopping in the Palacio de los Palacios

Not everything in Mexico City is history, entertainment and attractions; if you want to buy luxury or admire impressive showcases, Palacio de los Palacios will not disappoint you. This department store does not ask for anything from its neighbors in cities such as New York or London. The store was completely renovated in 2015 with an investment of 300 million dollars,  and with its more than 50 thousand square meters and four levels, it was reborn as a benchmark for the luxury industry.  A perfect place in the perfect neighborhood, representing all the qualities of the cosmopolitan Mexico City. You really should not miss visiting this place. The whole store is inspired in the various neighborhoods of the City such as Paseo de la Reforma, Lomas de Chapultepec, Roma-Condesa, Polanco and El Pedregal and you will find names like Kenzo, Dior, Alexander McQueen, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co, Cartier, Dolce & Gabanna and much more. And not everything is shopping, there are also beauty salons, a barbershop, a cigar room and a food area with something to satisfy every culinary whim. The best of all? It´s a walking distance from FlowSuites Polanco!

 

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11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

 

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11. Eat a traditional churro in El Moro

The traditional Mexican dessert that many love, a good churro is never rejected. If you want an even more pleasurable experience, make sure you buy your churro from El Moro churrería. This place has been preparing the best churros since 1935 and is a favorite among tourists and locals.  You can find them throughout in the city... but our favorites? One of our favorite locations is the one at the historic downtown. You´ll find it walking next to the Latin American Tower (it´s open 24 hours). Also, the one in the Colonia Roma neighborhood on Alvaro Obregón avenue.  They have delicious warm traditional churros that you can pair with the dip of your choice and other desserts such as moritos, hot chocolate and milkshakes.  What are you going to try?

 

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9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

 

12. Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum and take a picture on its blue walls.

A neighborhood that you cannot miss when you travel to Mexico City is Coyoacán. It is one of the oldest districts and is known for being an intellectual and bohemian neighborhood. In the center of Coyoacán you will find many attractions. Visit, for example, its church, admire the Coyotes fountain, try mezcal in its canteens, get a coffee from Jarocho and visit Frida Kahlo´s Blue House. This museum is very famous because it is a very intimate and accurate approach to the life and work of the Mexican painter. We recommend you arrive early, and if possible, buy your tickets online to avoid the long lines. Tickets for foreigners cost $246 pesos and for Mexicans, $107.  Get your tickets here.

 

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10 a.m. - 10 p.m.



13. Tour the streets of the Roma - Condesa neighborhood

The Roma - Condesa neighborhoods alone are already one of the most popular attractions in the city; all you have to do is let yourself go and you will come across unique experiences. Walk through the Parque España and Parque México, admire the urban art on the walls, eat at the cozy restaurants in the area, visit the bazaars offering works of local artists, enter a bookstore, eat an ice cream and admire its architecture. You can visit by day or by night, as there are plenty attractions for you to enjoy yourself. FlowSuites Condesa is located in a privileged area. Just leave the hotel and experience these wonderful neighborhoods that are a "must" on your list.

 

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14. Sing with the mariachis in Garibaldi

What's more Mexican than some good mariachis? If you want to live a unique experience with these traditional musical groups you have to visit the Garibaldi square.nica ﷽﷽﷽﷽﷽as, toma un cafno ya qhis? Si quieres vivir una experiencia s colonias. fuente de la Cibeles, inas, toma un cafno ya q This place is famous for being the plaza of the mariachis. You can listen to serenades all night long. Pair this with a fine tequila and sing at the top of your lungs for your loves that were not, those that will be or those that have not yet arrived. Any bar has these qualities, but we recommend The Tenampa Hall, a place that is iconic for its history since it was visited by famous Mexican musicians such as José Alfredo Jiménez, who is said to be a recurring client.

 

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13 a.m. - 13 p.m.

 


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15. Hold the "toques" at a local bar 

Mexico is the only country where you pay someone to electrocute you. It is true, a typical attraction of Mexico is to experience the "toques" in a canteen while enjoying some drinks with your friends. People clutch two metal bars and allow themselves to be electrocuted, just for fun. The goal is to keep hold of the positive and negatively charged handles as long as you can while the current is gradually increased. Do not worry, the game is not dangerous, although it  will test your resistance to the characteristic pain of electricity. During the night, toques vendors carry the electrical box tucked into a small briefcase and walk around offering the challenge to anyone who dares to take it. If you go to a bar in la Roma, Condesa, Downtown, Del Valle or Polanco neighborhoods , you will surely find them. So, are you up for it?
 



16. Sing at the top of your lungs in a karaoke bar in the Zona Rosa

The Zona Rosa, in Colonia Juarez, is known as a meeting and entertainment point for the LGBT community. It is extremely fun and is full of small bars and karaoke bars that offer good atmosphere at all hours, every day of the week. Visit the neighborhood, go into one of its karaoke bars and sing your favorite songs with a bucket of very cold beers. If you want to know the LGBT nightlife, we recommend you visit the Rico for a great time.
 



17. Finish the party with some good tacos at dawn

Do you know the term drunk food? That is the food you need to eat before ending the night and going to bed. Well, in Mexico this means -obviously- the tacos. After a night of drinking, a lot of dancing and fun, some good tacos are the cherry on the cake. If you want to live a super local experience, we recommend the following, they are located in different parts of the city and they are all open until the early hours of the morning. The Califas have branches practically throughout the city. The Vilsito is a mechanics workshop during the day, and a taco place at night. It´s delicious. Try a gringa and your life will never be the same, they are located on Av. Universidad, in the Narvarte neighborhood. The Costras, for the preppy people just coming out from a dance club such as the Sens, Veronna or Hyde, are a salvation in the form of tortilla with cheese and marinated meat. This taco place is located in the street of Bosque de Duraznos, under the bridge. 

 

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El Vilsito:

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18. Make new friends while you dance at dawn in a city club

Mexico's nightlife is not afraid of anything and clearly, the city is not short of fabulous places where to spend a whole night of absolute fun and good dancing. We recommend Café Paraíso in Colonia Roma, an exclusive venue for adults over 25, where the tropical vibe will keep you energized throughout the night. Men pay $150 for cover. If you are in Polanco, República is your choice: a place full of life, good music and preppy vibes. If you love dancing to the rhythm of today´s music, this place is for you.  Another fashionable club is Looloo, in the street of London in the Roma neighborhood. It is a very exclusive place divided into rooms with house music in one and reggaetón in another, depending on the night you visit. And these are just some of the places you can find. You should definitely not miss a night out in Mexico City. You´ll become addicted!

 


 

19. Enjoy the view and the fresh air under skyscrapers at Parque la Mexicana in Santa Fe

Parque la Mexicana is one of the newest in the city and is in the Santa Fe neighborhood which is, in turn, one of the most expensive and modern. Due to its location the park is surrounded by a very peculiar view, on the one hand you will see tall skyscrapers and on the other land under construction, the park lives in the middle of this as a small green paradise in a concrete jungle. Visit the park and be amazed by all it has to offer: a lake with a huge amphitheater, a dog’s area, a skate park, a running track, bikes for rent and a gourmet corridor with first class restaurants.

 

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6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 


 

20. Live the passion, emotion, and excitement in a football match at the Estadio Azteca

Soccer fan? Your definition of a fan will definitely change when you visit the Azteca Stadium and experience a local football game. Mexicans carry the passion in their blood, and nowhere is it more noticeable than in a soccer stadium supporting their favorite team. Do not miss out on this experience! Besides, the Azteca Stadium on itself is an attraction, with its capacity for 87,000 people, which makes it the largest in Mexico, the third in the Americas and the eleventh in the world. Find dates and tickets to attend here:

 

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Once you can cross out all the sites on this list, you will practically be an expert in Mexico City. If you also wish to be informed about the activities and recommendations in real time during your visit, follow us on Instagram at @FlowSuites, where you will find a real-time agenda with the trendiest in the moment in Mexico City. 

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