Travel to Mexico City, Mexico – Episode 580

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Travel to Mexico City, Mexico - A One Week Itinerary (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Mexico City as the Amateur Traveler talks to Patrick Muntzinger from about the city where he lived for 4 months last Spring on a semester abroad.

Patrick says, “Mexico City is just a really diverse and beautiful place to visit. It’s a little bit of a hidden gem I would say, because most people if they think about traveling to Mexico they think about all the beach places like Cancun and the whole Riviera Maya. What many people seem to miss is that Mexico City itself has a lot to offer for tourists: a lot of history, a lot of great buildings, great architecture, museums and a lot of fun activities as well. There’s definitely a lot of tourists to discover.”

We start in the historic center of the city where we find the biggest cathedral in Latin America. Also on the main square or zocalo you can find the National Palace with its wonderful murals by Diego Rivera inside, and the ruins of an Aztec pyramid.

A short walk from the historic center is what may be the most beautiful building in Mexico City: the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) built in combination of the styles of Neoclassical and Art Nouveau. Stop and see a show or take some time at a near by cafe with e view of the city scape.

Further along you will come to the large green area of Chapultepec which is a large park. In the park you can find Chapultepec Castle, the zoo, and the world class  Museum of Anthropology. The museum has an amazing collection of artifacts from pre-Columbian times.

Patrick also recommends a stop in the old neighborhood of Coyoacán which was home to both Cortez and later the artist Frida Kahlo. He also recommends a visit to the canals and boats of Xochimilco. For a day trip it is hard to beat a trip to Teotihuacan.

For high brow entertainment Patrick recommends a VIP cinema or for a more Mexican evening out the wrestling of Lucho Libre.

Mexico City is a beautiful city with a rich history and great food. So go to the beaches and resorts of Mexico but also come explore its heart in Mexico City.

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Show Notes
Mexico City
Historic center of Mexico City
Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
Templo Mayor
National Palace (Mexico)
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Mercado de Sonora (witchcraft market)
Ciudadela Market
Chapultepec Castle
Museo Frida Kahlo
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Lucha libre
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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

2 Responses to “Travel to Mexico City, Mexico – Episode 580”

Andrew Vidal


First Barbados, now Mexico City. You’ve been picking quite a few places that have had natural disasters lately.



I have indeed. Sadly we probably won’t have an episode on Puerto Rico any time soon, but I look forward to a time when we can again.

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