Adventure Travel in Mexico City

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A Guide to Adventure Travel in México City

As one of the fastest-growing cities of the world, Mexico City is a current forerunner when it comes to tourism and travel innovation. From bustling market stalls to ancient pyramids, from rooftop parties to underground canals, el D.F is a jumbled mess of rich flavours, hot rhythms, and cultural expositions. In recent years, the city created many new public spaces and opened the city to have tourism become part of the economy. This push has led to a fledgling adventure travel push in the area. Take a lunge to this still-hidden, but quickly-booming, tourist destination and prepare to be overwhelmed with adrenaline and wonder.

Life in México City

Unlike some major world cities, Mexico City’s push for tourism is a more recent event. While some may see it as a risk, there is the added advantage of cheaper expenses. If you are brave enough to face the herds, transportation in and around the city is anything but lacking.

There is a sprouting scene of hipster cafes, international restaurants, and five-star Michelin restaurants that boast top names (and dinner prices). A foodie haven, Mexico City not only combines the cuisine of all regions of the country, but the influence of other cultures have also left their presence of the city’s culinary scene. From the humble taco stands on the street to world-class fusion restaurants, there is plenty of new and delicious grub to try. Walk through markets to have the freshest avocado and a mole sauce that will have you begging for the recipe. 

Before long, the idea of leaving behind the never-ending supply of tlayudas, tortillas, aguas del dia, sopes, and chiles of all shapes and sizes will become impossible to bear. If things get a little too spicy, check out the local smoothie stand, cerveza bar, or indulge in a shot of tequila (or even better, mezcal?!) to clean your palate.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Accommodations at the average hotel range from $25 a night, but there are plenty of cheaper options at the many hostels that are multiplying every day (especially in more-touristy el centro, La Condesa, and Polanco). Hostels are trendy and quirky, but hot water and wifi are not always included. Check before unpacking!

Guided trips outside of the city to Teotihuacan can range from $40 to $90, with hot air balloon rides topping at around $190. Adventures into the Iztaccihuatl-Popocatépetl National Park cost around $50 to explore the park for a day with guided hikes, and tours through local villages. Many of these activities cost significantly less when done solo, but the comfort of tours (and lack of need to figure out public transportation) is a big perk. Some tours include access to museums, transportation, and food vouchers. If you plan it out right, the opportunities to explore Mexico will not leave your coffers empty. 

Mexico City has worked hard to rise above its polluted past and has done a spectacular job in emerging as one of the most cultural and innovative metropoli of the world. Culinary delights, historic ruins, and surreal natural surroundings form the basis of el D.F. and serve as a great springboard into the rest of Mexico. So, throw on a sombrero, let go of stereotypes, and see just how chido this hoppin’ capital city is!

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