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Mexico City is probably one of our favorite cities ever – not because it’s one of the most accessible cities in the Americas, but because it’s a city filled with culture, history, and amazing people. Mexicans from Mexico City are called “Chilangos” and they’re the ones who will welcome you into their city with open arms.
We can’t say that you’re missing out if you haven’t been to Mexico City, but it’s something that you surely have to experience for yourselves. There’s something magical about this place where you leave a piece of your heart behind.
In this article, we will talk about five of the reasons why we love Mexico City.
Enjoy Mexico City’s vibrant atmosphere
Upon arriving here, the first thing that you’ll notice is how lively the city is. You can explore the town on foot and enjoy the cheery, happy aura that engulfs it. As an important placeholder in history, Mexico City’s architecture will fascinate you with the foregone stories etched for eternity on its four walls.
Unlike most places in Latin America like Medellín or Buenos Aires, the architectural structures in Mexico City don’t follow a uniform design pattern. You can go in December when it’s a bit chilly, or in the spring when it’s starting to get pleasantly warm, or in the summer when the weather’s perfect. There’s really no “perfect” time to go to Mexico City because it’s ideal at any time of the year.
There are beautiful neighborhoods just waiting to be toured by you. If you desire a luxurious and high-end neighborhood, then you must check out Polanco. If you want the upscale yet hip neighborhood, there’s Condesa. Want to enjoy a bit more of a hippy vibe? Then, travel to Roma Norte to enjoy a glass of cold brew or even an ice-cold cerveza at one of the several cafes located there.
If you want to go and see the old artists’ stomping grounds like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, you can go to Coyoacán.
With so much to do and so much to see, you’ll never get bored in Mexico City.
Socialize with Mexico City’s Friendly People
Naturally, a city won’t be a city as it is without its locals, right? One of the best things about Mexico City is the residents who live here and give it the local flavor.
Like most capital cities, Mexico City has a bit of an upscale and urban vibe. There may be some people who think that the locals who live here might seem a bit snobby. Although, that’s not the case at all!
The locals in Mexico City are some of the friendliest and most welcoming people that you’ll ever meet. There’s always a smile on their faces, and they’re always eager to welcome tourists or expats into their circle. In the last decade, a census from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography stated that the numbers of foreigners in the country have grown to an astounding 95% – the majority of these expats are from the United States.
The United States is just a few miles away from Mexico in general, and so it’s not surprising that most of the expats in the country would be from here. Although, the growing number of expats from Europe and even the Pacific through the years is immense.
It’s no wonder that Mexico City is becoming more and more of an international hub for digital nomads, travelers, and entrepreneurs.
Live in an international, diverse climate
As the city grows its popularity as an international hub for locals and foreigners alike, it’s no wonder why more and more people are heading towards the capital.
If you have been traveling all around the world, then there’s something quite comfortable about Mexico City. It really is the perfect city, and you can find everything that you may want here.
Naturally, there are brands that you can find everywhere in the world like Starbucks, Zara, Panda Express, and the likes. If you’re looking for something “familiar,” then this city can be great for you.
One thing that’s pretty great about Mexico City is that you’re not forced to speak Spanish. Naturally, you should be able to speak Spanish if you want to converse with the locals or if you want to travel throughout the country – this is something that most Mexicans appreciate.
They love it when you try your best to speak Spanish, even if it’s not that good because they get a sense that you’re trying your best to belong and to respect their culture.
Unlike some of the other capital cities in Latin America like Bogotá or Montevideo where you’ll probably be forced to speak Spanish because most locals don’t encourage conversing in English as much, this won’t be a problem in Mexico City.
There’s no language barrier in the city, and this is also one of the reasons why entrepreneurs and investors love it. They can simply go about their business without wondering nor worrying about closing deals in a language that they can barely understand.
Taste deliciously diverse cuisine
Let’s say that you want to eat some comfort food since you’re getting tired of the local delicacies – you can always go to restaurants such as Shake Shack or Capitol Grill. These restaurants are foreign brands with great customer services. Pop over and have a homely, familiar bite if you crave some food from your side of the ocean.
However, it’s highly doubtful that you won’t like Mexican food since it’s one of the best cuisines in the world – from taco al pastor, mole, to carne asada, there’s a specific dish for you to try depending on your mood. The thing is, you don’t even need to visit the upscale and posh places. Just visit the local food trucks spread out across the city to enjoy what the locals commonly eat.
The cuisine in this beautiful country has been included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – meaning that Mexico has one of the best culinary traditions.
Mexico City is a melting pot of cultures, and you can also enjoy the food that most nearby cities like Veracruz or Oaxaca de Juárez have. You can meet people from these regions all around the city, and it feels really international. So life is very comfortable there.
Travel anywhere from Mexico City
Mexico City is probably one of the most accessible cities in Latin America. It can actually be compared to Kuala Lumpur, another well-connected metropolis in Asia that is considered an “airline hub.”
If you want to journey to more countries in Latin America, then Mexico City is the perfect base. Also, if you wish to have quick or direct access back to the USA or Canada, then Mexico City is going to be a great point.
There’s an idea that Mexico City is a central hub – you can go somewhere else every single weekend, and you can experience the diversity that the whole country has to offer. Go to the beaches of Cancún or explore the architecture in Guadalajara.
Either way, if you need to do business outside of the continent, you can easily do so because there are no airline restrictions, and everything is just so accessible.
Mexico City International Airport is also the largest and busiest airport in Latin America!
Not only that, but something that we really love about Mexico City is how all of their different neighborhoods meld together and how you can basically just go around by foot or by public transportation.
There’s a subway and a metro bus in Mexico City so public transportation won’t be a problem for you. One of the must things to do in Mexico City is to navigate their public transportation system with complete ease, and it’s something that you really won’t have a problem with.
In Mexico, there’s something for everyone. You can hit the beach, enjoy the mountains or even go to the jungle. Imagine, you’ve got access to so many versatile landscapes without having to go through the hassle of passport control.
If beaches are something you enjoy, then you can go to to Playa del Carmen where the sun is always shining and the beaches are always crystal clear. In a place called San José del Pacífico, the mountains and the clouds meet and it’s a great place to invest in a property used as a rental home. Then again, there are countless cultural cities around the country like Guanajuato and Puebla.
Nowadays, it’s really difficult to cross borders because of the pandemic. Along with it, traveling has completely changed. This is why living somewhere where you can have access to these types of places can be really great.
There’s a certain wonder when it comes to Mexico City, and its streets are endlessly filled with constant curiosity. There’s always a secret alleyway to get lost in, or a vintage shop to rummage through.
It’s a very historical city, and it has roots that go all the way back from great indigenous empires dating back before the conquistadors.
Mexico City is filled with beauty, and endless possibilities in art, food, and even investment. This is a city that isn’t only great for artists, but for entrepreneurs and investors alike as well!
Getting citizenship or a residence permit in Mexico is relatively easy and you can take different approaches to it. You can either invest in real estate, donate to a government fund or be eligible via descent. No matter what the nature of your business might be, you’ll figure out the right path for you.
These are some of the things that make Mexico great and loved by so many people – if we were to list down our favorite cities in the world, Mexico City would be at the very top!