So much to do

South of the border: Who needs beaches when Mexico City offers so much to explore?

South of the border: Who needs beaches when Mexico City offers so much to explore?

Art Piece, Mexico City, July 2012
Art pieces such as this one, are found all over the city and are quite interesting.  Photo by Karen Burd
Polanco Street Shopping, Mexico City, July 2012
Polanco Shopping District MexicoCityExperience.com
Ecobici, Mexico City, July 2012
Ecobicis are found all over town.  Innovapedia.org
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, July 2012
Palacio de Bellas Artes Photo by Karen Burd
Catedral Metropolitana, Zocalo, Mexico City, July 2012
Catedral Metropolitana  Photo by Karen Burd
Blue Tile Building, Historical District, Mexico City, July 2012
Building in the Historical District, wouldn't you want that tile on your house?  Photo by Karen Burd
El Angel de Independencia, Mexico City, July 2012
El Angel de Independencia located in Paseo de Reforma. Photo by Karen Burd
Art Piece, Mexico City, July 2012
Polanco Street Shopping, Mexico City, July 2012
Ecobici, Mexico City, July 2012
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, July 2012
Catedral Metropolitana, Zocalo, Mexico City, July 2012
Blue Tile Building, Historical District, Mexico City, July 2012
El Angel de Independencia, Mexico City, July 2012

The typical vacation spots for Mexico usually tend to be places like Cancun or Cozumel, but what about Mexico City? As one of the largest cities in the world, it has a lot to offer for vacationers. Get away from the heat and enjoy the great weather along with the occasional rains at night that help keep the city cool. 

The abundance of art galleries and great restaurants in the Colonia Condesa provides a wonderful area to unwind after "must see" visits to such notables as the Museo de Antropologia and the Museo de Arte Popular, Palacio de Bellas Artes and the incredible historical district with tons of interesting architecture. 

 If you are feeling a little adventurous and want to get some exercise, Mexico City now has great Ecobicis (Eco bikes) that you can rent and take around town.  

Zócalo is the main square or plaza inside the city's historic district and one of the largest city squares in the world. It is bordered by the Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional and the Federal District buildings. 

For shopping, the city provides countless opportunities including the Polanco, home to the city's upscale residential and  shopping district. You can spend all day there window shopping, finding local notable designers and enjoying a wonderful array of unique boutiques and cute little coffee shops and restaurants. 

The food is fantastic; one of the best and long-standing restaurants in the city is La Hacienda de Los Morales. An original hacienda, it is now home to a wonderful restaurant and bar with flowing gardens and a welcoming and cozy atmosphere. 

Whether sitting outside in the courtyard or inside by the bar, you get an incredible view of the wonderfully decorated, historic restaurant. It is a great place to go to get away from it all, listen to live music and enjoy cocktails — the "tamarind" margarita is house specialty — and specials like the famous tortilla soup.

When traveling to the capital, remember that it is 7,940 feet above sea level, so plan on taking it easy the first day to allow your body to acclimate to the altitude. It's the perfect time to enjoy an afternoon stroll down the massive Paseo de la Reforma — where you see the iconic Mexican monument of El Angel de la Independencia commemorating the centennial of the beginning of Mexico's War of Independence.  

If you are feeling a little adventurous and want to get some exercise, Mexico City now has great Ecobicis (Eco bikes) that you can rent and take around town to explore the city and avoid driving in the hectic traffic.