The Afar Guide to
Mexico City

Fall in Love with DF

It's hard to believe that a capital city could be a best-kept secret, but this has long been the case for Mexico City. Travelers have traditionally flocked to the country's coasts while neglecting its interior, especially the capital. Perhaps they are intimidated by Mexico City's size (it's one of the largest and most densely populated metropolises in the world) or rumors about its reputation: chaotic, dirty, and possibly dangerous. But intrepid travelers tend to return home from a visit to “DF”—the Distrito Federal (Federal District)—enamored, agreeing with journalist David Lida's assessment: Mexico City is the capital of the 21st century. And having visited, they know it's just a matter of time before others figure out the secret, too.

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Julie Schwietert CollazoMexico City Local Expert

Julie Schwietert Collazo has been a bilingual freelance writer, editor, and translator for the past 10 years and loves (almost) every minute of it, but tells people if she could have any other job, it would be a gig as a Mexico City evangelist. The Mexican capital is her former home and the first place she always wants to go when she gets on a plane. Read more at collazoprojects.com and Cuaderno Inedito.