Plaza de la Constitución (Zócalo)
The Zocalo in Mexico City is one of the most vibrant places I've traveled to, in one of the largest cities in the world. There are so many cool things to see aside from just getting lost in the meandering side streets of markets, artisans, museums. Check out Zona Rosa, Poblano, Chapultepec neighborhoods. the Mayan exhibit in archeological museum is brilliant. Easy place to stay is hotel mayaland on Reforma/insurgentes. Easy ride from airport, makes the initial stress of new city a breeze. Hemingway wrote about it, Kerouac immersed in it... definitely a city to spend some time in at least once!!
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Viva La Mexico!
Before booking this trip I had no idea it was Mexico's Independence day. Massive parties are arranged the city, but here in the plaza in Zocalo swarms of people come prepared to celebrate. Sporting the finest costumes, noise makers, and party smiles, everyone is ready to have a good time. Remember to bring an umbrella since it is their rainy season and also an empty stomach. More food than you could ever image.
By Jason Seldon, AFAR Staff