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Formula One heads to Latin America this weekend for the Mexican Grand Prix, and with Lewis Hamilton within touching distance of the championship win there’s likely to be an extra buzz in Mexico City this weekend.
Whether you’re an F1 fan or not though, Mexico City is a vibrant destination that should definitely be on your list of places to visit. To help you plan a visit we’ve caught up with Ted Kravitz of Sky Sports F1® again for another instalment of his Smart Travel Notebook.
Check out the video below for Ted’s smart travel tips.
Autumn is a fantastic time of year to visit Mexico City as parades fill the streets for the Day of the Dead celebrations. Mexicans will parade through the capital dressed as skeletons to honour their ancestors on November 1st and 2nd.
The streets of the city are also full of stunning architecture, including the Palacio de Bellas Artes (housing a plethora of Mexican works of art) and the Palacio Nacional (a colonial palace home to the Diego Rivera murals, the offices of the president of Mexico, and the Federal Treasury).
And it’s not just the city itself that offers some amazing sights and sounds. Head north east of Mexico City and discover the awe-inspiring architecture of the Teotihuacán pyramids. The settlement was developed between the 1st and the 7th centuries A.D. and became one of the greatest cities in Mesoamerica, with at least 25,000 inhabitants. It’s well worth a day trip to admire the stunning pyramids and discover the ancient pottery and human remains on exhibit, but set off early to avoid large crowds.
And let’s not forget the food…Mexican food is world-renowned and Mexico City is probably worth a trip for the culinary delights alone. As with any bustling capital, Mexico City offers restaurants to suit every budget and taste. The best food though can be found at market stalls on the streets of the city. Here you’ll get the most authentic local cuisine and you won’t have to fork out much for a decent meal. As with all street vendors though, there can be differences in quality from one stall to the next – following the crowds and the locals is often a safe bet when it comes to food.
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