"Mexico" Mexico by ant1606

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Wish I could visit more of this beautiful country. My business trips take me to some cities but it's hard to find spare time for sightseeing.
If your flight destination is Mexico City, don't be surprised to set foot in a chaotic place. It´s the largest city in the world and home to some 25 million people. Maybe more. Dependingly on the arrival gate, expect to walk a long way before reaching the immigration desks, and after normal formalities the baggage claim area can be found. Not many signs point to that, better ask. When departing from Mexico City airport it's advisable to get there a good 2 and a half hours in advance. E-Tickets are processed at a dedicated desk and it takes more than expected. Also, in such case, don't waste your time in line at check-in desks but ask for the dedicated one.
Land of beaches, mountains and lively cities, Mexico deserves a deep investigation. In some areas watch out for your valuables and don't leave your belongings unattended.
Food is great. Music is always in the air, which can be much polluted in some cities, and people will always smile at you. Maybe trying to sell you something at times, but their kindness being something special.
You can shop at traffic lights for a variety of items including food and toys.
Taxi fares are generally affordable but should always be negotiated in advance.
I've spent a few days in Toluca, which at 2,860 m (some 9,500 ft) is probably the highest city in Mexico. It lies on a plateau and air quality is good. Expect year-round cold in the morning and warm daytime temperatures. Apart from a large industrial area, its city center has a nice square displaying the second largest Cathedral in the country. Botanical Gardens are nearby and enclosed inside a glass-art building. Volcano Nevado can be seen from most parts of city. A road leads nearly to its top (4,860 m) with a sight of two lakes separated by a cinder cone.

Toluca

The industrial city of Toluca is about 65 Km, or 40 miles, west of Mexico City. It's probably the highest city in Mexico. Near the main square in the city center, which features the second largest Cathedral in Mexico and other interesting buidings, a permanent street market can be found. Walking through a maze of stands with an eye on pick-pockets, an incredible variety of merchandise can be your bargain of the day. Prices presented to foreigners may be occasionally higher than normal. Stop for traditional food in 'Taquerias' and try anything, but don't forget to spread typical 'salsas' to your dish for a spicy-hot accent. Don't put too much before sampling!

Toluca - Botanical Gardens

Close enough to main square, any by-passers' eye will surely catch this building. Its walls are made of titnted glass-art, said to be imported from Europe.

  • Last visit to Mexico: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated Feb 18, 2005
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  • Laura_Mexico's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Tony, we call this "aztec dish" a MOLCAJETE, just like the bowl containing it. Depending on the restaurant it'll have different ingredients: pork,beef,chicken,nopales (cactus), chicharron (the crusty stuff you said, which is pork rinds),chorizo, etc!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2006 at 8:48 AM

    Mexico City can be a fascinating place if you keep your attention about you! Each State is another country here.

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