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So, you are thinking of traveling to Mexico City. Before planning to get on a plane to head over to the biggest city in the world, take note of things you must do while visiting there.

Here are my top 10 reasons why you should think about going before Mexico City becomes a major tourist destination!

1. The food. Forget about fast food at the usual franchises you see every day. Fast food here is called street food and all over the city you will find a vendor selling tacos –your choice of chicken, barbacoa, beef or their own mix of meats.

2. City architecture. Mexico City has amazing architecture and not because of tall, modern buildings, but 17th century colonial architecture that you will be able to see everywhere– from amazing churches and baroque style altars to old palaces like Downtown Mexico Hotel.

3. Check out the pyramids. Archeological sites are all over Mexico City with the closest being the Templo Mayor next to Zocalo and the Catedral Metropolitana. About 45 minutes away, head to the Teotihuacan Pyramids for a day trip and check out the pyramid of sun and moon. Tip: Bring cash for souvenirs and drinks since there is no ATM around.

4. Visit as many cathedrals and churches as you can. Rich with history and architectural details, many from Spanish colonial times–these temples are just amazing.

5. Stand in the middle of the Zocalo and admire the government buildings that are great for a panoramic picture.

6. Feeling adventurous? Visit the Sonora market just a few minutes from the city center or a few stops by metro. You will find everything at this place from witch craft, medicinal herbs, street food, toys, clothing… anything really. Tip: go in the early morning for safety. It is not suggested to go in the late afternoon or at night.

7. Stop by La Casa Azul and revive the artist inside of you with the Frida Kahlo Museum. Not as close to the city center, but accessible by car or taxi.

8. You need to try Prehispanic food at El Chon Restaurante. What you will find here is roasted agave worms (gusanos de maguey), mosquito eggs (ahuautle o chinche de agua), mini crafish (Chapulines), and ant larvas (Escamoles) and more.

9. Head to Roma and Condesa Neighborhoods, mostly residential, a few plazas and churches–you can just walk and experience Mexico City like a local.

10. It’s Lucha libre time! Visit the The wrestling cathedral, Mexico’s favorite spectator sport and have a good time with friends and cheer for favorite superheroes or villains

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Henrique Kerch

I’m a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light.

Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.