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Old 10-16-2019, 07:25 PM
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As I’ve posted on here before my old college roommate and I take a trip each year as an excuse to get together. Criteria include somewhere we’ve never been before and somewhere our wives wouldn’t want to go.

The idea isn't necessarily to always go to the most “fun” places but rather to take the opportunity to experience a place we otherwise might never go to. This is a long - weekend type trip so we are somewhat limited by travel time.

This year we’re considering Mexico City. Who has been and how is it?
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:31 PM
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Never been to MC proper but I've been to that region and loved it. I think it would be the perfect place for a dudes trip...huge city with a ton of culture.

Oh, and since it's ThT...you WILL get robbed or kidnapped, or worse. I'd recommend Boca instead.

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May want to consider a guided tour in Pyongyang, North Korea
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Right on cue.

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Old 10-16-2019, 07:39 PM
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Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world. I haven't been but a friend of mine just went and had a blast. He said it was very clean and modern unless you were looking for poor places.

64% of Americans don't have a valid passport so take the replies with a grain of salt.
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I’ve flown in there quite often and unfortunately haven’t had Time to tour the city, but my comrades that have loved it.
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Originally Posted by MrWesson View Post
Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world. I haven't been but a friend of mine just went and had a blast. He said it was very clean and modern unless you were looking for poor places.

64% of Americans don't have a valid passport so take the replies with a grain of salt.
And 99% believe the BS on the news.

Go... Experience... Enjoy. They are some of the warmest, friendliest people in the world.

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I have been there at least a dozen times. The first time was as a hitchhiking 17 year old in 1989. The last time was in 1997, so it’s been a while.

The pyramids, museums, parks, and murals are second to none.

While I haven’t been to Mexico City for a long time, we still travel regularly to Mexico (real Mexico, not tourist resorts) with our two small kids. The people that tell you that you won’t make it out alive are just misguided or pussies.
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Worked in MC for 15 months, Santa Fe area. MC is an awesome city with a LOT to see and do. Like any big city, there are areas you certainly want to avoid. Stay in American hotels and you'll be fine. Don't drink the water anywhere or consume anything washed in water (e.g. Salad) or ice cubes.
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I and 8 others spent 3 weeks there in 2013 for work. 4-5 of us got sick; we thought it must have been the ice or water but it was the hotel salad bar according to American doctor with us who lived there full time. We found some good places to eat and some crappy places to eat. Our hotel on Paseo de la Reforma was very nice but like most big cities, I have no desire to go back. Maybe if I was there as tourist and not with my boss I would have enjoyed it more.

Really, that's a knock on all big cities not just Mexico City.

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Old 10-17-2019, 04:09 AM
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Why not go to the Congo and drink Ebola juice instead?
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Originally Posted by BayHouse View Post
Like any big city, there are areas you certainly want to avoid. Stay in American hotels and you'll be fine. Don't drink the water anywhere or consume anything washed in water (e.g. Salad) or ice cubes.
That is all good advice - whenever I go to either Mexico or a Spanish Caribbean island, I try not to eat anything but cooked food and fruit, drink bottled water and beer, and I still usually get sick half of the time. Mexico City is like Los Angeles on steroids, it is that big and diverse, and much like LA, geographically there is about 40-50% of the city you really shouldn't go to, especially at night. The rest of the city is really nice. I have only been there for work and was shown around by native big business people, so my experience may have been different than going without an experienced tour guide. I stayed at the Hyatt in Polanco, which is in the downtown/business district area of the city.
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And 99% believe the BS on the news.

Go... Experience... Enjoy. They are some of the warmest, friendliest people in the world.
crime statistics aren’t bs because they hurt your feelings.
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I have spent 3-4 days per quarter in MC for the past 20 years. Need to be careful what areas you are in. Agree stay in American hotels, lots of museums and history. Plenty to see and do. Don’t drive, hire a driver or Uber. Normal cations on the water. Crime rate has gone down in past years. Like the Palanco area.
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Great city, with excellent food and nightlife, and the friendliest big city folks in the hemisphere. It can be moderately to seriously unsafe depending on the neighborhood and how smart or stupid you are.

If you are prone to altitude sickness be careful with any heavy exertion.
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It has been nearly 15 years since I was there for several months for work. It is a great place to visit. Stay in a nice hotel and have the concierge arrange taxis for you. Don’t miss the pyramids.
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After spending five whole minutes researching on the web I find that according to Wikipedia and the list of the top 50 cities in the world for murder rate, the United States has five cities on that list but Mexico City does not appear at all.

Full disclosure requires mentioning that there are many smaller cities in Mexico on the list including a place that Americans flock to buy the tens of thousands, Cancun. but like I said Mexico City doesn't even appear on the list.

Last time I was there was 2010 and we quite enjoyed it and had no problems at all. Like others have mentioned just like visiting any major city, keep your wits about you and don't go into areas that you wouldn't go into in the states let alone a foreign country.

I would not hesitate to go back again.
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I found this list to be enlightening...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._homicide_rate
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crime statistics aren’t bs because they hurt your feelings.
Crime stats don't hurt my feelings. Americans in general are bad about living in a bubble and not taking the sensationalism on the news with a grain of salt. They have to hype everything to make money.

Now, I'm not booking a flight to NK or Syria anytime soon but somewhere like Mexico City... No problem. I'd sooner avoid Baltimore.
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Right on cue.
I'm not even joking though.. lol
You can do a North Korea tour.. I always thought it would be pretty interesting
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