Getting To Mexico City
Once you are Mexico, flying to Mexico city is probably the easiest thing to do, since every single city in Mexico has a direct flight path back to the capital.
Furthermore, the main airport is practically in center of the city, so once you arrive it's a simple uber to your next destination.
What was really interesting upon arrival, was seeing 20+ people waiting outside the airport arrivals, holding out their phones, waiting for an Uber.
Where is Mexico City?
A Brief Mexico City History
Quick note: The history of Mexico City is so rich and deep, that my brief summary won't do much justice to the city. So if you are interested in learning more, please visit the History of Mexico in Wikipedia, or watch a few Youtube videos to understand how a relatively small Pre-colombian city in the middle of a lake evolved into a 21st century city of 21 million people, with no lake in sight.
The Aztecs or Mexica (‘Meh-shee-kak') originally founded the city of ‘Tenochtitlan' in about 1325, and by 1430, it became the center of the Aztec Empire. At its peak, about 200,000 people inhabiting the ancient city of Tenochtitlan.
Once the Spanish Conquest of the city was over, Hernan Cortez ordered that the entire city of Tenochtitlan be destroyed, and a new city be built on top.
All of the materials from the previous temples and ceremonial centers were used to build new buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Eventually, Tenochtitlan was renamed to Ciudad De Mexico (Meh-hee-Coh) (Mexico City) because it was easier to pronounce for the arriving Spanish.
From 1521 to 1821, Mexico City was the social, economic, and religious capital of Mexico, while the elites and Spanish crown continued sucking every bit of wealth and resource, and viciously exploiting the people.
All native Mexicans were relegated to the outskirts of the city, while those of Spanish heritage (born in Spain, or of Spanish decent in Mexico) were located in Palaces in the center of the city.
After the War of Independence that brought independence from the Spanish crown, Mexico City was captured by the Americans in the Mexican-American War, and then saw extensive violence in the Reform Wars between Liberals and Conservatives, and then was captured by the French Army during both French Interventions, and saw major violence during the Mexican Revolution.
By the beginning of the 1900's, the population of Mexico City was about 500,000, yet by 2018, it stands at almost 21 million!
As a result of this explosive growth, the city has problems with regular protests, pollution, transportation, providing basic services like electricity and water, and heavy corruption among government officials, including police.
Mexico City Photo Album
Coyoacan, Mexico City
One of 16 historic boroughs (neighborhoods) in Mexico City, named in the language of ‘Nahuatl' for the ‘place of coyotes' (although there is little evidence of ever having coyotes).
Eventually, as the city of Mexico overgrew its lake, it swallowed up all towns and cities around it.
After walking around Coyoacan for a mere 1 hour, I decided to venture further south outside of Mexico city, and drive down to Tepoztlan. The town of Tepoztlan is known for the birth of the god ‘Quetzalcoatl'.
It also features a famous aztec pyramid on top of the mountain, that is only accessible until 4pm. Unfortunately, I arrived late, and could not enter to climb to see the pyramids and ruins.