About Samantha O
Lives in Redmond, Oregon
Since Feb 2015
25-34 year old female
I like to experience a trip by going to more local places and meandering about. Walking through a food market on a busy Sunday, eating like a local at a food stall and going to a couple historical places sounds like my cup of tea. I grew up in Mexico City and have traveled around Mexico through my childhood and adult years, always adamant about how the best beaches can be found here. Lived in the Pacific Northwest for over five years and currently involved in farming and adventure days in Central Oregon.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
El Paseo de la Reforma is a perfect spot to start you day in Mexico City. This famous avenue has a European influence and runs from the city center to the former Imperial residence, the Chapultepec Castle. There are numerous cultural offerings along it, including a rotating picture show and some of the most iconic monuments from Mexico City, like the Angel of Independence and the fountain of Diana the Huntress.
The National Museum of Anthropology is a must for locals and tourists alike. There is a large and varied number of artifacts on display from most cultures, but the main attraction is the collection of pre-Columbian Mexican objects, especially the Stone of the Sun in the Mexica showroom.
This beautiful castle sits atop of Chapultepec Hill, which makes for a nice stroll and a bit of a workout to get there. The castle, now open to the public, is the former residence of the Mexican Empire/Presidency, and it was a Military College for some time.
This beautiful fountain portrays the Greek Goddess of Hunting: Diana. The monument's popularity increased when the sculptor was asked to 'clothe' her for religious reasons. Many years later Diana is allowed to strut in her birthday suit!
La Casa de los Azulejos (House of Tiles) is a beautiful building whose exterior is covered in authentic Mexican tiles. It is now part of a famous local chain called Sanborns, which includes a restaurant, bar, and shop. This is the place to rest your feet and enjoy some Mexican cuisine with a relaxing drink.
El Palacio de Bellas Artes is definitely the most imposing theater in the country. Enjoy the art nouveau and art deco that intricately decorates it, plus the numerous murals by infamous painters Siqueiros and Rivera. And of course, you can book to see a performance here!
Still in operation as a Post Office, this massive building is a must-see for architecture fans. It is decorated in a mixture of styles that exude an art nouveau feeling.
Smack in the middle of the city center, you will find the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral. It sits atop the ancient ruins of an Aztee temple, which still has some standing walls to view. The cathedral has withstood a fire and was, for some time, slowly sinking because of the soft clay soil it was built on. The cathedral was placed on the World Monument Fund's list of 100 most endangered sites, but removed from the list after reconstruction restored the building's integrity.
This legendary restaurant and bar is a great way to end your day out. It is equally known by locals and tourists for the fun it entails. You can grab a bite in the lower part of this establishment, which offers awesome Mexican eats at good prices. Later into the night, the music starts to blast and you can decide if you want to stick to a more modern selection of music downstairs or join the Latin rhythms upstairs.