In February 2023, I had an opportunity to spend three magnificent weeks in Mexico visiting the capital city (where I attended ZONAMACO, the biggest Latin American art fair) as well as 3 other destinations: Puebla, Cholula, and Mérida.
There are several reasons why Mexico should be on your bucket list for 2023 and beyond. It's one of those eclectic travel destinations that offer a unique blend of tradition and innovation and an unlimited list of activities for every budget and taste.
No matter is you are looking for an adventure trip with a group of friends, a romantic getaway with your partner, fun family holidays with kids, or a peaceful solo trip, you will be spoilt for choice. From street tacos to fine dining, inexpensive local markets to upscale shopping experiences, simple hostels to luxury boutique hotels, pre-Hispanic sites to modern architecture, nature and beach destinations to city life – Mexico offers it all.
CDMX - The City of the Future
Most people don't think about technology when they think about Mexico. Wrong!
Let me show you a couple of recent examples how Mexico City is moving toward the future and making everyday life not only easier but also more exciting.
In 2021, Mexico City won Guinness record for internet connectivity beating out metropolises such as Seoul and Tokyo. With a system of more than 28,000 free WiFi hotspots, it is still one of the most connected cities on Earth.
“Technology does not make sense if it isn’t for the benefit of the inhabitants, especially the most marginalized of our city,” said Claudia Sheinbaum, mayor of Mexico City.
The innovative Internet for All program benefits international travellers as well and is a welcome break from overpriced roaming charges or similar interruptions to connectivity. The free WiFI hotspots are located all over Mexico City and there is no limit to how long you can be connected.
What's really interesting is the fact that the system was created using existing unused bandwidth on security cameras and helps to keep the city residents and visitors safe. You can read more about the integration with Mi Calle and Sendero Seguro programs here.
Stylish blue trolleybuses can now be found in Mexico's capital city as part of an ongoing modernisation of its transport network. These new vehicles feature a double-source driveline technology (provided by Chinese manufacturer Yutong), which mean that they can run on overhead lines or on battery power. They are an affordable and eco-friendly way to travel around the city.
Clean, quiet and comfortable. Highly recommended!
You can view and download the Trolleybus Lines Map that can be easily saved on your phone and used offline while travelling, here.
The first piece of public art driven by artificial intelligence (AI) in Latin America can be found in the elegant Neuchâtel Cuadrante Polanco residential complex located in Nuevo Polanco.
The Eye of Mexico reflects the vibrant energy of the city and is the first data and artificial intelligence sculpture in Mexico. A true benchmark for innovation, mobility and urban planning, it has been created based on (past and present) demographic, urban and mobility data for the Mexican capital.
This hypnotising work of public art is a collaboration with renowned international new media studio, Ouchhh, which "has a dream about secret codes of cosmic multidimensional hybrid universes made by AI without physical architectural boundaries".
Representing the dynamism of Neuchâtel Cuadrante Polanco, where you can also enjoy a selection of shops focused on wellness and gastronomy, "The Eye of Mexico" project not only enhances the quality of people’s lives and makes everyday life extraordinary, but also directs us toward the future of mobility. How exciting!
"Simply put, Mexico City is where things are happening in the Latin American world. Every major financial institution is in Mexico City. The best universities are in Mexico City. World renowned artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs call Mexico City home and it shows no signs of slowing down." - Source: CodersLink
Below you can find a small selection of pictures showing my daily life in Mexico City, featuring some of my favourite places in Roma Norte and Polanco.
Mexico City (Photos by Eva Fydrych | Fashion Studio Magazine)
Both Puebla and Cholula offer a refreshing break from the busy city life and they are well connected with the Mexican capital. Several bus companies operate between Mexico City and Puebla (I recommend ADO) and the journey time is a little over 2 hours.
During my stay in Puebla, I discovered two chic hotels that I would highly recommend: one located in the historic centre (Hotel Royalty Puebla) and one in La Paz neighbourhood (Arkana Hotel by Rotamundos).
Royalty Puebla is a luxury boutique hotel situated in a stunning colonial building right in the heart of Puebla's Zócalo which remains the cultural, political and religious centre of the city. You can find many notable buildings around, including City Hall, Casa de los Muñecos, and the Baroque style Cathedral. The Historic Centre of Puebla features some of the best-preserved colonial architecture in Mexico and is among the oldest on the continent. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Nearby Cholula, one of Pueblos Mágicos, is indeed a place where you can spend unforgettable moments, escape the routine, and invite some magic to your everyday life.
If you decide to stay in San Andrés Cholula, don't miss Majikal B&B (we will be writing more about this unique destination soon).
Recommended place to stay in San Pedro Cholula: Quinta Alhóndiga Galindo, a historic mansion from the end of 18th century which is now a family-run boutique hotel showcasing the beauty of Mexican culture and archeology.
Magical Cholula moments (Photos by Eva Fydrych | Fashion Studio Magazine)
If you are looking for a delightful mix of provincial and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Mérida, the capital of Yucatán Peninsula, is the place to be. Take a flight from Mexico City and be there in less than 2 hours (you can fly with local airlines such as Volaris, Viva Aerobus or Aeroméxico).
Recommended place to stay: Majikal B&B, one of the most stylish and unique rental properties in Mérida, offering everything you may need during your Mexican vacation (pool, fully-equipped kitchen with a coffee maker, patio featuring exotic plants, beautifully restored old furniture, colourful decor elements, and local art).
More about these exciting destinations coming soon. Stay tuned!
The true essence of Mexico lies exactly here – somewhere in the middle between tradition and modernity, far away from all-inclusive resorts of Cancún. I invite you to create your own unique experience and find a little piece of paradise next time you visit this fascinating country.