Montero recommends visiting in spring, when the city has pleasant weather, there’s an explosion of beautiful purple blossoms on the jacaranda trees, and everyone seems to be in a good mood. “On March 20, we all rejoice in its arrival,” he says. He is also a big fan of the fiestas patrias, the weeks around Mexico’s Independence Day, on September 16. “The weather is not so hot, it has already stopped raining, and there is a great variety of delicious food to try,” he says.
Montero’s favorite neighborhood is Polanco, in part because it’s quiet and there’s lots of good restaurants (see above, in his favorite places to eat), and in part because of its general atmosphere and attractions. “It is a family-friendly neighborhood, where you can walk, run, and even go to the Chapultepec Park,” he explains.
Chapultepec Park is the city’s giant green space, considered the “lungs” of the city for its filtering effect on the air. It also holds the renowned National Museum of Anthropology and the National History Museum, the latter of which is housed in a castle. Some of the best art museums in the city, including the Tamayo and the Museum of Modern Art also sit in the park, and (because everything comes back to tacos) it even boasts a museum that highlights the cultural significance and uses of corn in Mexico, the Museo Cencalli.
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