I hand-picked three very special destinations when I launched Brand g Vacations, and one of them is Mexico City, where gays and lesbians not only enjoy full marriage equality but also world-class cuisine, archeological treasures, art, fashion and unrivaled hospitality. Colonial mansions and excavated pyramids co-exist with fabulous shops, museums, and galleries. Its principal street, the Paseo de la Reforma, equals or surpasses almost any grand thoroughfare in the world. The National Museum of Anthropology alone is worth the trip, and who does not want to visit Frida Kahlo’s former house and try and recapture some of the spirit of this fascinating woman?
It’s no secret that the country has been trying to clean up its tarnished image in the last couple of years with multi-million dollar PR campaigns and appearances by influential style-makers. Martha Stewart just re-aired a show featuring a 2010 trip where she “explored Mexico City’s rich heritage and toured its cultural and culinary landmarks…with visits to incredible places that would delight any culture seeker.” I recently heard Lynne Rossetto Kasper praising the country’s exquisite cuisine on A Splendid Table.
I have been to Mexico City three times in my life and loved every moment. The first time I went was in 1974, and as a 19-year-old it was paradise. There was so much to see and do at prices that even a college freshman could afford. As a walker, this city does not disappoint, whether in Chapultepec Park, one of the largest urban green spaces in the world, or discovering the city’s mosaic of neighborhoods by foot. If you are here to buy, the traditional handicrafts are well made and beautiful (my home still features purchases from 1985). On the other hand, modern fashion is skyrocketing and the opportunity to buy something from one of many up-and-coming young Mexican designers is not to miss.
To me Mexico City is one of the world’s most vibrant cities. It is so close (less than four hours away for those of us living in the US) and yet so different. Did I mention it is affordable too? Prices are at least 33% less than in the US and 50% less than in Europe. Fantastic fare at affordable prices. Warm and hospitable people welcoming you to their city that allows you equal rights. What are you waiting for?