Moon Mexico City
By Chris Humphrey
Fourth Edition, August 2008
Price: $18.95 USD
Former Mexico City resident Chris Humphrey provides travelers with an insider’s view of the metropolis, from exploring the myriad historical sites packed into the world-famous Centro neighborhood to viewing the renowned paintings of Frida Kahloa, Diego Rivera, David Siquieros, and Jose Clemente Orozco. Humphrey also provides unique trip strategies, including Indiginous Past and Present, and for those with only a few days to spare, A Weekend in Mexico City. Complete with details on visiting the colonial village of Tlalpan, viewing the pyramids of Teotihuacan, or hiking to see Monarch butterflies in forest reserves, Moon Mexico City gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
What’s inside Moon Mexico City
Enjoy the very best of Mexico City with these itineraries:
- The Best of Mexico City
- A Week in Mexico City
- Indigenous Past and Present
Discover the ins and outs of Mexico City’s neighborhoods.
Recommendations for the top restaurants, nightlife, shops, sights, and hotels in:
- Centro Historico
- Alameda Central
- Paseo de la Reforma and Zona Rosa
- Chapultepec and Polanco
- Roma and Condesa
- Napoles, Del Valle, and Mixcoac
- San Angel
- Greater Mexico City
Take a trip outside the city with these excursions:
- North of Mexico City
- Toluca and Vicinity
- Valle de Bravo
- Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl
- Puebla and Vicinity
- Tlaxcala and Vicinity
Chris Humphrey first went to Mexico in 1991 with a friend and a dilapidated Volvo, to meander the back roads for a month and a half. It was a dramatic trip, replete with spectacular scenery, fascinating people, and repeated mechanical failures. Thus was Chris introduced to the joys of Mexican roadside mechanics. Radiator sprung a leak? Try cracking an egg in it, or better yet a handful of oatmeal…
Chris continued to explore northern Mexico in his trusty, if recalcitrant, Swedish-made burro. On one such trip, he ran across fellow Moon author Joe Cummings who gave him his start in travel writing. By 1994, Chris had moved to Mexico City to pursue journalism. On his second day of work for the English-language daily, The News, the peso crisis hit. Welcome to Mexico! Too bad you’re getting paid in pesos.
Despite this inauspicious start, the intensity and excitement of living in one of the world’s most chaotic cities was addictive. For the next five years, Chris worked in Mexico City writing on Mexican business and politics. He co-authored the first edition of Moon Handbooks Mexico City in 2000. He is also the author of Moon Honduras.
Currently, Chris works on development issues in Latin America from his base in Washington D.C. Wherever he lands next, good salsa music and somewhere to go rock climbing are absolute necessities.