The Most Delicious Dishes You Must Try in Mexico (part 1)

Officially recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010, traditional Mexican cuisine has been catching the international spotlight in recent years. The unique combination of spices, textures, and flavors is what makes Mexican cuisine so special. Don’t leave this foodie paradise without trying at least some of these most delicious dishes.

Mole Poblano

The Mexican city of Puebla lays claim to Mole Poblano, the rich chocolate sauce typically served with chicken and is widely regarded in the whole world as Mexico’s national dish.

Chapulines

The southern city of Oaxaca is famous for its chapulines, or grasshoppers, which are served as a crunchy snack in all markets across the city. Give them a try and you will surely love them.

Tacos al pastor

Arguably the most popular variety of tacos in Mexico in the present, tacos al pastor are made with spit-grilled meat with a chopped pineapple often added to increase its sweetness.

Tlayuda

Don’t leave Oaxaca without trying a “Mexican pizza,” or tlayuda. The famous snack is made with a crispy tortilla base that is topped with cheese, beans, mole or any meat of choice.

Tortas ahogadas

One of the most famous specialties in the western city of Guadalajara is Tortas ahogadas, or drowned bread rolls. The delicious dish is made with a bread roll stuffed with cuts of prawns or meat and submerged in a spicy tomato sauce.

Menudo

Menudo is made with beef stomach (tripe) in broth with red peppers. Many Mexicans swear by this popular dish as a hangover cure, but be careful with that approach, the pungent smelling dish might either lead to a miraculous recovery or leave you queasy for several days.

Birria de Chivo

Another iconic food of Guadalajara is birria de chivo, a goat stew seasoned with dried, roasted peppers.

The Best Football Stadiums in Mexico

From the magnificent Estadio Olímpico Universitario to the worldwidely famous Estadio Azteca , Mexico is home to some of the world’s biggest and best football stadiums. Let’s take a look at some of the most favorite stadiums in Mexico.

Estadio Azteca, El Tri

The official stadium for the Mexican national team, Estadio Azteca holds a whopping 87,000 spectators. The place is a fortress – with Mexico’s arch-rivals the United States only snagging a single victory out of nearly thirty appearances. The venue famously hosted Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal against England at the 1986 World Cup. Club Cruz Azul plays its homes games the arena.

Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Pumas

In what is Mexico City’s second largest stadium, the Estadio Olímpico Universitario holds 72,000 seats and is home ground to Pumas. The 1952 arena is an architectural masterpiece with murals by Diego Rivera on the east of the system. The stadium hosted the Summer Olympics in 1968.

Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara

With space for 55,000 spectators, Estadio Jalisco is the third largest stadium in Mexico after the Azteca and Estadio Olímpico Universitario. 102-year old club side Guadalajara plays its home games at the venue.

Estadio BBVA Bancomer

Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey’s 51,000 capacity stadium, is the fourth largest stadium in Mexico. Opened in 2015, it is known for its modern facilities and electric atmospheres. Spectators can also view the magnificent Cera de la Silla mountain from the inside the stadium.

Estadio Chivas, Club Deportivo Guadalajara

Opening its doors in 2004 with a 46,432 capacity, Estadio Chivas is the main ground for Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas). Shaped like a UFO, the hill-like shape leading up to the stadium features as part of the scenery with grass awnings that surround it.

Estadio Nemesio Díez, Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club

Opened in 1954, Estadio Nemesio Díez is one of the oldest stadiums in Mexico. In addition to hosting two World Cups at 35,000 seats, Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club calls it its home.

Six Things You Must Know Before Traveling to Mexico (Part 2)

4. Learn to Tip Respectfully

Tipping has become customary in Mexico, and it’s always appreciated and expected in return for quality service (or quality entertainment). In fact, service industry personnel in this country rely on your tips as a major source of income. A tip of at least 10-percent, or 15-percent in higher-end establishments, is expected at any restaurant. Hotel maids, gas station attendants, porters, taxi drivers, entertainers, spa personnel, bellboys, and any other service personnel who help you with your stay typically expect a small tip (roughly $1-$5) for the service they provided.

5. Be Prepared to Barter

A general rule of thumb when shopping in Mexico: never accept the first price you’re offered. Bartering is common in Mexico, and it’s practiced by just about everyone (aside from department stores and chain establishments). The best advice for bartering in Mexico is to respect the craft or service the seller is offering while trying to reach a price that you’re comfortable paying. Many crafts sold on the streets, in marketplaces, or on the beach are handmade, and you don’t want to devalue the seller’s item with an overly aggressive bartering strategy (although they may use one on you). Taxi drivers, if they’re not driving a metered taxi, are typically willing to barter too, so always establish the price to your destination before getting in the cab.

6. Pack Appropriate Clothing

Although Mexico’s winter temperatures may be far different than the temperatures you’re leaving, you’ll need to pack more than bathing suits and beach towels. Mexicans don’t generally wear their bathing suits away from the pool or beach, and a long skirt or pants is far more appropriate at an upscale restaurant than shorts. While the dress codes in tourist areas tend to be far laxer than the country’s less-touristy areas, they are often enforced at high-end night clubs, where long pants and closed-toed shoes are required of men.

Six Things You Must Know Before Traveling to Mexico (Part 1)

Generally, Mexico is a safe place to travel. It is artsy, colorful, and full of incredible eats. However, remember to follow these steps to make sure your trip there goes off without a glitch.

1. Ask About the Water

It is widely known that much of the tap water in this country is not suitable for drinking. However, to avoid it can be harder than you may imagine, you should call your hotel ahead of time to check whether their drinking water is suitable for travelers. If the answer is not, grab some large bottles from the airport to use during the days you will be there. And if you want to visit more rural areas or down-home restaurants, be careful as ordering drinks that might be made with unfiltered ice or as eating foods such as salad that might have been rinsed with contaminated water.

2. Be Aware of Business Hours and Holidays

Business hours in Mexico are a little different from those in the U.S and Canada.  Most retail stores there open their doors in the late morning and remain open until late evening. Most restaurants in this country also accept nighttime diners until 11 p.m while night clubs don’t open until well into the night (11 p.m. at the earliest) and usually stay open as late as 5 a.m. Banks adapt operating hours similar to those in the US and Canada but they are commonly closed on Sundays and holidays.

3. Call Your Car Rental Companies

In Mexico, rental car companies have also been pulling fast on tourists for years. They usually advertise to offer an affordable rental car rate online, then double or triple your rate with the mandatory liability insurance of the country after you have arrived. Call your rental car company in advance to know the total cost, including the liability insurance, for the duration of your trip so that you will not be one of the many customers caught off-guard upon arrival.