Why YOU should VISIT MEXICO CITY NOW! | Travel Documentary

Why YOU should VISIT MEXICO CITY NOW! | Travel Documentary

Good morning. Buenos dias! Damas y caballeros Ladies and gentlemen we are in Mexico City. We are in the heart of it. We are in the Zocálo, the symbolic center of the entire country and the place where the city was founded. Basically ,over the next couple days, we are going to do Mexico City in depth. We’re going to go from the roots of the city, the Aztec roots of the city, through its artistic wealth of history of muralism and street art, all the way up to the youngest generation of chilangos that are making this city one of the coolest in the world. Stay tuned. Vagabrothers do Mexico City. Vamanos. One of the coolest things about Mexico City is how it’s just got this legendary founding story. This was all founded by the Aztecs. The Aztecs were here around the 1300s. They came here because their god told them to travel from the north of Mexico until they found an eagle sitting on top of a nopal cactus with a snake in its mouth. One of the reasons why we have chosen to come right here is that you can see the indigenous heritage, the old Aztec temples as well as the Spanish conquistadors who came 200 years later. We’re going to learn a little bit more about how this dual heritage makes Mexico City what it is today, starting at the Templo Mayor. Dudes, Dudettes, Ladies and Gentlemen, I love Latin American pre-colonial cultures. They are the coolest. Such different, incredible worlds. So artistic, creative, scientific, and almost completely wiped away by the arrival of the Spanish. There’re seven layers of civilizations that were built here by the Aztecs before the Spanish arrived. And that was all done within 200 years, from founding the city to meeting the Spanish for the first time in the 1500s. And the crazy thing is that after the Spanish came, they literally destroyed all traces of the Aztec civilization. They used the stones to build the new cathedral, and the whole place was buried underground until they rediscovered this whole temple in the 1970s. These ruins are now back and exposed and part of the celebration of the history of the cities. But I think we’re going to take it even further back. We shall see where we go. Hola. Bienvenidos a Xochimilco Yes. We’re in the far, far south of the city, and we came here because before this was a city of thirty million people, it was a big lake with a system of canals and little islands where they used to grow all sorts of food. Nowadays Xochimilco is kind of a little party spot. People come here; they hop on these “trajineras” flat-bottomed boats. They’re polled around, like in Venice. But we’re going to do it differently. We’re going to take an alternative route and find some cool stuff back there. This is definitely cool, guys. I love the colors. There’s a lot of wildlife, lot of birds. Ranchera music, micheladas Pretty cool. See where we go. Now we’re just cruising at a lovely one to two miles per hour. Over on the left-hand side, you’ll see a “chinampa” ¡Chinampa! man-made islands where they’ve just kind of reclaimed some of the soil and made it into farmland. We’re not that far geographically from the city, but it feels like we’re miles and miles away. This place almost disappeared in the 1800s. They diverted a lot of water away from these canals, and it almost dried up. They made an effort to save this area as a nature reserve and cultural reserve, as well, because this way of life is thousands of years old. Literally, this has to be one of the chillest lunches of all time: quesadilla with blue corn tortillas; inside you have pumpkin flowers with mushrooms. The food comes from right here. We’re going to eat this, and then we’re going to hop off and visit one of the farms that’s producing this food. Peaceful boat ride concluded. We are now on the chinampa Xochimilco means field of flowers, and as you can see right here, there’s a beautiful flower farm. We’re going to go meet the farmers behind it. We’ve just found out about the “chapín” technique They go into the canals; they dig out the mud; they plant seeds into these little..kind of like.. cubes of mud. I killed a mosquito. Once they start sprouting, they’ll break the cube into little plants and these are just individual plants. This one is a tomato. It probably ends up as a salsa on somebody’s taco. So, if you guys are fans of the Netflix show, Chef’s Table, you might have seen the new season in which Enrique Olvera who is the chef behind Pujol one of the best restaurants in the city. He’s all about creating the connection with this sort of food, these small producers. That interest in locally grown food in a traditional way, that’s really allowing this sort of production to survive on such a small scale. And it’s just a cool thing to observe. I’m freaking out. You know why? Because we are in El Bosque de Chapultepec. The first sentence I think I learned in Spanish after “¿Donde esta la biblioteca?” is “donde esta El Bosque de Chapultepec”? We learned about it in textbooks for a reason: it’s a big deal. That just happened. It actually was cool. I really enjoy saying “Chapultepec.” Try it. I guarantee you’ll smile.:) Do you know any knowledge on this place, or what? Alright, here’s the breakdown. Chapultepec: Aztec for hill of the grasshoppers. This was built for the Spanish viceroys, but it actually is famous for being the only occupied royal residence in the Americas. Napoleon the third who was a French king… he put in a power guy named Maximillian the first, and Mexico was briefly ruled as a monarchy. If you’re American, you might recognize the words “the halls of Montezuma” from the U.S.Marines’ anthem, their hymn, and that refers to here, which was the final battle of the Mexican American war. The U.S. Marines stormed the place. A couple of teenage soldiers defended it. They died and became martyrs known as the “Niños Heroes” or the Children Heros. Goddam…….You’re just a f**king genius, aren’t you? No dude. I just like reading Wikipedia. It’s five o’clock which means this place is about to close and it’s time for cocktails. Vamanos Nice. I stopped to feed a squirrel, and Mark is gone. Lovely. Now I’m lost in the bloody park. Thanks, squirrel. We’re back in the center of town. We’re going to a place right here called Xaman with an X. I wanna xaman with you. Down here they make cocktails using pre-Columbian ingredients. That means before the arrival of Columbus to the New World from Europe 1492. Everything that happened before 1492 is pre- Columbian. So let’s go get a pre-Columbian cocktail. Pre-party pre-Columbian style. I like it. Let’s go. They’ve got a whole selection of cocktails: classics and also some that are seasonal. So we are going to pick two of their all stars. We’re doing the Chamuco and El Crudandero, por favor. I have no idea what either of those is. But if it’s a cocktail, it sounds good. What do we have here? Crickets. Crickets. Muy rico. We just got to this restaurant Limosneros. This place is supposedly really good. It looks super cool. First up “Cocopaches” These are Puebla beetles. They’re big; they’re crunchy; they have wings and way too many legs, but they’re on top of ricotta cheese-type thing and they’re supposedly delicious. So here we go…big bite. What is that? These are ant eggs with black beans and smoked cinnamon. How many insects are in that? The United Nations says that insects are going to be one of the best protein sources for the world. They’re ecological. They’re tasty. They’re not bad on the environment, and they are on my tongue right now. Damas, Caballeros, Ladies, Gents, Amazing day. First day in Mexico City. Incredible. Essentially what we’re trying to show here today was just the richness of the culture, not that it is stuck in the past, but that it’s very much a world city with a heritage as deep and as long as any place in the world. Very deep. Very long. The point being that tomorrow we’re going to continue this exploration. Tomorrow we’re delving into…deeper…. creative art. Diego Rivera street art, Frida Kalho all this cool stuff So make sure you stay tuned for that. If you guys enjoyed this video, you know what to do…thumbs-up. If you haven’t subbed, sub. Vagabuddies, you’re the best. Love you guys. We’re out. Peace. Paz. Amor

100 thoughts on “Why YOU should VISIT MEXICO CITY NOW! | Travel Documentary

  1. Vagabrothers!!! First off amazing content obviously :)…Question for ya…I will be visiting Mexico City in a couple days so I was wondering is that private looking tour of Xochimilco something anyone can do? Or did you guys have a hookup? Thanks and keep the vids coming…they are awesome!

  2. Woa..Great vid. Have not been in MX CITY for years. This vid and several from others make me want to go. Now would be good.
    Love the history aspect which helps with deeper understand of the area. Muchas Gracias. Will be there by mid-September.

  3. For the best Tortas in the City go to Tortas Don Polo. Félix Cuevas 86-A, Col. Del Valle, 03100 Mexico City, CDMX

  4. Trying to book a trip. No Spanish. Thinking Hyatt in Polanco. Worried about safety. Is this a good choice?

  5. Hopefully you guys come back to Mexico and make a video about Querétaro city as well as the whole state. That place is wonderful the city's historic center is just beautiful and you can find plenty of places to go have some food or drinks and ikw you guys love those things. There is this bar/restaurant that serves it's drinks in bowls and all of them are made out of Mezcal which is famous in Mexico. Also try to do it in Spanish if you ever do it lol

  6. The saddest part for me about this video is ,that it takes two white boys to be interested in my culture instead of my own poeple, thank you guys love the video, and love the info, thank you

  7. The Mexicas' (Aztecs)ancient homeland is today part of the southwestern united states, not northern mexico. Likely around the hopi reservation, another uto-aztecan people of the southwestern U.S.

  8. Thanks you guys, changed my plans for Christmas and New Years! Going to stay around my sister n law’s apartment more instead of traveling out more from the city! See you all in December!

  9. Sorry but the way you say Xochimilco annoys me so much…the first X sounds "s" so the way you read it is "sochimilco" not chochimilco

  10. You SHOULD NOT visit because Mexico is VERY DANGEROUS place nowdays. People are being KILLED and KIDNAPPED by drug Cartels which control many institutions including many hotels even taxi drivers.
    As far as AZTEC and MAYAN ANCIENT tradition, it was PAGAN TRADITION- nothing to brag about! Mayans were cutting hearts from people chests for the sacrifices for their pagan gods – TERRIBLE and RUTHLESS practices !!! Anna

  11. In 2017 the United States provides $338 million to Mexico..USAID..they are using the money to build..not care for their people

  12. Great video! How did you get the tour of the farm at Xochimilco? Looks like so much fun and such a unique experience.

  13. I'm from Chicago and I'm dying to visit Mexico City. I was only there during a small layover and it only increased my desire to visit what I consider one of the greatest cities on earth. I loved your documentary and you inspire me to do some of my own travels.

  14. I love seeing others enjoy and learn about my culture. Not only eating the foods, but taking the time to learn the language, talk to the locals, and go outside the resorts. Now THAT is how you travel 🙂

  15. Bernal Díaz del Castillo, a Spanish Capitan in Cortez' conquering army, in his book The True History of The Conquest of New Spain, frequently mentions how the dignitaries of each city they came to would "smoke" them with their braziers. Just like min 8:45.

  16. i like your video. i just want to correct you in one very remarkable thing. at min. 1: 32. dont call latin American old city. mexico city = Tenochtitlan. its a. Real American city. they we're the real Americans PEOPLE and real americsn citys of the continent. after the arrived of Europeans to the continent. no one its an a real American. that included all USA citizens even the mixed of us. of Mexico between Spaniard. in MEXICO still remains a lot of original people. a real American's. not you or me either. can't call our selfs American's. you must be anglo American. like me mixed of Aztec with Spaniard. even my self. im not pure American. even if i have blood of the real American's

  17. "Almost completely wiped away" with the popularity of DNA testing, it seems many Mexican people are surprisingly still very native. 🙂
    I have cousins who are 80% native american. My dad is about 60-70%, I assume(I am 30%, my mom is white american).
    Pretty neat. I had no idea. Thought they'd mostly been wiped away.
    The blood is there, but the culture sadly is rare.

    Thanks for this amazing video.

  18. The last thing we need in Mexico is to import hipsters and millenials, please do not go to Mexico if you are like these guys.

  19. Thanks for the video bro. As a Mexican im always critical of foreigners who come just to exploit and party but you guys started off your video with a great and educational introduction on the history of Mexico and I can tell you guys are appreciative of the culture. As a Mexican we respect and appreciate people like you guys! Thank you and great video!

  20. So far from god so close to the usa!!!!! Not easy being neighbors with the biggest terrorist organization in the world (usa)

  21. I’m American but my parents are Mexican. And even though my parents aren’t from Mexico City. I love it. Every time I go to Mexico I have to stop there. Saludos from Texas !

  22. Mexico has so many Indigenous people like 65 million ( size of Spain ) I feel bad for white Mexicans , they don’t belong in a poor country , they belong in Europe with their rich ancestors.

  23. Just a note to say how much I enjoy your travel videos. I think your presentation, production values, topics, etc. are absolutely the BEST in terms of professionalism and value. Kudos!

  24. Mexico City definitely does not have 30 million inhabitants. You'd have to put together lots of nearby municipalities to reach that number. The City itself has only around 8 million. The rest is the metropolitan area made up by much smaller cities, each one with their own majors, laws, taxes and so on. The video is still pretty cool! Thanks for visiting and sharing your experiences.

  25. Um, passing on the crickets and beetles, but you guys make me want to get on a plane and go to Mexico City. Like right now. Thank you so much for the rich and amazing introduction. You're the best ambassadors.

  26. Any chance you could comment on the safety for a woman alone walking around Mexico City or doing the tourist spots? any words of wisdom needed?

  27. Wow you guys did a tremendous job I really love you video. You know Mexuco City better than me.

  28. This might be a couple of years too late, but congratulations! ? Other than a few mispronounced words and wrong terminology, I loooved the documentary! ???

  29. I really enjoy your videos on Mexico city. I do wish your videos included some information on how much the costs are for the restaurants, attractions, etc…you visit…

  30. Wait until you see the quality of their kidnappings, they are literally to die for….and their muggings and car jacking are like no where else in the world…..and I can tell you because I am from mexico. False sense of security my dear gringo. You are leaning too far ahead of your skis.

  31. 9:45 Restaurante Limosneros – beggars restaurant? My Spanish ain't that great, but I believe that's what that means.

  32. Guys – You stated that the Aztec civilization was destroyed by the Spaniards. Actually, The Aztec had previously conquered and treated the native nations around them so cruelly that they were hated – hated so much that, were it not for the missionaries influencing Cortez to stop them, the Indian nations around would have totally massacred the Aztecs.

  33. Hey!!!! Great video!!!! Love all you do! I am going to Mexico City Next week… Did you need a permit to fly the Drone? I've been researching and found nothing!

  34. Please study the history of Teotehuacan. Aztecs did not build it. They found it when they migrated from where ever to the area. There is questions concerning who were the originators. Olmec? Utomis? Who else? No one knows for sure.

  35. I highly recommend to visit the José Luis Cuevas museum close to El Zócalo. Amazing museum full of post muralist mexican art.

  36. This is so awesome. Although I may/may not travel there I feel like I have and learned so much from this video. The B-roll was excellent. I loved it. I would not eat the bugs….but I loved your bravery!

  37. It is extremely easy to fall in love with Mexico City as a foreigner or a tourist, as a ephemeral habitant who only covers the central area of the city for a very short period of time; but it really is a pain in the ass to live here.

    Literally anyone, including partially blind people, can get a driver’s license without any practical test or theoretical knowledge of the road; add that to the fact that most of the population lacks any form of civic and driving education, people taking possession of the streets believing the public space belongs to them, the rising insecurity, racism, classism and the fact that people take everything for granted like the unbelievably delicious food; are just some of the reasons why CDMX isn’t as beautiful as it is portrayed.

    And while there are truly grateful, hardworking, good people (mainly the lower class); the place is a primitive jungle where the strongest and richest take over the weakest and poorest.

    I know this is an unpopular opinion, but it is a reality that some of us chose not to ignore.

  38. I’m from Mexico and you made a mistake, it is actually Zócalo, not Zócolo. Just FYI Its nice that you like the city ?

  39. I'm just coming across your videos I know they're older but you guys have more information which is what I like and all these other newthey don't have any knowledge of where they're going it's about history and culture and you guys have that it's great.

  40. In your introductory praise of the pre-columbian cultures' merits you (conveniently) forgot to mention the human sacrifices of the killing of sports teams that lose a match, or the plucking of hearts out of living female virgin girls in the hopes of pleasing the gods. Practices which were stopped by the Spaniards. It is a common omission by the 'native culture good, European culture bad" crowd. And before you start slinging politically correctness accusations, I am 100% hispanic from both new and old worlds, not an Anglo.

  41. Yo nací en la ciudad de México y no la conozco toda. Me faltan sitios arqueológicos, pueblos ancestrales, colonias antiguas y lugares modernos ; museos y centros de esparcimiento también. Me falta un mundo por conocer. Na más pa que te des una idea de lo que es la gran ciudad de México. Un icono en la historia. ¿Lo quieres en inglés? ¡Qué pachò!

  42. What an excellent video, I will be showing this to my 9th grade Geography class as we continue to explore how the physical environment of a place affects its culture and history!

  43. Vagabrothers !! Bien Venidos a mi Ciudad Natal welcome to my City!!❤️?? Thank you for ur support to visit this wonderful corner of God ??????

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