Unexpected Things To Do In Mexico City

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Above It All: Teotihuacan Hot-Air-Balloon Ride  Cap off a trip to Mexico City with an unforgettable perspective on one of the country’s other great sights, Teotihuacan, a pre-Columbian UNESCO World Heritage site located about 30 miles from D.F. that is home to some of the largest ancient pyramids in the world, including the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl.

Go for a thrilling hot air balloon over ancient pyramids, shop for art like an expert, and dine on Mexican cuisine at a secret, tucked-away restaurant.

Go for a thrilling hot air balloon over ancient pyramids, shop for art like an expert, dine on Mexican cuisine at a secret, tucked-away restaurant, and more.

Go for a thrilling hot air balloon over ancient pyramids, shop for art like an expert, and dine on Mexican cuisine at a secret, tucked-away restaurant.

A Chef Cooks: VIP Dinner Parties at Casa Virginia  Mónica Patiño, one of D.F.’s best-known chefs, hosts elaborate dinner parties in a private home called Casa Virginia in the Roma neighborhood. Menus change frequently but tend to include rustic, European-influenced dishes and green-market ingredients like fresh figs and asparagus, all served at communal tables in a beautiful French Colonial-era setting.

A Chef Cooks: VIP Dinner Parties at Casa Virginia Mónica Patiño, one of D.F.’s best-known chefs, hosts elaborate dinner parties in a private home called Casa Virginia in the Roma neighborhood. Menus change frequently but tend to include rustic, European-influenced dishes and green-market ingredients like fresh figs and asparagus, all served at communal tables in a beautiful French Colonial-era setting.

Exclusive Dining: Estudio Millesime  Hidden away behind a nondescript door off the lobby of the St. Regis Mexico City, this culinary club affords guests the chance to dine in a theatrical, private 40-seat dining room with menus created by high-profile Michelin-starred chefs like Joan Roca of Catalonia’s famed El Celler de Can Roca.

Exclusive Dining: Estudio Millesime Hidden away behind a nondescript door off the lobby of the St. Regis Mexico City, this culinary club affords guests the chance to dine in a theatrical, private 40-seat dining room with menus created by high-profile Michelin-starred chefs like Joan Roca of Catalonia’s famed El Celler de Can Roca.

The DEPARTURES Guide to Mexico City  For more on where to stay, shop, eat, drink, and what to do, see our full city guide to Mexico City.

The DEPARTURES Guide to Mexico City For more on where to stay, shop, eat, drink, and what to do, see our full city guide to Mexico City.

A Personal Shopper for Art: Pablo Goebel Fine Arts  For art aficionados looking to expand their collections to include major Latin American artists like Rufino Tamayo, Hector Garcia and Diego Rivera—or seeking to acquire pieces from emerging names from the Mexican art world—Pablo Goebel Fine Arts is a dream.

A Personal Shopper for Art: Pablo Goebel Fine Arts For art aficionados looking to expand their collections to include major Latin American artists like Rufino Tamayo, Hector Garcia and Diego Rivera—or seeking to acquire pieces from emerging names from the Mexican art world—Pablo Goebel Fine Arts is a dream.

Get Out of Town: La Purificadora  Just an hour and a half drive from the Federal District, Puebla is one of the country’s most fascinating Spanish Colonial cities, known for its impressive Baroque churches (like the over-the-top golf-leaf-clad extravaganza of Santo Domingo) and incredible regional cuisine (it’s said that mole was invented here).

A former water-bottling factory finds new life as La Purificadora hotel, bringing industrial-chic into the baroque heart of Puebla with an innovative use of indoor and outdoor space.

Jet-Set Arrivals: Helicopter Arrivals with Meicer  It is said that Mexico is now on par with Brazil as Latin America’s greatest user of helicopters, and a few hours stuck in Mexico City’s notorious gridlock will tell you why.

The Rolls-Royce engine family will debut the 250 million flight hour milestone in a rare occurrence among any engine product in aviation history

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