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10 Useful Apps to Get Around Mexico City
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A range of useful apps to get to know and transit the city, which will also help you demand for better services.
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Specialization makes sense when it comes to apps. Today, in the Digital Age, data curatorship is essential. In the midst of this sea of options, we often don’t have time to find exactly what we seek. This is when apps acquire powerful meaning since they are generally friendly programs which specialize on a given subject.

Although apps can be downloaded onto computers, smart phones are becoming an increasingly useful tool for moments in which you want to learn something concrete. Beyond locating a restaurant, there are truly valuable apps that can generate positive changes in the way you experience the city. An army of new apps are here so that you can even file a complaint without having to deal with the tedious governmental paperwork or the personnel who may be willing to get “help them help you” by means of a bribe.

We share a series of eclectic apps that range from tools to search for non-massive cultural events to those that let you know of an impending earthquake or which will let you know how much to pay for a cab.

PGJCDMX: This app by the Procuraduría General de Justicia of Mexico City offers a variety of services through a Virtual Public Ministry (which is useful if you wish to avoid corrupt officials), reporting stolen vehicles, anonymous complaints, transparency, a phone book and the location of their different offices and services.

You can download it here.

Sistema de Denuncia Ciudadana (Citizen Complaint System): This app, developed by the General Audit Office, allows you to denounce you experiences with corrupt public officials in Mexico City.

Download it here.  

Ecobici: You can find maps with Ecobici stations and, in real time, the available bikes in each of them.

Available here.

Moovit: Shows you the best available public transport routes based on you location, with updated information.

Find it here.

Taxi Seguro: This app allows you to register the taxi you’re riding, verify its license plate to make sure it’s a legal unit and notify authorities in case you get into any kind of trouble.

Available here.

Descúbrela: A directory with cultural activities in the country and the city: its singularity is that it registers non-massive events, with a maximum of a thousand viewers. It’s ideal if you’re looking to escape mainstream activities and are interested in alternative artistic expressions.

Available here.

SkyAlert and Alerta sísmica DF: These were the only two apps that alerted their users before the earthquakes in April, 2014.

Download SkyAlert.

Download Alerta Sísmica DF.

TaximetroDF: You don’t trust your driver’s meter? This app tells you exactly how much you should pay.

You can download it here.

Museos Ciudad de México: The National Autonomous University offers you all the museums in the city, and also tells you which ones are close to your location.

LunchBox: You can select what type of restaurant or locale you’re interested in (their list includes, restaurants, shops, cafés, bars and many more) and it displays your options on a map.

Available here.

15 Indisputable Reasons Mexico City is Latin America’s Favorite, Again
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Latin America's Favorite is Mexico City again, and for a lot of good reasons. Here are just 15 of the big ones to get you started.
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With more visitors than any place else in the region, Mexico City is Latin America’s Favorite for good reason. 

Here are just 15 of them!
 

Mexico City is vibrant, vast and very important. Not just in terms of the space it occupies and the stone and brick from it’s made from, but Mexico City greeted more than 30 million visitors last year. That’s more than it’s entire metro-population (though not by much). Let’s look at why they came. 

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Last year, at about this time, The New York Times had named the city the number one travel destination for 2016. Tourism searches on Google showed Mexico City as not just a Latin American Favorite, but in the top five tourist searches in the world. And of course, people have been asking for the last several years if it wasn’t the Next Paris, or the Next New York or the Next SOMETHING.

The City government set itself to the task of figuring out just why people love coming here. These are the top 15 reasons they came up with, and ultimately they’re the reasons that Mexico City is Latin America’s favorite, and maybe your favorite too! 

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1) 185 museums, nine archaeological sites and four World Heritage sites? The cultural scene is enormous, rich and varied. There’s something for every kind of cultural traveler.

2) Fairs, festivals, conventions, meetings and extravaganzas cover music, food, movies, books, and trade in every kind of human activity, down to the annual clown convention.

3) Blockbuster events? Last year saw a Formula 1 race, an NFL game or two, the Tour de France, and a free Roger Waters concert in the city center.

4) Chosen for the sixth world C40 Mayors Summit in November of 2016, Mexico City is widely perceived as a world leader in combatting climate change.

5) The Metrobús system, originally based on one running in Bogota, Colombia, is now the biggest in Latin America. Stretching some 125 kms today, in 2017 no less than 90 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-decker buses will begin plying the length of Paseo de la Reforma, as Metrobus Line 7 officially opens.

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6. The tourist program Sonrisas por tu ciudad, literally “Smiles for your city,” organized by the Secretary for Tourism, has benefited more than 200,000 people.

7. Mexico City’s Central de Abasto (pictured below), after more than 30 years sells 30,000 tons of merchandise (mostly food) and sells to about 30,000 people every day. It’s the largest shopping area in the world.

8.  Mexico City was the first Latin American city to join the Rainbow Cities Network, which coordinates city-level actions to protect LGBTI citizens and residents. 

9. Mexico City was chosen as the World Capital of Design for 2018, by the World Design Organization. 

10. The Centro Histórico is the largest historical city center in Latin America, with 1,500 buildings designated as having historical, cultural, artistic or architectural value. That’s more than most tour guides can handle, but it’s also home the continent’s biggest Metropolitan Cathedral.

cdmx11. Mexico City’s first ever Day of the Dead parade was celebrated by more than 250,000 marchers, band members, onlookers and, yes, zombies.

12. The city’s El Médico en tu Casa program puts a “Doctor in Your Home.” It’s already recognized in America, Asia, and Europe, for bringing health services closer to people who can’t easily visit hospitals or clinics.

13. Mexico City also began the first Specialized Center for the Management of Diabetes anywhere in Latin America.

14. The Ecobici system  (pictured below) is the biggest public bike system in Latin America, with 452 cycle stations and about 35 million trips made by 200,ooo riders every year.

15. And finally, the good old underground Metro network is the biggest in Latin America, too. With 12 lines 226 km in total length, about 5 million people ride it every day.

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Source: CDMX government, with information from International CDMX and the 4th Governmental Report CDMX, 2016.

Mexico City’s 6 Best Wine Shops for increasingly fabulous Mexican Wine
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As Mexican wines increasingly aspire toward truly inspiring vintages, some of the best wine shops in the city are in fact taking notice. These are six of the best.
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Some of Mexico City’s Best Wine Shops are still not backing Mexican Wines. These ones are…

Casa Madero may have been the first winery in the Americas, founded way back in 1597, and way up in Coahuila. But Mexico’s predominant “beer culture” has always given wine producers something of a long shadow to grow up in. Aguascalientes, Querétaro, Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Chihuahua all produce respectable wines, but it’s been the environs of Ensenada (the Guadalupe Valley, the Santo Tomas Valley, and the Ojos Negros Valley) that have really busted the Mexican wine scene out onto international lists of “respectability.” Some parts Coahuila (the Valley Of Parras, and Cuatro Ciénagas in particular) still hold their own – but most wine enthusiasts agree, Baja’s got the wine to beat. 

Mexico exports wine around the world. According to the Mexican Wine Council, about 400 brands of wine are currently being produced in the country, and these increasingly appear on the international lists as being wines to watch (and to taste). But those lists aren’t everything. Even the most sophisticated drinkers know today that plenty is coming each year from Mexican wineries that’s worth taking note of. 

Yes, you can still find plenty of good Mexican vintages mixed in with the international offerings on the shelves at Liverpool. But the wine shops below are pretty active at pushing good wines, from Mexico, onto more Mexican tables.  

 

Vinoteca

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Vinoteca has three locations in and around the city and carries a wide range of Mexican wines, and still more around the country. They do a fair internet trade in wines too, but stopping in lets you pick the brains of their knowledgeable staff. 

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La Contra

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La Contra, also with shops all over the country, is one of the city’s leading advocates for the Mexican wine industry. With a capital location in Roma, it’s an easy and relaxed place to pick up recommendations, or indeed, to sample some of the best bottles coming in. 

Address: Álvaro Obregón 130, local # 10, Colonia Roma Norte
Telephone: 5564 0966
Website | Facebook

 

Á de Acento

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Á de Acento offers a very well-regarded restaurant, but the gourmet shop offers plenty that’s pure Mexican and well worth a bottle or two. In fact, prices are very reasonable, but there’s also usually something special hidden away in the shelves that inquiring customers will be very pleased to find.

Address: Cuernavaca # 85, Colonia Condesa
Telephone: 5260 4721
Website | Facebook

 

Amaya

 

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Another in the list of combo restaurant and gourmet shops, Amaya has made a big splash with their list of “vinos raros.” Far from weird, many of them are fabulous.  They’re also generally available in the shop, no reservation necessary and many of the best are, in fact, domestically produced!

Address: General Prim # 95, Col. Juárez
Telephone: 5592 5571
Website | Facebook

 

La Europea

 

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Don’t expect friendly service. La Europea is still trying to figure out in which decade they’re doing business. But for all the wood-boxed bacalao these people sling during the holidays, they’ve always got a ton of good wine, too. With a good number of branches in and around the city, calling them one of the best wine shops in Mexico might be a stretch, but they do a lot of business, and for that, they always offer a ton of good Mexican wines too. 

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Si Mon 

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Si Mon is run by the chefs at Broka Bistrot, practically next door. And the emphasis is on local, good, and even inspiring wines. One of the best things about shopping at a wine bar is after all, that there is usually a bottle open. And for that, including Si Mon in a list of the best wine shops is practically a given. 

Address: Zacatecas # 126, Colonia Roma Norte
Telephone: 1866 9030
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Main Photo Above: Aborigen Valle Seco, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Courtesy of La Contra