In June of 2017 I went with my wife, Holly, to meet up with friends and to discover some of the great architecture and history to be found in and around Mexico's capital.
Nerding it up at the Palacio de Belles Artes in Mexico City
There's of course no beach in Mexico City, it can feel a world away from the resorts of the Mayan Riviera in many respects but a few familiar favorites remain to remind you of other trips you've enjoyed where sun and sea were more the point of the destination.
I certainly enjoyed some delicious dishes and street foods I already knew, for example, but was introduced to others such as equites I'd never before tried. And who doesn't like Mexican food anyway?
I understand it's the oldest such building in the whole of the Americas!
Mexico City has a few charismatic neighborhoods with noise and bustle, flashy colors, and more food. But there are some particularly cool day trips to be had, including the pyramids at Teotihuacan or to visit the mountain villages of Tepoztlan.
I loved the Palacio de Belles Artes, on the day I visited the view was incredible and the blue skies made it pop and with a bit of investigation you can figure your way up to something like a rooftop cafe across the street to REALLY get a great view.
A colorful day trip example in Tepoztlan where I had all the moles. All of them.
I also think the sinking Metropolitan Cathedral has unmistakable charm. A feat of engineering from more than 400 years ago needing another feat of modern day engineering (and likely a miracle) to save it from disappearing into the square where they filmed the opening sequence of Spectre. Amazing stuff!