Thinking about taking a CELTA in Mexico City? Not only will you receive a world-recognised teaching qualification but you can also experience one of the most exciting metropolises of the world.
A modern city with Aztec ruins, Mexico City has an interesting history, being the key northern seat of the Spanish conquest. Of course, having a unique history means it has a variety of museums and attractions for visitors wanting to learn more about the city’s heritage and background.
It’s also a fashion powerhouse and the perfect place for arts and culture enthusiasts. There is always something happening whether it is theatre (comedy, drama, musicals – you name it!) or art exhibitions from some of the biggest names in the industry.
We contacted local Mexico City resident and Director of Teacher Training at the Mexico City CELTA centre, Orlando Delgado Mata, to offer his personal recommendations and the hotspots that you need to visit when you are taking the CELTA in Mexico City.
Top Eight Reasons to Take the CELTA in Mexico City!
Frida Kahlo Museum
Known to be one of the most controversial and important Mexican artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo is a symbol of revolutionary ideas, political art, and simply Mexican culture! Her house, where she lived with Diego Rivera and where Leon Trotsky remained hidden until his murder, is located in the ever so lovely and bohemian neighbourhood of Coyoacan.
Museum of Anthropology
Considered the “City of Museums”, Mexico City has over 500 museums to offer (so you will never get bored!). The National Museum of Anthropology ranks very high in the top museums in the world, and the largest anthropology museum in the Americas. A must when in the city.
La Roma and La Condesa
Close to all main avenues and main attractions, La Condesa and La Roma are two of the neighbourhoods in Mexico City! La Condesa and La Roma are the places where dog lovers will find peace of mind, a range of lovely and cute boutique hotels and breath-taking international and Mexican Cuisine.
La Condesa is our own Mexican Soho (and also where the Mexico City CELTA Centre is based!). It’s also worth noting that Mexican Director, Alfonso Cuarón, made these two neighbourhoods famous with his award-winning film, ROMA; a film that won him the Oscar at the 2019 Academy Awards.
The only Castle in Latin America! Built in the 1900s as a sign of the power of The French Empire and housed by Maximilian I of the House of Habsburg, this Castle overlooks the breath-taking Chapultepec Park.
Interesting fact: Chapultepec Castle was also used as a location in Baz Luhrmann's immensely popular, Romeo + Juliet.
Larger than New York’s Central Park, Chapultepec Park is a sign of pride and joy, with activities and festivals happening almost every day! The Chapultepec Lake is also located here. Ballet shows sometimes take place here as well. Wouldn’t you like to watch Swan Lake on an actual lake?
The home of the ancient Aztec Pyramids, but the Teotihuacan is more than just that! Teotihuacan is known to be the centre of vital energy during spring and summer time. There are open green fields, hills to climb, and an amazing restaurant inside an underground cave where people can enjoy typical Mexican cuisine!
One of the most engaging things to do in Mexico City is live its daily life and vibe visiting the Zocalo. The 'Zocalo' is downtown Mexico City. There you will find the most important buildings and attractions Mexico City has to offer from its colonial past. Templo Mayor, Palacio de Gobierno, Palacio de Correos, are some of the most impressive examples of colonial architecture in Mexico.
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Just as Milan has its Scala, NYC has its MET, and Buenos Aires its Teatro Colon, Mexico City has its own Palace of Fine Arts. An example of the French influence in the 1900s during Porfirio Diaz´s government, the Palacio de Bellas Artes runs regular shows and plays, operas and ballet and also has some exciting art exhibitions from renowned international and national artists.
CELTA in Mexico City!
And this is only the tip of the iceberg! Mexico City has a vibrant and cool nightlife, with bars that serve out of this world cocktails and, of course, you can try some local Mezcal – plus, you will never be short on great restaurants to try.
Take the CELTA in Mexico City to experience one of Latin America’s most exciting cities!