Vibrant Gay Mexico City – The Washington Blade

Author: , August 6th, 2017

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Feelings run strong in this administration about foreign countries. During the campaign, one country – and its people – especially stood out. We had to wonder: what is Mexico really like? I decided to take a leap of faith and travel from our nation’s capital to that one to find out. As my plane glided over the border, nothing much changed, though this was at 40,000 feet up. The dry, sun-baked landscape below did not turn into some kind of crime-infested morass, and there was certainly no wall. It remained to be seen what ground-level looks would be like, but regardless, I was on a journey to discover and explore gay Mexico City and its culture, nightlife, leisure activities, and yes, gay scene.

As the waning days of President Barack Obama’s term came to a close, so did my time working for that administration. I had life decisions to make. Should I stay in the capital city and become part of the opposition? Find an opportunity in the private sector and forget about politics? Leave the city entirely and live on the beach? Most importantly, where should I take my post-administration vacation? After nixing New York (too close!), Montreal (too cold!), and London (I’m on a budget here), I decided on the biggest close city that, until recently, many had overlooked — Mexico City.

Having served the government in our capital city, I felt it only logical to visit our neighbor’s. A sprawling metropolis of 25 million people, Mexico City’s enormity is hard to fathom, even more so coming from our cozy town of less than a million residents. But landing on the New York Times list of 52 places to visit in 2017, and having friends willing to lend a couch, I decided to set off south of the border.

While the previous administration had promoted “pivot to Asia” policies, the current administration has been laser-focused on revisiting our relationship with Mexico, having called Mexicans “criminals” and vowing to separate our two countries with a wall it wouldn’t pay for. Firsthand research was the only way to dig to the bottom of what gay Mexico City is really like.

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Puerta Alameda Suites – Gay Mexico City Apartment Rental

Author: , May 6th, 2017

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Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Puerta Alameda suites is a very modern, comfortable place with the best personalized service in the City Center.

If you are looking for a place that combines comfort, fun and the best location in Mexico City, Puerta Alameda Suites is the place.

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Gay Mexico City for Beginners

Author: , December 8th, 2016

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When it comes to visiting Mexico, many tourists opt first for its coastal resorts, with destinations such Puerto Vallarta known as being very LGBTI-friendly. However, for a very different sort of break, don’t overlook the country’s huge capital, Mexico City. With a population of approximately 9 million, this sprawling dense, bustling city offers centuries of history, over 180 different museums and more street food than you’ll possibly be able to sample.

I made my first visit in late October, in part to report upon the annual LGBT Confex, a business forum on LGBTI diversity and inclusion. It also happened to coincide with the city’s Day of the Dead celebrations.

Is it safe?

A little alarmingly, the first thing people said to me when I told them that I was going to ‘Ciudad de Mexico’ was usually along the lines of, ‘be careful!’ Yes, the city has a reputation for crime, and the heavy presence of armed police on the streets would suggest it’s not a reputation wholly unfounded. At the same time, it should not be blown out of proportion. Mexicans I met told me the city is much improved, particularly in relation to LGBT visibility. Others pointed out that many confuse Mexico City with the neighboring Mexico State, where crime is more common.

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Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , April 6th, 2016

Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Coyoacan, Mexico

Last week, I was supposed to take another trip and visit a town I’ve been wanting to visit for a while now – San Miguel de Allende – and an old favorite, Oaxaca. However, somehow I never made it out of the city. I had too many projects to finish and didn’t want to rush through these places – you know I like to take my time in each place.

And in hindsight, staying in Mexico City was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. Even though I spent weeks here, I only ever felt like I scratched the surface instead of getting a real feel of life in Mexico’s giant capital.

On this past visit, I finally got to know the city like a local, stayed with friends, discovered off-the-beaten-path places, found a local coffee shop for me to work in every day, visited my favorite bakery several times, found a local market I went to for tapas, fresh fruit and vegetables, explored neighborhoods that I didn’t know well before, like Doctores, Roma and La Condesa, let my friends take me to their favorite Cuban bar (the live music was amazing) and checked out a pulqueria popular with Mexicans in their mid-20s that was recommended to us on a night of bar hopping.

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Eating Out: Mexico City

Author: , March 24th, 2015

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You know me most for lavish gourmet experiences, which I did plenty at Dulce Patria, Rosetta, Quintonil and Anatol, but I do greatly enjoy eating like a local, away from the award-winning restaurants and chefs. During my recent visit to Mexico City, I went out of the beaten path and enjoyer more than one option…

Carlos Melia - Mexico CityLa Casa de las Enchiladas. Located on a corner just across the street from the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City in the district of Reforma. This was my first stop on my first day arriving to Mexico City. I was craving for a great enchilada, and indeed I found it, while killing some time before my meeting at Four Seasons Hotel.

Mercados sobre Ruedas. aka Market on Wheels in Polanco. This organic open market and bazaar, usually takes place on Saturday mornings, and you will see lots of locals flocking to the stalls on the streets, to enjoy a true Mexican breakfast. At Mercado sore Ruedas, everyone seems to walk the gourmet red-carpet.

Pasaje Polanco. A few block away from Mercado sobre Ruedas and steps away from my hotel Las Alcobas, I found this charming quiet street called ” Pasaje Polanco”. It is like a mirage in the city, with some small cafes and stores. If you want to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and unwind over a cup of coffee, do as I do and take an hour of your schedule, to seat down and read your Mexico City Guide, to plan the rest of your trip.

One of the gourmet highlights without a doubt, was El Califa Taqueria. A local chain of Mexican food, featuring the most amazing Tacos, Chicharron de Queso, Nopales, Pastor and more… Restaurant I saved for my last night, the perfect way to close my visit to Mexico City. After dinner I took a long walk back to my hotel, to digest the many local delights I sampled going local in the city.

By Carlos melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Mexico City Gay Travel Resources

Exploring Mexico City’s Historic Centro

Author: , March 7th, 2015

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My first day in Mexico City began very early. I was very excited to explore the Historic District. So by 6AM I was up and getting ready for a full day out. First my beauty mask, while doing some research on where to go and what to see. Right after, down the iconic spiral stairs for Las Alcobas boutique hotel, to enjoy a local breakfast “Green Chicken Chilaquiles” at Anatol Restaurant.

Interesting facts to share. Did you know that Mexico City holds approximately 25 million people and it is considered to be, the city with most museum in the whole entire world ? The purpose of this post, is to give you and ABC 101 list of the places to visit during your visit to the Historic Center of Mexico City, without getting into much detail on each of them.

Carlos Melia - Mexico CityBy the time I took the last bite of my favorite Mexican breakfast, my day was fully curated and I was ready to head off. I had a long day ahead, since I LOVE to walk and I decided to do so all day. First stop from my location in Polanco, was the Bosques de Chapultepec and a long walk along Paseo de la Reforma.

Paseo de la Reforma is the main artery of the city and this is where you will find the Angel of the Independence, built in 1910 to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico’s War of Independence, and The Huntress Diana Fountain.

From there, and 30 minutes after walking along Paseo de la Reforma, I arrived to Square Central Alameda and my first stop within the Historic District circuit, the Museo Mural Diego Rivera. Here you will be able to enjoy one of Diego Rivera’s creations ” Sueno de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central “.

Carlos Melia - Mexico CityFrom there I took a short stroll along Alameda Central, to the opposite far side, to the stunning Palacio de Bellas Artes. The floors between the ground floor and the uppermost floor are dominated by a number of murals painted by most of the famous names of Mexican muralism.

Just across the street from Palacio de Bellas Artes, you will find ( one of my absolute favorite ) the Palacio Postal or Post Office. It is both marvelous from inside out. Its architectural style is highly eclectic, and the main stairs and ceilings is something you must see.

Next, I was instructed to walk along Av. Francisco L. Madero from the Avenue off Palacio de Correos, all the way to the main square, known as Zocalo. On the way, you will pass on your left, by Casa de Azulejos, (aka. the House of the Tiles ) where I strongly recommend you enter the Sanborns shop and make a brief technical break to enjoy a coffee at their internal patio/cafe. (and this is something you must keep in mind in Mexico City, most houses feature internal patios, which usually are beautiful. So always be attentive and aware to explore them ).

At the very end of Av. Francisco L. Madero, you will finally arrive to the heart of the Historic District, Plaza de la Constitucion, the main square, commonly known as Zocalo. It was the main ceremonial center in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan and from the colonial period on, the main plaza or square in the heart of the historic center of Mexico City. There you will find the main cathedral ” Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Mexico “, the Palacio Nacional and the Gran Hotel de Ciudad de Mexico.

Take some time to explore the Palacio Nacional. It is not opened all the time, but you should try. The interiors are wonderful, and the murals on the second floor must be seen. National Palace, is the seat of the federal executive in Mexico. Much of the current palace remains original, from the one that belonged to Moctezuma II.

Next stop, and just across the street from the exit to the National Palace, is the Antiguo Palacio del Arzobispado and Museo de Arte de la SHCP. During the Mexica Empire, this was the venue of the temple dedicated to one of their deities: Tezcatlipoca, protector of the warriors, lord of the underworld.

Carlos Melia - Mexico CityNext stop was the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico. The original Tiffany stained-glass ceiling is quite spectacular and something you have to see before you leave the area of Zocalo. It is quite impressive. Discover the Old World elegance of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, an exquisite turn-of-the-century property perfectly located in downtown Mexico City. You can feel the history from the moment you step inside. From the Art Nouveau decor to the gilded open elevators and immaculate stained-glass ceiling in the lobby, every inch of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico pays tribute to the past while providing the comfort you expect from a fine luxury hotel.

My itinerary for the day, was coming to an end, and being almost 2PM, I was ready to enjoy a nice lunch. So going back to the recommendations of the Les Clefs d’Or Concierge and my hotel Las Alcobas, I began to have a look at all the options available. In the area…. and I must admit that I tried them all… ha ha ha …

First stop was DOWNTOWN. There on the basement you will find several options for lunch. But on the first floor, you will find the charming DOWNTOWN Hotel by Grupo Habita. They have a lovely bar with tapas, where you can enjoy a drink while you gaze at their main mural and seat at the outdoor patio. This was indeed my first drink of the afternoon. There I met Gustavo, the general manager, who introduced me to the property, and also shared with me their most precious secret, the rooftop bar and pool, see below.

Just across the street, Isabel la Catolica, from DOWNTOWN, you will find the Casino Espanol. If you like Spanish food, then you must try their restaurant on the second floor, opened for breakfast and lunch. Not to mention, as you may see on my photos, that the building, in a fabulous Porfiriato-era architecture and decor, is worth the visit.

Going back to the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, on their rooftop, they have an open buffet style restaurant, with panoramic views of Zocalo. Perhaps the best views of Zocalo you will find. Now the restaurant itself and the buffet is pretty basic ( ranging from MEX$ 190 onwards per person ).

After trying a few of my gourmet options, I decided to head back to my hotel in Polanco, and walking sounded like the best plan. So taking the advice from some local friends, I walked along Calle Regina, a charming street in the Historic District, designated as a “cultural corridor” in 2007. Being such a lovely afternoon, I decided, I would love to spend a few hours chilling at a rooftop, having a chilled Michelada Beer and lounging for the rest of the afternoon. So at the very end of Calle Regina, I jumped on a taxi and headed to trendy and bohemian Colonia Condesa, to enjoy my last gourmet stop of the afternoon, and the CondesaDF hotel by Grupo Habita. This hotel features a lovely Sushi Bar at their rooftop, with relaxing views to Plaza Espana and Plaza Mexico.

Two hours later, and a few Micheladas, I check my emails, and I see a note for the General Manager at Las Alcobas hotel, inviting me to test their spa, with an invitation to a 90 minutes massage and full body almond scrub an Avocado wrap. HA…. this was sent to me from heaven, after a full day walking. So I gather my staff and off I went back to Las Alcobas boutique hotel, to enjoy my Spa treatments, and get ready for dinner, at one of the top restaurants in Polanco, the Dulce Patria. But this is for my next post. Stay Tuned. Hope you enjoyed my day exploring the Historic District of Mexico City.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Mexico City Gay Travel Resources

The Pyramids of Teotihuacan

Author: , February 27th, 2015

Carlos Melia at TeotihuacanDuring my recent visit to Mexico City, one of the hightlights. Located approximately 40 minutes drive away from Mexico City. Doors to this UNESCO World Heritage site and landmark. Teotihuacan, is commonly known as the City of Gods, but as my local Nahuatl-speaking guide explained to me, the original inhabitants, later followed by the Aztecs, did not believe in Gods, but in Energy. So the correct translation should read at ” City of Energy “.

Established around 100 BC, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a population estimated of 200,000, located in a sub valley of the Valley of Mexico, located in the State of Mexico.

Teotihuacan, other than being considered the main archeological site of Mexico, it is considered to have the second largest pyramid in the world – Pyramid of the Sun, right after the Great Pyramid of Cholula in Puebla and followed by Giza in Egypt. I climbed it myself and it took my at least 1o minutes to get to the top.

Following the universal law of “3” in the layout of the city, you will find three, so called pyramids, which indeed are three temples, Pyramid of the Sun (my favorite and the reason why I wanted to visit), Pyramid of the Moon and Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, with incredible images of Quetzalcoatl. All interconnected by the Avenue of the Dead, and a circuit to allow the flow of energy.

The way they are placed, represent the human body, where the Moon is the head, the Sun the heart and the Feathered Serpent the feet. As my guide said, Think with a cold head, live with a warm heart and move like a serpent flying away. You will also be able to visit the Citadel and the area of the residences.

Again the so called Avenue of the Dead, is a name given by the colonizers , which originally was translated from the Nahuatl as ” Avenue of the Stars “. The reason of this name was because during the rainy season, this avenue would flood with water and serve as a mirror for the original inhabitants to observe the cosmos. Much of what we see and what we were told for many years, obviously do not match.

And I like to mention this line my guide shared with me…. after looking at several representations by the original inhabitants, depicting the earth as rounded. He said “… the colonizers used to call the inhabitants as savages and ignorants, that needed to be civilized… well how is that they knew many decades before them that the earth was rounded, while those colonizers arriving on their ships, were still afraid of the fact that the earth was squared…. ” ha ha ha …. no need to further comments right?

Ok but enough of history, you can find out more on your own. The best way to visit Teotihuacan, is to take a taxi ( MEX$ 1300 ) or private car with a guide (MEX$ 2700). If you take a taxi like I did, then once there you will have to hire a local guide (MEX$ 300), which I preferred over a private one, since once there you are mostly to have a local Nahuatl-guide, who will share with you all the local myths and secrets.

I would recommend arriving around 8.30 AM to avoid the masses (for that you will have to leave Mexico City around 7.50AM ). Allow at least 3 hours to visit all pyramids. By 12.30PM you will be back in town, ready, as it was my case, for Brunch at the Four Seasons Mexico City, with lots of interesting stories to share. Another option is to do the Hot Air Balloon experience over the site.

We aware that Sundays, is a major day for local Mexicans, since most sites, museums and attractions are free of charge. If you need more information or would like to book this experience, do not hesitate to contact me. This journey was made possible thanks to the support of the following companies: Las Alcobas Boutique Hotel + St Regis Mexico City + United Airlines and First in Service Travel. I will be posting much more on the next few days on my five days visit to Mexico City.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia blog | Mexico City Gay Travel Resources

Romance in Mexico City

Author: , March 6th, 2014

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Same-sex marriage bells are ringing in a growing number of U.S. states and forward-thinking countries. But where should queers-in-the-know head for forthcoming nuptials or fabulously memorable honeymoons? EDGE suggests letting your five senses make the call.

Home to an astounding population of nearly 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area, Mexico City is something to see. The capital city has a notably large LGBT community, hosts the country’s biggest Pride parade every June, and lately has seen a substantial civic investment in beautifying and activating the city’s public spaces.

Elected officials took their liberal agenda to the next level in 2009, signing same-sex marriage into law two years after civil unions were legalized in 2007. The result is a vibrant out-and-proud gay and lesbian community that welcomes the chance to host weddings and pop the celebratory bubbly for honeymooners. Zona Rosa is the city’s main “gayborhood” (and home to the Pride parade route along Paseo de la Reforma), marked by its pink cobblestones and freewheeling attitudes.

Authored By Kelsy Chauvin – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Mexico’s Gay Travel Hot-Spots

Author: , January 8th, 2014

Mexico ResortMachismo is a way of life for many Mexican males, and because of this inherent homophobia passed on through generations, Mexico was slow to create LGBT communities — making it a less than desirable destination for gay travelers. Things have come a long way in this beautiful country, and individual cities and states are opening their arms to the gay community.

In March 2010, Mexico City approved same-sex marriage, and in 2013, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage in Oaxaca was unconstitutional. These incredible advancements for gays in Mexico have cleared a path for more cities and states to follow.

From all-inclusive, romantic beach vacations to nightlife, city life and history — many areas have become hot spots for gay travel, and for good reasons. Whether you’re looking for a vacation destination or a place to settle down for a while, these top five locales are not only gay-friendly, they have large LGBT communities too.

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Gay Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City Welcome Gay Travelers

Author: , February 21st, 2013

Mexico MapLooking to vacation in Mexico this year? Two very different cities offer LGBT travelers a welcoming place to visit.

Let’s start with Gay San Diego’s take on Mexico City:

Few places in North America are more misunderstood by United States travelers than Mexico City, a dynamic and unquestionably enormous metropolis that’s incredibly rich in history, abundant with culture, blessed with chic restaurants and gay-friendly bars, and abuzz with trendy hotels.

This city with a staggering metro-regional population of 21.6 million and a dizzying elevation of about 7,500 feet is expensive by Mexico standards, especially when it comes to international hotels, restaurants and other establishments that cater to business travelers. But if you venture a bit off the beaten path, you can enjoy a five-star vacation here for a fraction of what you’d pay for a comparable experience in many U.S. cities.

Most visitors who spend a few days or more here come away surprised, if even perplexed, by the lousy and unfair press Mexico City has received over the years. Whatever the city’s risks and inconveniences, they’re greatly outweighed by its bohemian sophistication, creative energy and friendly demeanor.

Over at Canoe Magazine, they’re taking a look at Gay Puerto Vallarta:

We’ve barely set sail on our trimaran cruise before Diana DeCoste and her “Boys” are plying us with cocktails, beer, scrumptious chocolate banana bread — not to mention “fruit cups.”

The 40 gay men and half dozen lesbians, including my wife and me, are already feeling very gay … er happy… to spend the day with DeCoste, knowing the food and drink will be flowing, the scenery breathtaking and that she and her staff will spoil everyone.

DeCoste, a native Montrealer who moved to Puerto Vallarta 16 years ago, has been doing a cruise of some sort for 13 years.

Either way, have a great time exploring Mexico’s gay friendly destinations.