Mexico City

Mexico City | Expert Panel

September 26, 2023

Today we’re visiting a destination that could define the word paradox – where the city is monumental in size, but the people are still warm. Where modern art takes its cues from the fringes, while also honoring history. And the culinary scene… is recognized as one of the best in the world, yet many dishes are still prepared in the same ancient methods that they’ve always been.

Joining me today to chat about Mexico City are three special guests – Octavio Aguilar, a real estate developer and owner of the beautiful hotel Casa Polanco; Kit Hammond, the Chief Curator of the modern art museum Museo Jumex, and Tim McBride, an expert in planning itineraries in Mexico City and beyond.

The four of us chat about everything from Aztec canals, to Salvador Dali, to the quirkiness of the city, the food, the music, the passion, and more.



Listen to hear:

  • 02:22 – About their favorite spots in Mexico City
  • 04:31 – Why each of them found their mission in the city
  • 10:15 – How the geography of the city shaped its people
  • 12:52 – Why you should put Mexico City on your list
  • 15:46 – What led to Mexico City becoming a globally important food destination
  • 19:28 – Why the city is important on the international modern art scene
  • 23:42 – How the city managed to preserve so many green spaces
  • 27:10 – About the culture of Mexico City and how it differs from the rest of Mexico
  • 30:23 – What special experiences can travelers have here
  • 34:14 – How Casa Polanco became what it is today
  • 36:31 – What parts of Mexico City should travelers visit more
  • 37:54 – How the canal in Mexico City plays a role
  • 39:39 – What their favorite memories of past guests are
  • 43:39 – About a fun take from our guests on the city
  • 46:44 – What you will learn about the world by visiting Mexico City

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