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Mexico CIty: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler Paperback – April 10, 2015
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This unique travel guide takes you on no less than 16 walking tours through this enormous, glorious city, something that you'd never be able to do otherwise unless you had a close friend who lived here and who had a week to show you around the city like only a local can. My wife and I did literally all 16 walk-arounds that Jim Johnston's book recommended and absolutely fell in love with Mexico City, or as it is nicknamed, D.F. (el Distrito Federal). We had no idea that it would be so leafy, with so many tree lined streets and beautiful, bucolic parks, that it would be much less hectic than New York City, much cleaner and safer than San Francisco, much friendlier than Paris (but with the same outdoor cafe and intellectual culture) and with much greater infrastructure than London (and these are all places I adore and have lived).
Without this book, we'd have never known for example that Uber in Mexico City is both inexpensive, safe, and the car shows up in literally one or two minutes every time - no matter where you are! We want to move here now and this book even gives you tips about doing that. But I won't spoil the fun. Visit Mexico City, a little known gem (sure it's famous but it's not #1 on most people's lists of places to see) and that's quickly become my favorite big city in the world and, when you do, make sure to get a copy of Jim Johnston's book. I'd have been overwhelmed without it and probably not seen anything other than the obvious bits. Now I feel like a local - and plan on becoming one!
And that is just the beginning.
So how to figure out where to go? With so many choices?
Buy this book. I live in Mexico, and I can be intimidated by how big Mexico City is and overwhelmed by the variety of choices. But with this guide book I have gone on wonderful walks in beautiful neighborhoods, seen some amazing art, and eaten some world class food. Do yourself a favor.
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A good walking guide should have a map right next to each walk, with the route clearly marked. The distance each walk covers should be specified .
This book has neither of these. There are some maps at the end, but walking routes are not marked on them, and their scale is small.
Furthermore the level of historical detail is minimal.
A little bit more work by the author would have produced a far better book..suggest he studies a good London walking guide and model the next edition in that. This book feels as if it was hastily put together without much thought.