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Mexico

Etymology

The name of Mexico has several hypotheses that entail the origin, history, and use of the name Mexico, which dates back to 14th century Mesoamerica. The Nahuatl word Mexico means place of the Mexica but the ethnonym Mexicatl itself is of unknown etymology. Scholars have suggested “Hare of the Aloes” or a synonym of the war god Huitzilopochtli as possible roots. An alternate understanding is that the name may come from the word mexixin, a cress that grew in the swamplands of Texcoco Lake. It was an edible grass that the Aztecs or Mexica survived on as they settled where today lies México City. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Aztec Explorers- Mexico City (Trips, Travel, Fun) – Meet new friends and discover more of Mexico and Mexico City with Aztec Explorers !! [meetup]

Comunidad de PHP – In Mexico City we meet face-to-face to talk about how PHP can be developed in a professional way, in our community the people who initiate and who are experts in PHP will always find new knowledge of PHP. [meetup]

Guadalajara Board Card Gamers Meetup – This is a group for people interested in getting together to play board games and card games and to meet new people. Bring your games and bring your friends! We will play all different kinds of board games and maybe even have some poker nights! [meetup]

HTML5 + JS Ciudad de México – We believe that HTML5 is the future. Our purpose is to spread its use, its benefits and the emerging technologies around it: CSS3, Javascript, WebSockets, NodeJS, Comet. [meetup]

iTuesday – ITuesday is a community that integrates entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs, investors, media, academia and government to establish business relationships, share ideas and expand their networks of contacts. [meetup]

Meetup de Marketing digital en Ciudad de Mexico – Networking is a technique to introduce a product or service or professional activity in a brief but impressive presentation inbox we help you prepare yours for the event. We thank everyone for this opportunity to present some of the most profitable and targeted digital marketing strategies to their target market, we will discuss issues of SME financing and corporate auditing, full openness if they want to propose any other SME topic. [meetup]

Mexico City Startup Founder 101 – At Startup Founder 101, aspiring and early-stage startup founders meet once a month to hear candid talks by successful local entrepreneurs. Learn the best practices, strategies, and mistakes to avoid from those who have been there, done that. [meetup]

PHP Mexico – PHP es el lenguaje más usado de la web, en este grupo podrás encontrar el siguiente nivel en tu carrera como programador PHP. [meetup]

Pythonista MX – La intención es la de fortalecer a la comunidad de desarrolladores y entusiastas de Python  en las inmediaciones de la Ciudad de México. [meetup]

The Pool MX Club de Emprendedores – The Pool is a club for entrepreneurs, our goal is to develop and grow new businesses. We invite all interested parties to participate in our events and workshops focused mostly on business, marketing and technology. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Amigos – Amigos.com has long been a reliable online dating platform for those seeking love in Mexico. The quality is not what it once was, but, because of its huge membership base (more than 7 million registered users), I advise you to go ahead and give it a try. It is important to cast your net as wide as possible in the online dating arena because it is truly a numbers game. [visa hunter]

Badoo – A massive worldwide online dating site launched in 2006, Badoo is an OK option for Mexico. On face value, if you do a search of let’s say, women between 25 and 35 years old, you will turn up a lot of women in your search results. The problem with Badoo though is that you will have to weed through a lot of low quality profiles in order to locate real people. The quality is just not as good as you will find on Latin American Cupid although the selection is a lot larger. Because of my issues with the quality of profiles on Badoo, I would not focus on it as a starting point for my dating search. [visa hunter]

LatinAmericanCupid – LatinAmericanCupid is the second best online dating site in Mexico in my opinion. If you ran out of options on MexicanCupid, this site is where I would focus my attention. LatinAmericanCupid has tons of members in Mexico and is part of the Cupid Media family. [visa hunter]

MexicanCupid – MexicanCupid was started in 2005 and has since grown to be the #1 Mexican dating site. MexicanCupid is a niche dating site for residents and those interested in residents of just one country: Mexico. Despite the limited focus, MexicanCupid has over 1 million members and counting. Much of the activity on this site is North American men looking for Mexican women, demonstrated by a rough split of a 50% Hispanic, 50% Caucasian member-pool. MexicanCupid has a sleek design, excellent features (though mostly for premium members), and impressive anti-spam procedures to ensure each profile is genuine. If you are Mexican, or you like Mexicans, sign-up for this site. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Airo Tour – Mexico City used to be the proud capital of the Aztec Empire. Called Tenochtitlan, it was here that Cortés managed to topple the Aztec government and lay the foundation for the later country of Mexico. Now, Mexico City is the bustling heart of modern Mexico. Needless to say, there is a lot of history and culture to be found here. Join us on a free walking tour of Mexico City to really get to know this amazing city. [airo tour]

Eat Mexico – In Mexico City, two food worlds exist side-by-side. There are the restaurants—and then there’s the vast network of sidewalk grills, market stalls, taquerías, and small homestyle kitchens called fondas. The latter can be hard to penetrate if you’re not familiar with Mexico City. That’s where we come in. [eat mexico]

Estacion Mexico – Estación México is a collective created in order to expand the knowledge and love for the history of Mexico through free walking tours. We believe and know that the best way to expand this philosophy is doing in group. So we worked with various businesses within the local area thanks to its experience in the field of services , communication and culture have contributed their best to make the best choice Estación México to explore the city. [estacion mexico]

Free Tours Network – Free Walking Tour Mexico City, Dare to know a city walking from their best angles, enjoying every corner of the city. [free tours network]

Mexican Food Tours – A food tour is an experience you’ll never forget because it combines the best of two worlds: tasting delicious food while having a cultural walk. Our Mexican Food Tours are seriously fun. Ideal for all age groups, you’ll taste food from a variety of one-of-a-kind Mexican eateries while receiving the locals’ view into the culture and architecture that defines Mexico. [mexican food tours]

Strawberry Tours – Mexico City is the largest Spanish speaking city in the world in terms of population. The high altitude capital of Mexico is also the oldest capital city in the whole of the Americas and was originally founded by Native Americans. The most famous area of the city is the Plaza de la Constitución which has in and around it some of Mexico City’s oldest and most visited attractions. These include a 13th Century Aztec temple called Temple Mayor, the Palacio Nacional and a baroque cathedral, the Catedral Metropolitana Mexico. [strawberry tours]

Tours by Locals – Welcome to Mexico City – the third largest urban centre in the world. Steeped in layers of pre-hispanic, colonial and modern day arts and culture, the city blesses adventurous travelers with a wealth of history. On a Mexico City tour, your friendly local guide will help you navigate this fascinating city with ease. [tours by locals]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Cabo San Lucas and the Los Cabos Corridor – At the southern tip of the beautiful Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos – often referred to as simply Cabo – is one of Mexico’s top beach destinations. Consisting of a large stretch of coastline that extends from the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo and known as the Los Cabos Corridor (Corredor Turistico), this 30-kilometer stretch of pristine beaches attracts visitors the world over for its clear waters, diving, snorkeling, and fishing (it also hosts the world’s largest marlin contest). [planet ware]

Cancún and the Mayan Riviera – Lying along a beautiful stretch of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico are the resort destinations of Cancún, Playa del Carmen, and the island of Cozumel, collectively known as the Mayan Riviera. This magnificent area on the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula attracts some five million visitors each year, in the process generating 20% or so of Mexico’s total revenues. Despite these numbers, you’re unlikely to feel like a part of the crowd due to the Riviera’s wide beaches and endless crystal clear water. [planet ware]

Chichén Itzá: The Mayan Metropolis – A popular day trip for those visiting Cancún and Playa del Carmen or the Yucatán capital of Mérida, the magnificent Mayan city of Chichén Itzá is one of Mexico’s most visited archaeological sites, as well as one of the biggest and best restored. Highlights of a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site are numerous, from the massive El Castillo – also known as the Pyramid of Kukulkán, and at 30 meters high, the site’s tallest structure – to the magnificent Caracol, an almost 1,000-year-old observatory that stands testament to just how advanced the Mayans were (the building is notable for the narrow slits in its walls allowing the sun to penetrate twice per year so priests could accurately determine the date). [planet ware]

Copper Canyon: Mexico’s Grand Canyon – Chihuahua, one of Mexico’s most northerly states – it shares the border with New Mexico in the US – is home to one of the country’s most visited natural attractions, the stunning Copper Canyon (Barranca del Cobre). In a region known as the Sierra Madre Occidental and consisting of a spectacular group of deep canyons, Copper Canyon is in fact larger and deeper than its better known cousin, the Grand Canyon. [planet ware]

Guadalajara – Second only to Mexico City in size, Guadalajara, capital of the state of Jalisco, has successfully conserved its unique mix of colonial and native Tapatíos influences. Famous for its broad avenues flanked by picturesque parks and fine old buildings notable for their European flair, Guadalajara is a hotbed of traditional Mexican culture, from the mariachi music that seems to emanate everywhere, to its fascinating Charreadas, a type of rodeo that is usually accompanied by festivities such as dancing, singing, and plenty of great food. [planet ware]

Guanajuato – Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its many old colonial buildings, winding lanes, and narrow alleys, Guanajuato is a city that just begs to be explored on foot. A particularly pleasurable experience is visiting its many plazas, including the delightful Jardin de la Union, the city’s main square with its splendid old architecture. It’s here, you’ll find the beautiful old San Diego Church and the majestic Juárez Theater, along with fountains and flower beds, cafés, and restaurants. [planet ware]

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo – While there’s no denying the appeal of Mexico’s larger beach resorts, there’s much to be said for paying a visit to any one of the country’s many smaller vacation destinations. Two of the very best are the town’s of Ixtapa and its neighbor, the much smaller former fishing village of Zihuatanejo on the country’s Pacific coast. Although the larger of the two, the former coconut and mangrove producing town of Ixtapa has been carefully master-planned as a tourist hub to good effect, its streets and beaches uncluttered and easy to get around. [planet ware]

Mérida: Yucatán’s White City – The capital of Yucatán, Mérida is one of Mexico’s finest old colonial cities and is perfectly located to serve as a base from which to explore the region’s many fine Mayan sites, including Chichén Itzá and Tulum. It’s an equally popular day trip or overnight stopover from the resorts of the Mayan Riviera. Established in 1542 by the Spanish, Mérida is laid out on a grid pattern, making it easy to explore its numerous attractive parks and fine old buildings. [planet ware]

Mexico City’s Historic Center – Mexico City (Ciudad de México) is not only the capital of the country and the seat of government, it is one of the country’s most popular alternative travel destinations, thanks to its many world-class museums, art galleries, and attractions. Don’t be put of by its size. Instead, focus your efforts on the historic city center (Centro Histórico de la Ciudad), a 15-square-kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting more than 1,400 important colonial buildings from the 16th to the 19th centuries. [planet ware]

Oaxaca: A Taste of Real Mexico – Capital of the state of the same name, Oaxaca is one of the most popular city destinations for travelers interested in sampling a taste of the real Mexico. An interesting mix of native Indian and Spanish elements, the city has remained largely untouched by the kind of large developments that have sprung up in some of the country’s other popular destinations, and as a consequence, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. [planet ware]

Puerto Vallarta – Another of Mexico’s increasingly popular beach destinations is the Pacific coastal city of Puerto Vallarta. Often shortened to just Vallarta, the city – many parts of which remain untouched by modern development – first appeared on the vacation radar in the 1960s as a playground for North America’s social elite and has since become extremely popular among foreigners looking for second homes in a warmer climate. Nowadays, the city is as likely to attract an older cruise ship audience looking to swim with the dolphins as it is younger travelers looking for adventure, found here in activities as diverse as paragliding and jet-skiing. [planet ware]

The Ancient Fortress of Tulum – Famous as the only fortified Mayan settlement located on the coast, the ancient city of Tulum is one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most visited attractions. In the Mayan Riviera and within easy reach of the beaches of Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, the site’s well-preserved ruins can be seen for miles around due to their location atop 12-meter high cliffs overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Tulum is also famous for its tall walls, giving the site the feel of a fortress and suggesting a military as well as religious significance. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

Carnaval in Veracruz & Mazatlán – Mexico hosts numerous carnaval celebrations every year featuring flamboyant parades, dance performances, live music and of course, big-time partying. The nine-day event in Veracruz, Mexico’s biggest carnaval, usually kicks off in March, right around the same time that festivities gets started on the Pacific coast in Mazatlán. Take your pick: you can shake your booty to salsa music in Veracruz or the brass band sounds of Mazatlán. [lonely planet]

Day of the Dead – Each year on November 1 and 2, Mexico turns its thoughts to the departed during the Day of the Dead festivities, a colorful tradition deeply rooted in indigenous culture. For Mexicans, death is more a cause for celebration than mourning, and that spirit has been kept very much alive in Pátzcuaro, the Día de Muertos mecca. Prepare yourself to battle large crowds of the living. [lonely planet]

Festival de México – Much like everything else in the sprawling capital, the operative word for the Festival de México is huge. Some 50 venues scattered throughout the city stage top-notch national and international acts, including dance, music, theater and opera. Held in mid-March, most of the action for the two-week event unfolds in the downtown Historic Center. [lonely planet]

Festival Internacional Cervantino – Guanajuato ranks among the crème-de-la-crème of Mexican colonial cities and the Cervantino festival in October takes it to another level. Once a relatively small festival dedicated to the works of Spanish novelist Miguel Cervantes of Don Quijote fame, the Cervantino has morphed into one of Latin America’s foremost arts extravaganzas. Book a room well in advance or you’ll find yourself sleeping with the pigeons. [lonely planet]

Guelaguetza Festival – A Zapotec word meaning offering, the Guelaguetza Festival in Oaxaca City showcases regional folkloric dance and music, keeping alive a tradition that has been handed down for centuries. Held in July, most of the events take place at a large amphitheater perched atop a hill. For a more intimate experience, many surrounding towns host smaller versions of the festival. [lonely planet]

Morelia International Film Festival – The Morelia film fest really brings this colonial city to life come mid-October. Created as a platform for documentaries and first- and second-time fiction works, the programming offers an up-close look at Mexican society as seen through the eyes of a new generation of filmmakers. Funky bars and sidewalk cafes are buzzing with activity around the main square, where crowds gather nightly for open-air screenings and other cultural events. [lonely planet]

Son Jarocho Music Festival – Thousands of people flock to the colonial riverside town of Tlacotalpan in early February to celebrate Candelaria (Candlemas), a religious celebration featuring a glorious image of the Virgin being floated down the river. For many people, however, the real highlight is a simultaneous son jarocho festival, a three-day romp showcasing traditional Veracruz-style music. Slap that donkey jawbone! [lonely planet]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By bike – Biking is probably the best way to get around, for trips of a reasonable distance of course. You can’t get stuck in traffic. So it might be the only form of transportation besides walking that will reliably get you to your destination on time. And you don’t have to squeeze yourself into crowded trains or buses. [wikitravel]

By bus – There are two kinds of buses. The first, are full-sized buses operated by the City Government known as RTP and cost MXN2 anywhere you go. Make sure to pay with exact change as they don’t give change back. The second kind of buses are known as “Microbuses” or “Peseros”. These buses are private-run and come in small and bigger sizes, all rather ominous looking. [wikitravel]

By car – Driving around by car is the least advised way to visit the city due to the complicated road structure, generally reckless drivers, and the 3.5 million vehicles moving around the city. Traffic jams are almost omnipresent on weekdays, and driving from one end of the city to the other could take you between 2 to 4 hours at peak times. The condition of pavement in freeways such as Viaducto and Periferico is good, however in avenues, streets and roads varies from fair to poor since most streets have fissures, bumps and holes. [wikitravel]

By light rail – The Tren Ligero is operated by Electric Transport Services and consists of one single line that runs south of the city, connecting with Metro station Tasqueña (Line 2, blue; alternatively you may see it spelled as Taxqueña). For tourists, it is useful if you plan to visit Xochimilco or the Azteca stadium. The rate for a single ride is 3 pesos, and while the ticketing system works very similarly to the Metro, the tickets are not the same. [wikitravel]

By metro – Officially named Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, but known simply as Metro, it is one of the largest and most used subway systems in the world, comprised by 12 different lines that measure more than 225.9 km and carry 7.6 million people every day. You’ll quickly see how busy it is, particularly during the day: trains are often filled to significantly over capacity, and sometimes it will be hot and uncomfortable. [wikitravel]

By metrobus – Established in June 2005, the Metrobús operates in dedicated lanes along Insurgentes, Vallejo and Eje 4 Avenues. Line 4 runs through the city center and to the airport. Plans exist for additional routes. It costs 6 pesos to ride, but a Metro card must be bought in advance (15 pesos) at vending machines. There are stops approximately every 500m. [wikitravel]

By taxi – There are more than 250,000 registered cabs in the city and they are one of the most efficient ways to get around. The prices are low, a fixed fee of about 6 pesos to get into the cab, and about 0.7 pesos per quarter kilometer or 45 seconds thereafter, for the normal taxis (taxi libre). The night rates, supposedly between 11PM at night and 6AM in the morning are about 20% higher. Some taxis “adjust” their meters to run more quickly, but in general, cab fare is cheap, and it’s usually easy to find a taxi. [wikitravel]

By trolley bus – “Trolebuses” are operated by the Electric Transport Services. There are 15 Trolley bus lines that spread around for more than 400 km. They usually do not get as crowded as regular buses, and they are quite comfortable and reliable. They can be a little slower than regular buses, since they are unable to change lanes as quickly. [wikitravel]

By Turibus – The Turibus is a sightseeing double-decker hop-in hop-off bus that is a good alternative to see the city if you don’t have too much time. The one-day ticket costs MXN140 (MXN165 on Saturday/Sunday, October 2014) and its main route includes the Zona Rosa, Chapultepec Park, Polanco, Condesa, Roma and the Historic Center. There are 4 routes, one runs from Fuente de la Cibeles in Condesa to Coyoacan and Xochimilco. Your ticket is valid for all routes. Be prepared to spent a lot of time in traffic jams, hence start your tours early. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Cancun Titanium Developers – Informal meetings to talk about Appcelerator Titanium, JavaScript and mobile development. This group is for anyone interested in learning, learning or promoting Titanium for the development of mobile apps. [meetup]

Condesapreneurs – Let’s enjoy the independent creative and technical talent, the boundless optimism and the strong entrepreneurial spirit in the enterprenurship heart of Mexico City, La Condesa. [meetup]

Conexion Empresarial – Unique concept in Mexico that integrates in a same space, in relaxed and informal way to professionals of different activities, with profiles and common ends; To achieve business alliances. [meetup]

dreamBIG… Training para Negocios, Ventas y Profesionales – It will raise your confidence.It will help you overcome the stage fright.It will give you the skills to have the results to your advantage. [meetup]

E-commerce Networking Mexico – Meet up that brings together interested in the world of e-commerce or e-commerce for learning and collaboration. Welcome entrepreneurs, web designers, marketers and anyone interested in the world of e-commerce. [meetup]

Encuentro de Emprendedores y Networkers México D.F. – We hold Entrepreneur Meetings to meet and discuss ideas, projects, business models, make presentations and meet people who share the same vision to create collaboration networks and go further every time, and especially have a good time together. [meetup]

Guadalajara Java User Group – In Java User Group Guadalajara you will have the opportunity to meet other Java developers and talk about code, patterns, innovations and share your ideas. [meetup]

Profesionales en Ventas Meetup – Being a salesperson is a career in which many virtues are developed. We must all have the ability to sell something; Moreover, being a professional means knowing how to sell our talent and knowledge to others. This group brings together sales professionals with the intention of sharing, learning and enhancing the career of those who live or want to live off their talent as salespeople. [meetup]

Single Professionals in Guadalajara – This is a group for people who are interested in dating, casually or long term, meeting like-minded people, and meeting professional singles with stories to share who are from here or away! [meetup]

Unity User Group GDL – Unity User Group GDL is a group for all those who share the passion for video game development and who mainly use Unity 3D as a tool. It is also a place where you can meet other developers, share and receive feedback on your projects and even schedule a conference to share your experiences with other users. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Deutsch Spanish Espanol Aleman – People who want to learn German or Spanish in Mexico City. [meetup]

English Conversation Club Guadalajara – We want to make practising English fun while providing a relaxed environment to improve your English! We welcome students with various skill levels and support them to be comfortable speaking in groups. We aim to build upon and expand your vocabulary skills. To accomplish this, each session will have a new topic, developed in several dynamic activities. [meetup]

Français-Espagnol (Échange Linguistique) à Cancun, Mex. – This is a group for people interested in having pleasant conversations in both Spanish and French. This is in order to practice our knowledge acquired in both languages, talk about our cultures, or just have a pleasant time. [meetup]

Grupo meetup de Lengua&Cultura China de la Ciudad de México – This group is for everyone who interested in practicing spoken Chinese. I hope that we can create and maintain a friendly Chinese practicing and communication environment. [meetup]

NUITS FRANÇAISES !! Groupe de conversations – All people who want to practice their French with a native !! [meetup]

Parle En Français – To master a new language it is necessary to practice it, meet every week to talk in French and thus achieve the most romantic of languages. [meetup]

San Cristóbal de las Casas Language Exchange Meetup – Learn more about other languages and make new friends. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Clases y práctica de Inglés Gratis en Ih Ciudad de México – This is a group for anyone interested in improving their English! IH Mexico (www.ihmexico.com) offers free English classes as part of its teacher training program. [meetup]

Grupo Conversacion Coyoacan para practica del idioma Ingles – Welcome Friends of COYOACAN, VILLA COAPA Y ALREDEDORES! Are you learning English, but you do not know anyone to practice? [meetup]

Language Exchange – Tandem Evenings – Tandem* evenings are meetings for everyone who wants to speak foreign languages. Our goal is to improve language skills and meet interesting people. [meetup]

Lindavista, México City English Language Meetup – This is a group designed for Mexican nationals and foreigners who want to practice, make new friends and communicate in English, it is the intention of the group to organize diverse activities where the English language is spoken. [meetup]

Mexico City Chinese Culture And Language – For everyone who is interested in getting to know a bit of the Chinese culture and language, we can do language exchange, watch Chinese/Asian movies, go explore real and tasty Chinese/Asian food in town, or plan your trips to China, any activities that come across our minds. [meetup].

México City Japanese Exchange Meetup – New group to practice the Japanese language, all levels, even to define meeting place, suggestions are accepted. =) [meetup]

Mexico City Language Culture Meetup – A get together for polyglots who want to practice the languages they know and learn new languages. 10 minutes per language, depending on the speaking abilities of the participants. First time around we jumped from English to Spanish, German, Russian, Catalan, French, Portuguese and Italian. [meetup]

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