One week ago, the inhabitants of Mexico City suffered the worst earthquate since 1985. The cost of the tragedy is well known by everyone. It is impossible to go back to normal but we must return to our lives. Despite the scars the beautiful Mexico City is standing… and it’s waiting for you. Hello Travelers, listen this is a very special video, I want to show you the beauty of this city, and that the City is still standing, waiting to welcome you. Tourist sites are still open, and waiting for you. Unfortunately, there have been cancellations of hotel reservations at a rate of above 50%, from people that were planning on visiting, and there are many, many people who live of tourism. I’ve said it before, tourism is not superficial. Tourism can help, tourism can have a positive impact on the place you visit. Therefore, I undertook the task of touring a bit of the historic downtown, But I have guests! Very special guests, come on guys, We have Bully here, you already know him, and we have Manu, Manutti. He was the official creator of the ‘likes’ rating, and he was the creator of “Fatties around the World”. Regina Blandón will be joining us soon, and we’ll give you a tour around historic downtown. We are not going to show you everything, because there’s much to see. Behind me is the very beautiful ‘Palacio de Bellas Artes’, (Palace of Fine Arts), which is worth visiting because there are wonderful murals from the greatest Mexican muralists. It’s already open, you can visit it now, and it is gorgeous! Yet before anything else, let’s have breakfast. Casa de los Azulejos Travelers, we’re starting our day at a very typical, very beautiful place, where many people come to have breakfast or lunch, it’s so beautiful, it’s the Sanborns restaurant at ‘Casa de los Azulejos’ (House of Tiles). It has a lot of history, which Manu and Gloria, our kind, and knowledgeable waitress, will tell you a little about, the history of this place so full of tradition. House of Tiles, 1903. The Sanborn’s men were two brothers, who arrived in 1900 and bought this house from the Count del Valle de Orizaba. This Earl sold the house to the Sanborn’s brothers. Later, the brothers split up, and Frank Sanborn, who is the one who hired me, keeps it. He had two children, that’s why our logo is three owls, it represents the father and his 2 children. The brothers were pharmacists, so it wasn’t until 1920 when they transformed this place into a restaurant, when they split up. Here, they only used to sell coffee and cookies for the people who were waiting for their formulas to be ready. Historically, this house was property of the Counts of the Valle de Orizaba, therefore it then became the first Jockey club in Mexico City, where all the elite people hung out, of course, lead by Porfirio Díaz, Mexican president at the time. Paradoxically, during the Mexican Revolution, it went from being the place where the elite, and most important people in the country met, to being the ‘House of the People’, later becoming the ‘House of the World Worker’. Also, during the Mexican Revolution the Zapatista army came to the city. Emiliano Zapata along with the others, didn’t take their hats off to enter, And finally, as an important historical fact, in 1925, Clemente Orozco, a great Mexican muralist, paints the ‘Omnisciencia’ mural, which is right over there. In a new episode of ‘Fatties around the World’, finally, we get to eat something more local, Look at this! Oh, it’s really hot! Explain to the foreign people, what are “Chilaquiles”, ‘Chilaquiles” are fried corn tortilla crumbs… after it’s fried, they add sauce to it, either green, or red, or both, campechano style, and then on top, you add the topping, or how’d we’d call it nowadays, the protein of choice. You are such a hipster! You can choose between eggs, chicken, beef, or if you are vegan maybe some tofu. You can also add some onion, yet cream and cheese are mandatory. ‘Chilaquiles’ are very popular among people who are hung over, yes, this is a very typical breakfast. Travelers, it was a very nice breakfast! Now that we have energy, we’ll go touring the historic downtown of this gorgeous, beautiful city! Look who’s here! I’m here! I’m here! la la la la… Mexico is the shit! la la la…. Hey, I’m very happy to be here “Alan por el mundo” friends Viva Mexico! Let’s begin the downtown tour, Because probably the only images you are seeing at this moment internationally, are collapsed buildings, and chaos, but the truth is you can still come to visit Mexico city, so please help us! There are so many activities to do here, and so many nice things, like the breakfast we just had, Ready… Thank you! Guys, it’s important for us to say that in no way is our intention to minimize the tragedy, in fact, we all experienced it first hand, and all my friends have been helping a lot. We just don’t want the tragedy to escalate, and there are so many people who live from the tourism, that it would be a shame that people would stop coming due to fear of visiting this very beautiful city. That’s all I wanted to say. We are walking down “Madero” street, which Manu was already telling you about, but his voice wasn’t recorded, Madero street connects the Fine Arts Palace, with the Zocalo, and it is a pedestrian street full of interesting shops, places, and churches, from which we’ll show you a couple. The truth is that Historic downtown is for you to explore on your own, and start finding things. There are many free places, and on Sundays all museums are free for Mexicans. Honestly, the prices are very affordable, even when it isn’t Sunday. “Iturbide Palace” Travelers, this beautiful building just behind us, is the “Iturbide Palace”, on Madero street. This was the first Presidential Palace of our country. It was bought by the Bank of Mexico, today City-Banamex, In 1964, and it has been restored through cultural development. Nowadays, it’s Citibanamex’s Cultural Development Office, in addition to an exhibit hall. They always have very interesting exhibits here, these are itinerants, they’re constantly changing, and they’re always, always, free of charge. Additionally, Fomento Cultural Citibanamex has, if I’m not mistaken, ‘Casa Montejo’, in Merida, which is beautiful, and it’s also free of charge for you to visit. They have really done a good job, everything is impecable, it’s a must visit, it’s beautiful, and free. The actual exhibit is on Mexican paintings, from 1700 to 1790, it’s baroque, sacred art, for this kind of art lovers, come and see it. Churrigueresque. Exactly, let’s continue! Guys, we keep on strolling, to my right is the ‘Hotel Downtown’, and Regina, and Regina, we can’t show the hotel to you because we were not allowed to film. This beautiful building right here is the ‘Casino Español’ (Spanish Casino). Let’s see if they’ll let us film there, because it’s truly beautiful. Don’t be mislead by the name ‘Casino’, you can also eat here, they say the food is fabulous. Yes, I’ve never eaten here, but I have a friend that comes regularly because he loves it. Let’s see if they’ll let us. Guys, let everyone know, is it beautiful? It is very beautiful, but people need to see it with their own eyes, therefore, do come to Mexico, because we can’t film there either. All the more reason to come, we’ve tried filming inside many of these buildings, but we’re not allowed, so come! That’s a good attitude! In José María Pino Suárez, and Bolívar, that’s the specific location of this mural, which represents the exact moment when Hernán Cortés met Montezuma. I’ll give you more info about this place in a moment, but this is the first hospital, which was ordered to be built by Hernán Cortés, upon his arrival to Mexico. Entrance: Free Guys, the hospital is amazing, plus Hernán Cortés’ grave is here, so we’re going to find exactly where it is, because very few people know where it is. I have an interesting fact, it was not only the first hospital in Mexico, it was the first hospital of the continent, of the entire American Continent. Now you know, Bully, the historian. Guys we’ve found the grave, it’s right there! That right there, is Hernán Cortés’ grave. Where are we? where are we? We are at the Zocalo, it’s the ‘Plaza de la Constitución’, commonly known as the ‘Zocalo’, yet it’s formally called ‘Plaza de la Constitución’ in honor of the 1812’s Cádiz Constitution. Over here we can see the Cathedral, and over there is the National Palace. For the people who’ve seen the ‘cry of independence’, celebrated on September 15th, the cry happens in that balcony, and here’s where all the people paid by the government to form a crowd stand. No, I’m just kidding, I mean the people who come and celebrate it. In any case, this has always been a place where people protest, or meet to voice their needs. You were saying this is the biggest esplanade, right? Yes, it’s the second largest in the world, and the first in Spanish speaking countries. Why is it called Zocalo? Zocalo, well, just because… because it comes from the Nahuatl ‘Zocatl’ which means plate… No, I’m kidding! That flag over there, might seem to be the biggest in the city, yet it isn’t. The biggest flag in the city is in ‘Campo Marte’. Is it really? The Zocalo is a must visit if you come to Mexico City, plus all the Zocalo slab is brand new. I think it’s about a month old, it was closed for about a year for renovation, and, it honestly looks great. The Cathedral, which is fret visit is very big and beautiful, in addition, there are many restaurants and bars in its surroundings, so if you want a privileged view of this beautiful Zocalo, you can do it having a drink, or an appetizer, we’re going to have lunch elsewhere today, but honestly, the view you get from the ‘Gran Hotel Mexico City’ is just unbelievable! The ‘Gran Hotel Mexico City’ has a gorgeous stained glass window, actually, we should go see it. I wanted to tell you, we were at the ‘Gran Hotel Mexico City’, which is very famous for its stained glass roof, and if you remember the last James Bond movie, the sequence begins at the National Museum of Art, and then suddenly he turns, and goes into a building, they make a fake cut, and they turn up here, at the ‘Gran Hotel Mexico City’. Actually, they didn’t let us take pictures, no they didn’t let us photograph things inside, yet, the hotel dates back to the late 1800’s, around 1890’s. It was first used as a great warehouse, and it was later adapted to become a hotel, luxurious, yes, here it’s considered to be a high class, luxury hotel here. It’s still awesome, guys, do come and see it! The interesting thing here is, that if you are backpack travelers, you can stay at any of the hostels around this area, there aren’t just pricey hotels here, like the Regina Hostel. The Regina Hostel is a great choice, your homonym. What? I’ll be your hostess (kidding), the ‘Downtown’ is also somewhat like a nicer hostel, there are many options, do come to Mexico City. Are you hungry? Yes! Let’s eat! Travelers, we brought you to one of my very favorite restaurants, ‘El Cardenal’, yes sir! Look at this! This is called ‘molcajete’. Just delicious! What? Nothing, I’m just drooling! This smells delicious! Dig into the escamoles. I really hope someday the cameras are able to transmit the scent of food, because it smells super delicious! They are edible larvae of ants. (joke lost in translation) Guys, Anuar is here, let’s say hello to Anuar, Same, Maribel, say hello, Hello! Please tell us who is Anuar. Anuar is a great Mexican designer artist, and he’s the creator of ‘Mexico is the Shit’. Please don’t fall for fake copies, the real ones have this beautiful legend inside, which I won’t be showing because it can be copied. And a whole packaging system, that’s important, and the quality. Tell us about the T-shirt, the new T-shirt. Well, due to the catastrophic events of September 19th 2017, earthquake, we decided to make something affordable to the public, to be able to help, so, it’s a T-shirt, with a legend at the front, which specifically donates to the entities we are proposing, which are Oaxaca, Puebla, and Mexico City. In the purchase of your T-shirt, depending on the one you choose, we will donate its full profit, to ensure people that the money is used to help, and for them to become part of the ‘Mexico Is the Shit’ system, as well as our manifesto, and the story we tell. Regina, what’s that? It’s ‘Café de Olla’, a very Mexican coffee, and it’s delicious! For the people who don’t know it, it’s a little sweeter. It has brown sugar. Yes, it has brown sugar, and it’s sweeter and it’s delicious! Don’t get it wrong… ‘peloncillo’ (bald), ‘piloncillo’ (brown sugar). Guys, the food was great! Tell me how do you call in your countries the tiredness that comes after eating? We call it the ‘pig’s disease’, which means you just want to fall asleep, like a pig, with the rest of your pig friends. Means that you get sleepy, tell me how you call that in your countries. Guys, here’s the Cathedral, which suffered some damage during the earthquake, yet it’s now open for visitors. It’s impossible to show you all the places you can visit in the Historic Downtown, in only one video, but before we finish, I want to take you to my favorite place, the one I like the most… yes, my favorite, I’ve said it, to finish this off. We’re here, Travelers, this is my favorite place in Historic Downtown, and it’s the ‘Templo Mayor’ (Main Temple), For the people who are not so familiar with this city’s history, Mexico City was founded on the ancient Great Tenochtitlán, The Spaniards arrived, conquered us, and started building Mexico City. Therefore, we can say that Historic Downtown is above the old city. According to me, in the 1970’s they were restoring an old building around here, and almost beneath the ashes, the religious heart of the old Tenochtitlán arose. The Main Temple may be visited, you can see it from out here free of charge, or you can pay an entrance fee of $70 pesos, to see the Main Temple’s museum where they have where they have all the objects, and the ‘Coatlicue’ The Coatlicue, it’s amazing, she’s a Mexica goddess, and it’s carved in stone, is amazing, and it’s worth seeing. I would totally go in! We’re not going in now because we’re not allowed to film inside, that’s why we can’t show it to you. Make sure you don’t lose sight of it, because you men not find it, it’s on your right if you’re standing facing the front part of the Zocalo. Actually it’s above it, because there are still remains of the Temple under the Cathedral. It was very symbolic, it was exactly the imposition of a new religion, on top of the existent Pre-Hispanic we once had here before the Spaniards arrived. Guys, it’s time for good bye, There are a lot of places to visit in Historic Downtown, and in Mexico city. This is just an invitation for you to come and visit this gorgeous city, and see that the city is ready to welcome you. This video is in memory of all the people who lost their life during the earthquake, and to honor all the people who have been helping. In the social media of each one of us, you’ll find different ways to help out, because help is not only needed when the earthquake happened, or during the rescues, we still have a long road of rebuilding ahead of us, So here’s the info for Anuar, Bully, Héctor, Manu, Regina, and of course, my own. Thank you Travelers for watching this video! Viva Mexico! Let’s keep helping! Travel! Come to Mexico. Exactly, and don’t forget to visit all the different states that were also affected by the earthquake. Travel! Oaxaca is ready to welcome you, and it’s an incredibly beautiful state. Tourism is another way to help! Chiapas was also affected, so I recommend you see Alan’s videos, he spent there some time, around two or three weeks. Watch it so you can see what a pretty and beautiful state that is, and go visit it! Cheers to national tourism! Beautiful, beautiful! Ciao, ciao, Travelers! Viva Mexico!