28 are the ideal cities to visit this year according to National Geographic, however, Mexico City, "where corn is king" and its original flavors conquer tourists from around the world, has been chosen as the most exciting destination in the world in 2019 by the international magazine specialized in travel.
Mexico City, the most exciting destination in the world in 2019, according to National Geographic
The Mexican capital has surpassed the Peruvian Amazon, Mount Fanjing in the Chinese province of Guizhou and even the Senegalese capital, Dakar. In the article, its writer, Maryellen Kennedy Duckett, highlights restaurants and spaces to try tamales, tortillas and shakes, among other dishes in which corn is the main ingredient.
A basic component in Mexican culture and cuisine that was the main reason to promote tourism in the city since its origin dates back 8,000 years, then spread throughout Mesoamerica. It was the locals of the area in the V century the first to cook tortillas in a comal.
The restaurant 'El Pujol', a gourmet mill in the Condesa neighborhood, one of the most popular in the city, is an international reference in Mexican cuisine, which is also an extension of the multi-awarded restaurant named after the same name. both of chef Enrique Olvera.
This ingredient is key in the economy of the country and in spite of its great production, it is not enough to supply all the inhabitants of Mexico. Therefore, of every 10 kilos of corn consumed, 3.9 are purchased from other countries.
In the region, international tourism has not stopped growing so that Mexico ranks eighth in terms of hotel infrastructure worldwide, contributing 8.7% of GDP and generating 4 million direct jobs, something that stands out from National Geographic.
In terms of domestic tourism, it is the third country in the world only behind Japan and Germany, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Other recognized media such as the Lonely Planet guide have included the city in lists of sites to visit for their unconditional beauty, considered the World Capital of Design in 2018.