MEXICO CITY—A year ago, I took a plane to the Pacific Ocean, from which I would sail on a six-hour boat to my first official trip in the Americas.
The trip was an opportunity to experience the beauty and majesty of Mexico City, which is one of the most visited cities in the world.
But the journey took me away from the city and its vibrant culture, which was one of my primary reasons for visiting Mexico City in the first place.
My first stop was the iconic Plaza de Mayo, which, as its name suggests, commemorates the victory of the U.S. against the Spanish in the battle of San Jacinto in 1521.
I had no idea that this famous celebration had so much history.
“Maya” is the Spanish word for “victory,” and it was a victory celebrated in Mexico City every May 10.
The day after I arrived, the Plaza de Maya was lit with a giant flame and a procession of soldiers, musicians and dancers carried a flag from the plaza and marched to the plaza’s plaza de la Concorde, where the sun set.
The ceremony marked the day that the city of Tlatelolco—the capital of Tamaulipas—was officially recognized as the world capital.
The Plaza de los Estados Unidos (or Unidades), or “the people,” had a different meaning.
In the 18th century, the city was considered one of Mexico’s richest and most powerful, and it served as the main hub for the country’s nascent empire.
The city was home to a flourishing industry, which in the 20th century included the Mexican-American War (1846-1946), a brutal civil war between Mexican and American forces, and the Mexican Revolution (1946-1975).
But the revolution also ended in the fall of the dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.
The war marked the beginning of the end of the Mexican empire, which lasted for almost 60 years until President Felipe Calderón (the current president) came to power in 2012.
I was surprised that I could still visit the Plaza on my return.
But after a few weeks of visiting the city, I decided to try again.
After I finished my time in the Plaza, I made the decision to visit the other two sites in the plaza, Tlatelacán and Oaxaca, which are also home to the state of Oaxacá, which became the capital of Mexico after Calderón’s defeat in 1975 and then officially renamed as Ciudad Juárez.
I returned to the city in early 2019, but only to explore Oaxacan, the region with the largest population of Tlatlan, a people who migrated from the Andes in the 1500s.
After visiting both places, I found that both the Plaza of Mayo and the Plaza del Ojo were much more popular than I had anticipated.
The people were happy to greet me and to see me, which made it easy to get excited about the sights.
The plaza de los estados unidos also has a much higher tourist season than the plaza de Mayo.
There is also a great deal of competition for tourist spots in Mexico.
Many people visit the plaza every year, but in 2019, the number of people who visited the plaza doubled compared to last year, which has led to a significant increase in the number that visit the Tlatelonas, the capital city.
I took my new knowledge and my desire to see Mexico City to the Tlatlonas and Oceanos, the areas that were my primary reason for visiting.
When I returned home, I visited the Tlaxonas for the first time since I left the country in 2014, but I felt that the experience was still very much in the moment.
I would visit both places again in 2020, but this time I would spend more time in Oaxaco and more time visiting the plaza del Ojonos, a place that has become a favorite tourist destination in the Tijuana area. The Tlatlánas and the Oaxas are known as the “three Tlamas,” or the three great cities, and Oasis, the largest and most famous city in Mexico, is one among the many cities.
Oasis is the capital and most popular tourist destination of Tijuana, which makes it a perfect location for a visit to the two major tourist attractions in the city.
Oaxagos is a city on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, but Oasis sits on the southern tip of the country, making it a bit closer to Oaxactanc, where Mexico City lies.
The best part of Oasis?
You can easily walk from Oaxa to Oasis with a bus or taxi.
When the sun is shining, the air is clear, and there is no shade.
It’s a perfect place to see the sea, the sea breeze, and beautiful sunsets.
When you’re done