New York Times ranks Mexico City #1 travel destination for 2016

“A metropolis that has it all.” That’s how The New York times describes Mexico City in its latest travel ranking, published just a few days after the newspaper’s editorial board slammed the Mexican government for its lack of accountability.

But tourism and politics are different animals, or at least the Time’s travel editors in charge of this year’s list of Places To Go don’t seem overly concerned about the country’s governability problems. “Certainly, there is no more exciting place to eat,” claims writer Veronica Burnett, who gushes over the city’s trendy neighborhoods and energetic youth.

To compile its annual list of places to go, the NYT solicits pitches from writers in the U.S. and abroad. “After a marathon session (or two), we narrow it down to our favorites, with an eye toward both a geographic and thematic diversity,” said travel editor Dan Saltzstein in a times insider interview.

Though the list is subjective, we agree and celebrate Mexico City’s top ranking for a number of reasons:

Work by Mexican artist Edgar Saner.Street Art Chilango

Work by Mexican artist Edgar Saner.

It boasts colorful culture, with walls that are increasingly covered in a blend of futuristic street art and traditional muralism.

A man dressed in a satin lime green military-style uniform similar to the one John Lennon wore for the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, poses for a selfie during an attempt by more than an estimated 250 people to set a new Guinness World Record for the highest number of people dressed as The Beatles, at Chapultepec Park in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.  (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)AP

A man poses for a selfie during an attempt by more than an estimated 250 people to set a new Guinness World Record for the highest number of people dressed as The Beatles, at Chapultepec Park in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Its vibrant citizenry is always attempting to break some of the world’s most bizarre records while coming up with inventive solutions to fight problems like traffic and obesity.

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It’s home to many emerging designers who are shaking up the global fashion industry.

A downtown church in Mexico City sinks into its foundation.Andrea Noel

A downtown church in Mexico City sinks into its foundation.

The city’s connection to the past is everywhere as it rests on top of a lake and ancient Aztec ruins.

Concept art from the movie "Sundays" on Vimeo.via PostPanic

Concept art from the movie "Sundays" on Vimeo.

The unique architecture and landscape inspires international musicians, writers and filmmakers.

It's considered a delicacy in Mexico.Encarni Pindado

It's considered a delicacy in Mexico.

Where else can you eat scorpion tacos and worm quesadillas?

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Mexico's "Axolotl."

The place exhumes magical realism by breeding ‘water monsters.’

Cowboys stand together at the start of Mexico City's annual gay pride parade, Saturday, June 28, 2014.  (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)AP

Cowboys stand together at the start of Mexico City's annual gay pride parade, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

It’s a city that in spite its many problems, it still strives for tolerance.

A German artist who has found plenty of inspiration in Mexico City.Encarni Pindado

A German artist who has found plenty of inspiration in Mexico City.

It’s loved by expats who enjoy an amazing quality of life.

A Mexico City pulqueria.Encarni Pindado

A Mexico City pulqueria.

And let’s not forget its nightlife, with its hipster cantinas pouring neverending tequila, mezcal and pulque.

So salud, Mexico City.

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