Mexico, according to Andre Breton, is the most surrealist country in the world. It’s hard to disagree, upon landing in its elevated capital, the Districto Federal. Maybe it’s because the air is thinner and the chilies are hotter. Maybe there’s something in the mescal. Maybe it’s the Baroque curls of the Spanish architecture pouring into utopian skyscrapers, or the city’s boldly colored mural art, depicting Mexico’s great pre-Columbian history. Thankfully, the traces of this history—the temples, columns, gods and feathered serpents—were not completely erased by the Conquistadores. History is everywhere in Mexico, but the present is as vibrant and colorful as it gets. This could not be a more important time for travelers to pay a visit—and homage—to this gem of the Americas.