Faster Than Lightning by Marco Bochicchio in Mexico City, Mexico

We love Marco Bochicchio’s colorful captures of life in Mexico City. His vivid portraits and cityscapes make us want to hop the next plane to this thriving world capital. Follow the fun at @mente_de_rufus

Name:Marco Bochicchio

Place you live: Distrito Federal, Mexico

Place your Instagrams were taken? Mexico City

Can you sum up Mexico City? Mexico City is one of the biggest cities in the world and it has a cultural heritage that makes every tourist fall in love with the city. 600 years ago, the city was a giant lake called Texcoco where many tribes co-existed and formed the ancient Mexica empire. Through time, Mexico City has been growing and becoming one of the most important cities in Latin America. Everyday millions of people move around the city, making it loud and busy. It is a magical, surreal and overall colorful city of contrasts.

What is a perfect day in Mexico City? A perfect day in Mexico City starts having Chilaquiles, the traditional Mexican breakfast and then venturing to different parts of the city. Traveling on public transportation is the best way to get the real essence of the city. Going to a museum and walking the ancient streets of Colonia Condesa or Roma will make the experience exquisite. Lunch time is always better in a traditional street market where you can eat a diverse number of plates. Barbacoa on Sunday is the best thing to try and then after eating, go to one of the many parks to rest such as Chapultepec Park which is the biggest park in the city. After waking up, it would be a good idea to go to a cantina to have pulque, a beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey (agave) plant. Nights in Mexico City can be faster than lightning, with nice people everywhere and nice conversations as well. A perfect day in this surreal city could be any day.

If Mexico City was a person or character who would it be and why? Mexico City is the sum of the people that make this city beautiful. It is impossible to represent the city in one person.

How long have you been using Instagram? Four years approximately.

Do you shoot with your phone or other cameras or both? Both.

What is your editing process? Google Snapseed, after that direct editing on Instagram.

Do you create images outside of Instagram? Yes, I paint.

Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? It made me more aware of the importance of colors.

Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? A photograph must tell a story, to tell a story you need a scenery and a character.

Who are your three favorite Instagrammers? @timmckenna@dee_larsen@maldemar

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Name:Marco Bochicchio

City:Mexico City

Best place to eat:

Mercado CoyoacánEl Parnita and Contramar.

Best place to drink:

Pulquería Los InsurgentesLa Cantina Buenos Aires and Rooftop bar in Condesa DF.

Best outdoor activity:

Sunday bicycle ride on Reforma Avenue.

Must do:

Museo Nacional de AntropologíaLa Casa Azul Frida KahloCoyoacanUNAMCastillo de ChapultepecCentro Histórico (Templo Mayor)CuicuilcoTeotihuacanXochimilcoBallet Folklórico in Palacio de Bellas ArtesSala NezahualcoyotlLa Lagunilla Market.

Local tip:

Always say “buenos días,” “buenas tardes” or “buenas noches” and don’t forget to say “gracias!”