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Hashtag Highlight: Snooping Pets (#mascotaschismosas) in Mexico City

Share your photos and videos of curious pets with the #mascotaschismosas hashtag and follow @brokeniphone for more adventures throughout Mexico City.

"Here in La Condesa, a nice walking-friendly neighborhood in Mexico City, a lot of people have pets and walk them throughout the day in the streets or in the park," explains 26-year-old Chilango Instagrammer Felipe Lanz (@brokeniphone). “You can see them at midday hanging out by the windows, gates or doors. They look like they are gossiping—really observant of what passes by, chit-chatty even.” To capture the essence of these pets, Felipe started the #mascotaschismosas hashtag, which translates in English to gossipy or snooping pets.

To get just the right #mascotaschismosas scene, it takes a keen eye for pet expressions, but there’s plenty of room to get creative. “The picture just has to exalt the curiosity in the animal.”

Looking for more great pet-related hashtags? Check out #lonelydogchronicles, #flightswithruby, #peanutbutterseries, #catchseries and #petselfiez.

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Spotlight: Mexico City (Distrito Federal)

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we highlight Instagrammers from countries and cities with thriving communities.

In 2010, the Greater Mexico City population exceeded 20.1 million people, making the Federal District—known locally as the Distrito Federal or D.F.—the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere. The city was originally built by the Aztecs in 1325 atop an island in Lake Texcoco. The lake was drained starting from the 17th century and although none of the water remains, the city rests on the lake bed’s heavily saturated clay.

From the ruins of Teotihuacan to the city’s Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world, there’s no shortage of scenes to capture in Mexico’s capital. To see those sights through the lens of locals, be sure to follow these Instagrammers:

  • Luis Cárdenas, photo enthusiast and lawyer by day — @elgatonegro_
  • Vicky Navarro, architect and interior designer — @lavicvic
  • Jacinta Lanz, creative director behind @colorsoftheweek — @lanzgg
  • Ana Laframboise, professional photographer and food lover — @analaframboise