capital of México, very old, the worlds largest city, the
financial, political and cultural center of México, the
nightlife capital of México, one of the worlds great cities,
huge, one of the world's most difficult cities to drive in,
filled with exciting things to see and do, sinking, an energetic
metropolis or just an incredible place to visit.
correct answer is...All of the above!
City is definitely all of the above...and much, much more. This
is truly one of the most interesting and diverse cities in the
world. México City holds many pleasant surprises for those who
choose to vacation here. Travelers to México often overlook this
city because most of the country's tourism promotion is directed
toward Mexican beach resorts.
City should be on your "Must Visit" list if you are a fan of
archeological treasures, international cuisine, incredible
shopping experiences, stately mansions, colonial neighborhoods,
dazzling nightlife, inviting plazas and gardens or great city
parks. The National Museum of Anthropology is one on the
and could easily occupy a short vacation by itself.
let the sheer size of México City scare you, most tourists will
most likely confine their visits to three or four well defined
areas of the city and maybe some easy
trips. Depending on where you stay, many attractions will
be just a short distance away and those that are not so close
can be reached fairly easily. A great way to get a feeling for
the city is to enjoy drinks or dinner from the 45th floor of the
World Trade Center. Bellini is a revolving restaurant that
offers stunning views of the whole city. If possible, get
settled in before sunset.
Organized tours, taxis, city buses or the modern subway system
(during off peak hours) should be considered over attempting to
drive in this city. (See:
Practical Advice) The traffic here is legendary, and for
very good reason. For
trips to the nearby colonial towns or archeological sites a
rental car is fine, as the highways and toll roads surrounding
the capital offer pleasant driving conditions.
City, now the center of, business, culture and government for
the country, was once the center of the entire Aztec empire.
The current Zócalo, or town square, is built on the same spot
where once stood Montezuma's palace. Many of the old mansions
and public buildings in the area were built hundreds of years
ago using the stones from the Aztec temples that were destroyed
by the Spaniards. The Zócalo is Latin America's largest main
square at over 13 acres. Despite it's size, the zócalo tends to
get crowded in the evenings and on weekends.
Monuments, parks, fountains and great tree lined avenues are
everywhere you are likely to visit within the city. Skyscrapers
sit beside splendid examples of colonial architecture,
archeological sites share space with modern day structures and
freeways lead to charming neighborhoods of colonial buildings
and peaceful plazas. Museums are around just about every corner
and the rich heritage of México's colonial past is evident
almost everywhere. There are many places, within México City,
to escape the fast pace of the city and where you will feel like
you are in a different world within a few minutes time.
de la Reforma, the city's main thoroughfare, will give you an
immediate idea of why México City has been referred to as the
"Manhattan" of Latin America. This elegant boulevard is
lined with dozens of magnificent monuments including the
much-photographed Independence Monument, which has become the
unofficial trademark of México City. Sharing the precious space
along Paseo de la Reforma are modern high-rise office buildings,
embassies, luxury hotels, colonial mansions, more monuments and
shaded pedestrian promenades.
Chapultepec Park is an enormous green area in the middle of all
the hustle and bustle of this fast paced city. This park is the
city's largest, covering over 2000 acres, and it contains enough
of the city's attractions, including three of the most important
that a short vacation could easily be devoted just to the
attractions within the park.
Alameda Park, near the zócalo and Palace of Fine Arts, has been
around since1541, making it the city's oldest park. The park has
also been an Aztec market and was also the site of burnings,
hangings and executions in the old days. With it's walking
paths, numerous fountains and a Moorish kiosk, this park is full
of, old style, traditional charm. This refreshing oasis is a
great place to rest or relax and enjoy some green space for a
while, if you are walking near the historic center. There are
also a couple of monuments here that are, themselves, worthy of
a visit. On weekends there are often salsa or rock bands
playing, an excellent Sunday puppet theatre for the kids is
often active around noon.
interesting colonial style buildings and museums surround this
neighborhoods, or colonias, of Centro Histórico, Zona Rosa,
Polanco, Roma, Condesa and Lomas de Chapultepec are all fairly
close each other and also to Paseo de la Reforma. These are the
principal areas in the central part of the city that are most
popular with tourists. In the southern part of the city the
suburbs of San Angel and Coyoacan along with the Floating
gardens of Xochimilco are places you should definitely visit
during your stay.
City is a great vacation destination for the entire family.
There is something interesting and entertaining for everyone.
For those seeking a taste of authentic Mexican culture there is
more than enough to keep you occupied for the entire length of
your vacation. A vacation here, combined with a couple of short
trips should be just enough to make you wonder when you are
going to return and why you haven't visited before.
México City Historic
See also: Our printable
Historic Center map.
Plaza de la Constitución, more commonly known as the "Zócalo" is
a must on any visitor's list of things to do in México City.
This is a great place to get a feel for the areas history and to
start your exploration of the city. Within just a few blocks of
the Zócalo, in all directions, are some of the city's finest
examples of city history, architecture and art. More than 1500
buildings in this relatively small area of the city have been
declared historic or artistic monuments.
Zócalo once contained the pyramids and palaces of Moctezuma and
was the exact center of the Aztec empire. To this day the it is
center of much activity and the very heartbeat of México City.
It is here that the country celebrates it independence with the
"El Grito" on September 15th, every year. The Zócalo is the
second largest public plaza in the world (only Red Square in
Moscow is bigger), covering over 13 acres.