Mexico City

Mexico City

Mexico City is the capital of the country of Mexico, located in the Valley of Mexico. This fabulous city is on par with London, Paris and NYC in stature. For anyone considering a holiday in this Hispanic Heritage holy ground, this is an amazing urban area that gives anyone a new appreciation and respect for the Mexican people. Buildings standing tall; the Torres Mayor of Mexico City is the tallest building in Mexico. A political and financial powerhouse for all of Latin America, Mexico City is the epicenter of development with 21.2 million residents in the Metro Area, and home to Mexico’s main stock exchange. During particular hours of day a person can easily get lost in the crowds of business suits flooding the streets in a rush to get home. Mexico City did not start out as such, but instead built by the Aztecs, later destroyed and reestablished by the Spanish from who the Mexican people gained independence in 1824.

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There are over 160 museums and over 100 art galleries in Mexico City. Tour the area on a Turibus, a double-decker bus that offers tours with audio around the city. This gives a tourist the best opportunity to pick the most impressive sites to visit while learning a bit about places out of the ordinary.

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The Castle of Chapultepec, a part of the Natural Museum of History, is definitely something that every tourist should explore. Once occupied by Mexican Emperor Maximilian I and Mexican presidents, the castle has an open air garden, marble ball room and as the tourist strolls through this castle, all of the rooms are set up as if royalty were just around the corner. One important Mexican artifact, the Aztec Calender Stone, is located at the National Museum of Anthropology. Important Mexican artists and muralists that deserve attention are Diego Rivera, Freida Kahlo and Jose Clemente Orozco, and each of these artists are represented all over Mexico City.

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High end shopping boutiques and expensive eateries give Mexico City streets a more modern touch, with all of the globalized restaurants and pubs as well. Chinatown, Zona Rosa and Mercado de la Merced are all shopping districts that are found in Mexico City, but the Mercado is largest wholesale souvenir-type warehouse. True Mexican cuisine can be found at every street corner with cart vendors who sell the freshest fruit salads and juices that are sliced and spiced to order, and taco stands sell cow brains and tongue tacos by the sackful.

Another site of interest is Xochimilco, the floating gardens and World Heritage Site where tourists float down canals in trajineras (historical brightly painted boats) with plenty of food and great music on hand. The gardens were man made mini-islands where planting of crops took place sometime between the 10th and 14th centuries. One pre-Hispanic archeological site that must be visited while in Mexico City are the pyramids of Teotihuacan. The Pyramids of the Sun and Moon are the largest American pyramids in the world, and the Avenue of the Dead is an ongoing archeological site. Also, visitors can climb these pyramids giving them the most spectacular view of Mexico.

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Mexico City is the most urban area of Mexico, and also is home to so many interesting and historical sites that any tourist should make a thorough review of this city before traveling for a holiday. Anyone with the opportunity to visit Mexico City will not want to miss a thing.

Date posted: 22nd June, 2018

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