Mexico City hotels
Many people envision a Mexico trip as a gaudy tourist trap or a destination for hedonistic college students. If you are one of those people, Mexico City will change your view entirely.
You are in for a cultural treat when you visit Xochimilco. This ancient site features waterways created by the Aztecs to irrigate crops and provide drainage for lakes surrounding Mexico City. Visitors enjoy Mariachi bands cruising in colourful boats and peruse lovely floating gardens. As one of Mexico City's most celebrated landmark buildings, Torre Latinoamericana provides a stunning view of the entire city and features an aquarium on the 38th floor. At 225 metres tall, Torre Mayor is the second tallest skyscraper in Latin America.
If you cannot resist tacky tourist attractions, you can get your fix at the Frida Kahlo Museum. This impossibly vivid blue house is where the legendary painter was born and later lived with renowned muralist Diego Rivera. You can also check out Zona Rosa, a former hipster hangout area that is now a hot spot for tourists and Mexico City's gay community. While you are there you can stop at the Ciudadela market to buy local arts and crafts from all over Mexico.
Mexico City Top 10
10. Plaza de la Constitución or Zocalo, is a historical downtown square in Mexico City surrounded by important landmarks and buildings.
5. Basílica de Guadalupe is a renowned church where the Virgin of Guadalupe was allegedly seen in the 1500s.
9. Plaza Garibaldi-Mariachi is the best place to have a raucous good time in Mexico City with plenty of booze, dancing and Mariachi bands vying for your attention and pesos.
4. Teotihuacan Even though is not exactly in Mexico city, this is a site with ruins that are over 2,500 years old. It is home to some of the fascinating ancient pyramids of Mexico.
8. La Catedral Metropolitana is one of the largest churches in Latin America and a sight to behold with its huge columns and ornate golden statues.
3. Ballet Folklorico is a dance troupe that performs at different venues throughout Mexico City. A blend of Aztec folkloric, classical and modern dance influences their performances.
7. Cineteca Nacional (National Film Archive)has been responsible for preserving and archiving both Mexican and foreign cinematography since the 1970s.
2.The Palacio de Bellas Artes is both an art museum and elegant music hall in the centre of Mexico City where guests can watch ballets, concerts and plays.
6. Tlatelolco is another site with ancient ruins from an Indian city that became part of the incredible Aztec Empire. You find it in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas.
1.The National Museum of Anthropology is one of the world's largest anthropological museums with archaeological exhibits from ancient civilizations such as the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Mexica among others.
Mexico City History
- Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución) – This is one of the largest city squares in the world and serves as Mexico City’s main square.
- Templo Mayor – This Aztec temple was discovered in the heart of Mexico City in 1978, which prompted its excavation and a subsequent museum.
- National Anthropology Museum – Found in the Chapultepec Park, this museum houses the most incredible collection of Mesoamerican artefacts.
- Palacio Nacional – This formidable government building has been used by Mexico’s ruling class since the Aztecs.
- Teotihuacan – The most-visited Mexican archaeological site contains ancient pyramid structures.
Mexico City Art & Culture
- Palacio de Bellas Artes – This wonderful theatre is home to murals and works of art by well-known Mexican artists.
- Frida Kahlo Museum – The Blue House is located in Coyoacán and was home to the famous artist for the last 14 years of her life.
- Plaza de las Tres Culturas – This public square contains examples of pre-Columbian, colonial and modern architecture.
- Sala Ollin Yoliztli – Home of the Mexico City Philharmonic and offering regular concerts.
- Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) – Large parades shut down the streets of Mexico City for this annual cultural festival, which takes place in early November.
Mexico City Shopping
- Plaza Loreto – An attractive shopping centre in Mexico City with patios, courtyards, a mini amphitheatre, cinemas and an excellent selection of shops and eateries.
- Mercado La Ciudadela – A great place to find Mexican crafts from the different cultural groups found throughout Mexico.
- Premium Outlets Punta Norte – These outlet stores offer global luxury brands at discount prices.
- Centro Comercial Santa Fe – The third-largest shopping mall in Latin America is home to a wide selection of stores.
- Somos Plata – The place to go for a great selection of silver jewellery made by Mexican designers.
Mexico City Gay & Lesbian
- Biatch – A wonderful place to have fun in the centre of the city that features mainly English pop music.
- Salon Marrakesh – This popular, chic gay bar in the Centro Historico offers a night club/cantina atmosphere.
- Lipstick – Considered one of the hottest places of its kind, it features a lounge, terrace and video bar.
- Cabare-Tito Neon – A popular spot for drag shows and cabaret.
- Kashbah Disco Club – Located in the heart of Mexico City, this is a highly established bar.
Mexico City Outdoor
- Chapultepec Park – This park running along Paseo de la Republica offers lovely places to walk, bike or visit one of its museums.
- Coyoacan – Historic district with colonial arts and much to explore, making it great for a day-time walking excursion.
- Torre Latinoamericana – This tower is one of the country’s most important landmarks, looming 183 metres over Mexico City for amazing panoramic views.
- Parque Mexico and Parque España – These parks stand side by side and are popular spots for an evening walk, exhibits and concerts.
- Xochimilco – This borough offers colourful boat rides down canals alongside the “floating gardens” of the Aztecs.
Mexico City Sport
- See the Pumas football team play at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
- Catch a baseball game at the Foro Sol.
- Get your fill of indoor sporting events, including basketball, at the Palacio de los Deportes, host to the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.
- Cheer on bullfighters (or the bulls) on Sundays at the Plaza Mexico.
- Check out the Arena Mexico for the lucha libre Mexican style of wrestling.
Another excellent option for knowing what Mexican popular traditions are is to visit either the "Arena Coliseo" or the "Arena Mexico" to watch the Lucha Libre. Masked and quirky wrestlers fight and amuse locals with rapid sequences of holds and maneuvers called "llaves" as well as "high-flying" movements known as "lances". An excellent option for attending this show is to hire a Lucha Libre Tour
Mexico City Events
The NASCAR Mexico Corona seriesrace is held every year at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.
Recorridos Dominicales are free, guided walking tours held every Sunday. The tour commentary is entirely en espanol, but this should not hinder one's enjoyment. While there is no fee, it is customary to tip your guide at the end.
Cuauhtemoc Day celebrates the last Aztec Emperor to fall to Cortez when the Spanish invaded the New World. This event has many festivities including dances and parties.
Fiesta de Santa Cecilia celebrates the patron saint of musicians every November in the Plaza Garibaldi. It is a memorable evening that includes Mariachi performances, dancing, and plenty of drinking.
Teatro Metropolitan hosts the Festival de México, featuring the annual jazz festival each March in downtown Mexico City.
The International Film Festival takes place in March at the Cineteca Nacionalin Mexico City. This prestigious event features independent films from all over the globe.
Wise Men's Day is 6 January, and it is celebrated with cakes stuffed with treats and presents for all the Mexican children.
The Independence Day "Yell" takes place on 15 September in Zocalo, Mexico City. The President stands on the Presidential Palace balcony over a festively decorated square and salutes the citizens, rousing the time-honoured “Viva Mexico!” cheer from the crowd. This kicks off the local Independence Day festivities.
The Mexican Independence Paradetakes place every September on the 16th. The Mexican armed forces unite for a military parade, and upwards of 30,000 soldiers participate in this grand show.
Dia de los Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead’, takes place on the first two days of November. This is the time when Mexicans honour their departed loved ones by erecting alters in the cemeteries and holding parades and other festivities.
When to Go
Mexico City is generally mild all year long because it is on a plateau. The elevation makes it much more pleasant than the hot, low-lying plains of Mexico.
It rarely rains in Mexico City from October through May. In the summer it rains almost daily, but the showers will typically last a few hours at most.
Benito Juarez International Airport is the main airport in Mexico City. You can catch flights there from most major airlines, and there are plenty of taxis waiting at the terminal to take you to your lodgings.
You can take the extensive metro subway system to just about any site you want to visit in Mexico City. The fares are very cheap at about 3 pesos for one trip with unlimited transfers.
The city buses are another cheap alternative for vicinity travel. The fares for full-sized buses will cost a couple of dollars or a few quid, while the privately owned Microbus fares are typically 3.5 pesos per trip.
Fabulous, feverish Mexico City is a vast metropolis of 20 million people. The city ranks first in population in the entire western hemisphere and fifth on the planet. More impressive however, is the fusion of culture that permeates the capital of Mexico. With a history that dates back to 1325, when the Nahua Aztec tribe made the area which now comprises Mexico City a vital base of power, the city today offers remarkable tourist appeal. A peerlees arts scene, world class museums, restaurants and cultural attractions combine to make Mexico City a rich and sumptuous feast for visitors who crave a total experience while on vacation.
Plaza de la Constitución
Locals call it “El Zócalo” but people around the world recognize Mexico City's central square as one of the most notable landmarks in the world. The pulse point of the country, the Plaza is the location of some of the most important demonstrations and events in the history of Mexico.Museo Frida Kahlo
Fans of the famous expressionist will want to make a pilgrimmage to her former home. The museum may not contain the most extensive collection of works by Kahlo and husband Diego Rivera but nonetheless serves as a wonderful time capsule of their lives.Palacio de Bellas Artes
The extravagant opera house of Mexico City is also the best place to view the murals of masters like Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera. The Palace also houses superb Fine Arts and Architecture museums.Museo Nacional de Antropología
The National Museum of Anthropology is the most paramount in the Americas and traces the ethnic and cultural roots of both continents. A tour of the facility offers a wonderful education on Mexico's contributions to human civilization.Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe
The most prominent spiritual landmark in Mexico is the Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe. The popular site draws over 20 million pilgrims from around the world every year.
The fifth-largest stadium in the world, with a capacity of 105,000, plays host to first class soccer in the form of favorite city club team América. The pitch of choice for the national team, as well as two World Cup championship games in 1970 and 1986, Azteca has seen some of the most legendary moments in the sport.Plaza de Toros
The 50,000 seat Plaza de Toros is the bullfight arena of record in the world and hosts events every Sunday throughout the season.Grito de la Independencia
Mexico City commemorates the country's independence from Spain every September 16 with a number of traditional ceremonies in and around Plaza de la Constitución. A remarkable parade and spectacular fireworks display mark the special day.
The climate in Mexico City is rather temperate, with predicatble temperatures throughout the year that range between 7°C and 27°C. The winter months are mild, though nights can be on the chilly side.
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