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Greater Mexico City sometimes considered the world’s largest and most populated city is the most ancient metropolis of America. Founded by the Nahua Aztec or Mexican tribe as Tenochtitlán in 1325, it rapidly became the capital of a sophisticated growing empire. Mexico City is the highest (2,240 meters / 347 ft) metropolis on the North American continent and is located in the large Valley of Mexico, also called the Valley of Anáhuac. Sheltered by the volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl Mexico City has the best climate of the world, with an average annual temperature of 22°C.
The population is around 28.5 million inhabitants! Yes, I know there are a lot of people over there… but Mexico City is the capital city of Mexico, the nerve center of the all political, financial and cultural activities and has an important relevance as the “bridge” among the United States and the Latin America.
Mexico City is also the Federal District (Distrito Federal in Spanish, and hence the abbreviation D.F. that officially follows the name of the city). The Federal District is coextensive with Mexico City: both are governed by a single institution and are constitutionally considered to be the same entity.
Mexico City incorporates 58 adjacent municipalities of Mexico State and 1 municipality of the state of Hidalgo, according to the most recent definition agreed upon by the federal and state governments.
Mexico City offers everything a modern, savvy traveler or family vacationer could ever want.
Mexico City D.F. is huge and that’s why the number of hotels and accommodations are also high!
In Mexico D.F you can find luxurious rooms with services of every kind, boutique, suites, comforting low price rooms, budget accommodations and amazing colonial hotels in the historical zone…so, in Mexico City you will have so many options to choose the hotel that is just right for you.
This colossal city offers a great variety of cultural, commercial and tourist attractions where you and your family will be able to realize all kinds of activities as visiting museums and admiring its marvelous collections that reflect the historical and artistic evolution of the people of Mexico, from the pre-Hispanic epoch to the present day. Mexico City is a city with world class events, festivals, shopping, food and wine, and a fabulous arts scene.
Mexico City is one of the most important cultural centers in the world boasting more museums than any other city. It is also the fourth city in number of theaters after New York City, London and Toronto.
Mexico City Mexico has, recently, received significant attention for its incredible architecture. A mix of 16th, 17th and 18th century European buildings are found with contemporary day businesses near by.
History shows up everywhere in the city, for example, there are at least a dozen major working archaeological sites within the city limits!
Speaking of the past, you won’t want to miss the Xochimilco floating gardens, which have been in existence for seven centuries, since the time of the Aztecs!
Such an experience awaits you in the Zocalo, the historic heart of the city. The Zocalo is just one of many amazing spots in this vibrant and ever-changing city, though, dominated by its monumental Metropolitan Cathedral.
Chapultepec Park, the largest park within a city in the world, is a fantastic example. The park is in places exactly as it was centuries ago, but elsewhere in the park you will find a host of entertainments for adults, kids and the entire family. From mime troupes to magic shows, there’s something for everyone.
And then, Mexico City offer a beautiful zone, Coyoacan. Coyoacan is an enchanting colonial neighborhood in which you can actually feel the tranquility and colonial charm of Old Mexico.
If you want to know more about the history of this marvelous nation, and not only, I suggest you to visit “The National Anthropological Museum”
México City is also a very special place for shoppers. Anything that is made in México is available here along with countless imported designer items.
Shopping ranges from extraordinarily varied (and frenetic) markets to swanky boutiques, department stores, and shops specializing in Mexican arts and crafts. For its numerous bazaars, squares and malls up to exclusive boutiques Mexico City offer crafts, clothes and silver jewels of every kind at exclusive prices.
Plan a visit to Polanco, especially the areas of Presidente Masaryk, Centro Santa Fe and Zona Rosa if you would like to bring home good stuff. Centro Coyoacán and Perisur, which are both located in the southern part of the city, are other very popular shopping places.
TRAVEL TIPS – Try to negotiate on the price, sometimes it gives good results
What about the Mexican cuisine you will taste in this huge city?
The arrays of restaurants, of every kind, dotting the roads of Mexico City propose delicious recipes and spicy tastes! Most of the Mexicans eat meals on the street in the marketplaces, but the restaurants range from traditional Mexican restaurants, seafood specialists, Spanish, French, Chinese, Argentinean and Italian cuisines. You will find some of the world’s greatest steak houses and also some of the best tacos.
After a good tacos dinner, maybe accompanied by the typical Mariachi music, the party starts…
The Mexico City nightlife is some of the best in the entire world. You will have an almost endless choice of options. Nightlife doesn’t usually get going in until 10 pm at the earliest, and while the more sober places close at 2am, others stay open until 4 am or later. It is always alive, but at night, the vibrations pound and the parties kick into full swing.
The music scene boasts jazz clubs, loud all-night discos, Mariachi music, Flamenco, Cuban and salsa clubs, classical concerts, opera, philharmonic orchestras, romantic trios, chamber music and much much more!
TRAVEL TIPS -Check with yours and other local Hotels about public parties they may be hosting during your Mexico City Vacation. Traditional Mexican theme night parties are popular with the locals, and there’s a chance you could join a really special night out!
TRAVEL TIPS – Mexico City has a reputation for danger. The average tourist is not likely to be a victim of these crimes. The first rule is NEVER hail a taxi on the street. Take only sitio (stationed) cabs that operate out of stands or cabs called for by hotel or restaurant staff. Major tourist areas are generally very safe, but be on your guard against petty theft, as that threat is pervasive. Mexico City has an inexpensive, easy-to-use metro, and an equally cheap and practical bus system plying all the main routes.
The amount of fun you can have in a Mexico City Vacation is impressive!
Elena Piccini Web Content Manager, Travel Writer