Mexico City

Mexico city is located on the spot where long ago the Aztecs built their capital city of Tenochtitlan, according to directions given to them by their god, or so the legend says. Mexico City impressed the Spaniards when they first arrived because of the beautiful setting in the middle of a lake. The present day Mexico City is sure to impress you, but for completely different reasons. The climate here is very nice, and you are sure to enjoy yourself, if you know where to look.

Mexico City is the biggest city on the planet. it also has the most inhabitants at over 7000 ft elevation in the world. It should have about 25 million inhabitants or more, but no one seems to be really sure.

What is sure is that when you visit the city you will be stunned by the sheer size of the place. The descent into Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport is unforgettable. After hours of flying over empty desert plains, you cross a ridge and…though you’re still at reasonably high altitude…the city beneath you extends off into the distance as far as the eye can see. For the next quarter hour the end remains out of sight…in fact, the end is never in sight.

==== MEXICO CITY – SIGHTSEEING

The Historic Centre (Centro Historico) and the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco in the southern borough have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. Famous landmarks in the Historic Centre include the Plaza de la Constitucion (Zocalo), the main central square with its time clashing Spanish-era Metropolitan Cathedral and Palacio Nacional, and ancient Aztec temple ruins Templo Mayor (Major Temple) are all within a few steps of one another.

The most recognizable icon of Mexico City is the golden Angel of Independence, found on the wide, elegant avenue Paseo de la Reforma, modeled by the order of the Emperor Maximilian of Mexico after the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

The Chapultepec park houses the Castle of Chapultepec, now a museum on a hill that overlooks the park and its numerous museums, monuments and the national zoo and the National Museum of Anthropology.

In addition, the city has around 160 museums, over 100 art galleries, and some 30 concert halls, all of which maintain a constant cultural activity during the whole year. It has the fourth highest number of theaters in the world after New York, London and Toronto, and it is the city with the highest number of museums in the world.

==== MEXICO CITY – NIGHTLIFE

Nightlife in Mexico City is amazingly diverse and covers just about every form of entertainment imaginable. Within this huge metropolis area you will find many museums, parks, colonial buildings, modern high rise buildings, an Aztec pyramid, affordable and world class restaurants, the longest street/avenue in the world, the biggest University in the world with about 500,000 students and the largest stadium in the world. Mexico City is simply a world onto itself.

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