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Being located on a plateau at 2240 metres/7350 feet in height above sea level makes Mexico City an all year around comfortable destination to visit. However, that’s just a start as to why one would enjoy a stay here on a Mexico vacation. It is a thriving, cosmopolitan capital city (the oldest in the Americas) offering excellent cultural pursuits with its many museums and art galleries (how about 160 museums and 100 art galleries to choose from), history dating back to before the arrival of the Conquistadores, culinary delights and choices, colourful neighbourhoods and bustling street markets.  

So where to begin – probably in the Historic Centre with its 9000 buildings of which 1550 are of historical importance. The Zocalo or main plaza is the heart and soul of the Historic Centre. This very impressive square is the largest in Latin America and the third largest in the world after Tien An Men Square, Beijing and Red Square, Moscow. It is surrounded by old churches and many museums. Since the time of the Aztecs it’s been a gathering place. Nearby is the imposing Metropolitan Cathedral dating back to the 16th Century and the largest church in the Americas. The altar here is made of solid gold. Also in this district is the Templo Mayor, originally an archaeological site, now a museum built over the remains of the legendary Aztec city of Tenochtitlan and now exhibiting over 7000 Aztec artifacts. For a bird’s eye view of Mexico City, visit the observation deck of the Torre Latino Americano building. No visit to Mexico City is complete without a visit to the extensive murals by the legendary Mexican artist, Diego Rivera in the Palacio Nacional depicting his view of Mexican history. 

The Paseo de la Reforma is Mexico City’s main avenue and can be compared to the Champs Elysees in Paris. This wide European styled boulevard contains a number of monuments including the remarkable Angel of Independence.  Along its length are a number of hotels, restaurants and office buildings to be visited on a Mexico vacation package. 

Situated at the southern end of the Paseo de la Reforma  is the beautiful Chapultepec Park, one of the largest parks in the western hemisphere and the city’s “lung”. It contains Mexico’s greatest museum, the renowned National Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Modern Art, a number of attractive lakes, a large zoo and towering above the park, Chapultepec Castle, now a museum.   

An interesting neighbourhood on a Mexico vacation is colourful Coyoacan, a somewhat Bohemian district and one of the oldest, now gentrified with its former mansions and country homes converted into more modern living quarters. It was originally a colonial town which has subsequently been swallowed up by the city and has a number of narrow cobblestone streets and attractive squares. The main square is Plaza Hidalgo where arts and crafts shows take place on a regular basis. Two major attractions in Coyoacan are Frida Kahlo’s House, the former home of the renowned Mexican artist and now a museum. It is also known as the Blue House and is filled with artifacts of her life such as papier-mâché sculptures, small artworks and many original pieces of furniture. The other attraction is the Leon Trotsky home, now a museum, which remains much as it was on the day when a Stalin agent smashed an ice axe into his skull. Memorabilia and biographical notes are displayed in the building. 

Condesa is a neighbourhood often compared to the Latin Quarter in Paris and Soho in New York with its many restaurants, cafes, boutiques and art galleries. . 

The district of San Angel is a pretty, gentrified neighbourhood of historic buildings most of which have been converted into art galleries or restaurants.  

Xochimilco to the south of the city is a UNESCO world heritage site and known as the “Mexican Venice”. This is due to its system of waterways with attractive flower gardens which allows for cruise boats to meander through them on Mexico vacation packages.   

The Zona Rosa was once the official entertainment district. It still offers a selection of nightlife venues, restaurants and luxury hotels. 

Some other places of interest include the Basilica de Guadalupe, the holiest venue in the Americas and a major pilgrimage site, the colonial University City Campus with its interesting architectural design and its excellent murals and the famous Folklorique Ballet held at four rotating venues. 

Not far away is Teotihuacan just to the north east of Mexico City. The dead city of Teotihuacan ("the place where the gods were created") rises from the plains in a complex of pre-Columbian pyramids. The original inhabitants remain shrouded in mystery, though the city had a strong influence on the latter-day Aztecs. The view from the top of the Pyramid of the Moon is well worth the climb.

Also not far away is Iztaccihuatl, a dormant volcanic mountain and the third highest mountain in Mexico. It has the profile of a sleeping woman when seen from the Valley of Mexico, which gives it its name.  

So, with enough time, all the charms and attractions of Mexico City are readily available awaiting your visit on a Mexico vacation.

 

Mexico Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Mexico vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Mexico, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Mexico's nature and wildlifeweather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Mwexico for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Mexico vacations today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Mexico Tour, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursEcuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruisesPeru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.

 

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