Mexico City is the country’s capital and with roughly 21.2 million people, it is one of the largest urban cities in the world. Because of its mere size and population, Mexico City is a mecca of culture and diverse people. However, despite the capital’s grand size, many overlook the culturally diverse city when thinking of places to travel within Mexico.
Mexico City, founded in 1325 by the Aztecs in the Valley of Mexico was first built as Tenochtitlan but later renamed Mexico City. With the Spanish conquest of the aztec civilization, they brought with them their catholic religion and architecture creating one of the most prosperous urban areas of its time. However, since the city’s independence in 1810 it has become one of the world’s largest urban areas and boasts a significant amount of history and spanish culture.
Mexico City has countless cultural and artistic attractions ranging from churches, parks, mouth watering restaurants, authentic dance shows and much more! Heres a look at some of the top attractions in Mexico’s capital city.
Centro Historico and Alameda Central: “Historic Center and Central Mall” Here you will find some of the oldest buildings dating back to 700 years ago. With European and aztec influences, this historic center is a lively tourist attraction during the day boasting authentic shops, restaurants, The Zocalo and much more! Centered in the heart of the Centro Historico, lies the Zocalo, or the main plaza. In this plaza you will find everything from political demonstrations, cultural dance and music shows and authentic hispanic celebrations.The Zocalo was also a sight of the 1968 Summer Olympics. Centro Historico and the Alameda Central are must sees in terms of culture and history.
The Zocalo plaza located in Mexico City’s Historic Center
By Victormoz (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Bosque de Chapultepec: Mexico City’s largest park is home to various attractions including an amusement park, multiple museums, a castle, zoo and lake. The park is also one of the largest city parks in all of Latin America. A nice change from the otherwise “concrete jungle” of the city, the outer perimeter of the park is lined with shops and restaurants, while the interior of the park remains lush and green. As both a refuge for Mexico City locals, and tourists alike, the Bosque de Chapultepec is a must see in Mexico City!
Bosque de Chapultepec
By Clinker (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons
Avenida Michoacan: Located in La Condesa, Avenida Michoacan is a lively avenue filled with restaurants, shops, art galleries and people. Offering a nice break from a day of sightseeing, Avenida Michoacan is a great place to stop for a snack or lunch while still people watching and experiencing the city!
Mexico city, with its immense population and overflowing amount of culture and history, is an amazing tourist destination for those who are interested in more than lounging on the beach. However, with it’s mere size a population, tourists and backpackers should remain smart and aware of possible pick pockets and mild crime. As always, travel safe and take the correct precautions when leaving the country!