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Mexico City is home to approximately 20 million people and is known to be the most populated area in North America. The Mexican capital might seem and sound to be extremely intimidating, but it is nowhere near as bad as you might expect it to be. After the acclimatization phase when you might get overwhelmed with the sights on offer, tourists can actually expect to have a pleasant time in the city exploring its beautiful neighbourhoods, ancient ruins and old world streets.

Like most other metropolises, Mexico City is known to offer its visitors with a range of sights and attractions to choose from. Tourists can spend their time sipping tequila at one of the many bars or grooving to tunes in one of the many nightclubs or sampling out international cuisines and local delicacies in the same area. They might also be exploring various historical attractions and ancient ruins one moment or watching masked wrestlers inflicting pain on their opponents in the wrestling arena. There was a time when crime rates were a major deterrent to tourism, but not anymore. Today, Mexico promises a myriad of sights, smells and delights that simply must be experienced by any history and culture lover or a world explorer.

Most of the major attractions of the city are centred on the Historic City Center with the most famous landmarks being the National Palace, Templo Mayor, Alameda Park and the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Plaza Garibaldi is located a few blocks to the north of the historic center and it is known to be the best place in Mexico to listen to Mariachi music. To the west of the historic center lies the Plaza de la Republica, home to the National Museum and the Chapultepec Park, both of which rank among the top tourist attractions in Mexico.

History lovers and treasure hunters will want to plan a day trip to the Xochimilco to visit the Teotihuacan archaeological site. This is the best place to check out the remaining examples of Aztec civilizations and their beautiful architecture.


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Mexico City holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. El Zócalo

What is it? In the middle of the city's historic centre is the enormous paved Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, the second largest city square in the world, and Mexico City's centre of government and religion. The Presidential Palace dominates one side of the square, a magnificent colonial building that was built on the site of the former Aztec Palace, with remarkable interior murals narrating the story of Mexico's history. Dominating an adjacent side of the square is the great Metropolitan Cathedral, displaying a wealth of architectural styles and occupying the site of the once sacred grounds of the Aztec. The ornate interior contains its chief treasure, the King's Chapel and gilded altar. The Cathedral is one of the buildings subsiding into the soft ground on which the city is built and builders are continuously at work to prevent its uneven descent. The square itself is filled with activity, with vendors and buskers, informal traditional Aztec dance performances, family groups, workers on lunch break and passing tourists. It is also the place for demonstrations, government rallies and protest marches, as well as festivals and public holiday events. Every evening the presidential guards, in a show of great ceremony, lower the national flag from the central flagpole. And encircling the square is the continuous buzz of the ubiquitous green Volkswagen taxis. Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 

2. Templo Mayor
Seminario 8
What is it? Templo Mayor (Great Temple) was the principal temple of the Aztecs, believed to mark the centre of the universe. It was part of the sacred complex of the ancient city of Tenochtitlán, and today it has been excavated to show the multiple layers of construction, viewed from a raised walkway with explanatory material available. The temple was first begun in 1375, and enlarged several times, each rebuilding accompanied by a frenzied bloody sacrifice of captured warriors to rededicate the sacred area. At the centre is a platform on which stands a sacrificial stone in front of the shrine to the tribal god, Huizilopochtli. Within the site is the excellent Museo del Templo Mayor, a museum displaying artefacts from the original site and providing an overview of Aztec civilisation. The most important display is the first artefact to be discovered on the site, the great wheel-like stone carving of the Aztec goddess of the moon, Coyilxauhqui. Hours of Operation: Phone:(01)55 424 784

 

 

3. Palacio de Bellas Artes
Lázaro Cárdenas
What is it? Situated at one end of the Alameda Central that was once an ancient market place and is now a large park, is the splendid white marble structure of the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts). A concert hall and an arts centre, it houses some of Mexico's finest murals and the Art Deco interior is worth seeing alone. The Palacio has two museums: the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Museo de la Arquitectura. The art museum's collection includes over 6,000 paintings, sculptures and engravings from 1650 to 1954 with masterpieces by prominent Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo. One of the highlights of the Palacio is the theatre's stained glass stage curtain, which is lit before performances and for public viewing. The Ballet Folklorico performs here every Wednesday and Sunday. Hours of Operation: Phone:(01)55 122 593

 

 


Mexico City holidays - Top Events

 

1. Candlemas Day

From 2007-02-02

To 2007-02-02
 

What is it? Marking the end of the festive season, 40 days after Christmas, Candlemas Day (Candelaria) is a city-wide and nation-wide traditional celebration, partly religious and partly pre-Hispanic. A chosen member of each family hosts a party, offering tasty tamales and atole (a beverage made from corn). There are numerous street parades with groups carrying representations of Baby Jesus to church where special masses are held, markets and fiestas in the streets and important bullfights at the Plaza de Toros Monumental. Where is it? Streets and churches throughout the city

 

 

2. Festival of Mexico

From 2007-03-15

To 2007-03-31
 

What is it? The 'Festival del Centro Historico' (Festival in the Historic Centre) was inaugurated in 1985 as an exercise in aid of rescuing and restoring the historic art and architecture of Mexico City's degenerating town centre. The event has now earned a reputation as one of the most vibrant celebrations of art and culture in Latin America. During the two-week festival each year more than 100 performances take place from opera and chamber music, through jazz, folk and pop to theatre, and classical ballet. In addition there are exhibitions, gourmet food, master classes and workshops, conferences and lectures by renowned artists, authors and poets. Where is it? Various

 

 

3. Xochimilco Festival

From 2007-03-01

To 2007-03-31
 

What is it? The lakeland area of Xochimilco, just over 10 miles (16km) south of Mexico City, with its canals, colourful barges and floating gardens, provides a fitting setting for an annual festival honouring the ancient Aztec goddess of flowers and the goddess of dance. A lucky girl is chosen as 'La Flor Mas Bella del Ejido' (the most beautiful flower of Ejido) and leads a floating parade of flower-bedecked barges through the canals. The four-day festival includes canoe races and horticulture contests. Where is it? The canals of Xochimilco

 

 

4. Independence Day

From 2007-09-15

To 2007-09-16
 

What is it? Mexicans celebrate the anniversary of their independence from Spain with great gusto, particularly in Mexico City where the day before the event the Zocalo fills with throngs of people from early morning, awaiting the appearance of the president on the balcony of the National Palace. At 11am the president duly appears to shout 'the Cry', a re-enactment of the 1810 call to independence by Father Hidalgo. The emotional crowd replies with 'Viva!' and the city erupts with excitement, abuzz with street parties and fireworks. The following day a three-hour military parade begins at the Zocalo and ends at the Angel monument on the Paseo de la Reforma. Where is it? Zocalo and city streets

 

 

5. Day of the Dead

From 2006-11-01

To 2006-11-02
 

What is it? A Mexican tradition with Aztec roots is the honouring of the departed with traditions that nowadays closely resemble those of Halloween celebrated to the north. In Mexico City markets and stores are liberally stocked with flowers, candy skulls, paper skeletons and candles. Processions are made to cemeteries, where vigils or even parties are held. Visitors to Mexico City who want to make the most of the celebration head for Mixquic, a mountain pueblo south of the city, which hosts an elaborate street fair and solemn processions to the town cemetery. Where is it? Various

 

 



 

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