Mexico City Travel Guide

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Demonstration at the Zocalo

Demonstration at the Zocalo

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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.

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 unforgetable. 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. 

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. 

To be short: The climate here is very nice, and you are sure to enjoy yourself, if you know where to look. Although the traffic jams may cause a problem, you will find it much more suitable and enjoyable to explore the city by foot, as it will let you see how truly amazing it is.

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