Mexico City is the largest Spanish speaking city in the world in terms of population. The high altitude capital of Mexico is also the oldest capital city in the whole of the Americas and was originally founded by Native Americans.
The most famous area of the city is the Plaza de la Constitución which has in and around it some of Mexico City’s oldest and most visited attractions. These include a 13th Century Aztec temple called Temple Mayor, the Palacio Nacional and a baroque cathedral, the Catedral Metropolitana Mexico.
Chapultepec is a 1,696 acre city park making it one of the largest in the world. As well as containing the residence of the Mexican Head of State, it is also home to the city zoo and the Museum of Anthropology.
Two places in Mexico City have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and are both must sees in the city. These include the historic centre of Mexico City which includes the Plaza de la Constitución mentioned above, and the floating gardens of Xochimilco.
The most recognised landmark in Mexico City is the Angel of Independence which can be seem on the Paseo de la Reforma, an important road in the city which is home to the Mexican Stock Exchange and major business headquarters.
Mexico City has the world’s greatest concentration of museums, around a hundred and sixty separate institutions. It also has more than one hundred art galleries and is only behind New York and London in terms of the number of theatres. This is definitely a city of culture.
Free Tours Mexico City
A free tour in downtown Mexico City, taking in all the sites that make this city an open-air museum. Learn about the architecture and the people that built and shaped the city. This tour is at 10:30 every day and meets by the side of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Look for the white umbrellas!
This neighbourhood was an old time favourite meeting place for Mexico’s intellectual society. Some of the gardens and streets featured in this tour have inspired great art works over the years. Starting at the ticket office at Viveros/Derechos Humanos station, look out for the pink t-shirts every day at 15:00.
If you want to visit and see the heart of Mexico City then this tour is a must. It will give you an insight into the culture of Mexico itself and tell you about the historic occurrences and the people that made this city the capital and the cultural centre of the country. Meeting outside the entrance to the Metropolitan Cathedral this tour starts at 11:00 every day.
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