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Mexico City Holidays

Mexico City holidays

Despite its urban woes, the nation’s capital should not be overlooked. It is a city of epic proportions and has an estimated population of 19 million. On the negative side, several million cars are rammed into the capital, releasing tons of contamination into the air each year. At 2,250 metres above sea level, the city is surrounded by volcanic mountains that trap the pollution. In an effort to curb this problem, many vehicles are banned from using the roads one day a week.

Nonetheless, Mexico City boasts a fascinating mixture of interesting museums, excellent restaurants, delightful squares, lively music, street vendors, serene parks and vibrant street life. The historic heart of the city is the enormous Zócalo square - which is one of the largest squares in the world. It is surrounded by the presidential palace, cathedral and the excavated site of the main temple of the Aztec city Tenochtitlan founded on Lake Texcoco.

Mexico City

Holidays In Mexico City

The city’s markets are worth visiting both for their extraordinarily varied wares but also for a glimpse of the frenetic business activity conducted within. The Condesa and Roma districts are firmly established as trendy nightlife zones whilst the Historic Centre has been transformed into a vibrant cultural quarter with notable old buildings and interesting museums.

Rising above the plains about 50 km north-east of Mexico City is the archaeological site of Teotihuacán. The huge pyramids of the Sun and Moon are extremely impressive; the Sun is the third largest pyramid in the world.

We highly recommend spending a couple of nights in Mexico City at the beginning or end of any trip.

Sinking City

After the conquest, the Spaniards built their new capital, Mexico City from the ruins of Tenochtitlan and gradually filled in Lake Texcoco. However, the unstable lake bed has proved a poor foundation and parts of the city are gradually sinking.

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