Travel guide - Mexico City
Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world. From its historic centre to the trendy suburb of Condesa, it’s also an incredible mosaic of different neighbourhoods and atmospheres.
The starting point for a visit to Mexico City can be found at Zocalo. In this district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll find the remains of the Aztec Templo Mayor. Nearby stands the Metropolitan Cathedral, an impressive building 30 metres high, established in 1571 and completed in 1813. This historic district is also home to the National Palace and its murals by Diego Rivera on the history of the Mexican country.
Further out, Chapultepec Park invites you in for a walk by the lake or a visit to its many museums. The National Museum of Anthropology, covering 79 000 m², contains archaeological treasures from the Aztec and Mayan period. You can also discover the lifestyle of the kings and emperors of Mexico by visiting Chapultepec Castle and its gardens. The Atlantis Water Park and zoo are nice places to spend some time with dolphins and pandas. Some more modern parts of Mexico City are also well worth a visit. The Polanco business district surprises with its chic and very European atmosphere. Condesa is another really trendy area of the city. And for a party atmosphere, head for the west of the city to experience the frenzied nightlife of the Zona Rosa district.
Perhaps you prefer a more peaceful, rural environment. In the little village of Coyoacàn, you can discover the world of painter Frida Kahlo. And to the south of the city you’ll find the old colourful market district of Xochimilco. Treat yourself to a quesadilla, before going for a trip along the canals.
Full of contrasts, Mexico City is a mix of respect for the past and modernity. It’s at the centre of Mexican history. And with its major business centres and trendy districts, Mexico City is becoming the main Latin American megalopolis.