Mexico City is more than just the capital of Mexico, it is the vibrant center and pulse of an eclectic country and is home to almost 9 million people, making it the 10th most populous city in the world. Mexico City offers visitors a more realistic Mexican experience as compared with the more popular resort areas on the coast. Here, visitors will meet real people, in a world filled with art, culture, music and history.
Mexico City is one of the world's largest cultural centers. It has more museums within its city boundaries than any other city in the world. Mexico City's museums touch upon everything from ancient Aztec and Mayan history to the Leon Trotsky Museum, which focuses on his life and subsequent assassination in Mexico City. Many museums offer free entrance or discount days, and most are open everyday of the week.
Xochimilco Floating Gardens
The Xochimilco Floating Gardens of Mexico City have existed since the days when the Aztecs ruled the area, dating back seven centuries. The gardens are a series of over 50 miles of canals where visitors can travel by boat to view natural vegetation, live mariachi music, traditional foods and naturally, souvenirs. In 1987, the site was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Downtown Mexico City is built upon the ruins of the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. The area consists of close to 700 city blocks and is home to the largest public square in the Western Hemisphere, The Zocalo. This area is home to the ruins of the Templo Mayor, a large pyramid that dates back to the 14th century and was destroyed by Spanish conquistadors, which was excavated in 1978. The Historic Center is also filled with many Colonial-era churches and buildings as well as modern shops and restaurants.
Chapultepec Park is the centerpiece of Mexico City and one of the world's largest public city parks covering almost 1,800 acres in the heart of the city. Visitors can picnic next to the lake, visit the Chapultepec Castle, walk, run, and bike on the numerous trails, canoe or just lie in the sun. The park is also home to a zoo, a theme park and many museums.