Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico) is the capital and largest city of Mexico and a favorite tourist destination for people around the world. With a population of 9 million over 1,500 square km, it is the largest city proper in the state and an economical, cultural, historical, political and financial hub. The everlasting historic sites, the diverse cultural features, white sand beaches with lots of fun activities and the most amazing nightlife transform Mexico City into the perfect holiday destination. Mexican Cuisine is also a huge attraction for tourists, who enjoy the tingling tastes of the spicy Mexican plates along with the cultural landmarks on site.
1. The pyramids of Teotihuacan
When thinking of pyramids, Egypt is the first destination that pops up in the mind, but not many people know that the world’s second and third largest pyramids are actually in Mexico City. They are located one and a half hour outside the city and include the Pyramid of Sun and Pyramid of Moon. Both pyramids offer excellent views from above and an insight into the cultures of the Aztecs who constructed them almost 2000 years ago.
2. Chichen Itza:
Chichen Itza is the most visited tourist destination in Mexico City and the most popular around the world. It is the actual temple pyramid of El Castillo. The significance of this temple is hidden in its unique astronomical design, with each face of the pyramid featuring 91 steps which added with the shared top step make 365 days of the year. Chichen Itza also includes a Ballcourt and El Caracol, the circular temple which has served as an astronomical observatory in the past. Located about 1400 km from Mexico City, this famous attraction is on top among the oldest and most visited place in Mexico.
3. Tulum Ruins
Tulum Ruins are the third most visited sites in Mexico due to their sheer beauty and the magnificent view of the Caribbean cliff-top setting. The best part about a visit to this archeological destination is that you can enjoy snorkeling in the serene blue waters, in the middle of the archeological sites. It is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Mexico, located close to Chichen Itza and if you’re in Yucatan, it’s among the historic sites you should not miss.
4. Floating Gardens
The best part of Mexico City is that you can enjoy a touch of Venice, without the gondolas, but with trajineras to offer rides with lovely traditional music upon Lake Xochimilco, towards the artificial islands. These islands served as farms before the city was established and you can enjoy several activities with your family and vacation mates on the surrounding site.
5. National Museum of Anthropology
The long history of Mexico, Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec and Aztec civilizations has left its mark all over the state. To catch a glimpse into the past, visit the impressive National Museum of Anthropology. The cultural venue features pre-Hispanic cultural artifacts and collections categorized into different civilizations accordingly and displayed in separate rooms. The huge Mexican landmark takes an entire day to visit, but don’t miss the Aztec or Mexica Room that preserves a huge sunstone displaying the Aztec calendar, that ends the timeline in December 2012.
If you are looking for some underwater excitement to satisfy the adventurous soul in you, this is the most popular scuba diving and snorkeling destination in Mexico City. The stunning underground world was discovered in 1959 and is presumed to be the best diving place on Earth. Cozumel has become a National Marine Park since its discovery, with the purpose of protecting the coral reef and tropical fish balance this site has to offer.
7. Mundo E
Mundo E is one of the most attractive shopping and entertainment venues in Mexico City. It features lots of amazing internationally renowned restaurants and more than 150 stores, most of which are famous brands boutiques. You can also enjoy movies in a theatre complex with the only digital screen of Mexico City. Head to this complex whenever you are in a mood to spend some cash and enjoy excellent shopping facilities along with dining and entertainment conveniences.
Coyoacan is a place where you can find the true feeling of Mexican street shopping and enjoy the bargaining pleasure in the midst of picturesque views. It is a traditional colonial neighborhood with cobbled streets and lots of history behind them. They are filled with colorful boutiques and handicraft shops where you can find excellent memorabilia for the beloved back home. You can also enjoy the casual atmosphere of vendors selling balloons, ice cream and be entertained by the funniest street one-man shows. It’s a great place to go with family and friends and a sure way to spend a fun afternoon.
9. Bulldog Café
After opening in 1992, Bulldog Café changed the whole concept of Mexico City nightlife. It is commonly known as Rock and Roll House and has served as a stage for world famous bands such as Guns n Roses, Poison, Radiohead, Great White and The Romantics. It is best known to present new national bands who want to show off their talents and a great place to enjoy awesome live music.
The Classico nightclub is perfect for those 80s dance music lovers out there. The playlists include dance music in Spanish and English from the 70s and 80s, with nostalgic lighting on the dance floor that makes you feel enticed and lost in memories. Classico is a great place to spend an evening surrounded by the sounds of your favorite music and be delighted by traditional Mexican food and beverages.
Mexico City is in essence a blend of archeological monuments, stunning beaches, modern buildings and an active nightlife, featured by top class clubs and all night bars. It is a fascinating place that will take you back to the Aztec and Maya eras, will surround you with scary legends and offer an insight into the pre-Columbian Central America. The surprising customs and life styles of the Maya will surely make an impression as you walk among the ruins of the lost cities, only after to be taken back to the modern Mexico City. This magnificent city of Central America is definitely one of the places to visit at least once in a lifetime, as it has numerous surprises in store for every type of visitor.