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The Sights and Sounds of Mexico City

Steven Gyford by
Categories: Mexico Tags: Culture, Mexico City, nightlife
A city blessed with intriguing history, privileged geography and superb weather, Mexico City clearly has plenty to offer visitors. In more recent years, we have seen a thriving and unique culture emerge though, drawing on its fascinating roots to shape the cities, their structures and the people that we recognise today. Whether it's culture, nightlife or something else that draws you here, you'll surely see Mexico City is an extraordinary experience.

Mexico City is a world-renowned location in terms of culture. In fact, it is the city with the largest number of museums in the entire world. This includes the Natural History Museum, which in itself is home to the only castle in Latin America: Chapultepec Castle.As well as the historical artefacts that you'll find there, you can also see a wonderful collection of contemporary Meso-american art, which is deemed to be of high importance, at the newly opened Jumex Museum.

Head to the historic downtown of the capital and behold the stunning architecture of the Metropolitan Cathedral, Palace of Fine Arts and the gorgeous Alameda park just for starters. Here, the Plaza Garibaldi will lure you in with the sound of wonderful traditional music, as this is the spot to be to hear live mariachi music. 

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Travel west from here to the Plaza de La Republica, location of the aforementioned National Museum, but is also home to the Revolution Monument. As the name suggests, this powerful structure commemorates the Mexican Revolution and is a prominent landmark of the area. A throwback to the past with its prehispanic architecture, today the monument is a regular for a selection of local cultural activities including Tecnogeist - one of the most important festivals of music and multimedia art in the continent.

For a completely different experience, explore some of the colourful neighbourhoods of the city and meet the fantastic people that make this place so special. Zona Rosa, Condesa, San Angel and Roma are all fantastic options, home to plazas, markets, cafes and their own recognised tourist attractions, all of which being excellent spots to mix and mingle with the people who are the soul of Mexico City. For a lively evening, choose Polanco where you'll enjoy a wonderful meal at your choice of chic restaurants, before experiencing some of the areas finest nightlife.

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Mexico City was once the ancient city of Tenochtitlan, built by the Aztecs and formerly navigated by an intricate network of canals. The Aztec structures were soon gone with the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century though, with a few exceptions to the citys north and south. To the north, are the ancient Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacan, which make for a stunning sight and a wholly fulfilling day trip. To the south, Xochimilco also has some Aztec history to discover, but this time you'll want to hire a colourful trajinera (a wooden boat) to explore the canals and the gardens for yourself in a memorable, authentic experience.

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Mexico's capital works on so many levels to keep its visitors satisfied, with the old and the new combining to build a city around which unbeatable culture, food and people all make for a match made in heaven.
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