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Mexico City is one of the largest metropolitican cities in the World and most populated. It expresses the greatness of Mexico and its ethnic and cultural combinations.

El Zócalo.
It is the largest Plaza in Mexico City and has occupied a central place during centuries in the life of its inhabitants. Before the arrival of the Spanish a ceremonial center of the Mexican city of Tenochtitlan was located there. 500 years after, it continues to occupy a reference point for those that live there or visit the city. Around this plaza you will find the Gran Cathedral, National Palace and the ruins of the Mayor Temple.

The construction of the Cathedral of Sagrario began in 1572 and is considered a sinthesis of the art from New Spain, combining the neoclassic and barroque styles. Its chapels and alters exhibit some of the most refined pieces of Mexican art.

The National Palace, whose first construction dates back to 1563, was the site of the Virreinal power during the colonial period. Its salons are witness to important events, the walls of the second floor were the linen in which muralist Diego Rivera shaped with his monumental talent the most important episodes of Mexican history.

Close to the Cathedral you will find the ruins of the Mayor Temple, place in which the Aztecs prayed to the warrior gods.

Walking some blocks through the narrow streets, a traveler will be surprised to see the Fine Arts Museum.

In an open level known as La Alameda you will find a building with an attractive gold dome. In its interior there is an exhibition of paintings by renowned Mexican painters and its halls are the scene of the city´s classic music.

Another point in which art and history are found is the house of the Azulejos, whose origins dates back to the 18th century. You can admire the magnificent facades and interiors.

Reforms, Chapultepec Forest, Anthropology Museum.
One of the most emblematic tours of Mexico City is the Paseo de la Reforma. This avenue full of trees and decorated with historic moments was drafted and designed at the request of Emperor Maximiliano, monarch of French origen that governed Mexico between 1864-1867. This incident explains its typical 19th century French style. The avenue extends from the traditional Rosa Area to the Chapultepec Castle. On Reforma, a traveler can find some of the most beautiful buildings of the city, including the Mayor Tower, the highest in Latin America. Offices, restaurants, banks and business centers, galleries, bars and coffee shops of various styles with a common features with good taste and elegance that this area projects. In the trajectory, monuments and sculptures are lifted both classic and contemporary that makes this street an open air gallery.

At the end of the avenue you will find the beautiful Chapultepec Forest (place of grasshoppers in Aztec language) where Chapultepec Lake and the luxurious Chapultepec Castle are located, presidential residence between 1864 and 1939. The National Museum of History is found in this area.

In the northern area of the Forest you will find the National Museum of Anthropology that holds representative pieces from all of the country´s prehispanic cultures. Around the central patio the topic halls is distributed in which you can tour through the religious, political and daily life of the different indigenous communities that currently live in the territory of the Republic of Mexico. This museum is considered one of the most important worldwide in the field and proposes an intense tour through the history of Mexico.

San Angel, Monasterio del Carmen and Av. Insurgentes.
A tour through San Angel with its French style constructions and its brick constructed streets offers a traveler a magic trip that gets together the Mexican tradition and the modern tendencies of the 19th century. Through its homes, temples and museums you can revive the history of a corner of the city´s south.

The center of the life of San Angel is the pictoresque plaza of San Jacinto, where the traditional city is found in the modern area in perfect harmony. The plaza is surrounded by fairs, coffee shops, bars and famous outdoor bars.

Some blocks from the Plaza de San Jacinto you will find the former Carmen Monastary. This area was founded before the town of San Angel and one of the main exponents of Mexican barroque. In its interior you can find the museum where you can appreciate classic pieces of sacro art: paintings, sculptures and alters. In the catacomb, the mummies are witnesses of centuries of Mexican history.

South of the Carmen Monastery the UNAM University City begins (National Autonomous University of Mexico). Touring its gardens, called islands, will find some of the most important pieces of modern Mexican architecture, the Library and Rectorado exhibits murals that tells the past, present and future for Mexico.

Another close area is the Insurgentes Avenue that crosses the city from North to South, one of the largest of America. Touring this artery you will find the facades of the Theater and the Siqueiros Poliforum, representative pieces of two great Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

Part of the spectacular geographic expansion of Mexican City was made by the absortion of the peoples that had once surrounded it and which are now part of the urban landscape. Coyoacan resists the enchantment as a bulwark of defense. This is part of the beauty of the city´s colon, its peaceful cobble stoned streets in the life. The starting point to know Coyoacan is its pictoresque Zócalo, where its colonial part surrounds the visitor. This main plaza is home to the Cathedral of San Juan Batista whose interior is one of the most refined exponents of Mexican barroque. In the plaza itself there is a variety of offers, books, arts and crafts from all the corners of the country, fairs and typical cuisine. The colorful popular fiestas can surprise a visitor with its colors, music and tradition.

Coyoacan has a special place in Mexican art and culture. When it was still a town, Diego Rivera and Frida Khalo installed their studios there to take advantage of the light and landscapes. The homes in which they lived then, is currently the Frida Khalo Museum, where a visitor can see many of the original paintings and the area. You can also penetrate in its daily life, sufferings, art and eccentricity.

What is human and divine has a point of contact in Teotihuacan, the city of the gods. The monumental pyramids and the refined temples allows a traveler to testify the spendor and the majestic of other times.

The Calzada de los Muertos, a broad 2 kilometer long avenue, was the city´s ceremonial center of the old city, today an archeological zone protected by the National Institute of Anthropology and History. Teotihuacan is a place in which the gods of the Mexican culture created day and night, sun and moon. In honor of the gods, pyraminds were constructed.

Located in the extremes of the Calzada de los Muertos you can find the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, two of the most impressive buildings of Pre hispanic America. The Sun Pyramid is the highest complex and who dares to climb its 260 stairs will enjoy one of the most spectacular views that Mexico can offer: palaces, temples and plains, villas and smaller pyramids make up an archeological complex. Don´t fear, there is alot of steps, but the rest of the areas will give you a breather.

On the other extreme of the Calzada you will find the Moon Pyramid. Smaller in altitude than the Sun, its architecture is more complex and refined. Observing its plains and profiles the development of the architecture and geometrics had reached before the arrival of the Spanish.

The Quetzalpapalotl Palace (feathered Mariposa) is found in the surrounding areas of the Moon Pyramid and its the most luxurious building of Teotihuacan, surely the home of a rich and influential figure. The columns and murals that forms part of its decoration are extremely refined and is found in an excellent state of conservation. The lower part of the building still has its original colors.

Xochimilco, Cultural Heritage, holds its traditions, nature and in particular its way of touring the lake. These colorful wooden vessels goes through the canals with a slow rhythm allowing you to contemplate the region. A quick trip is an excuse to enjoy the typical food and regional music. The canals are a market which navegates: flowers, plants, mariachis and arts and crafts, everything is at the disposition of the visitor without having to put a foot on land.

In the colonial town you can find churches, center of the spiritual life of the inhabitants in the area and reference point for popular fiestas. The San Bernardino de Siena Church is one of the main religious centers in the region. The construction of this neo classic style building began in 1535 and today shows a combination of styles that combines the indigenous with the Gothic.

If the churches are the spiritual life of the xochimilcas, the Flores Market, the largest in Latin America, is the center of the material life. From the islets found in the lake, there are fresh flowers that fills the area with perfume and colors.

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