Mexico City is the country's largest city as well as its most important political, cultural, educational and financial center. Located in a large valley in the high plateaus at the center of Mexico this city is a Latin American mecca...of pretty much everything!
The city is filled with historic landmarks, a true testimony to their Aztec and colonial origins. Also, it is home to the main campus of the UNAM. National Autonomous University of Mexico is the most prestigious educational institution in Latin America.
So far, landmarks, university....but don't let this scholarly facade fool you! Mexico city is also an artistic center of the country and of Spanish-Speaking America. From local and international cuisine all the way to amusement parks this city has it all.
This city of contrasts offers top notch television, music and films and around 160 museums, over 100 art galleries, and some 30 concert halls, all of which maintain a constant cultural activity during the whole year where you can enjoy Pablo Rivera's and Frida Kahlo's artwork. Who could ask for more?!
Museo Nacional de Antropología: Over 20 different exhibits offer guests a glimpse into the country's past with things like a diorama of the city when the Spanish arrived and an Aztec calendar stone. Tools, clothing, crafts and mannequins depicting life during Mexico's early days form some of the other exhibits.
Templo Mayor: Amazing archaeological discovery built in 1375. An on-site museum exhibits a number of artifacts discovered at the site and educates visitors on Aztec civilization. Don't leave without checking out the temple's sacrificial stone and the gigantic stone carving of Coyilxauhqui, an ancient Aztec goddess.
Alameda Central: The city's oldest park dotted with trees and visited by pedestrians from all over the world. History reveals that the grounds were once an Aztec marketplace and also an execution site during the Spanish Inquisition. The eastern side of this natural oasis houses the Palacio de Bellas Artes. While at the park, be sure to visit the mural painted by Diego Rivera.
Zócalo: The main square in the Centro Histórico district. It's full of historic sights and ancient architecture. The area is always alive with people and it's the center for parades, ceremonies and celebrations on holidays and other special events.
Plaza de las Tres Culturas: Three different cultures located in one spot: Aztec, Spanish and contemporary Mexican architecture meet here. You'll enjoy taking in the remains of the ancient Aztec city of Tlatelolco and the colonial Church of Santiago. Be sure to note the juxtaposition of ancient culture with the modern Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores building.
Museo Frida Kahlo: Famous artist and wife of muralist Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo's blue house is today a museum celebrating her life and work. The rooms are kept just as they were when she lived here, and a variety of artifacts and works of art fill them. Personal books, photos, the couple's collection of pre-Columbian art and more are available for view.