Mexico City Travel Guide

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Mexico City is located in the southern part of Mexico, roughly half way between the east and west coasts. The city is sited on the dry bed of Lake Texcoco, over 2000 metres above sea level, lying amidst tall mountains on three sides.The capital of Mexico, the city is also one of the largest and most populated urban areas on earth. There are around 20 million people living in the immediate region.

There are two main seasons in Mexico City, the Dry season runs in the cooler months from November to April where clear skies and crisp cool temperatures can be expected while the rainy season is from May till October with most of the heavy rain occuring in the warmest months.

The massive urban area is about 60 kilometres by 40 kilometres in size and has been a population centre for over 800 years. It is made up of 16 large districts that includes around 250 neighbourhoods. Some of the districts were in fact stand alone towns at one point that got swallowed up and integrated into the city as it grew. Mexico City has a reputation for crime and pollution and although both of these can be a problem the city has much to offer travellers of all descriptions.

Mexico city is not for lazing around resorts on ideallic beaches like many of the other popular locations in the country but rather for exploring and enjoying the amazing culture of Mexico and enjoying an urban experience unlike any other on the planet. There is not much you won’t find no matter what your taste in Mexico, from car racing to shopping, drinking in a traditional cantina to taking in some modern art, Mexico city offers a virtual lifetime of opportunities to explore.

Wonderful contrasts abound in this city where centuries old dance halls exist in a comfortable co-existance with the most modern dance clubs, and where the finest fusion restaurants sit alongside street vendors and old school cantinas. It has more museums than any other city from around the world and has historical buildings and monuments from each period of it’s history from the 12th century onwards. Don’t miss the National Museum of Anthropology which is widely regarded as one of the finest museums anywhere. The central square known as the Z√≥calo is one of the largest open public spaces of any city.

The sites of the city are diverse and can be found all over the metropolis, but don’t be tempted to drive around. There is a reliable metro as well as both private and government run bus services and a virtual army of VW Beetle Taxis that service the city making getting around just part of the fun.

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