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Mexico City Introduction


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Mexico City, Mexico, embodies the word megalopolis. It is one of the world's most populous cities, at the same time modern and cosmopolitan yet sprawling and ramshackle. Its industry, traffic (with accompanying smog), hotels, restaurants, museums, architecture, historic sites (both Spanish and Aztec) and performing arts are everything you'd expect of a world-class city.   Click here to see the full Mexico City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mexico City Geography


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Mexico City lies in Mexico's central valley, roughly in the middle of the country. The heart of the city is the Zocalo, a large plaza flanked by the Cathedral and the National Palace. Surrounding it is the Centro Historico (Historic Center), which is where you'll find the heaviest concentration of sights, including the Aztec Templo Mayor and an abundance of Spanish colonial buildings. The park just west of the Zocalo, Alameda Central, is lined with museums, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes is at its northeastern corner. Paseo de la Reforma, the city's most famous and elegant boulevard, runs near the western edge of the Alameda Central. From there it travels southwest to Chapultepec Park, the site of several museums and the zoo.  Click here to see the full Mexico City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mexico City History


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Mexico City's history holds more than 600 years of destruction and rebirth. It began as Tenochtitlan, the clean, well-ordered capital of the Aztec empire. In 1521, it was razed by Hernan Cortes and his conquistadors to make room for a European-style colonial capital, with an enormous central plaza and a neo-Gothic cathedral. For the next 300 years, the Spanish rulers prospered while the Aztecs and mestizos lived in poverty, marginalized by the ruling elite.   Click here to see the full Mexico City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mexico City Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Mexico City is an exciting combination of Aztec, colonial and modern art and architecture. It's also a huge, sprawling city, so try to focus on one area at a time.   Click here to see the full Mexico City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mexico City Nightlife


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Nightlife in Mexico City is lively and varied—supper clubs have excellent floor shows; discos play everything from techno to bossa nova, and bars offer traditional Mexican music. The most popular districts for nightlife are Polanco, San Angel, Coyoacan, Roma, Condesa and Zona Rosa.  Click here to see the full Mexico City travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mexico City Restaurants & Dining


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You'll find great eateries everywhere in Mexico City, from taco vendors to upscale restaurants. You'll also find cuisines from every part of the world, especially in Condesa and Polanco. In addition, a lot of big hotels routinely host food festivals with invited chefs who prepare their best dishes.   Click here to see the full Mexico City travel guide on Travel42 »

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