Things to do in Mexico City

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Top things to do in Mexico City


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Mexico City must see attractions

1. Zócalo

The Zocalo is the epicenter of Mexico’s capital city. The massive square can hold more than 100,000 people, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. Officially named Plaza de la Constitucion, the Zocalo was once the heart of Tenochtitlan, an ancient Aztec city. You can see the square’s history in the wide variety of architecture, which ranges from pre-Hispanic ruins to palatial structures and modern buildings. Make sure to step into the Zocalo Metro Station, where you can see models of how the square has changed over time.
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This is the heart of Mexico City with wide-ranging architecture, cultural events and a lively arts scene.

2. Paseo de la Reforma

Paseo de la Reforma is likely to be one of your daily reference points as you travel around Mexico City. See many historic buildings and monuments along the lengthy stretch of this wide and beautiful tree-lined avenue. Notice the important modern buildings that have been constructed over time as Mexico and Mexico City have grown internationally as important financial markets.
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Like the Champs Elysées in Paris, this famous wide avenue provides a distinctive elegance to the historic plan of this huge global city.

3. Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

More than 12 million people visit the Basilica de Santa Maria each year. They come to see the site at which the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a poor Indian, and to see the cloak with her image that is displayed there.
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Mexico’s patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe, is believed to have appeared on the site of this church, making it an important pilgrimage site for many Catholics.

4. Chapultepec Park

Spanning 1,695 acres (686 hectares), and offering a castle, an amusement park and several museums, this park feels like a wilderness oasis within the city limits.
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Visit Chapultepec Castle, explore the National Museum or take the kids to the amusement center and children’s museum in this sprawling city park.

5. The Angel of Independence Monument

Mexico City’s Angel of Independence Monument stands as a tribute to the heroes of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain. From 1521when Hernán Cortés defeated the Aztec nation, until the early 1800s, the vast country of Mexico was a colony of Spain, separated by the wide Atlantic Ocean. Learn about the decade-long battle that started in 1810 and finally led to Mexico’s status as an independent monarchy and then a republic.
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Gaze upon this tall and majestic structure that symbolizes for the whole nation’s citizens the country’s long struggle for independence.

6. Alameda Central

Alameda Central is a very old park that takes its name from the alamos or poplar trees that were planted here to provide a green recreation space for Mexico City residents. Walk along the paths, now lined with ash and willows, to appreciate this calm haven in the heart of the city.
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In Mexico City’s historical center, this beautiful park is a great spot to bring the family for a moment of relaxation between sightseeing excursions.

7. Monument to the Revolution

See the Monument to the Revolution at dawn or dusk to appreciate its size. The massive art deco design towers over other buildings in the area. Walk around the large Republic Square in front of the monument or visit when the square is filled with protesters marching, camping or displaying solidarity for victims of varying oppression.
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Stand next to one of the world’s tallest triumphal arches at a major crossroad in the heart of Mexico City’s historical center.

 

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