Zoológico de Chapultepec
Inaugurated in 1924, it is one of the most emblematic places of the city. After a remodeling in the nineties, it is possible to observe 243 of its species among birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians in their recreated bioclimatic zones. Among the most visited species is the giant panda and the Lowlands Gorilla. It also has an aviary, interactive museum, food curt and educational area.
One of the first neighborhoods to win the title as Barrio Magico, this relaxed neighborhood is filled with the rich myths, legends, and architecture of Mexico City. The tree-lined streets, beautifully restored, colonial haciendas and churches, and lively artisan markets, are ideal for a pleasant walk. Be sure to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, housed in the residence where the famous Mexican artist spent the last years of his life.
Going to Xochimilco is riding its traditional “trajineras”, admiring its flowers and falling in love with its colors. The name “Xochimilco” is the Nahuatl word for “Where the flowers grow” or “Floating Gardens”. The Xochimilcans were the first tribe who settled on this valley. They used the Chinampas technique to grow flowers and vegetables. Xochimilco is a place full of traditions and ancestral stories that led to its appointment of Cultural and Natural Heritage by the UNESCO, one more reason for visiting and discovering this magical place.
The so called City of Gods, Teotihuacan preserves the vestiges of one of the most important civilizations of Mesoamerica. No matter where you start your path, you’ll be amazed by its beautiful constructions and by the mystery inside the walls of the Sun Piramid, The Quetzalcoatl Temple, The Street of the Dead and the surrounding ancient constructions.
Tlatelolco was a pre-Hispanic city founded not long after the great Tenochtitlan, around 1325. It was soon established as the most significant commercial center in Mesoamerica. In Tlatelolco a colossal market was installed, in which products were exchanged or acquired in exchange for colored feathers, cocoa or copper beans, elements that worked in the manner of money. What can you visit? The Plaza of the Three Cultures, the Tlatelolco University Cultural Center and the Church of Santiago
Right in the heart of the city remain the findings of what was the Main Temple for the Mexicas, buried beneath the colonial buildings. In the eight rooms of its museum, you can understand more about their rites, commerce, customs, politics and much more. Don´t forget to observe the star of the museum: The big circular sculpture representing the Moon goddess Coyolxauhqui.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City is the seat of the First Archdiocese of Mexico and is located in front of the Plaza de la Constitución. It is one of the most outstanding works of Spanish-American art. It has five naves and 16 side chapels. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
The National Palace has witnessed the most important historical events in Mexico. Located in the Historic Center of the City, it is the seat of the Federal Executive Power of Mexico. Its construction began in 1522, as the second private residence of Hernán Cortés on a part of the Huey Tlatoani Moctezuma Xocoyotzin palace.
Palacio de Bellas Artes
The Palace of Fine Arts, is the maximum house of the expression of the culture, the most important lyric theater and the most important center of the country dedicated to all the manifestations of the fine arts. Unesco declared it an artistic monument in 1987.
Palacio de la Autonomía
This site has a history of 500 years since it was part of the lands granted by Hernán Cortés. It is currently a museum and was the site where the National Autonomous University of Mexico obtained its autonomy from the direct control of the government in 1929.
This neighborhood is rich in buildings from the beginnings of the XX century. Many of its modern cut buildings show the art déco. According to the Federal Bueau for Artistic and Historical Monuments and Archeological Zones, there are 250 of these buildings in la Condesa. Added to these facts, the night life in the Roma-Condesa area, is one of the best you can find in the Capital city.