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 earn the Secretary of Tourism’s Barrios Magicos (“Magic Neighborhoods”) distinction, this laid back neighborhood is steeped in the rich myths, legends and architecture of Mexico City. The tree-lined cobblestone streets, beautifully restored colonial estates and churches, and bustling artisans’ markets make it ideal for enjoying a pleasant stroll. Be sure to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, housed in the residence where the famed Mexican artist spent the final years of her 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 prehispanic city founded not long after the big Tenochtitlan, aproximatedly in 1325. In a short time it became the most significant commercial core of Mesoamerica. In Tlatelolco, a collosal market was installed, where products were bartered or bought paid with colorful feathers, cocoa seeds or copper beans as currency. What should you visit here? The Three Cultures square, the Univesitary Cultural Center Tlatelolco and the catholic Temple 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 Archdiocese of Mexico and is located opposite the Plaza of the Constitution. It’s one of the most outstanding works of Latin American art. With five ships and 16 chapels, it’s dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
The National Palace has witnessed major historical events in Mexico. Located in the historic center of the city, it is the seat of the Federal Executive of Mexico. Its construction began in 1522 as a second private residence of Hernán Cortés over a part of the palace of huey tlatoani Moctezuma Xocoyotzin.
Palacio de Bellas Artes
The Palace of Fine Arts, is the highest seat of the expression of culture, the most important opera house and the most important in the country dedicated to all forms of the arts center. Unesco declared 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 now a museum and was the site of the National Autonomous University of Mexico gained its independence from direct government control 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.