As the largest city in North America with a population of nearly 9 million, Mexico City is a cultural and financial powerhouse of the Americas, and as the capital of the country, it is obviously a wonderful metropolis to explore.
And with its great location in the central-south of Mexico, it is also the perfect jumping off spot to explore more of the country too. Covering a vast area and with some of Mexico’s most iconic sites, and with influences from both the Aztec empire and the Spanish Conquest, make sure you take the time to explore Mexico City. Here are some of the most important sites of the city that you simply can’t miss out on.
Pyramid of the Sun
It’s not just Egypt that boasts ancient pyramids, and one of the largest pyramids in the world can be found just 25 miles from Mexico City. The Pyramid of the Sun can be found in Teotihuacan, and this Aztec pyramid is believed to have been founded in 200CE. Although not as high as famous Egyptian pyramids like the one at Giza, it is actually the 3rd largest in the world thanks to its colossal base size. A protected UNESCO World Heritage site, venture on a tour from the city to visit this awe-inspiring site.
Thanks to its huge size and rich and exciting history, Mexico City boasts the largest amount of museums in the world after London, so when visiting you have to make the time to check out at least a few of them! The National Museum of Anthropology is one of the most popular, and is considered as one of the most comprehensive natural history museums in the entire world. With 23 exhibition halls, you’ll need at least half a day to discover its exhibits. Other notable museums to visit include the Frida Kahlo museum and the Museo Soumayo, which is an art museum.
Spanish colonial architecture made a big impact on the city too, and there are plenty of fine examples of this to be seen. The central square of the city, Zocalo is a wonderful place to start since it is ringed by stunning architecture, and is the 2nd largest plaza in the world. Other notable buildings to look out for include the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the National Palace. To get around and spot all of these, a bus tour is probably your best option.
So during a trip to Mexico, don’t forget to explore the imposing capital city – you’re going to be kept captivated by all of the stunning sites.