We take a look at some of the most popular cities in Mexico.
Mexico City (known to locals as Ciudad de México) is Mexico’s capital city. It’s also one of the most important cultural, economic and political cities in North America. The amalgamation of native Aztec and invading Spanish culture which typifies much of central Mexico can be seen throughout this thriving city.
Mexico City is built on the Texcoco lake, which means the city is constantly sinking.
The taxis used in Mexico City are painted a distinctive red and gold.
There are more than 160 museums in Mexico City, and over 100 art galleries.
Mexico City has one of the world’s highest police to resident ratios.
June to October is the cities rainy season.
The Alameda Central is one of the oldest of Mexico City’s attractions. Originally the space was used as an Aztec marketplace before becoming an execution site during the Spanish Inquisition. Now the Alameda Central is a park, with the Palacio de Bellas Artes/Palace of Fine Arts on the eastern side. Within the striking building there is a concert hall, a museum and a theatre.
Latin America’s oldest and largest Cathedral can be found in Mexico City. Its architecture reflects the styles popular at the time of its 16th century construction.
If you want to understand the major cultural fusion of Aztec, Spanish and modern Mexican that typifies Mexico City you’ll need to visit the Plaza de las Tres Culturas. Examples of architecture from the key moments in Mexico’s history can be found here, including the ruins of an Aztec burial site.
One of the most popular spectator sports in Mexico is Lucha libre (or Mexican free-wrestling) a loud, energetic and entertaining activity featuring striking costumes. If the thought of watching a free-wrestling match appeals to you then go to the Arena Mexico and look on as masked wrestlers compete to win the hearts of the crowd.
Six Flags Mexico is the largest amusement park in Latin America and one of Mexico’s most important attractions. Before becoming Six Flags Mexico the park was known as Reino Aventura and Keiko, the orca whale who starred in the movie Free Willy, was a main attraction.
As well as being a major commercial and industrial city Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico, the capital of Jalisco state and a popular tourist draw. The city is known as ‘The Pearl of the West’ and is laid out like a cross.
The largest market in Latin America can be found in Gudalajara, the San Juan de Dios market has three jam-packed stories.
A person who comes from Guadalajara is known as a Tapatio.
Guadalajara is surrounded by Mountains.
The leading industries in Guadalajara include plastics, chemicals, photographic equipments and electronic products.
Guadalajara was founded in the first half of the sixteenth century but was moved twice due to altercations with the native inhabitants.
Mariachi music originated in Guadalajara and every September the city holds a massive mariachi bash that’s not to be missed. At the Encuentro Internacional de Mariachi y la Charreria mariachi from Spain, Latin America and the rest of the world get together and make music!
One of the oldest and largest hospital complexes in the America’s can be found in Guadalajara. The Hospicio Cabanas was built in 1791 and functioned as an almshouse, hospital, workhouse and orphanage. The stunning building is now a world heritage site.
If you like to see diverse theatrics performed in a building with truly striking architecture then pay a visit to the Teatro Degollado. This neoclassical Mexican theatre sprung up as a result of Mexico’s theatrical movement in the 19th century and stands now as a monument of Guadalajara’s culture.
In 1988 the Zoologico Guadalajara opened and it now holds more species of animal than any other zoo in Latin America. It’s one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and houses a hugely diverse range of animals, from the bengal tiger to the polar bear!
If history is your bag than the pre-Hispanic archaeological site Los Guachimontones is well worth a visit. This insight into the Teuchitlan tradition features eye catching circular stepped pyramids and lies roughly an hour west of Guadalajara.
Monterrey is one of the most developed cities in all of Mexico, the country’s second richest city and the capital of the north-eastern state of Nuevo Leon. Monterrey was founded towards the close of the 16th century and became an important business centre after the Mexican War of Independence. Some consider Monterrey to be a very ‘Americanised’ city.
Monterrey has more higher-education institutions than any other Mexican city.
Over 20 percent of all computers in Mexico can be found in Monterrey.
Monterrey is also known as ‘City of the Mountains’.
The Faro de Comercio, or Tower of Commerce, in Monterrey is Mexico’s highest monument.
Monterrey is a major producer of cement.
The Santa Lucia artificial river walk in Mexico was constructed between 1996 and 2007 and is 1.55 miles long. It contains several fountains and motorboats and connects the Fundidora Park with the Macroplaza. The reason why the construction of the Santa Lucia river walk took so long was because building was halted for 9 years due to economic concerns.
The Parque Ecologico Chipinque (Ecological Park) is within the boundaries of the Monterrey National Park and covers a vast area. Due to its different altitudes (which vary from 800 to 2200 meters above sea level) fauna as diverse as desert scrub and pine-oak forest can all be found here. This is a great place to go hiking, cycling or exploring!
MARCO (or the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo) is one of Mexico’s leading museums of contemporary art. The building itself was designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and just outside its entrance is an 18 foot bronze dove sculpture created by artist Juan Soriano.
Just 30 km outside Monterrey is a famous set of caves, the Grutas de Garcia. The caves are believed to have been formed around 55 million years ago and lie within the belly of the El Fraile Mountain.
In 1978 the Alfa Planetarium was opened and it’s been one of Monterrey’s top attractions ever since. This fully interactive museum promotes technology, science and the social progress of Mexicans. The building itself is also highly unique; the unusually shaped structure is made of concrete and covered in aluminium.