Destination Spotlight: Mexico City

The bustling charm of the city and the captivating mix of old an new have put the spotlight on Mexico City this week. Commonly known as Distrito Federal, it is the largest city in the world by population. Blending Hispanic and indigenous culture, the whole city is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are some of the cultural riches to discover while visiting:

Teotihuacan Pyramids

 

Set about 30 miles northeast of Mexico City,  the City of Gods can be found in a mountain-ringed offshoot of the Valle de México. Teotihuacán is known for its two massive pyramids, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, which dominate the remains of the ancient capital. There are plenty of tours available, including a private tour with an archaeologist or even a hot air balloon tour.

 

 

Guadalupe Shrine

 

 

Visit La Plaza de la Tres Culturas – a symbol of Mexico’s unique cultural heritage. Don’t miss the Guadalupe Shrine, found in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Legend has it that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to an indigenous Mexican in that spot.

Mexico’s biggest religious sanctuary, the Shrine, has been a pilgrimage site since the 16th century.  The old basilica is now sinking, so make sure you visit it while you still can.

 

Frida Kahlo Museum

 

 

La Casa Azul as it’s locally known is home to Mexico’s iconically-eyebrowed artist, Frida Kahlo. The house where she was born and where she lived has now been transformed into a museum where some of her artwork is displayed. Its cobalt blue walls and peaceful courtyards are truly delightful.

 

Cholula and Puebla

A 2 hours drive will get you to Cholula and Puebla. Explore Cholula, the largest archaeological zone which is home to the largest pyramid in the world. The Great Pyramid of Cholula is also known as Tlachihualtepetl, which translates to”made-by-hand mountain”. It stands 55 metres above the surrounding plain and in its final form, it measured 400 by 400 metres.

Continue your tour with colonial Puebla, a metropolitan city that has preserved its customs in its cuisine, art, and culture. As you walk along the city’s charming streets, you’ll be fascinated by the imposing architecture of the city’s cathedral, the houses, museums, and other tile-decorated buildings.

Visit Puebla’s grand cathedral, the main square, the Chapel of the Rosary, the Convent of Santa Monica and stop at onyx and talavera ceramics factories.

 

Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa is one of the main bohemian areas of Mexico City and has done well in attracting all types of people to its lively scene, renowned for being a tourist and gay-friendly area, unbeatable in its nightclubs, and whose architecture has European and Korean influences.

Mexico is also renowned for its extremely beautiful beaches. Why not pair a tour of Mexico City with a few days in a superb luxury Resort & Spa?

 

 

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