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Mexico City, or the City of Mexico (Spanish: Ciudad de México) is the
capital of Mexico and the most populous city in North America. Located in
the Valley of Mexico, it is the one of the most important cultural and
financial axes of the region. Mexico City is the oldest capital city in the
Americas and one of two founded by Native Americans. It has also served as
the capital of the Aztec Empire and replicated the honours after New Spain
was founded after a Spanish conquest of the legendary Aztecs. Visitors here
are treated to an astounding wealth of ruins of ancient civilizations,
historical monuments, pre-Columbian churches, breath taking natural scenery
and top-class Mexican food.
Things to do in Mexico City
Zocalo - the Constitution Square
Mexico City’s heartthrob, Zocalo is the place where Mexico’s first
constitution was adopted in 1813 AD. It is one of the largest squares in
the world and features three of the city’s most significant tourist
attractions- the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the
National Museum of Anthropology
The 50-year-old National Museum of Anthropology is a classic work of
contemporary architecture, both inside and outside. You will find old
native Indian artworks, many archaeological discoveries, lifestyle elements
and other belongings related to Native Indians in Mexico. Also, of note
here is the National Library of Anthropology (established in 1831) that
features more than 300000 rare volumes.
National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
Located to the east of Zocalo, the National Palace is a reddish tezontle
stone superstructure that flaunts a 200-meter-long façade that hosts the
residence of the Mexican President. It is built atop a former Aztec royal
palace is thus one of the oldest buildings in the city. A star attraction
here is the Freedom Bell that was first rung on September 15th, 1810 to
proclaim the War of Independence.
Best Time to Visit Mexico City
Spring and mid-summer seasons (the months from March to May) are the best
to book your flights from Austin to Mexico City. Book your flights from AUS
to MEX during this time to enjoy famous cultural events like Benito
Juarez's Birthday, Festival de Mexico en el Centro Historico and Semana
Santa. It is advised to book Mexico City flights in advance to avoid paying
more during peak season.