If you are wondering why anyone would want to visit Mexico City
. . . Here are the top 3 reasons.
1 : The greater Mexico City area has a population
topping 20 million people . . . This makes Mexico City one of the
greatest metropolises in the world. It's not just the size or population
. . . Mexico City is truly one of the greatest cities in the world
complete with anything you might expect to find in New York, Paris
or Tokyo (but with a distinct Mexican flavor) and is a must see for
that reason alone.
2 : Mexico City is the oldest, continuously inhabited
city in the western hemisphere. The history here doesn't just begin
when Mexico City was formed as a municipality by the Spaniards in
1524, but when the dry lake bed was originally settled by the Aztecs
in 1325. Yet the visible history of the area goes back another 2000
years with the ruins of Teotihuacan.
3 : The entire history of Mexico is here for you
to see before your eyes. Old Aztec ruins which were built over keep
being unearthed in the heart of the city . . . Teotihuacan, just
30 miles north of Mexico City is a 2000 year old capital city that
once rivaled the Roman empire, and the scale of the pyramids here
are rivaled only by the great pyramid of Cheops in Egypt . . . And
lest we forget, the National Anthropological Museum here has rooms
divided by dates and civilization (Mayan, Aztec, Toltec, Olmec, etc.)
and that is another MUST SEE which will take you a full day all by
What I have listed above are the three main reasons to visit Mexico
City . . . but not all Mexico City has to offer. For a larger list
of what Mexico City has to see and do, see the Mexico City attractions
page . . . yet even that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Mexico City is so big, it is hard for a first time visitor making
reservations online to know where these hotels are . . . So if you
are new to Mexico City, let me suggest that you stay in either "Centro
Historico or Zona Rosa". Both of these are popular with tourists
and are near the heart of the city and the Zocalo. That being said,
if you are debating between two hotels and don't know which one to
choose, pick the one that has the closest subway (Metro) entrance.
We have a printable map of the Metro on the map page and highly
suggest that you use it. The Metro is clean and safe . . . and for
around 20 cents (USD) you can travel from one side of Mexico City
to the other in less time than it would take a taxi to get you there.
Also note that there is a subway entrance at the airport and bus
terminals. -- First timers may be afraid to get lost, but if you
do . . . police are easy to spot in the subway and just point to
where you want to be on the map (it really is that easy).