1. It’s the fifth most populated city on Earth. (If you are looking for a place to relax, this isn’t exactly your best choice, although we know some great areas where you can chill out safely — and far away from the crowds and noise of the city.)

 

  1. There are 151 official museums and cultural areas in Mexico City. In fact, Mexico City is the city with the MOST MUSEUMS IN THE WORLD. (The last Wednesday of the month, in the evening, all the museums here organize cultural events such as concerts, traditional dances, guided tours, etc. Give it a go if you happen to be in the area around these dates!)

 

  1. According to UNESCO, there are 4 World Heritage Sites in Mexico City: The Historic Center (where the western Spaniards and the Mexicans first met); Xochimilco (famous for its trajineras); Luis Barragan’s house (the only building in Latin America to have achieved this honor); and Ciudad Universitaria (UNAM), or the National Autonomous University of Mexico. (I’m proud to say that this is where I got my degree and where I currently work as a teacher.)

 

  1. It’s surrounded by 5 magnificent volcanoes. (You might see them all on a clear day from one the many viewpoints in the city. Consider going to the top of the World Trade Center or the Latin American Tower for the best views.)

 

  1. 4.2 million people travel by subway each day along the city’s 200 km worth of tracks. Try to avoid rush hours: in the morning from 7:30 to 9:00, and in the evening from approximately 6:00 to 8:00. Despite the huge crowds, traveling by subway is by far the fastest and cheapest way to get around the city. Just make sure to stay aware and watch out for pickpockets — especially at crowded stations.

 

  1. 12 restaurants in Mexico City are on the list of the world’s best restaurants. However, don’t forget to eat at what we call fondas, which are small restaurants with traditional Mexican food at cheaper prices.

 

  1. Chapultepec’s Castle is the only real castle in the Americas. It was the home of the Austrian Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg. (The view from the top of the castle is just breathtaking. The castle is now a museum where you can see how the emperor and his wife Carlota lived before President Juarez returned to the city and sentenced Maximilian to death.)

 

  1. Chapultepec’s Park is twice the size of Central Park in New York City. Many families spend their weekends here on paddleboats (on some nights, you can watch outdoor films right from your boat), visiting the zoo (the most popular zoo in Mexico), or simply enjoying an ice cream cone on the lawn.

 

  1. 7.9% of the Mexican population lives here. (At rush hour, it tends to feel like a lot more!)

 

  1. It’s the 63rd most expensive city in the world.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on Mexico City. Definitely reach out to us to make sure that you make the most of your time here!

 

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