Bienvenido a Mexico City, one of the financial powerhouses and cultural capitals of Latin America. A place with ancient roots, in recent years this megacity of 21 million has undergone a renaissance, exploding into, a city of color!
Mexico City’s color can be found on every street. It’s in the sunbaked plazas and monuments, the dappled shade and quiet of its courtyards, and in the brushstrokes of its murals and street art. It’s in the faded pastels and tile work of colonial buildings, it’s in the cantinas,… the music,…the cuisine,…everywhere there is color. If life has a color, that color would be called, Mexico City!
Despite its legendary sprawl, Mexico City isn’t hard to navigate. Just like the paint upon an artist’s palette, the city is divided into distinctive boroughs, all with their own shades and moods.
Mexico City’s colors run deepest in the main square, the Zócalo, once the epicenter of the Mexican Civilization. When the Spanish arrived in 1521, the Aztec temples were swiftly leveled, and a colonial city rose in its place. Today, this area is presided over by a temple of a different kind, The Metropolitan Cathedral. Throughout the Centro Histórico district, over 1500 heritage buildings vie for your attention.
Visit San Ildefonso College and be introduced to the earliest masterpieces of Mexican muralism. Dive into a kaleidoscope of color and craft at La Ciudadela, an artisanal market featuring over 300 stalls.
Then admire the blue and white splendor of asa de Azulejos, The House of Tiles. The streets of this district overflow with incredible museums and galleries, such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
For a window into the life and color of yesteryear, visit the fabulous Museo Franz Mayer, a glittering display of cultural treasures and everyday items that the tireless collector amassed throughout his lifetime.
When it’s time for a change of color, head to leafy avenues of Alameda Central. Discover even more shades of green at Chapultepec Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world. As well as serving as the city’s lungs, the park is home to cultural institutions such as the Auditorio Nacional, and the museum of anthropology, as well as the popular Chapultepec Zoo.
Pay your respects to the Ninos Heroes. This monument honors the six boy soldiers who gave their lives defending Castillo de Chapultepec, when it fell to the Americans in 1847. Today, the castle serves as the National Museum of History, shining a light through the darkest, and brightest chapters, of Mexico’s history.
Just to the north is upscale Polanco, and its neighbor Nuevo Polanco, a former warehouse area rapidly being transformed by new architectural visions. Rising like shape-shifting plasma, the Museo Soumaya is filled with over 60,000 artworks from the private collection of billionaire, Carlos Slim.