Mexico City is known for great shopping and for being a great family destination, with something for everyone. Whether you're looking for unparalleled sights and sounds or feel the urge to steep yourself in history, the city places a world of opportunity within your reach.
Touted as a hot favorite by many travelers for its incredible panoramic views, the Torre Latino is a definite must-see. It's a skyscraper that gets you away from it all, quite literally. From its observation deck, the sounds of car horns 42 floors below are too faint to disrupt the peace and serenity of the scenery in the distance. And if that wasn't enough, stop in on the 38th floor for a look at the highest aquarium in the world.
Art lovers will be fascinated by the San Jacinto Plaza where talented artists gather to display and sell their work. The plaza comes with its own history, having changed names several times over the years. For more than a century, the plaza has been the center of town for El Paso. One of its star attractions would have to be the alligators in the pond located there. The locals would have many stories to share about how the alligators came to be in the pond and various incidents surrounding them. Apart from the art and the alligators, visitors will find the plaza a convenient place to find public transportation (which could be anything from buses to horse-drawn carriages) since it serves as a major transportation terminal.
Also for the arts aficionados is the Palacio de Bellas Artes aka The Palace of Fine Arts. The white marble building houses a major performance hall and art museum.
Another plaza of great interest would be the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, which is said to display a mix of Aztec, Spanish, and modern Mexican cultures. History lovers will spend many hours of awe and wonder roaming amongst the ancient ruins and religious icons. Another historical icon to see is the world famous mural of Mexican history created by Diego Rivera, which hangs in the Palacio Nacional, where Hernan Cortes-the Spanish conquistador-once lived. Those interested in Christian history may be interested in visiting the Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, where the Virgin of Guadalupe was reportedly sighted in 1531. A rendering of her has been set up in the church in her honor and is considered to be Mexico's most famous religious icon.
Of course, if plazas are the focus of your trip, it's absolutely mandatory to visit Zocalo-one of the largest plazas in the world-which is hugely popular with tourists. For the romantic, a trip down the canals of Xochimilco, which is all that remains of the great Lake Xochimilco, should give you plenty of time to slow down the pace of your visit and spend some time alone or with someone special.
The kids will have fun galore at the children's museum. The Papalote Museo del Nino is a hot favorite for its interactive exhibits and theater. The only danger is that the kids (and you) may not want to leave!
Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Mexico holiday apartments & Holiday apartments