Luxury Travel: Experiencing Mexico City
Feb 2, 2011 Ashanti Altovese Griffin
When the travel bug hits you, the only thing to do is to get away and the beautiful countries of Latin America are wonderful places to consider. Mexico in particular is a large country with a variety of natural environments, history of ancient cultures, and filled with the warmth of their people. With so much to offer, Mexico and its many cities along the Pacific are popular tourist destinations for people looking to enjoy pleasant weather in a land of open arms and hearts. To gain access to the center of Mexico’s past, present, and future, visitors should look to explore Mexico City and some of its exciting attractions like that of Xochimilco, Teotihuacan, and Chapultepec Castle.
Mexico City Attractions: Xochimilco
Xochimilco is considered by locals as the “Venice of Mexico”. Visitors can float on one of its many water canals on beautifully painted boats that allow you to sit back and relax. In ancient times, Xochimilco was filled with floating gardens called chinampas that provided the community with fruits, vegetables, and other food items for agricultural production. Now, visitors can rent a boat by the hour and observe native birds, plants, and aquatic animals as they float along while eating quesadillas or drinking apple soda in the Mexican sunshine. Boat rental costs about $20 US dollars per hour and is good for up to fifteen people at a time. This attraction is located in the southern part of Mexico City.
Mexico City Attractions: Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan is the must see archeological site for learning about the ancient civilization of the Meso-American people of central Mexico. Dozens of pyramids make up the collection of temples, dwellings, and religious grounds of the site. The famous Avenue of the Dead is the main street of the site and the Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, and other buildings give visitors insight into the daily life of people at the site. In addition to walking through the grounds, you can learn more about the people of Teotihuacan at a museum which showcases an aerial view model of the ruins along with ancient artifacts found there. Vendors sell their souvenirs to those looking to take home a piece of Mexico through key chains, crystals, blankets and more. This attraction is located in the northeastern part of the outskirts of Mexico City.
Mexico City Attractions: Chapultepec Castle
Chapultepec Castle is a gorgeous structure that has housed some of Mexico City’s most prestigious government officials. Visitors can walk throughout the facility to learn about the icons that shaped Mexico into the metropolis it is today. Located on the top of Chapultepec Hill, the castle is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. Around the castle are gardens that can also be enjoyed by visitors. If you like history, Chapultepec Castle is the perfect location to get lost in the adventure of Mexico’s kings, armies, and rulers of old.