Mexico City is the capital of Mexico. It is the largest city in Mexico and the most populous city in the western hemisphere. Mexico's capital is believed to be founded by the indigenous people making it the oldest capital in Latin America. If you plan to stopover here, check out these exciting facts! If you you want to know more check out our interesting facts about Mexico.
1.Mexico City is built on the ancient capital of the Aztec empire
When the Aztecs settled in Mexico City, they believed it to be the axis of the world. They established the city of Tenochtitlán, which was the capital city of the Aztec empire. However, the Spanish colonial empire destroyed the Aztec capital in the 1521 siege. After conquering the city, they rebuilt the city erasing all traces of the Aztec empire.
2. The historic district is the best place to experience the city's history and architecture
Mexico City's historic district is home to many historical landmarks. There are seven must-see sights in the historic district. Templo Mayor (Aztec temple dedicated to the god of war and god of rain), The Cathedral Metropolitana (largest and oldest cathedral in Latin America), El Zócolo (central square), The Palacio de Bellas Artes, The Museo Nacional de Arte (national museum of art), The Torre Latinoamericana (a skyscraper) and The Palacio Postal.
3. Mexico City is famous for street food
Mexican food is popular and loved by many all over the world. Mexico City has many street food vendors serving unique dishes. Quesadilla Huitlacoche (Quesadilla made with a Corn fungus), Dorilocos (a dish made with Doritos and Locos), Octopus Tostada (a Ceviche made with Octopus), Torta De Chilaquiles (yellow Tortilla chips with sauce), Tlacoyos (Traditional snack) and Squash Blossom Burrito are some of the innovative street foods worth trying.
4. Mexico City loves music
Mexican music is unique and has a variety of cultural influences. Mexico City has many places to enjoy a wide range of music, from traditional to modern. Many bands from South America and Spain visit the city to perform. Mama Rumba and La Capilla de Los Muertos are famous music clubs to enjoy music in Mexico City.
5. Mexico City has many murals worth exploring
The Mexican capital has interesting places for art lovers, from art museums to street murals. The most famous is the Laboratorio Arte Alameda, built in the 16th century. Paintings at the Central Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and street arts at Museo del Juguete Antiguo are other places worth exploring.
6. The City offers a fantastic nightlife experience
Mexico City has a quality selection of popular nightclubs and discos that all have unique line up of the world's best dj's. If you are looking to have an unforgettable nightlife experience during your stopover, Pacifica, Hookah Lounge, and AM Club are the recommendations of a local DJ named Denisse Calixto.
7. There is an active volcano nearby Mexico City
The active volcano named Popocatepetl is just 43 miles (70 km) away from Mexico City, and it is Mexico's most active volcano. Popocatepetl means smoking mountain in the Aztec language, and locals refer to it as Don Goyo. The volcano erupted at least 15 times since the records began in the 16thcentury. Fortunately, scientists are able predict an eruption as much as five days beforehand and take necessary precautions.
8. Mexico City is the home of the largest stadium in Latin America
Soccer is the most popular sport in Mexico. The sport has a passionate fan base supporting both the national team and their local clubs. Estadio Azteca in Mexico City is the largest stadium in Latin America which are home to Mexican national soccer team and the city's most prominent soccer club, Club América.
9. Mexico City has a severe water crisis
Mexico City is the largest city on Earth without direct access to a significant body of water. The Aztecs built the old town on Lake Texcoco. Once the city became under Spanish rulers, they completely drained the lake to make more land for their city. As a result, the city has to pump water from an aquifer underneath the city to provide its citizens. This pumping causes the city to sink at an alarming rate.
10. The city has a terrifying island covered with dolls
The Island of the Dolls (La Isla de las Muñecas) in Xochimilco's channels, the south centre of Mexico City, is one of the main attractions. The island is full of dolls, initially placed by the former owner to chase away the spirit of a girl drowned years ago. After the owner's death, the visitors brought dolls to honour both the owner and the girl throughout the years, making the island a creepy sight to visit.