In the early 16th century, when the Spaniards arrived in Mexico-Tenochtitlan, they were astonished by the beauty of the Aztec’s capital. The city was built over an island in the middle of a lake, surrounded by a picturesque valley with mountains and snow-capped volcanoes, and the neighboring market of Tlatelolco offered products from as far as the Inca Empire, at the southern end of the continent. Tenochtitlán was larger than any European city at the time, prosperous and full of multicolored temples and palaces. It had about 300 thousand inhabitants, while the largest city in the Spanish peninsula, Sevilla, had 100 thousand, and Constantinople, the largest and most important crossroad of the old world, had 250 thousand.
Nowadays, Mexico City is a vibrant, world-class luxury metropolis named the number one place to go in 2016 by the New York Times. Tourism is once again booming and the country stands among the top ten most visited places in the world, where not just foreigners, but locals and expats can experience the many wonders it was to offer.
The National Museum of Anthropology, the Chapultepec Castle, Xochimilco and Frida Kahlo’s ‘Blue House’, along with the Teotihuacán pyramids located about 50 km north from downtown, are some of Mexico City’s most popular destinations. Nevertheless, there is an endless list of museums, architectonic gems, parks, neighborhoods and traditions that surprise even the most experienced traveller. There’s stunning Novohispanic palaces and baroque churches, sophisticated contemporary architecture, and pre-Hispanic archaeological sites like the “pyramid” of Cuicuilco, It has a circular base and is the first big structure in Mesoamerica, built in consecutive phases between 800 and 150 BC. The rich and diverse mixture includes dazzling folkloric dances, mariachi music and lucha libre, some of the best restaurants in the world, and colorful arts and crafts markets.
To help international executives feel at home and make the most out of their stay in the country, LARM Mexico offers a variety of special visits and guided tours in English and Spanish to enjoy the best of Mexico City and its surroundings. Besides the abovementioned, our offering includes the most touristic places and many hidden treasures, as well as UNESCO heritage sites like downtown, the National University and works by one of the leading figures of international 20th century architecture, Luis Barragan.
You will soon discover that Mexico City is a magnificent blend of influences, and much more than one of the world’s largest cities. We look forward to welcoming you to Mexico, and showing you around!
Diego Rivera depicted Tenochtitlán, from the Tlatelolco market and as the Spanish conquerors probably saw it, in a mural at the National Palace:
The skyline of Reforma Avenue and the National Museum of Anthropology, with its iconic umbrella rook, merge with Chapultepec Park:
La Enseñanza Temple, located on Donceles Street, belonged to a girl's school during the Novohispanic period:
The circular structure of Cuicuilco, in the south of Mexico City , is the first structure in Mesoamerica:
Mexican folkloric dance is a dazzling spectacle and a journey through the country's variety of regions and traditions:
Luis Barragán was the second architect to win the Pritzker Prize, considered the Nobel Prize of architecture. His work is often described as mystical and serene and his house is a UNESCO World Heritage Site:
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Ana Lozano LARM Mexico