Founded by the Aztecs in 14th century, Mexico City was built on the site of a large lake. Over the years it has expanded across the great bowl of a valley. Mexico City is now a mix of ancient ruins, colonial buildings and modern developments.
The Aztecs during their time built an intricate network of canals. Most were lost following the Spanish conquest, though a few examples still remain. Head to the centre to find the many historic buildings that do still remain. Start from Zócalo, the vast main square dominated by an enormous cathedral, and explore the historic streets around about.
Take in the National Palace, Templo Mayor, Palace of Fine Arts and the Anthropological Museum, one of the finest in Latin America. During your stay the Aztec Gardens of Xochimilco and ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan just outside the city are as impressive as any in Egypt and well worth a visit.
We recommend that you spend at least a few days in Mexico City to fully appreciate its attractions and history.