Bienvenidoa Mexico City, one of the financial powerhouses and cultural
capitals of Latin America. A place with ancient roots, in recent years this mega-city of 21 million
has undergone a renaissance, exploding into, a city of color! Mexico Citys color can be found on every
street. Its in the sunbaked plazas and monuments, the dappled shade and quiet of its courtyards, and in the brushstrokes of its murals and
street art. Its in the faded pastels and tile work
of colonial buildings, its in the cantinas, the music,the
cuisine,everywhere there is color.
If life has a color, that color would be called,
Mexico City! Despite its legendary sprawl, Mexico City isnt hard to navigate. Just like the paint upon an artists palette, the city is divided into distinctive boroughs, all with their own shades and moods. Mexico Citys colors run deepest in the
main square, the Zcalo, once the epicenter of the Mexican
Civilization. When the Spanish arrived in 1521, the Aztec
temples were swiftly leveled, and a colonial city rose in its place.
Today, this area is presided over by a temple of
a different kind, The Metropolitan Cathedral. Throughout the Centro Histrico district, over 1500 heritage buildings vie for your
attention. Visit San Ildefonso College and be introduced to the earliest masterpieces of Mexican muralism. Dive into a kaleidoscope of color and craft
at La Ciudadela, an artisanal market featuring over 300 stalls.
Then admire the blue and white splendor of
Casa de Azulejos, The House of Tiles. The streets of this district overflow with
incredible museums and galleries, such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes. For a
window into the life and color of yesteryear, visit the fabulous Museo Franz Mayer, a glittering display of cultural treasures
and everyday items that the tireless collector amassed throughout
his lifetime. When its time for a change of color, head to leafy avenues of Alameda Central.
Discover even more shades of green at Chapultepec
Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world. As well as serving as the citys lungs, the park is home to cultural institutions
such as the Auditorio Nacional, and the museum of anthropology, as well as the popular Chapultepec Zoo. Pay your respects to the Ninos Heroes. This monument honors the six boy soldiers who gave their lives defending Castillo de
Chapultepec, when it fell to the Americans in 1847.
Today, the castle serves as the National Museum
of History, shining a light through the darkest, and brightest chapters, of Mexicos history. Just to the north is upscale Polanco, and its neighbor Nuevo Polanco, a former warehouse area rapidly being transformed
by new architectural visions. Rising like shape-shifting plasma, the Museo Soumaya is filled with over 60,000
artworks from the private collection of billionaire, Carlos Slim. Displaying masterpieces from
across the ages, this free museum features European masters
such as Van Gogh, Dali and Rodin.
The spirit of philanthropy continues just
across the road, at Museo Jumex, a building which echoes the
districts industrial past, and which houses the largest private contemporary
art collection in Latin America. To the south of the city is the once ancient
village of Coyoacn, the place of coyotes. In the early 20th century this area flowered
into a place of bohemia; its artists, writers and intellectuals inspiring and enriching not only Mexico, but the entire world. Visit The Blue House, the birthplace of Frieda Kahlo.
In neighboring San Angel, explore the museum, house and studio of Diego
Rivera and Frida Kahlo, where these two giants of Mexican art worked,. Lived, and loved. Just to the south are the incredible murals
and buildings of Ciudad Universitaria, which when constructed in the 1950s, was the citys largest single building project
since the time of the Aztecs. It is here, at the universitys Olympic
stadium, that you can see one of Riveras last epic
murals, a work he never lived to complete.
The spirit of bohemia and creativity continues amid the sophisticated hues and beauty of
districts such, Roma and Condesa. At Xochimilco, simply float away on a riot
of color on the last of the citys Aztec canals, exploring markets and gardens along the way. In Mexico City there is color everywhere, and once experienced, they will never fade. All you have to do is close your eyes, and you will see the many colors of Mexico
City again, today, tomorrow, always.