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In all of America, there are countless beautiful holiday destinations to choose from. However, none can boast from being the most populous of the whole continent like Mexico City can. The capital of the homonymous country of Mexico, Mexico City is a wonderful destination for all tourists who are interested in learning more about Latin American history and culture or simply having fun. The city located in the Valley of Mexico was founded by the Aztec Empire in 1325 and existed for two centuries under the indigenous name of Tenochtitlán before Conquistador Hernan Cortes seized the city in 1521. After this, the Spanish rebuilt it, and it stayed under the control of the Spanish crown for another three hundred years. Today, Mexico City, the capital of a 200 years-old independent country of Mexico, is home to more than 21 million people. 

Located over 2000 metres above sea level, the formerly-known-as Federal District city has got a precious historical centre, where tourists can find El Zócalo or Plaza Constitución, the city’s main square. It is a fantastic place, and famous for its social gatherings amongst the natives and visitors alike. Its mixture of indigenous and colonial styles makes it stand out, as well as all types of cultural activities such as parties and concerts. Around the square, which has been denominated as a World Heritage Site, visitors can find famous buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral – a baroque styled masterpiece, it took 250 years in total to be built on top of an ancient Aztec temple, and was ordered by Cortes himself – as well as the National Palace, where the wonderful paintings of Diego Rivera will leave the observers in awe. Other fantastic buildings not to miss near El Zócalo include the Templo Mayor, a major temple that used to be in the centre of Tenochtitlán, and which got buried under the Spanish reconstruction of the city. Recently rediscovered by archaeologists, the temple ruins and its museum are available for tourists to visit.

For those who are looking forward to a relaxing time, they must go spend some in the Forest of Chaputlepec, the great green lung of Mexico City. At this crowded park, visitors can release stress by taking a stroll on its pathways or going on board of a boat to cross its artificial lake. In Chaputlepec there is also the Nacional Anthropology Museum, one of the most important of its kind, as it holds the largest pre-Hispanic art collection in the world.

Of course, no trip to Mexico would be complete without having a taste of the most authentic Mexican food. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, all sorts of spicy, alongside a few Tequila shots at any of the hundreds of bars and restaurants all over the city, can give tourists a real taste of what Mexico has to offer. Without a doubt, Mexico City is among the top holiday destinations in America.

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