The main attraction of Mexico is downtown better known as Centro Historico. The beautiful buildings, the history, the archeologic site, the museums, the restaurants and hotels are highlights in itself.
To walk around in downtown can be overwhelming and confusing, but amazingly it was very well plan so once you get an idea of the main streets and where they go, you’ll find your way easily.
This place was nominated as World Heritage Site by UNEASCO in 1987. Built in the 16th century by the Spanish on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the old Aztec capital, it has five Aztec temples, the ruins of which have been identified, a cathedral (the largest on the continent) and some fine 19th- and 20th-century public buildings such as the Palacio de las Bellas Artes.
The Torre Latinoamericana also known as Torre Latino, is a skyscraper built in 1956, the height (188 m or 597 ft; 44 stories) and history make it one of the city’s most important landmarks. At the time when it was built it was the tallest building in Latin America, and stay as the tallest building in Mexico until 1984.
It is also widely recognize internationally as an engineering and architectural landmark since it was the world’s first major skyscraper successfully built on highly active seismic land. The old skyscraper withstood the 1985 Mexico City earthquake without damage.
The Torre Latino and Bellas Artes are situated on the corner of the Eje Central and Juarez that turns into Madero which is a pedestrian street. One building is across the other one.
From the observation deck of the Torre Latino you can really appreciate how the City Center was trace. It’s very well plan with the main plaza “Zocalo” (Plaza de la Constitución) in the center of all. From there you’ll have 2 main avenues running for and from: Avenida 20 de Noviembre and José María Pino Suárez. Both happened to conecto to Tlalpan which is one of the main 2 way Avenues taht crosses the city from south to north both ways. And the metro line blue also runs all along this street.
In Madero street you can find the blue tile palace make sure to visit it and see the murals inside this building, along the street you’ll find the Iturbide Palace which also a museum, and more things to see. This street runs all the way to the Zocalo, where you can find the National Palace with Diego Rivera’s murals, the Templo Mayor Museum and Archeological Site, the Cathedral with is amazing architecture and a couple of hotel that have high terraces with a great view of the plaza. And exactly next to the left side of Cathedral you can find the Turibus (hop on hop off tour bus) station.
From the Turibus station you can easily find Tacuba street, when walking towards Hidalgo Street where you’ll find Bellas Artes, in the right side of the street you’ll find Cafe Tacuba a Mexican restaurant that has more than 100 years, again with beautiful architecture and very goo coffee and churros. After this you’ll see the MUNAL or Nacional Arts Museum wroth seeing. If you keep walking to the left of the street you’ll find Correo Mayor the headquarters of the postal services, another building with an amazing architecture, still being use as a postal office and a museum.
Once in Eje Central you’ll find Bellas Artes, Alameda Central Park and Hidalgo Street, which connects with Reforma Avenue. Parallel to Hidalgo is Juarez Avenue, this avenue begins in
Monumento a la Revolucion, which was supposed to be a Capitol building but with the Revolution it was never finished and today is a museum.
So as you can see there is so much to see and do in Downtown, and it’s easy to move from one place to the other one. Check my tips where I’ll tell you about the metrobus and metro stations that you can find in Centro Historico.