The history of Mexico City is a lengthy one, dating back to the early 14th century when the Aztec people migrated into the Valley of Mexico and built their capital city on the inland Lake Texcoco. Becoming the famed “center of the universe,” the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan was not to survive Spanish invaders and was almost completely destroyed in 1521, being rebuilt to Spanish standards within a few years. Today, Mexico City stands as the oldest capital city in the Americas and a historically significant one at that. Densely populated and full of cultural heritage, Mexico City is a profitable, beautiful, vibrant destination for any group vacation.
Though the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan was destroyed, some ruins and artifacts still remain to be found among the newer architectural growth of Mexico City. Templo Mayor is one of the most visited attractions in connection with the Aztec communal link to today’s society. Years ago, an Aztec temple was excavated from beneath the site of one of Mexico City’s most beautiful historic churches. Under the cathedral, the ruins of a temple to the goddess Coyolxauhqui was found along with incredible artifacts which lend truly amazing insight into the Aztec life. Visit the Templo Mayor and see the attached museum showcasing these finds. You can also visit the Palacio Nacional, built on the site of the first palace constructed by Moctezuma II and destroyed by Cortes. Today it is a beautiful colonial palace housing Mexico’s president’s offices along with offices of the Federal Treasury and decorated with murals by Diego Rivera depicting scenes from Mexican civilization.
Mexico City is in love with its cultural heritage and is proud to showcase its cumulative artistic integrity through historic landmarks, public art, museums, and architecture. The Palacio de Bellas Artes stuns you upon entering as you observe the shining marble floors decorated with immense murals painted by local artists. Further inside you will find exhibits on Mexican life and history, the evolution of Mexican society, art, and cultural heritage. The building itself is a work of art and can be seen from afar as a historical landmark. If you are interested in art, a visit to the Museo Frida Kahlo is recommended. Located in the Blue House, the museum has frozen Frida Kahlo’s life in time and space with personal belongings, household treasures, and artwork, making it seem as if the artist had just left the room.
Whatever your group dynamic, whether you are looking for an educational vacation, a relaxing getaway, or a unique destination to make memories, Mexico City is the perfect diverse metropolis to make all of your dreams come true.