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The Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico City's first skyscraper / pixabay
The Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico City's first skyscraper / pixabay
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25 Pictures That Prove Mexico City is a Beautiful Urban Jungle

Picture of Lydia Carey
Updated: 31 August 2017
Mexico City might be one of Latin America’s biggest metropolises, filled with 28 million people driving their cars, walking their dogs and going to work, but it’s also an incredibly visual and enticing city. There are hundreds of sights to love, thousands of buildings to admire, and a million tiny snap shots that make this city a breathtaking landscape.
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La Casa de los Azulejos

One of the Centro Historico’s most famous buildings is covered in beautiful multicolored tiles that glint and glisten in the sun.

La Casa de los Azulejos, Av Francisco I. Madero 4, Centro, Mexico City, Mex.

Zocalo

The meeting place of the ancient Aztecs, the Spanish colonizers and now the millions of residents that call Mexico City home.

Mexico City’s main plaza, the zocalo / flckr
Mexico City’s main plaza, the zocalo / flckr | © Antony Stanley
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Monumento de la Revolución

Once destined to be the home of the Mexican congress, all that remains is a stunning architecture homage to the Mexican revolution.

Monumento de la Revolución, Plaza de la República S/N, Tabacalera, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Mex.

National Museum of Art

Detailed Colonial architecture is a signature element of Mexico City’s Centro Histórico, and continues to charm tourists 500 years after the conquista.

National Museum of Art / flickr
National Museum of Art / flickr | © Lui_piquee

Xochimilco canals

Mexico City’s last living vestige of its lake bed origins are the labyrinth of canals that exists south of the city, a weekend fiesta and a precious natural gem.

Mexico City’s Xochmilco canals / flickr
Mexico City’s Xochmilco canals / flickr | © Alejandro
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Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia

A superb example of what in Mexico is called eclectic architecture, the Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia is one of the finest Catholic churches in the entire city.

La Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia, Orizaba s/n, Roma Norte, Roma Nte., Mexico City, Mex.

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La Romita

A quiet sun-lit plaza is tucked into one of Mexico City’s hippest neighborhoods. La Romita was the original town that Colonia Roma grew up around.

Plaza la Romita, Cjon. de Romita 24, Roma Nte., Mexico City, Mex.

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Angel de Independencia

Mexico City’s iconic symbol of freedom and triumph, el Angel, as she is called, towers over the city, protecting its inhabitants.

Angel de Independencia, Paseo de la Reforma y Eje 2 PTE, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Mex.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes

Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes is one of its most breathtaking buildings and the treasures that it holds within are even more fantastic than its facade.

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico, Mexico City, Mex.

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Coyoacan Plaza

Coyoacan was the home of Frida and Diego but is also a little piece of the countryside in the middle of the urbanscape.

Coyoacan Plaza, Jardín Plaza Hidalgo, Delegación Coyoacán, Colonia Villa Coyoacán, Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mex.

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Torre Latinoamericana

The Torre Latinoamericana was a vanguard construction during its time and the views from the top of this geometric beauty are some of the best you will find in Mexico City.

Torre Latinoamericana, Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2, Centro, Mexico City, Mex.

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Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México

The Metropolitan Cathedral was built atop an ancient Aztec temple which was built atop another temple which was built atop another temple… thousands of years of worship swirl in its foundations.

Catedral Metropolitana, Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Mex.

Mexico City afternoon

Even the constant traffic of this urban monster can be beautiful if you catch it in the right light.

Mexico City afternoon traffic / pixabay
Mexico City afternoon traffic / pixabay | Mexico City afternoon traffic / pixabay
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Museo Soumaya

Mexican mogul Carlos Slim’s ode to the art world, the Soumaya Museum’s design and architecture is even more fabulous than its collection.

Museo Soumaya, Boulevard Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Granada, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mex.

Painted hilltop homes

In Mexico City color creeps up the hillsides of its valley on the facades of homes and shops.

Painted houses in Mexico City / flickr
Painted houses in Mexico City / flickr | © VV Nincic

Colonia Santa Fe

Mexico City’s playground for the rich, Colonia Santa Fe is full of futuristic architecture and unbelievable design.

Colonia Santa Fe, Mexico City / pixabay
Colonia Santa Fe, Mexico City / pixabay | Colonia Santa Fe, Mexico City / pixabay

Colonia Condesa

Architectural gems abound in Colonia Condesa and Colonia Roma, both built around the turn of the century as the city expanded from its original Centro Histórico boundaries.

House in Colonia Condesa / flickr
House in Colonia Condesa / flickr | © Alejandro
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Manuel Tolsa Plaza

Romantic, old world, quaint, Mexico City’s plazas beg for a glass of wine and the strains of violin.

Manuel Tolsa Plaza, Calle de Tacuba S/N, Centro, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mex.

Jacarandas in bloom

Every Spring jacaranda trees bomb the city with a purple haze that lingers for weeks and litters purple petal wishes all over the city sidewalks.

Jacaranda trees in Mexico City / flickr
Jacaranda trees in Mexico City / flickr | © Lui_piquee

Mexico City skyline

The city’s skyline is not overrun with skyscrapers but instead low, cozy and perfectly framed by the distant mountains.

Mexico City at dusk / flickr
Mexico City at dusk / flickr | © PebblePicJay

Las Chinampas

The floating gardens of the Chinampas provide much of the produce consumed in Mexico City markets and are a delight to the eye looking for a nature break.

Mexico City’s Xochimilco canals / flckr
Mexico City’s Xochimilco canals / flckr | © Kevin

Mexico City Tianguis

Open-air markets light up the city with colors, smells, sights and sounds, wrapping their way around street corners and engulfing entire city blocks.

Mexico City tianguis – flickr
Mexico City tianguis – flickr | © Kevin

Centro Histórico

Some of the city’s most stunning architecture can be found in the Centro Histórico. The heart of downtown will capture your own heart.

Centro Histórico, Mexico City / flickr
Centro Histórico, Mexico City / flickr | © Kevin
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Basilica de Guadalupe

The grand cathedral built in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe and her miraculous appearance on a hilltop in Mexico City, turns golden in the afternoon light.

Basilica de Guadalupe, Plaza de las Américas 1, Villa de Guadalupe, Villa Gustavo A. Madero, Mexico City, Mex.

Modern architecture

Mexico City is not all Colonial archways and Aztec ruins, it’s also chock full of modern masterpieces and sweeping glass and metal towers.

Mexico City skyscrapers / flickr
Mexico City skyscrapers / flickr | © Alejandro