25 Pictures That Prove Mexico City is a Beautiful Urban Jungle

The Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico City's first skyscraper / pixabay
The Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico City's first skyscraper / pixabay
Photo of Lydia Carey
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.

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 | © Antony Stanley

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 | © 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 | © Alejandro

Torre Latinoamericana

Building
Map View
Torre Latinoamericana offers great views | © Eneas De Troya/Flickr
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.

Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México

Cathedral, Museum
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Catedral Metropolitana on Zocalo, Mexico City
© David Crossland / Alamy Stock Photo
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.

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

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 | © 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 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 | © Alejandro

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 | © 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 | © 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 | © 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 | © 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 | © Kevin

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 | © Alejandro