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Mexico City Travel Guide
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Mexico City Travel Guide

Mexico City (in Spanish: Ciudad de México, México, D.F. or only México) is the capital city of Mexico. It is the principal economic, industrial and cultural center in the country, and the most populous city with 8,720,916 inhabitants in 2005, sometimes considered the world's largest and most peopled city. On the other hand, forms a rough oval of about 60 by 40 kilometers, on the dry bed of Lake Texcoco, surrounded on three sides by tall mountains and volcanoes such as the Ajusco, the Popocatepetl and the Ixtlacihuatl. In 2005 Greater Mexico City had a population of 19.2 million. The city is located 2200 meters above the sea level. Some people not used to high places have experienced difficulty when breathing; however these symptoms fade a few minutes after arrival.

The Distrito Federal part of the city, which is where most visitors will spend the greater part of their time, is separated up into 16 delegations, like the boroughs of New York, which in turn are divided into "colonies" (colonias), of which there are about 250. As with many very huge cities, the organization is moderately decentralized, with numerous parts of the city having their own tiny "downtown areas". Nevertheless, the real downtown areas are Centro, the old city center, and Zona Rosa, the new business and entertainment district. In addition, Mexico is the city with the largest quantity of museums in the world.

In Mexico City there are visibly diverse seasons but generally calm weather, never too hot, never too cold, with the highest temperature in summer around 31 °C and the lowest -2°C in winter.

  • Spring - A sudden change characterizes this season, a hot temperature with the arrival of spring and is probably the warmest season. Average high of 26°C and low of 12°C.
  • Summer - Is when most of rainwater occurs. Average high 24°C of and low of 12°C.
  • Fall - Windy and rainy, average high of 22°C and low of 10°C.
  • Winter - Is generally dry and windy with sunny skies. January is probably the coldest month, bring warm clothes. End of February is known by a lot of wind. Average high of 21°C and low of 6°C.

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