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Mexico City Is One Of The Most Interesting Places In The World. Here Are The Facts That Prove It

Whether you’re the kind of person that enjoys learning new things or you just want to know where to visit on your next trip to the city. Here are 20 Mexico City Facts that might prove not only interesting but could also be quite useful when trying to impress someone you like… or don’t like.

1. Bosque de Chapultepec is the biggest city park in America.

Credit: Bosque de Chapultepec. Digital Image. Inspirato Destinations. April 5, 2017.

It has an area of 1,695 acres making it twice the size of Central Park, which is 840 acres.

2. Mexico City is America’s oldest city.

Credit: Templo Mayor Archeological Site. Digital Image. TripSavy. January 31, 2018.

It was founded in 1325, which makes it over 700 years old.

3. Castillo de Chapultepec is the only Royal Castle in America.

Credit: Chapultepec Castle. Digital Image. Branipick. March 22, 2018.

The castle was built in 1788 as the Spanish Viceroy’s summer house and then later used by Emperor Maximilian I and his wife Empress Carlota in 1864.

4. Many Hollywood movies were filmed in the city.

Credit: Romeo + Juliet. 20th Century Fox

The most famous of all was Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, some of the locations for the film were Castillo de Chapultepec as the Capulet Mansion and the Parish of the Most Pure Heart of Mary as Saint Peter’s Church. Other more recent blockbusters include James Bond’s Spectre and Elysium.

5. It’s the 2nd most populated city in Latin America and 7th in the world.

Credit: Mexico City. Digital Image. SkyScraperCity. March 24, 2013.

It has 21.4 million people placing it after cities like Tokyo (38.3M), Delhi (27.9M), Shanghai (25.8M), Beijing (22.8M), Mumbai (22M) and Sao Paolo (21.7M).

6. It will be the 8th richest city in the world by 2020.

Credit: Paseo de la Reforma. Digital Image. SkyScraperCity. September 1, 2016.

With an estimated GDP of $608 billion dollars it will reach #8 and be placed after Tokyo ($1,602B), New York ($1,561B), Los Angeles ($886B), London ($708B), Chicago ($645B), and Paris ($611B).

7. The subway system is the 2nd largest in America and the 9th most used in the world.

Credit: Rush Hour. Digital Image. Publimetro. December 11, 2017.

Only topped by the New York City Subway. The Mexico City Metro has 12 lines, 195 stations, covers over 140 miles and it’s used by 5.5M people per day.

8. The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is one of the biggest in the world & it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Credit: UNAM. Digital Image. SkyScraperLife. July 19, 2016.

Within its 30.2M sq. foot of constructed area, you’ll find several murals made by famous Mexican artists like Diego Rivera. The University has over 300,000 students and has an acceptance rate of only 8%.

9. La Alameda Central was the 1st urban park in America

Credit: Alameda Central. Digital Image. AltoNivel. November 9, 2017.

It was built in 1592 and it’s adjacent to the Palace of Fine Arts.

10. Between 10 to 13 million people visit Mexico City per year.

Credit: Día de los Muertos Parade. Digital Image. AltoNivel. October 30, 2016.

Over 20% of those are international tourists. Mexico as of 2016 is the 9th most visited country in the world with approximately 35M international per year.

11. It’s one of the cities with more museums in the world.

Credit: Museo Soumaya. Digital Image. Centro Urbano. May 27, 2015.

There are approximately 151 officially recognized museums and over 200 unrecognized ones. According to TripAdvisor, it’s on place no. 11 worldwide.

12. It’s in the Top 5 of most sustainable cities in Latin America.

Credit: Via Verde. Digital Image. Expok. July 12, 2016.

It’s placed at #4 (after Sao Paolo, Rio, and Santiago) and #58 worldwide.

12. The city is sinking.

Credit: Sinking Buildings. Digital Image. Plumas Atómicas. February 20, 2018.

Mexico City is sinking an average of 2.5 to 40cm per year, depending on the area of town. This is happening because the city is built on top of a lake and the because of the extraction of water from the city’s aquifers due to the fast increasing of human consumption.

14. La Basílica de Guadalupe is the 2nd most visited Catholic sanctuary after the Vatican.

Credit: Basílica de Guadalupe. Digital Image. El Universal. December 12, 2014.

It receives over 14M visitors per year. Just in 2017,  for Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe (Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe) they reach a new record of 7M visitors in just 1 day.

15. There are at least 9 archeological zones in the city.

Credit: Tenayuca Pyramid. Digital Image. Wikipedia Photo Library. May 1, 2008.

The most important are El Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco, Cuicuilco, Pirámide de Ehecatl, Santa Cruz Acalpixca, Tenayuca, Cerro de la Estrella, Mixcoac, and Mazatepetl.

Read: 20 Best Hotels & Resorts in México For Your Next Luxe Vacation

16. In ancient times, the city was already one of the most populated cities in the world.

Credit: Tenochtitlán. Digital Image. Mexican Routes. October  17, 2017.

Having as much as 350,000 people by the early 1500s. At the time, Its population was only comparable with European cities like Paris or Venice. It was also speculated that it was 5 times the size of London during the reign of Henry VIII.

Read: 21 Airbnbs In Mexico That’ll Sweep You Into Another Dimension

17. The city has won over 400 Guinness Records.

Credit: Spencer Tunick. Digital Image. The City Paper. May  8, 2016.

A few of the most notable ones are: The Biggest Flower Carpet in the World, The Largest Group of People Dancing Thriller, The Largest Group of Naked People in Public, The Biggest Vintage Cars Parade, The Largest Group of People Kissing.

18. It has the 3rd largest soccer stadium in the world.

Credit: Estadio Azteca. Digital Image. Goal.com. October  19, 2017.

Estadio Azteca Stadium has a seating capacity of 95,500 people, placing it at #3 after Rungardo May Stadium in North Korea with a capacity of 150,000 and Camp Nou in Barcelona with a capacity of 99,300.

Read: These Are Definitely The 24 Biggest Soccer Stars Of All Time

19. Mexico City is 2.25 KM above sea level.

Credit: Cerro del Ajusco. Digital Image. Goal.com. March  2, 2017.

The city’s highest peak is el Cerro del Ajusco with an altitude of almost 4 KM above sea level.

20. The Axolotl can only be found in Mexico City.

Credit: Cerro del Ajusco. Digital Image. Goal.com. March  2, 2017.

The Axolotl is 100% Mexican as can only be found in Lake Xochimilco. This endangered creature is known worldwide due to its weird looks and because of its ability to grow back its limbs after they have been cut off.

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Mexico City Celebrates Its 500th Birthday Amid A Pandemic And Mounting Violence

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Mexico City Celebrates Its 500th Birthday Amid A Pandemic And Mounting Violence

Most of us are looking to 2021 with optimism, but for Mexico, this upcoming year won’t just be about saying goodbye to 2020. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) says 2021 will be the “year of independence and greatness” for Mexico, celebrating not only 500 years since the founding of Mexico City, but also 200 years since Mexico achieved its independence from Spain.

As Mexico City turns 500, the city faces many challenges and reasons to celebrate.

Pretty much the entire world was waiting for 2021 to arrive, so that we could all say adiós to 2020. But few places were as eager to welcome 2021 as Mexico was.

You see, it was in 1321 that the ancient city of Tenochtitlan (modern day Mexico City) was founded by the Aztecas, in 1521 the city was conquered and rebuilt by Spanish conquistadors, and in 1821 the nation gained independence from Spain. So you can see why 2021 is such a major year for Mexico.

President AMLO presented a plan to commemorate two centuries of Mexico’s Independence, the 700th anniversary of the founding of Mexico-Tenochtitlan and the 500th anniversary of the fall of the city that became the country’s capital city.

“Next year is the year of the Independence and the greatness of Mexico,” the president said, joined by Mexico City Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum. In a detailed report on the year’s celebrations, IMSS head Zoé Robledo pointed out that the whole program includes 12 national events including tributes to national heroes, commemoration of relevant dates, exhibitions, parades and the traditional Independence celebration known as El Grito. Other events and celebrations are also expected in 65 cities across 32 states, starting on Feb. 14 in Oaxaca and ending on Sept. 30 in Michoacán.

The nation’s capital has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and faces other serious challenges.

Like many major cities, Mexico City has been severely impacted by the pandemic. It’s the epicenter of the health crisis in Mexico with more than 500,000 confirmed cases and nearly 25,000 deaths. In recent weeks, hospital occupancy has surpassed 90% meaning there’s little to no room for people to be treated. Meanwhile, the government has come under fire for a lack of any economic security to those who have been forced to go without work as the city of more than 20 million people was placed under lockdown. 

In addition to the health crisis, a growing issue of cartel violence has plagued parts of the capitol – a city once thought immune to the cartel wars that rage in other corners of the country. In 2020, violence in the capital broke records with brazen attacks on elected officials and bloody turf wars between long standing gangs and the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación.

But the city also has many reasons to be optimistic in 2021.

Mexico City remains the epicenter of progressivism in the country and that can be seen in the many policies put forward in recent months. With a focus on protecting women’s safety and health and empowering the LGBTQ community, Mexico City is emerging as a safe space for some of the country’s most maligned citizens. 

The city is also undergoing a rapid transformation to a greener society with bans on single-use plastics and a move towards greener policies. From the city’s southern districts to its historical center, the city is also seeing major beautification works to help increase its draw to international tourists – of whom the city has come to rely on for the much needed tourist dollar.

“2021 will be a remarkable year for the city — a city that welcomes all and provides a home for people of all ages and nationalities, which has resulted in a unique cultural hybrid,” says Paulina Feltrin, director of marketing and communications at The St. Regis Mexico City. “I hope this becomes another reason for international and domestic travelers to come celebrate with us.”

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There Are Literally No Tampons Available In Mexico City Since They Were Banned For Environmental Reasons

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There Are Literally No Tampons Available In Mexico City Since They Were Banned For Environmental Reasons

Few people would argue against the fact that tampons are 100% absolutely an essential item. In fact, many governments are trying to make tampons (among other feminine care products) more accessible to women by offering them for free or low-cost.

However, Mexico’s capital city has taken a different approach by outright banning the sale of tampons. The move comes as a second part to Mexico City’s recent ban on single use products for environmental reasons. And although many are applauding the city for taking drastic action to curb the use of wasteful products, many critics point out that the government should of provided alternatives for women.

Mexico City has banned tampons as part of its ban on single use products.

As of this week, it has become impossible to find tampons in any part of Mexico City’s bustling metropolis. The city that’s home to more than 20 million people no longer sales the single-use plastic tampons that so many women have come to rely on.

The ban comes as a result of the ban on single-use plastics that took effect January 1. The newspaper Milenio reported that it was unable to locate the feminine care products anywhere in the capital but noted that they are widely available in neighboring México state, where disposable plastics remain legal.

Mexico City Environment Minister Mariana Robles asserted in January that single-use plastics, among which are disposable cutlery, cups and straws – and tampons with plastic applicators – are “not really essential.”

Alessandra Rojo de la Vega, a Mexico City lawmaker with the Green Party, said that menstrual cups are an “excellent alternative” to tampons, adding that they are environmentally friendly.

“Let’s incentivize their use to reduce contamination,” she said, asserting that the government should distribute them to women free of charge. But those on Twitter had no patience for lawmakers telling women what menstrual products they should and shouldn’t use.

The city’s environmental minister has argued that single-use plastic tampons aren’t really essential.

Despite officials saying that single-use tampons aren’t really essential, many women across the capital clearly disagreed with the “nonessential” classification and have taken to social media to voice their opposition to their prohibition.

“Stop legislating with privilege, tampons are essential products,” one Twitter user said in a post directed to Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum.

“Suggesting the use of a menstrual cup is not the solution,” Twitter user Miss Maple said in a post directed to Mayor Sheinbaum and the Mexico City government.

“I can’t believe how idiotic we are in Mexico,” tweeted Daniela García, a journalist in Nuevo León, above a link to a news report on the absence of tampons on the shelves of Mexico City stores.

“As if women didn’t [already] confront all kinds of problems, now the government imposes a new one on them – no tampons,” tweeted Carlos Elizondo, an academic at the Tec de Monterrey university.

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