25 interesting facts about Mexico City
Mexico city is very bright and colorful city, and many tourists fall in love with it at first sight. Some of neighborhoods here are unsafe, but nothing bad would happen to a curious guest if you follow basic precautions. This magnificent city is worth visiting at least once.
Amazing facts about Mexico City
- More than 22,000,000 people live in Mexico City (including the suburbs), making it the fourth most populous city in the world.
- The Mexican capital is the largest Spanish-speaking city on Earth.
- Mexico City was founded about 500 years ago on the site of Tenochtitlan, a city destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors, which had been the capital of the Aztec Empire.
- Since Mexico City is built on a lake, it sinks gradually, some areas are submerged at a rate of more than 4 inch (10 cm) per year. Hence, the Mexican capital is “sinking” as quickly as the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. However, Mexico City is not threatened by flooding, unlike Jakarta.
- The Mexican capital is located at an altitude of more than 6,500 feet (2,200 meters) above sea level.
- There are also Metrobus system in addition to the subway. Buses run on special dedicated lanes, they are accessed through stations with turnstiles.
- The names of the country of Mexico and the City of Mexico are written and pronounced the same in all major languages of the world except Russian.
- The weather is cool here sometimes, and the frost record is 24,8 °F (-4.4 °C). The air temperature here usually changes a lot during the day. For example, a morning might be hot but you’d probably like to put on a jacket in the evening.
- In Mexico City, as in the whole of Mexico, the religious cult of Santa Muerte (“Holy Death” in Spanish), combining elements of Catholicism and traditional Indian beliefs, is widespread.
- Traffic jams here are even worse than in New York City or in London. The road from the center to the suburbs can take 3-4 hours during the rush hours.
- Public transportation system in Mexico City is really great, it’s way better than in most cities of the world. This is convenient for tourists who don’t need to rent a car or spend extra money on a taxi.
- In the daytime, most of areas are quite safe here. But it’s not recommended to go out at night, when the streets are empty.
- The Mexican capital has hosted the Olympic games twice.
- The Mexico City subway system consisting of many lines is the largest in all of South America.
- The National University of Mexico is the largest by number of students in the Western hemisphere.
- There are a lot of bookstores here. Reading is popular among locals, and the reading population is a good indicator of the cultural state of the country.
- Since all of Mexico lies in a zone of high seismic activity, Mexico City is also often shaken by earthquakes. Weak tremors occur almost every day.
- You can rent a bike for free in Mexico City on Sundays and ride around the city, whether you are a tourist or a local resident. There are quite a lot of bike pick-up points in the center.
- There are more than 100 museums located here. According to their number, Mexico city ranks first among all cities in the world.
- The population of the Mexican capital doubles every 20-25 years.
- A smog cap hangs over Mexico City constantly due to highly polluted air.
- In order to somehow unload the roads and improve the environment at the same time, the local authorities have adopted an interesting law. Any car older than 8 years old is forbidden to operate in the capital for 1 day every week, and at least one Saturday must fall on these days during the month.
- More than 1,400 buildings in Mexico City are considered unique architectural monuments. This is a record number.
- Mexico city has 50 sister cities in different countries. Three of them are located in US – Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston.
- One of the most interesting sights of Mexico City is the Chapultepec castle. This is the only castle in the Western hemisphere of our planet.