Mexico City is a formidable beast – a sprawling chaos of humanity where life and death are played out in a shifting mosaic of some 22 million lives. Its streets, thronging with noise and movement, are coloured by an endless parade of extraordinary scenes. Aztec dancers stamp out crazed retinues with shimmering, resplendent headdresses. Crowds of protestors run wild at the latest government scandal. Volkswagen Beetles roar wildly through four lanes of traffic.
And vociferous street vendors inundate the metro with loud speakers strapped to their backs. A universe unto itself, it would take several lifetimes to explore the multitude of settings and characters harboured by this behemoth destination. Inspirational, alluring, startling and grotesque, it’s no wonder Mexico City has inspired generations of writers and artists.
Among its attractions are a wealth of architectural wonders, world-class museums, cultural centres, art galleries, scintillating night clubs and fantastic restaurants. From the grand opulence of shaded colonial plazas to the shivering sprawl of ramshackle shanty towns, this is a city of teeming, insatiable energy.