Mexico City is a feast for the senses. This sprawling metropolis, one of the world's most populous cities, crackles and fizzes with life. It bustles day and night with workers, tourists and revellers drawn onto the streets in search of the traditional markets, food (dishes from all Mexico's 31 states can be savoured here), nightlife and culture.
The oldest part of the city runs out from the Zocalo, the plaza, for several blocks. This is where the Spanish started to build (on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire) modern Mexico City. There are Aztec ruins, grand Spanish colonial buildings, Baroque palaces and modern offices all within a few streets.
Mexico City's more than 150 museums, marks it out as one of the world's great cultural cities. There are four major museums in Chapultepec Park, including the world-famous anthropology museum and contemporary arts museum. Tourists taking cheap flights to Mexico City to follow the Frida Kahlo trail make a beeline for the museum in Coyoacan where the artist and her on-off husband, muralist Diego Rivera lived, but there are traces of the famous couple around the city.
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