Central Mexico: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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Mexico City

Mexico City, located in Central Mexico, has countless attractions to offer; from the countries best museums like Museo Nacional de Antropología and most impressive churches like the Metropolitan Cathedral to well decorated colonial palaces and ancient ruins within and around the city. Adding to these are a number of great parks and monuments, as well as one of Mexico’s most active night scenes. Just outside the capital stand the impressive ruins of Teotihuacan, while the city itself was built over another the ruins of another ancient city, Tenochtitlan.

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Tlaxcala

The city of Tlaxcala is a colorful jewel in the heart of Mexico. The Constitution Square in Tlaxcala is surrounded by unaltered 16th century houses, while its Museo Regional has prehispanic and colonial artifacts and paintings on display. Tlaxcala also features numerous well ornate churches and palaces.

Cacaxtla

Cacaxtla is home to the ruins of a fortress containing some of the most valuable murals in the country, some of which are Mayan. In close porximity to Cacaxtla are the sister-ruins of Xochitecatl.

Hidalgo

The micro-state of Hidalgo, also part of the region of Central Mexico, is a mixture of farms, arid plains, hills riddled with old mines, and 16th century monasteries, as well as some fascinating natural features. The cities of Pachuca, Huasca and Actopan all feature worthwhile attractions.

Another major attraction is the volcanic mountain range, fairly close to Mexico City. Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl dominate the skies as the tallest volcanoes in the area. These two monsters, together with a third, Orizaba, surround the town of Puebla

Puebla

Puebla features precious historic buildings and churches and many good museums, including the Museum of Religious Art and the Popular Arts Museum. The whole region around the volcanic mountains is riddled with churches and monasteries, including the famous Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Remedios, which sits on top of the remains of largest pyramid ever built in the Americas, and offers stunning views of Orizaba, the closest volcano as well as Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl.

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