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Top 19 Spots to Visit in Mexico

1. Mexico City’s Historical Center: the Belly Button of the World

Once the site of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the great Aztec empire, today it boasts an alluring blend of Aztec ruins, Spanish colonial mansions and modern buildings. The Zocalo makes the best starting point for getting immersed in the swarms of chilangos, city dwellers, who are busy shopping or getting to work. History is everywhere as you raise your gaze and pick up fragments of the cathedral, Iturbide Palace, the House of the Azulejos, just to name a few of the hundreds of palaces that dot the first square of the Mexican megalopolis.

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