Mexico City Environment

Mexico's capital, Mexico City is the oldest metropolis in North America. First discovered by the Aztecs in 1325 Mexico City (then called Tenochititlan) flourished. Today, Mexico City is simply called 'Mexico' because it serves as the country's political, business, religious, art, urban and culture core. However, it still holds tightly to the Aztec, colonial Spanish and rich culture of its Mexican ancestors.

Mexico City is located 7,525-feet above sea level, high in a valley and edged completely by mountainous ranges. A shadow cast by the volcanoes - Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl almost completely blocks any horizon. The city is located in central Mexico and shares its vicinity with the popular ruins of Teotihuacán and Tula

Earthquakes have raised their share of havoc on Mexico City. Built upon a major fault line the city was shook by a major earthquake in 1957 and again in 1985. Overcrowding has also become a major problem in Mexico City - and with more people come more cars. As a result Mexico City's pollution problem has far surpassed that of even Los Angeles. Since 1989 automobiles have been forced off the roads one business day a week in order to cut down traffic and gas emissions.

Despite the thick air pollution Mexico City's horizons showcase some of the clearest, bluest skies in the world - especially in spring and summer. Mexico City welcomes tourists with brilliant mornings, sun-kissed afternoons and perfectly breezy evenings.

Vacationers to Mexico City are drawn to this vacation destination by ads touting the city's blissful beaches, mystic ancient ruins and rich historic heritage.

Try other Mexico Environment pages for more detail and check out the Mexico Weather section: Acapulco, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Guadalajara, Cozumel, and Puerto Vallarta.

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