At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. Our destination today is one of the world’s largest cities and the capital of Mexico, Mexico City.
Continuously occupied since the early 14th Century, Mexico City is the oldest capital in the Americas. Founded by the Aztecs on an island in Lake Texcoco, the city was originally called Tenochtitlan and grew to great size, power, and magnificence, amazing the first European explorers to glimpse it, those from Spain. Their amazement did not prevent the Spanish from sieging, conquering, and mostly destroying Tenochtitlan in 1521, however. Replacing it was a city rebuilt per Spanish standards, soon rising again to become the chief city of New Spain: Mexico City. The Aztec legacy lives on in countless ways in modern Mexico City, most noticeably in neighbourhood and borough names drawn from the Aztec language.
Lake Texcoco was drained in the early days of the colonial Spanish settlement to prevent flooding and mosquito-borne diseases, and the growing metropolis spread across the dry basin and through the larger Valley of Mexico. Through the tumultuous events of the 19th Century (the Mexican War of Independence from 1810-1821, the city’s capture during the Mexican-American War of 1847), Mexico City continued to grow through commerce and trade, modernizing while retaining elements of its past. Many of these can be seen in the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Centro Histórico, including the ruins of the Aztec Templo Mayor, the Spanish-era National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral, and the government buildings of the Zócalo. Nearby, the historic Chapultepec Castle overlooks a plethora of museums, monuments, and other landmarks in the park below it bearing its name.
Mexico City today counts nearly 9 million inhabitants in the city proper and over 21 million in its wider metropolitan area. This population makes Mexico City the largest metropolitan region in the western hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. It is one of the main economic centres in Latin America, with economic rankings and growth indexes comparable to the upper tier of global economic powerhouse cities.
Mexico has a rich artistic and cultural history, and displays very many active examples of the popular Mexican cuisine, from gourmet selections to more humble street foods. It was the host city of the 1968 Olympic Games and among the game sites for the 1970 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, whose final matches were held at the city’s Azteca Stadium, which seats 105,000 spectators. Mexico City’s primary airport, and the country’s largest, is Mexico City International Airport.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in Mexico City, Mexico.