Monumento a La Revolucion in Mexico City

When people think of traveling to Mexico, they probably consider the warm sandy beaches of the Mayan Riviera or the historical landscape of Oaxaca before they consider Mexico City. I like those places too, but I really find this city fascinating. It is a megalópolis of 20+ million people and there are so many things to do that you need a couple of weeks to see most of the attractions. It is filled with great museums, restaurants, plazas and many historical areas going back about 600 or 700 years. Heck, there are Aztec ruins right smack in the middle of the city.

This is the Monument to the Revolution that was re-opened to the public in 2010 after a 30 year (ahem) renovation. It commemorates the Mexican Revolution and is also a mausoleum housing the remains of many revolutionary figures including Pancho Villa*, Francisco Madero & Venustiano Carranza. The renovation was completed in time for the national bicentennial celebrations. You can take an elevator to the top and get a great panoramic view of this modern city once known as Tenochtitlan. And when you are done exploring and enlightening yourself with so much Mexican culture, just head over to the nearest taco stand and order up a few carne asada tacos and a soda. You will fit right in among the 20 million.

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*There is debate as to whether Pancho Villa’s remains are actually his. Some believe that the body was switched out and the remains are those of a female. Now if his remains are actually there, one thing is certain. His head is not. After he was assassinated, someone dug up his corpse and chopped off his head. It was never found. Now who would want to own that? Yuck!

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