Mexico City, Mexico | The World in 4K | Travel + Leisure

One of the largest, most populated cities in the world, Mexico City is a chaotic tangle of complexities. Outsiders are only now beginning to discover what locals and expats who call the capital home have known for ages: despite the terrible traffic, the sprawl that intimidates even the most seasoned taxi driver, and, sadly, a pollution index that's going back up after a decade of improvement, Mexico City is a metropolis of superlatives.

It's the city with the second-highest number of museums in the world (Paris is in the top spot), and many of them are free. It's the city with the oldest forest in the Americas (Bosque Chapultepec, an urban park that's double the size of New York City's Central Park). It has more than 40,000 restaurants, and even its top tables offer exceptional tasting menus that are far more affordable than comparable restaurants around the world.

And despite all that traffic, there are so many ways to get around—all of them affordable—that it's possible to explore the most far-flung reaches of Mexico City, such as the canals of Xochimilco, or the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, in Spanish). Yes, it can be overwhelming, especially for a first-time visitor, but it's also enchanting.
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