Mexico City soars above the earth at an elevation of almost 8,000 feet, surrounded by towering mountains. The city is an interesting mix of Aztec, Spanish colonial and modern architecture. The heart of the city is the Zocalo, a 500-block plaza of colonial architecture, built on ruins of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. The park west of the Zocalo, Alameda Central, is lined by museums. Paseo de la Reforma, the city's stately boulevard, is flanked by modern skyscrapers and hotels. Chapultepec Park, the city's largest park, is patrolled by police on horseback dressed as traditional Mexican cowboys.
Mexico City abounds with great places to eat, from taco vendors to upscale restaurants with international cuisine. Mexico City has orchestras, a ballet company, an opera company and numerous theaters. Museums are plentiful, most offer free admission on Sundays. Ballet Folklorico's performances are particularly noteworthy. Traditional religious festivals occur throughout the year. The climate in Mexico City is delightful for outdoor recreation when the air-pollution level is not too high. Shopping, sightseeing, food, sports, nightlife, concerts, theater and fiestas are available year round.