Knowing what colonia you're going to is essential to getting around, almost all locals will know where a given colonia is (but note that there are some colonias with duplicate or very similar names).As with many very large cities, the structure is relatively decentralized, with several parts of the city having their own miniature "downtown areas." However, the real downtown areas are Centro, the old city center, and Zona Rosa, the new business and entertainment district. Some people may have breathing difficulties at high altitudes and experience difficulty when breathing. This is far higher than any metropolitan area in the United States.
Mexico City's night life is like all other aspects of the city; it is huge.There is an enormous selection of venues: clubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, and variations and combinations thereof to choose from.There is incredible variation, from ultramodern lounges in Santa Fe and Reforma, to centuries-old dance halls in Centro and Roma.The city is officially divided into 16 delegaciones (boroughs) which are in turn subdivided into colonias (neighborhoods), of which there are over 1700; however, it is better to think of the city in terms of districts to facilitate the visitor getting around.Many older towns like Coyoacán, San Angel and Tlalpan got merged into the urban sprawl, and each of these still manages to preserve some of their original and unique characteristics.
The greater Mexico City metropolitan area is one of the world's largest and the largest city by population in North America, with an estimated 26 million people living in the region.
It is shaped roughly like an oval of about 60 by 40km, built on the dry bed of Lake Texcoco, and surrounded on three sides by tall mountains and volcanoes such as the Ajusco, the Popocatepetl and the Ixtaccihuatl. Much in the same way that the city of Washington (urban pop.
Mexico City proper (with a population of 8.8 million as of 2010) is in the Federal District (Spanish: Distrito Federal or D. 4,586,770) has grown far beyond the limits of the District of Columbia in the United States.
F.), a federally-administered area (that is, not part of any Mexican state) which acts as the capital of Mexico. According to common usage, Mexico City is the same as the Federal District, but these are arbitrary legal fictions and aren't an accurate measure of city size. Hence, the creation of each city's respective metropolitan area in the 50's and 60's.
The rest of the metropolitan area extends beyond it into Mexico State, which surrounds D. The Federal District however is where most tourists will spend the majority of their time while visiting the city.
Mexico City is divided up into 16 delegaciones, similar to the boroughs of New York, which in turn are divided into "colonias" (neighborhoods), of which there are about 250.