ACAPULCO ESTABLISHED ITSELF as Mexico’s first truly glamorous vacation destination in the middle of the 20th century when the first movie stars, politicians and globetrotters began frequenting this beachfront paradise. Today this Pacific Coast resort still serves up an intoxicating cocktail of scenery, excitement and activities — as well as several new reasons to visit.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
BY 7 A.M. ON WEEKDAY MORNINGS, most of the 22 million residents in the vast and densely packed Mexico City metropolitan area are on the move, commuting to work on crowded buses, Metro trains and suburban rail lines. Every day about 10 million personal vehicles cram the highways and side streets and, if the sky is not too smoggy, wealthy executives fly to work in private helicopters, landing on the rooftop helipads of downtown skyscrapers.