Torre Latinoamericana

It’s one of the most visible, most famous and, perhaps, least appreciated landmarks in Mexico City. Overlooking the far more tourist visited Bellas Artes, Torre Latinoamericana has stood firm through two major earthquakes since its completetion more than 50 years ago.

It does look old. Inside it feels old. But in a cool, kitsch kind of way. And although it’s no giant in comparison with some of the huge US skyscrapers, it does offer a stunning view of the city, night and day.

I’ve been up there twice in the last couple of days. Firstly on Friday to capture some day time shots, although my efforts were partly blighted by the worse than normal smog that was engulfing the city that day. A shame…I had hoped (against hope) to be able to see the volcanos, Izta and Popo.

Last night I bought the 50 peso entry tickets and ascended again, this time with Paola. A slightly creaky elevator propels you to the 37th floor, with another elevator required to go all the way up to the 42nd floor and the observation deck. The deck has a couple of levels, both inside and out. And once you’re bored of staring out at the lights, the 41st floor has a funky little restaurant/bar. Not cheap, but uber cool and with a view few other locations can match.

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