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This tower looks a bit dated, but it has the best panoramic view in Mexico City. It is 182 meters high and has 44 levels - the viewing platform can be reached from the 42nd level via a staircase. Depending on the calculation method, if you count the whole urban area, Mexico City is the second-largest city in the world (after Tokyo), and from here it is easy to see why. The city is a contiguos urban area that stretches to the horizon in all directions.
Located at the end of Francisco Madero street, close to the Palacio Bellas Artes.
A great view of the whole city
Torre Latinoamericana: once the tallest building in Mexico City (MANY years ago), it is mainly an office building with a roof top open to the public where people can go (for a fee) to have a nice view of the city.
Entry fee: $50 MXP per person (adult), $40 MXP per child (2010 fees).
They will give you a wrist band which is your access to the roof, where the mirador is. It's valid for a whole day, so you can go up and down as many times as you want before 10 PM. The elevator will take you up to level 37, then you switch to a smaller elevator which will take you to level 41, and there are 2 more flights of steps to reach the very roof top. You can also have a great view from levels 41 and 42 (there are even a few chairs to sit down and relax and enjoy the panorama), but these are sheltered and thus not in the open air. The roof top has a few telescopes (coin operated) for you to have a closer view of specific places.
Latin American Tower
I didnt think I would get a chance to go up to the Latino Americana Tower but on the night before we left we finally got all the way to the top. It costs about 4-5 dollars USD and you take the elevator to the 37th floor. At the 37th floor you get off and take another elevator to the 42nd floor. From there you go up two flights of stairs and get to the 44th floor.
From here you get the best views and the best pictures. There are no windows at the 44th floor just a gate around the entire floor.
Torre Latino ( Torre Latinoamericana)
The Torre Latinoamericana (the Latin American Tower), Constructed in 1957,for some this is considered México city first skyscraper, with a height (183 m or 597 ft; 45 stories) houses a site museum, and a Mirador or observation deck designed by Danish-born architect Palle Seiersen Frost.
The building was designed and executed by Dr Leonardo Zeevaert and his brother Adolfo, Mexican civil engineers born in Veracruz. Nathan M. Newmark was the main consultant. Its design consists of a steel frame construction and deep-seated pylons, which were necessary given Mexico City's frequent earthquakes and muddy soil composition, which makes the terrain tricky to build on.Today this is common and even mandatory practice, but at the time it was quite an innovation.The tower gained notoriety when it withstood the 1957 earthquake, thanks to its outstanding design and strength. This feat garnered it recognition in the form of the American Institute of Steel Construction Award of Merit for "the tallest building ever exposed to a huge seismic force", Today the tower is considered one of the safest buildings in the city despite its potentially dangerous location.
Open daily, admission is $25 pesos.
- Family Travel
It was the first skyscraper of Mexico City. It stood still and without any window broken during the earthquake that rocked the city in 1985. At the top of it there's an observation deck where, on a clear day, you have a great 360° view of the city. It also has a small aquarium.
The entrance costs 40 pesos.
Completed in 1956, with its 182 meters to the top of the antenna it was the tallest building in the city until 1984. It is an outstanding structure regarding engeenering, as it is the only skyscraper in the world that has been subject to a 7.6 richter* (1957) and a 8.2 richter (1985) earthquakes reporting no damage. The structural design belongs to Adolfo Zeevaert.
It has an observation deck at the top floor (ticket = 49 pesos = 4.5 U.S. dollars) open from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., where you can get great views of the city.
* Richter scale measures the intensity of an earthquake. Magnitude 8.0 is approx. the equivalent of 1gigaton of TNT
Just south of Bellas Artes is the Torre Latinoamericano, one of the cities tallest buildings. In fact, until recently it was the tallest buildin in all of Latin America, but it no longer holds that distinction. On my first evening in town, I decided to gain some perspective of the city by visiting the observation deck of this glass and steel skyscraper. It costs 40 pesos to visit and you'll get off a few floors beneath the actual observation deck in the gift shop and snack bar area. There's another elevator from there that takes you up to the observation deck where the views out over the sprawling city are very thorough. However, I didn't find Mexico City to be especially beautiful from on high. Some cities are majical from on high (New York, Rio, etc) and others just need to be seen from street level to truly appreciate.
Click on the photo for pictures from the observation deck.
El Torre Latinoamericana
La Latinoamericana, Seguros, S.A. insurance company had this slender skyscraper built between 1948 and 1956, based on a project by architect Manuel de la Colina, even though its final form was the work of Augusto H. Alvarez. Structure and foundations were designed by Dr. Leonardo Zeevaert.
The building consists of 44 floors with a total height of 181,33 m (observation deck at a height of 139m). For quite a long time it was the country’s tallest building and also the first one to have an adequate structureand foundations for subsoil conditions, which determine a building’s shifting during earthquakes.
This skyscraper builds the center of my personal universe, that's for sure!!!
This tower during long time was the highes building in the city. Nowadays is just another bulding, but at the top floor you can enjoy of a nice view of the city.
This tower is located in the downtonwn - that means that there are not high buldings near.
To be honest, I rather Torre Mayor
- Budget Travel
This building was the first skyscraper in the city, and for a long time the highest in Latinamerica, but not anymore. It's 180m high, and you have a great view of the city from the observationdeck on top!
There are also two top floors that have windows all around so you can see the whole city. It's really amazing! It seems like the city is never ending... It just spreads out in every direction, no matter where you look there are houses.
The view from above
To get a great view of the city be sure to head to the Torre LatinoAmericana. This is the tallest building in Mexico City and has an observation deck for you to enjoy the city (depending on the pollution level that day). This building was one of the first to be earthquake resistent in Mexico City and survived the quake in 85. The day I visited was the day after semana santa, so there was very little air pollution. The tower costs 40 pesos.
Torre Latinoamericana, enduring earthquakes.
(Latin American Tower).
Designed by architect Manuel de la Colina, and modified by architect Augusto H. Alvarez.
Construction was begun in 1950 by Adolfo and Leonardo Zeevaert in the same place (1,171 sq. meter) of San Francisco Convent, disappeared in 18th Century.
The building was finished in 1956 as the first sky-scraper in whole Latin America with only 181.33 metre height.
The building is outstanding for its structural and foundation systems (361 piles support near 25,000 ton), because of the subsoil conditions and the seismic activity in the valley.
Evidence of that is its resistence to dramatic earthquakes in 1957 and 1985 and awaiting for the next one.
From the top is possible appreciate the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Palace), La Alameda (Alameda Park) and Hemiciclo a Benito Juárez (Monument to President Juárez), Santa Veracruz and San Juan de Dios churchs, Museo Franz Mayer and Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Pinacoteca Virreinal (Viceroyalty Gallery), Palacio de Correos (Postal Palace) and Plaza Garibaldi (Garibaldi Square) among others...
Torre Latino Americana
I took the elevator up to "la Torre Latino Americana" where I got to a great view of the city, including the Zocalo. Check out the faint haze that one can observe from the sky. It's Mexico City's equivalent to the Empire State Building in New York City :).
- Family Travel
If you want to see Mexico City from above, this is the place to be. This skyscraper has 44 floors (altitude : 2422 m), and yes there are elevators. It costs 30 pesos to go up (about 3 US$). But it is certainly worth to up, as the view is magnificent, even as the smog diminishes a bit the sight. In this building there is also the world's highest aquarium, can you imagine an aquarium at 2358 meters above sea level.
Latin America tower
For many years the Latin American Tower, built in 1956, was the tallest building in Mexico (47 floors and 182 meters high. The observation decks on floors 43 and 44 offer an excellent view of the city and the valley (a former lake) in which it lies.
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