Next month, Mexico City will host the inaugural Greenbuild Mexico conference, where hundreds of green building professionals will gather to share best practices in sustainable design, construction, operations and maintenance.
Mexico has a strong and rich cultural history reflected in its built environment, which boasts more than 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, complemented by the growing number of green buildings nationwide—particularly in its capital city.
Built on the ruins of ancient Tenochtitlan, Mexico City is one of the oldest cities in the Americas and home to centuries-old landmarks and architecture, including those that are LEED-certified, such as the Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento.
We’ve created a guide on where to stay and what to visit in the city while you're there for Greenbuild Mexico.
Early bird rates are still available for conference passes—purchase a ticket before June 5 to save more than 20 percent.
Plan to stay at the conference’s venue, the Camino Real Polanco Mexico hotel, using a special room rate reserved for attendees. Learn more about the rates on Greenbuild Mexico’s website, and book your room right away, since this offer ends May 17.
Where to visit
Mexico City is filled with plenty of historical places to see, such as Templo Mayor, which once served as the religious center for the Aztecs, and El Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución). El Zócalo is Mexico City’s main public square and is the second largest in the world after the Red Square in Moscow. Also within walking distance are the city’s national cathedral, the National Palace and several federal buildings.
Art districts and museums
More than 150 museums and galleries call Mexico City home, including the Palacio de Bella Artes, well known for its murals and art deco architecture, and the Modern Art Museum. Other museums to check out include Museu Frida Kahlo, National Museum of Anthropology, Museu Soumaya and Museu Jumex.
Parks and recreation
Chapultepec Park is the largest park in Mexico City and is considered one of the largest in the world, according to the World Monument Fund. Up to 15 million visitors annually roam the park, which features nine museums, a zoo, an amusement park and a variety of green spaces.
Just outside of Mexico City is Teotihuacan, a prominent archaeological site with several monuments, including the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon.
Greenbuild Mexico will take place June 19–21 at the Camino Real Polanco Mexico hotel. Green building tours are available June 22.