Skyscrapers in Mexico City
The monumentality of a building is not only measured by its size but by the way it stands out among other surrounding buildings. In this sense, in great metropolis such as New York or Dubai, just to mention a few, tall skyscrapers seem very imposing when seen as a whole, but once in situ it’s sometimes difficult for the traveler to appreciate their uniqueness and individuality. In contrast, standing among the not so tall colonial buildings of Mexico City Historic Center, tourists can find what used to be the tallest building in Latin America. The amazing Torre Latinoamericana, a.k.a. “La Latino” was inaugurated in 1956 and it surprised the world with its great height of 188 m. (616 ft.). It was not until several years later that it was surpassed by the World Trade Center also located in Mexico (nowadays the tallest building in Mexico City is the Torre Mayor with 225 meters/734 ft.).
Innovating Earthquake Resistant Structure
Apart from having an innovative architecture, its greatest achievement has been surviving two devastating earthquakes –first in 1957 and then in 1985–, which reached a 7.5 and 8.0 Richter scale magnitude, respectively. This “titan’s” survival was possible thanks to the project created by engineer Leonardo Zeevaert and architect Augusto H. Alvares who laid the tower’s foundations on a reels system that allows it to float on the subsoil whenever there’s an earthquake. In fact, this engineering innovation was so determining that experts all around the world started copying it whenever they built a new skyscraper.
Interestingly, this building that has survived two earthquakes belongs to an insurance company called La Latinoamericana S.A.
Tourist Attractions in the Latinoamericana Tower
If you have a passion for heights, try the buffet on the 41st floor and enjoy the 360º view. You should also visit the two museums found in the tower as well as the 4D cinema attraction. Finally, after a long wait, floors 38 and 40 reopened to the public in 2006. There you can enjoy panoramic views of the city, and if you’re wondering about the best time to visit the overlook, it’s in the evening. This way you can watch the sun set behind the mountains. It’s an experience worth living, especially because if the city looks impressing and huge during the day, wait until you see how sublime it looks at night.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this titan and take great pictures of the building from different angles. One of DINKtravelers’ favorite views is from Madero Street. It offers the chance to present the contrast between the tower and the surrounding smaller colonial constructions. Another option is to stand next to the Fine Arts Palace. From that angle you’ll capture impressing images of La Latino in full splendor.