Latin American Tower by night!

Mexico City Travel Blog

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A lightening bolt caught on camera with the slow shutter feature...See, all that money for the camera soon paid off!!!

On our last night in Mexico we decided to go to the observation deck of the Latin American Tower, in downtown Mexico City. It was a wet and stormy night and I'm still not sure we should have ventured up there! Anyway, with three friends from our room in the hostel (2 Australians and a guy from Israel) we went to see if the tower was open on a Sunday night...and much to my dismay....it was (my fear of heights starting to kick in as we walked in the front door of  the huge building).

The tower is 42 stories high and apparently, we had to go RIGHT to the top. The elevator climed so fast our ears popped and we were at the 37th floor in no time. It took me five minutes to get the strength to go near the window but I managed to join the rest of the group after 10 minutes or so.

The Zocalo, the main square in Mexico City all lit up at night.
The view was amazing and you coluld see the city lights for miles and miles. The storm was still raging not to far away and we even managed to get a picture of the lightning as it hit the ground...very cool and a little unnerving as we were at the highest point for hundreds if not thousands of miles!

We took another elevator and 3 flights of stairs to the very top of the tower on floor 42...I must add at this point that I climbed the stairs almost on all fours as this top deck was outside, underneath the antenna. With the metal fence as a barrier, we looked out again over Mexico City and the surrounding suburbs, breathing in the slightly thinner air (we were about 2,300 feet above sea level at this point) and realising where the 22 million residents of the city must live.

Apart from the fact that the lights went off while we were underneath the antenna, making me think we may have been hit by lightning when it was just so we had a better view, the experience was great and surely has played a part in me slowly getting over my fear of heights. Getting back on the ground was a great relief though! :)

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