Looking for video and film locations in Mexico City? Stark Crew’s corporate video production specialist in Mexico City, Ray Fortuny, is your go-to-guy for film locations in Mexico City.You can read more about video and film locations in Mexico City below:
As the capital of Mexico – binding together a federation of 31 states – and with a population of 21.2 million – making it the third most populous city in the world – Mexico City is a force to be reckoned with. This global city is one of the most important in North America and Latin America, especially on the financial and cultural fronts, and it is the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world.
Mexico City’s roots run long and deep. The now bustling and modern urban behemoth was originally built by the Aztecs on an island in Lake Texcoco in 1325. Leveled during the Spanish conquest, the city was later rebuilt to European colonial standards. This winding and heterogeneous history has created a vibrant contemporary culture and a picturesque city of varied architectural styles and surprising color (both literal and figurative).
If there was ever a city worth photographing and filming, Mexico City would have to be it. As our man in Mexico, Ray Fortuny, knows, there is no shortage of stunning urban backdrops. However, he does have a few preferential areas. Here are Ray’s top filming locations in Mexico City:
1) La Condesa: As Soho is to New York, La Condesa is one of Mexico City’s most fashionable areas. This neighborhood is an excellent place to wander the streets, eat a fabulous meal and party all night long.
2) La Roma: A beautiful neighborhood peppered with old buildings that are emblematic of the city. La Roma breaths an air of elegance and intellectualism, and its wide, tree heavy streets and boulevards are split into three zones: a commercial area along the main streets to the north, a cultural area along Alvaro Obregon and residential Roma Sur.
3) San Angel: A colonial and traditional neighborhood comprised of large houses and haciendas, where the first Spanish potentates established themselves and began their new lives on the new continent. San Angel is an excellent option for a historical perspective of the city.
4) Polanco: Mexico City’s financial and business district. While it’s massive buildings look towards a high powered future, its streets remember a glorious scientific and literary past, as they are named in honor of such internationally renowned figures as Newton, Homer, Galileo and Edgar Allan Poe.
5) Santa Fe: Another major business district, Santa Fe is Mexico City’s hi-tech, ultra-modern neighborhood, where the buildings seem more typical of Hong Kong’s upscale skyline. Plus, the many high-rise buildings surround Latin America’s third largest mall. With its futurist design, helicopter footage of the Santa Fe is well worth the cost of filming it.
6) Xochimilco: It doesn’t get more typically Mexican than this. This World Heritage site’s canals are ripe with colorful, traditional barges called trajineras, which create the perfect film location for anyone interested in highlighting Mexico’s unique flavor.
7) Historic Center: The city’s most emblematic and highly tourist trafficked area. The historic center of Mexico City is home to the Zócalo or main plaza, the largest plaza in Latin America and the second largest in the world after Moscow’s Red Square. And the Zócalo, which can hold approximately 100,000 people, is home to the largest flag in the world and the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral built between 1573 and 1813.
8) Garibaldi Plaza: In this picturesque neighborhood street musicians interact with their audience. Filmmakers interested in a backdrop of mariachi music, cowboy boots and large sombreros shouldn’t miss it. Plus, one of the plaza’s most beloved attractions just happens to be the Tequila and Mezcal Museum (MUTEM).