Ciudad Satelite or simply “Satelite” is part of the metropolitan area of Mexico City. Although there is an specific borough bearing that name, locals refer to Satelite to a broader area including other boroughs or “Colonias” that are located right after crossing the city limits of the Distrito Federal into the State of Mexico. Those Colonias are mainly located into three municipalities of the State: Naucalpan, Tlalnepantla and Atizapan.
Ciudad Satelite was established in the late 1950s as a middle to upper class residential neighborhood. As the City continued to grow, the neighborhood and other nearby old towns became part of the greater area of Mexico City.
In the municipalities of Naucalpan and Tlalnepantla there are several industrial parks where many multinationals have factories, therefore if you come for business travel Ciudad Satelite is a good choice for a break to have lunch or hang out.
There is no Metro reaching Ciudad Satelite therefore the best way to reach is by Bus or Microbus that depart from Metro stations Chapultepec station (Line 1, pink), Rosario (Lines 6: Red and 7: orange) or Cuatro Caminos (also known as Toreo) (Line 2, blue). An alternative is taking a Taxi.
If traveling by Car, be patient, the main highway known as “Periferico” is practically jammed around the clock, day and night, with average speeds of no more than 10 km/h. A ride from Polanco to Plaza Satelite can take you up to 2 hours in rush hours. Although there is some relief if you travel against the traffic flow (North to South in the morning and backwards in the evening), there is no guarantee that you can reach your destination in time so take your precautions.
- 1 Torres de Satelite. Designed by famous Mexican architect Luis Barragan and built in 1957 represent another landmark in Mexico City.