Category: Buildings

Torre Mayor

At 7,350 feet above sea level lies the ancient Tenochtitlan, better known today as Mexico City. Within the city is a world-class building, the highest in Latin America: topping out at 738 feet, Torre Mayor is considered a top-of-the-line example of modernity and functionality.

Felix Baumgartner – one of the world famous B.A.S.E. jumper known for defying gravity in places such as the Christ Statue of Rio de Janeiro, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Mamet Cave in Croatia, and the Panama Channel among others – decided to jump to the emptiness from the 52nd floor of Torre Mayor and land in the heart of one of the most important avenues of Mexico City: Reforma.

Normally this wouldn’t be a major challenge for Felix, but due to the conditions that Mexico City presents for its geographical elevation, the freefall and the downward velocity become higher than in any place on Earth, causing a serious delay on the opening of Felix’s parachute.

“I feel very satisfied; it was a complicated jump because I had to manipulate my parachute a lot due to the air conditions from the buildings being around. Without any doubt it was a very different jump from those I have made before, with a big grade of difficulty.”