Welcome to Mexico City
Colonial architecture, urban energy, and Mayan heritage have overridden Mexico City’s formerly negative reputation. Travelers flock to Central America’s largest metropolis and Mexico’s cultural and official capital for tacos, tequila, and temples. Top draws for culture connoisseurs include Coyoacán, a small town replete with cobbled streets and colorful 16th-century mansions and the Frida Kahlo Museum, which lends itself well to walking tours—often combined with a boat ride along the canals of nearby Xochimilco. Within the city, the Centro Historico, built atop ancient Tenochtitlán, holds much of the city’s living history, while the Museum of Anthropology holds history long since carved in stone. Teotihuacan’s pyramids, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are best discovered on an early morning tour to avoid crowds and scorching midday heat—alternatively, take a hot-air balloon ride over the archaeological site. Either way, a licensed guide to explain the meaning and history adds much-needed context to a visit to the ancient structures. Outdoor adventurers find stunning city views after hiking to the summit of the Iztaccihuatl Volcano; fans of Mexican wrestling can capture the sport’s wild spirit during a lucha libre match; and gourmands can sample culinary classics such as tostadas and tamales on market and food tours. Puebla (City of Angels) and Cholula, famed for gorgeous colonial architecture and dramatic volcanic backdrops, both make for easy day-trips from CDMX. If you’re spending more time in Mexico, the capital serves as a convenient gateway to other top vacation destinations, including Acapulco, Guadalajara, and Oaxaca.