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Things to do in Mexico City

Things to do in  Mexico City

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.

Top 10 attractions in Mexico City

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Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan

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Known as the City of the Gods, Teotihuacán was the metropolis of a mysterious Mesoamerican civilization that reached its zenith around AD 100. Once the largest city in the region but abandoned centuries before the arrival of the Aztecs, Teotihuacán boasts towering pyramids and stone temples with detailed statues and intricate murals.More
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Xochimilco

Xochimilco

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With its brightly paintedtrajineras (flat-bottomed boats), traditionalchinampas (floating gardens), and network of flower-perfumed canals, Xochimilco—the “Flower Garden”—is the kind of place that will have you reaching for your camera at every turn.More
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Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo)

Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo)

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Known as the Blue House (La Casa Azul) for its bold blue façade, the Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo) was the birthplace and childhood home of the well-known Mexican artist. Inside, the fascinating collection of personal items, furnishings, sketches, and paintings offer insight into both the life and art of Frida Kahlo.More
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Coyoacán

Coyoacán

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Coyoacán, one of Mexico City’s oldest districts, is alive with color and culture. Centered around twin plazas perfect for people watching—Plaza Hidalgo and Jardín Centenario—Coyoacán is characterized by museums, quaint cobblestone streets, and roadside churro vendors.More
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Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe)

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe)

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Among the most visited Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, the Shrine of Guadalupe atop Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City honors the legendary 16th-century appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, a local peasant. The shrine, also known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), is devoted to the patron saint of Mexico.More
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Plaza de la Constitución (Zocalo)

Plaza de la Constitución (Zocalo)

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Mexico City’s Plaza de la Constitución, better known as the Zocalo, is the cultural and historic heart of the city. This large open-air square in the Centro Historico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the city's top attractions, including Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace, and Great Temple archaeological site and museum.More
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National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)

National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)

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Considered one of the world’s most comprehensive natural history museums, the National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología) is Mexico City’s most visited museum. Its collection includes notable historical items such as the Aztec Stone of the Sun, the giant carved heads of the Olmec people, and the Aztec Xochipilli statue.More
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Centro Historico

Centro Historico

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Built on the site of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán, the Centro Histórico is both the historical heart and the modern epicenter of Mexico City. Centered on the grand Zócalo—Plaza de la Constitución—the sprawling district is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of historic monuments, museums, parks, and hotels.More
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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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The National Palace (Palacio Nacional) has served as the seat of the Mexican federal government since the age of the Aztecs. Although it’s a working building with many offices that are off limits to visitors, there’s still plenty to explore and admire, including Diego Rivera’s famous panoramic mural, The History of Mexico.More
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Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)

Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)

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As Mexico City’s major cultural center, the Palace of Fine Arts hosts art exhibitions and a range of live events, including music, dance, theater, and opera. The building is a mix of art nouveau, art deco, and baroque architectural styles referred to as Porfiriano, after Mexican President Porfirio Diaz who commissioned the project.More

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Ways to Experience Mexican Culture in Mexico City

Ways to Experience Mexican Culture in Mexico City

Frida Kahlo’s Mexico City

Frida Kahlo’s Mexico City

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How to Spend 3 Days in Mexico City

Top activities in Mexico City

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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico City

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Great introduction to downtown Mexico City
Simon_R, Oct. 2020
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
Emiliano was very knowledgeable guide, spoke great English, paced the tour well and provided an interesting commentary throughout our tour.
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Perfect
Carmen_C, Oct. 2020
Small-Group Teotihuacan Pyramids from Mexico City
Also her English was excellent.
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Is it weird to go on a tour during a pandemic? Yes, but it's also very memorable!
Xian, Nov. 2020
Tour to the Pyramids of Teotihuacán and Basilica of Guadalupe
For my first-ever full day in Mexico City, I decided to book the English-language version of this tour.
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Mexico City is Amazinh
Connor, Oct. 2020
Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing
All in all an incredible tour, a great way to see the city, and very safe, masks and social distance the whole way.
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Private Guide-Driver Mexico City Sept 2020 - Frida, Rivera, Post Office, Revolution Monument
MARK_H, Sep. 2020
Mexico City: Customizable Tour with a Private Guide & Transportation
Just to advise - I wanted to see -- Frida Kahlo's House -- the Post Office - The Rivera Mural and the Monument of the Revolution.
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Good
Lianglu_O, Mar. 2020
Teotihuacan Morning Tour with an Archeologist and Tequila Tasting
Nice experience, the necessary place to visit when you come to Mexico City.
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Great Cultural and Historical Experience
Jewel, Mar. 2020
Teotihuacan Morning Tour with an Archeologist and Tequila Tasting
He was transparent about what was happening, what we were doing and a great communicator in both a English and Spanish.
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Great way to see the highlights of Mexico City!
annmarie919, Nov. 2019
Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour
This was the perfect way to see some of the city’s highlights in a short amount of time.
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Excellent tour if you have only 2 days
conradowa, Sep. 2019
Mexico City Super Saver: Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, and Guadalupe Shrine Plus Xochimilco and Frida Kahlo
Well organized tour of Mexico City most important attractions.
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Great experience
algona1963, May 2019
Private Arrival Transfer from Mexico Airport to Mexico City Center
Driver was prompt, courteous, friendly, spoke great English, and I felt 100% comfortable with him.
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Great day trip!
Relax22884214980, Mar. 2019
Private Tour: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine
My tour guide Brenda and my driver Pedro was excellent and it was a very wow experience to see the pyramids and learn the history of Mexico City!
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Puebla and Cholula are gorgeous cities...
Zehra R, Jan. 2016
Puebla and Cholula Full-Day Tour from Mexico City
Our guide, Abnar, was sweet and could explain in English really well.
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A delicious introduction to Mexican...
pat23martin, Nov. 2017
Polanco Food Tour in Mexico City (Private and Smalls Groups Only)
We were going to visit the Contemporary Art Museum but it was closed so check opening days if you intend to do this.
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I had a great time on the tour! Our...
Vanesa V, Sep. 2017
Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour
The tour was perfect chance to visit such iconic places and learn the history behind them.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was...
Bob, Jan. 2018
Puebla and Cholula Full-Day Tour from Mexico City
It was sad to see the damage to the architecture because of the recent earthquake.
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This was a fantastic way to spend a...
Kathy W, Apr. 2018
Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing
I got to experience some of the major attractions as well some local, authentic experiences.
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Great day tour to see incredible...
Antonio H, Jun. 2017
Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, Guadalupe Shrine and Tequila Tasting Tour
Great day tour to see incredible pyramids, the beautiful Basilica although would've been nice to spend more time there, and get a real feel for the culture and flavor of the greater Mexico City area.
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Our tour guide Evelyn was the best...
Andrew S, Jan. 2017
Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour
It was easy getting around with her guiding us and I would recommend this for anyone looking to see authentic markets and different parts of Mexico City.
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Our guide was great. His English was...
Deborah M S, Apr. 2017
Mexico City Private Tour
His English was a little bit difficult to understand, but he made up for that with his friendliness and knowledge of Mexico City and it's history He reviewed the other tours we had signed up for, and then took us to sites and museums to cover the res
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We had an excellent private English...
lamb0000, Oct. 2016
From Mexico City: Private Tour to Teotihuacan Pyramids with Tequila Tasting
We had an excellent private English speaking tour guide.

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