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Welcome to Mexico City

Culturally and culinarily rich, Mexico City is a vibrant Latin American metropolis which boasts hundreds of museums and several tree-lined neighborhoods perfect for exploring on foot. By day, enjoy walking tours of the Historic Center’s colonial buildings and Mexica ruins; artsy explorations through cobblestoned Coyoacán (one-time home to artist Frida Kahlo); and trajinera boat rides down the canals of Xochimilco. There are plenty of things to do after hours too—from late-night lucha libre spectaculars to barhopping in La Roma and after-hours taco tours of the city’s best street food stalls.

Top 10 attractions in Mexico City



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
Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo)

Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo)

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


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


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

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

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
Plaza de la Constitución (Zocalo)

Plaza de la Constitución (Zocalo)

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
National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología)

National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología)

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
Centro Historico

Centro Historico

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
Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)

Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)

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
National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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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Ways to Experience Mexican Culture in Mexico City

Ways to Experience Mexican Culture in Mexico City

How to Spend 3 Days in Mexico City

How to Spend 3 Days in Mexico City

Top activities in Mexico City

Puebla and Cholula Day Trip from Mexico City
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Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City
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Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour
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Incredible Tolantongo Caves from Cdmx
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Teotihuacan Hot Air Balloon Ride with Optional Bike or Walking Tour
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Mexican Wrestling: Experience Lucha Libre in Mexico City
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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico City

Must try city and food experience!
Michael_T, Jul 2021
Mexico City Custom Private Food Tours with a Local Guide ★★★★★
We can’t wait to come back soon to see more of Mexico City!
Great way to experience Xochimilco!
Alex_S, Jul 2021
Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour
I highly recommend this tour if you are planning to visit Mexico City!!!
Couldn’t recommend higher
Raj_R, Jun 2021
Teotihuacan Early Morning Tour from Mexico City
Our guide June was informative, engaging and spoke excellent English.
Ryan_B, Apr 2021
Mexico City Night Food Bike Tour
Recommend to anyone wanting to see the real Mexico City
Travel guides make a big difference
Ricky_N, Jul 2021
From Mexico City: Private Tour to Grutas Tolantongo
For an additional fee, we detoured to give us the opportunity to see the pyramids.
Amazing experience overall!
Samantha_T, Jul 2021
Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour
The day was filled with information and activities, even when we had an hour and a half to kill before our tour of the Casa Azul, Josue did a great job of filling that time with facts and a tour of Coyoacan.
Awesome tour perfect tour guide!
Natalia_H, Jul 2021
Teotihuacan: City of the Gods. The best Private Tour
Miguel spoke English and Spanish perfectly and that was very helpful.
Ruin Tour
javier_g, Jun 2021
Teotihuacan Early Morning Tour from Mexico City
June translated exactly the same information in both Spanish and English languages.
Great tour.
M_M, Jun 2021
URBAN GALLERY Mexico City Street Art Bike Tour
Such a fun tour and a great way to see Mexico City.
Jamila_T, May 2021
Teotihuacan Early Access tour with Tequila Tasting
He spoke both English and Spanish and was extremely knowledgeable in the history of Mexico City, and the pyramids.
Priceless Tour of Four Significant - Not to Be Missed Sihts
Nina_B, May 2021
Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City
Jose Luis spoke excellent English, had an in depth knowledge of the history of Mexico City and was able to answer all of our questions with enthusiasm.
Fantastic Food Tour
Max_N, Apr 2021
Colonia Roma Food Tour
She pointed out additional areas to visit for after the tour, as well as other great restaurants throughout Mexico City.
Excellent Tour of Teotihuacán
Margaret_D, Apr 2021
Private Tour: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine
The square is interesting to visit anyway and you can see the Vestment relic with the image of the Virgin, which for the religious would presumably be the most important thing to view.
Great First Timer Tour
Brent_G, Apr 2021
Private Tour of Mexico City with Anthropology
It gives you a quick taste of many different attractions and areas of this vast city.
shane_d, Apr 2021
Hot Air Balloon Tour - Teotihuacan
We took off just at first light which was the perfect timing as we were airborne to see the sun begin to rise on the horizon (see picture).
Highly recommended
Tarek_H, Apr 2021
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan, from Mexico City
I had booked the extra 3hrs to visit the archeological site on the ground.
Well-spent day
Leslie_k, Mar 2021
Teotihuacán Full Day Tour from Mexico City
Wore me out but it was a chance to see things up close.
A Nice Day Tour!
Desiree_C, Mar 2021
Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City
This was a nice, convenient way to see other areas of Mexico City with pickup and dropoff at the hotel.
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.
Carmen_C, Oct 2020
Small-Group Teotihuacan Pyramids from Mexico City
Also her English was excellent.

All about Mexico City

When to visit

After the summer rainy season (which usually runs from late-May to September), the drier, warmer days of November are easily the best time to visit Mexico City. Not only does the start of the month see city-wide Day of the Dead festivities, it’s also when the Corona Capital music festival comes to town. Alternatively, spring—with its colorful jacaranda blooms and quiet Easter week—is just as pleasant for on foot exploration.

Getting around

While you can explore most of Mexico City’s central neighborhoods on foot, the metro is the most intuitive way for visitors to explore the sprawling capital. Color-coded and easy-to-access with a rechargeable metro card, navigating the Mexico City Metro shouldn’t require too much of a learning curve. However, it’s worth avoiding the morning and evening rush hours (6am to 9am; 5pm to 9pm), when basically every line is overcrowded and unpleasant—opt for a ride share instead but be prepared to hit traffic.

Traveler tips

Some of the best views over downtown Mexico City, including the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes), can be had from the Miralto bar on the 41st floor of the Latin American Tower (Torre Latinoamericana). Skip the organized viewings from the 44th floor observation deck and grab a sunset cocktail and window seat in Miralto instead. Prefer coffee? Visit the Don Porfirio café in the Sears building opposite Bellas Artes for (lower but just as striking) vistas.

A local’s pocket guide to Mexico City

Luis Solórzano

Luis spent the first 25 years of his life in his native Mexico City. He now lives in London and loves exploring the world, frequently playing tourist in his own country of origin.

The first thing you should do in Mexico City is...

avoid public transport and use Uber instead. It’s safer, pretty cheap and, unless you get stuck in a traffic jam, you’ll get where you need to be much faster.

A perfect Saturday in Mexico City...

starts with brunch and people-watching at Saks San Ángel, browsing the Bazaar Sábado, and coffee in Coyoacán. Finish the day with dinner and drinks in Condesa.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Anthropology Museum in Chapultepec Park, one of Mexico City’s largest green spaces. You can spend days there and still not see everything.

To discover the "real" Mexico City...

book a market and street food tour. You can tackle this on your own, but it’s difficult to know the best stalls and the last thing you want is “Moctezuma’s revenge” to ruin your trip.

For the best view of the city...

go up the Latin American Tower in the Centro Historico. Once Latin America’s tallest building, it’s withstood multiple earthquakes.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking Mexico City is dangerous for tourists. Like any big city, you need to have your wits about you but Chilangos (Mexico City locals) are happy to help.

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