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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

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


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


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
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
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
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

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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico City

Great guide to a phenomenal site
Matt_B, May 2022
Teotihuacan: City of the Gods Private Tour From Mexico City
Kind, informative with a great grasp of English.
Excellent trip and guide
spencerfrankston, May 2022
Teotihuacan: City of the Gods Private Tour From Mexico City
The pyramids are incredible sites to see and are a must-see when visiting Mexico City, so make sure to see them with Ivan!
Great tour with english...
Sumeer_T, May 2022
Teotihuacan Early Access tour with Tequila Tasting
Great tour with english and spanish speaking guides.
Recommended to everyone who visits Mexico City!
Cees_v, Apr. 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan, from Mexico City
Everyone speaks English and takes safety serious.
Great Half Day Tour with Alejandro!
Lauren_T, Apr. 2022
Mexico City Half Day Tour with a Local Guide: 100% Personalized & Private ★★★★★
This tour was personalized based on your interests and what you want to see in CDMX.
Great tour
Alfonso_M, Mar. 2022
Teotihuacán plus Bike Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable, spoke perfect English, and provided us not only with a great tour of the pyramids but also the area.
Great way to spend half your day in Mexico City
Laura_M, Mar. 2022
Discover Mexico City Market Secrets & Enjoy Cooking Class Experience
We were able to see markets and parts of Mexico City that are off the beaten path with a wonderful guide full of information about the city.
Nice morning exploring
nathan_B, Mar. 2022
Private Tour Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Castle.
This tour was a nice way to see a little bit of Mexico City and get pictures at notable landmarks.
Alejandro was great
Kelly_D, Mar. 2022
Mexico City's Historical Center Icons
Very thorough and speaks English well and clearly.
Highly Recommend - Fun & Educational
Molly_D, Feb. 2022
Mexico bike tour
Covered a ton of ground and got to see a lot of really cool areas of the city.
Great exploring ride
Alison_G, Jan. 2022
URBAN GALLERY Mexico City Street Art Bike Tour
Our bike ride felt more like a chance to see different neighborhoods of Mexico City, and we felt very safe because our guide knew the city so well.
Highly recommended trip from Mexico City
Luz_A, Jan. 2022
San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato
Great cities to visit outside of Mexico City.
Enjoyed biking in Mexico City
James_Z, Jan. 2022
URBAN GALLERY Mexico City Street Art Bike Tour
Pedro’s love of his city and culture and being able to see parts of the city that are not on the main intersections We always felt safe n they used an additional bike to help block traffic when crossing busy intersections In general the drivers in Mexico City are very courteous and respectful of pedestrians and bicyclist
Memorable Experience
GraceCalope_A, Jan. 2022
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Visit
He was great and I recommend him to anybody who gets to visit Mexico City!
Mexico City history tour
Carmen_C, Dec. 2021
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
He spoke excellent English.
A great day trip within Mexico city!
Ryan_C, Nov. 2021
Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City
We highly recommend this tour for everyone who wants to see a little bit of the real Mexico City!
Must do tour
Alexandra_B, Nov. 2021
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
He gave great recommendations for what to do while in Mexico City and places to eat.
Great Tour
Maggie_B, May 2022
Teotihuacan Early Morning Tour from Mexico City
He gave the tour in both Spanish and English and he was very personable and kind.
Hop on Hop far always of consistent experience and value
Denise_J, May 2022
Turibus Hop On - Hop Off Mexico City Tour
As we were only in Mexico City for 2 days this seemed to be the best way to see as much as we could in little time.
Well organized and hassle-free
Jessenia_M, Apr. 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan, from Mexico City
It was simple and the staff were bilingual (English & Spanish).

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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