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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

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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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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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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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National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología)

National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología)

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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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Six Flags Mexico

Six Flags Mexico

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Take on roller coasters, river rapids, and laser tag at Six Flags Mexico—the only Six Flags theme park in Latin America. Located at the southern edge of Mexico City, this theme park brings to life comic book characters and cartoons via all manner of family-friendly attractions, spread across seven areas, including DC Super Heroes.More
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Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec)

Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec)

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The only palace on the continent, Chapultepec Castle sits more than 7,000 feet (2,133 meters) above sea level in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park. It has housed royalty, served as a military academy, and was even an observatory. In 1996, the castle was transformed into Capulet Mansion for the movieWilliam Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.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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Iztaccihuatl

Iztaccihuatl

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Visible on the horizon from Mexico City, the dormant Iztaccíhuatl volcano is Mexico’s third-highest peak and a popular choice for hiking excursions. Iztaccíhuatl is named for its resemblance to a sleeping woman, and scaling the 17,159-foot-high (5,230-meter-high) summit offers impressive views of Popocatépetl and the Valley of Mexico.More

Trip ideas

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

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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico City

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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.
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Highly recommended trip from Mexico City
Luz_A, Jan 2022
San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato
Great cities to visit outside of Mexico City.
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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
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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!
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Mexico City history tour
Carmen_C, Dec 2021
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
He spoke excellent English.
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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!
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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.
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We were able to see lots...
Eskedar_D, Oct 2021
Private City Tour Mexico City
We were able to see lots of areas in a short amount of time.
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Grasshoppers and more
maria_g, Oct 2021
Mexico City Highlights E-Bike Tour With Foodie Stops
An E bike is definitely the way to see Mexico City since it is so large.
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Bike Tour Mexico City
Gregory_H, Aug 2021
Sights on Bikes
This is certainly the best way to see Mexico City and you don’t need to be a super cyclist as it is safe and flat all the way!
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Insightful tour, Emiliano is amazing
EVAN_F, Aug 2021
Anthropology Museum Private Experience Walking Tour
We were pretty much able to see the entire place thanks to our incredible guide Emilliano and have a deeper appreciation for ancient Mexican art and indigenous history.
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Amazing Tour
Patrick_K, Aug 2021
Mexico City: Private Walking Tour of the Historic Center
Mexico City is a great place to visit.
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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!
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Fantastic Tour
Joyce_L, Dec 2021
Mexico City Half Day Tour with a Local Guide: 100% Personalized & Private ★★★★★
I would highly recommend this tour and in particular David as a tour guide especially if English is your first language.
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Great tour of the Cayoacan, Xochimilco and Frida Kahlo museum
Rahul_S, Dec 2021
Private City Tour in Frida Kahlo, Coyoacan, and Xochimilco
Ask for Armando as your guide as he is really good with kids and very knowledge about the local areas.
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Guide and driver were awesome!
Liz_H, Dec 2021
City Tour and Xochimilco
Jose’s English was very good and he did a good job at explaining things and answering questions.
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Arturo was a great guide!...
Michael_B, Dec 2021
Private Tour: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine
Arturo’s command of the English language was great and understood everything he said.
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Great tour and guide, not great planning from company
S_G, Dec 2021
XOCHIMILCO & COYOACAN (Private)
After xochimilco He showed us around Coyoacan and even was kind enough to make a stop in San Angel for a monument we wanted to see that was not part of our tour.
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Great experience - so worth it!
Toby_S, Nov 2021
Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City
We had such a nice day exploring, we managed to see a lot and our guide was on time with everything, highly recommend to anyone wanting to explore Mexico City!
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Cheaper than Turkey and is an experience of a lifetime!
Cindy_A, Oct 2021
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan, from Mexico City
They said the tour would be in English but that didnt happen- I guess because I was the only English speaker the Captain didnt really speak English but I understood everything.

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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