Mexico city is one of the largest cities in the world which is both magical and overwhelming for any traveler especialy a traveler like me who decides to di it solo. These are my top 10 things I did in Mexico City. Click on the links for more details of my travels to these places during the 9ish days I spent in Mexico City.
1. El Zócalo
Look at the cathedrals built on top of the Ancient Aztec temple after you visit El Museo Temple Mayor, which houses Aztec artifacts and ruins. Expect to spend half a day or a little more.
El Temple Mayor Mueso – $$$ ? – Seminario 8, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06060 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
El Zócalo– P.za de la Constitución S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
2. The Palacio de Bella Artes
Here you can see the Ballet Folklorico, which performs traditional Mexican dances and Murals painted by Diego Revere.
Palacio del Bella Artes – $?- Av. Juárez S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
3. Plaza de Garibaldi
If you are lucky, you can catch Mariachis performing here. Its a beautiful plaza lined with statues of the great musicians from Mexico.
Plaza de Garabaldi– Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 43, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
4. El Museo Nacional de Antropología
This world-class museum houses many artifacts from the Aztec and Myan cultures. Expect to spend half a day or more here.
El Museo National de Antropología – The National Museum of Anthropology – Free – Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Polanco, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
5. See a Lucha Libre Show
I signed up through my hostel, but you can buy tickets at any stadium entrance. Personally, I’m not a fan of wrestling, but this was quite an experience that I will never forget.
6. Frida Kahlo’s House and Coyoacán Market
Whether you are a fan of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera or not, Casa Azule is 100% worth the price of admission. You will leave with a better sense of why Frida has become a cultural icon and her continuing impact on the world. For lunch, I recommend stopping by Coyoacán Market for some ceviche and to experience a traditional Mexican market.
Casa Azule Frida’s House – The Frida Kahlo Museum – $27.98 Mexican Pesos + adio guide -Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Coyoacán Market – Free – Ignacio Allende s/n, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
7. Mercado Roma and the Roma Neighborhood
Good food, good drinks, beautiful street art, and good vibes, what more can you ask for.
Mercado Roma – free – food prices range $-$$ -Calle Querétaro 225Mexico City, 06700
This is the religious capital of the Aztec Empire and is a beautiful and massive complex. You’re sure to get entrapped by the vies from onto the Temples of the Sun and the moon. I definitely recommend taking a tour. I took one from Turibus for $75 USDA. It stopped at Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica, where you get a chance to see the image of the Vergin Mary, which miraculously appeared on the cloak of Saint Juan Diego.
Turibus– $75 USDA – P.za de la Constitución S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico – One of the meeting spots for tours is at the Zocalo it also has outher tours throughout the city including a jump on and off option day pass
Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica – FREE – Fray Juan de Zumárraga No. 2, Villa Gustavo A. Madero, Gustavo A. Madero, 07050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Teotihuacán – $44 Mexican Pesos – Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 1, State of Mexico
9. Museo Soumaya
If you’re an art lover, this private free museum houses a massive collection of Mexican, Asian, and art from some of the greatest artists in history. Not forgetting that it houses the largest Rodin collection outside of France, including his infamous “Gates of Hell.”
Museo Soumaya – FREE – Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Granada, Miguel Hidalgo, 11529 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
10. The Museum of Memory and Tolerance
Be prepared to be punched in the gut by this museum. As you walk through the museum, you will remember the genocides of the world while challenging your ideals about the UN, being a neutral party in a war, and the meaning of tolerance. This museum helped solidify what inspires me to travel.
El Museo De Memoria y Tolorencia – The Museum of Memory and Tolerance – $50 Mexican Pesos – Av. Juárez 8, Colonia Centro, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
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