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Mexico City

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Mexico City is the vibrant, multifaceted and ever-changing capital of the country, the political, economic and cultural core of the Mexican Republic.

The city keeps among its streets and long avenues the secrets and events that have shaped the nation.

Mexico City, besides being one of the largest cities in the world, is also a place full of beauty and natural resources. 

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In fact, 59% of the city's territory is considered conservation land, equivalent to more than 88 thousand hectares, which is the reservoir of 12% of the national biodiversity and 2% of the world's biodiversity.

In addition, the city has 25 Natural Protected Areas and 7 Community Ecological Conservation Areas.

Mexico City's physical and natural characteristics allow it to position itself in this segment with a wide range of attractions, services and tourism experiences for adventure, ecotourism and rural tourism.

Mexico City | What to do and see in CDMX Activities in Mexico City

Top 10 Attractions

  1. Zócalo – Plaza de la Constitución
  2. Chapultepec Forest - Park
  3. Museo de Bellas Artes - Museum of Fine Arts
  4. Basilica of Guadalupe
  5. The Angel of Independence
  6. National Museum of Anthropology
  7. Frida Khalo Museum
  8. Templo Mayor Museum
  9. Chapultepec Castle
  10. Soumaya Museum 

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Mexico City is the most important urban center in the country, as well as the political, economic, cultural, academic and business center.

It has 160 museums, 100 art galleries, 30 event and convention spaces, and 21 magical neighborhoods.

The symbol of the city is the Independence Angel on Reforma Avenue. The most visited places are Mexico City's Zócalo and Chapultepec Forest.

And millions of people make pilgrimages every year to the Basilica of Guadalupe to give thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

It can be divided into 28 tourist zones, where each one forges the multi-cultural character of the CDMX.

The most relevant are: Centro Histórico, Alameda, Polanco-Chapultepec, Reforma-Zona Rosa, Roma-Condesa, Xochimilco, Coyoacán, Ciudad Universitaria, San Angel, Tlalpan, Zona Norte, Villa de Guadalupe... among others.

There are people who have lived in Mexico City for a lifetime and still haven't gotten to know it - that's how BIG Mexico City is!

For all first-time visitors to the city, we recommend a minimum of 5 days and an average of 10 days to get the basics.

We recommend exploring by zones at a time, rather than trying to see several attractions far away from each other, as the city traffic may ruin your idea of a quick exploration.

There are more than 1,000 hotels in Mexico City. There are hotels for all tastes and budgets. 

If your visit to Mexico City is for several days and your intention is to visit as many tourist attractions as possible, we recommend staying in different hotels and in different zones. There are 28 tourist zones in the city.

Stay in Reforma and feel the modernity of this avenue. Stay in downtown and go back to the colonial era of its streets. Stay in Polanco and experience the luxury of its exclusive stores. In Roma - Condesa you will appreciate the hipster and youthful area. And in Coyoacán you will breathe bohemian airs. Among many other areas.

🚍 City Tours - Hop on & off

Feel safe to explore Mexico City and see the most emblematic sites aboard open-top tour buses. 

🇲🇽 Mexico City Historic Center

Mexico City's Historic Center is the largest and most emblematic in all of Latin America and is one of the most important tourist centers in the world.

This is the main destination for cultural tourism in Mexico. It is home to some of the nation's most prized cultural treasures and true architectural gems.

It is a World Cultural Heritage Site and has about 1,500 buildings, including temples, museums, hotels, stores, galleries, theaters and cultural centers, many of which are listed as historical or artistic monuments of the nation.

Mexico City Cathedral

Top 10 Attractions
Historic Center

  1. Zócalo – Plaza de la Constitución
  2. Templo Mayor Museum
  3. Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City
  4. Palacio de Mineria
  5. Santo Domingo Plaza
  6. Madero Cultural Corridor
  7. Academy of San Carlos
  8. Palacio de Iturbide
  9. Palacio Postal
  10. José Luis Cuevas Museum

Mexico City | What to do and see in CDMX Alameda | Tabacalera - Mexico City

The magnificent Alameda Central is one of the jewels of Mexico City, take a pause and find a moment to appreciate the beauty of this beautiful park that was a place of recreation for the colonial aristocracy.

In this area is the Palacio de Bellas Artes, an art nouveau jewel on the outside, art deco on the inside, with a pleasant esplanade adorned by sculptures. It is a meeting point for city dwellers.

Whichever way you look there is a must-see: to the east of the Palace of Fine Arts, the Postal Palace; to the north, the Franz Mayer Museum, the National Museum of Prints and more.

PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES CIUDAD DE MEXICO CITY

Top 10 Attractions
Alameda Zone

  1. Museo de Bellas Artes - Museum of Fine Arts
  2. Alameda Central - Central Park
  3. Barrio Chino - Chinatown
  4. Franz Mayer Museum
  5. Monumento a la Revolución
  6. Alameda Art Laboratory
  7. Plaza Garibaldi
  8. Museum of Popular Art
  9. La Ciudadela Handicrafts Market
  10. Church of La Santa Veracruz

🇲🇽 Reforma | Zona Rosa - Mexico City

Connecting the Alameda Central to the Chapultepec Forest is Reforma Avenue.

This avenue is full of roundabouts that are symbols of the city: the Caballito, the Diana Cazadora, the Independence Angel, as well as large office buildings, hotels and restaurants.

On the south side of Reforma is the Zona Rosa, one of the most elegant neighborhoods of the city during the Porfiriato.

The Zona Rosa is a bohemian neighborhood where great Mexican artists have lived and for decades, the Zona Rosa has been the center of the LGBT community.

Angel de la Independencia Paseo de la Reforma Ciudad de Mexico

Top 6 Attractions
Reforma - Zona Rosa

  1. Glorieta del Angel de la Independencia (Independence Angel Roundabout)
  2. Walk along Paseo de la Reforma Avenue where there are constantly open-air exhibitions.
  3. Visit the Art Garden, where all kinds of artists selected for the quality of their work exhibit their work in the open air.
  4. The Insurgentes Crafts Market and the Plaza del Angel Antiques Center.
  5. Stroll through the Zona Rosa on the pedestrian street of Genova, walk along Florence and Hamburg, go shopping, have a coffee on a terrace and relax.
  6. Visit the internationally renowned bars of Reforma - Zona Rosa

Mexico City | What to do and see in CDMX Roma | Condesa - Mexico City

La Colonia Roma has an effervescent cultural activity. Artists, designers, photographers and more come from all over Latin America to stay.

In this neighborhood, luxury coexists unashamedly with the alternative. Here is Casa Lamm, graffiti decorates facades and shutters and the food is popular, organic or both. There are also other emblematic spaces such as MODO or Mercado Roma.

La Condesa is full of art deco architecture. In its heart, the Mexico Park and its Amsterdam belt, are a sample of this artistic movement that is present in every detail.

Aesthetics are important here, so, in addition to the fascinating urban landscape, interior design, art and design are protagonists of the neighborhood in vintage furniture stores, art galleries, stores and designers' studios. 

Roma Condesa Ciudad de Mexico

Top 5 Attractions
Roma | Condesa Neighborhoods

  1. Cibeles Fountain
  2. Alvaro Obregon Avenue
  3. Parque México y España
  4. Hundreds of choices of Cafes, Restaurants and Bars in the area
  5. Roma Market

🇲🇽 Polanco | Chapultepec - Mexico City

Chapultepec and Polanco, at first glance are antagonistic areas, but they are intimately connected. A chain of cultural venues connect Chapultepec, the great lung of Mexico City, with the rest of the city starting with Polanco, its most cosmopolitan neighborhood.

Chapultepec is the great iconic forest of Mexico City. The place for sports. Kilometers of trails, lakes, the Castle, the Zoo, the large parks, art and culture venues, along with the National Auditorium and the Luis Barragán Studio.

While in Polanco you will find, among Californian colonial-style mansions and modern buildings, decoration stores, art galleries, embassies, luxury brands, the most avant-garde museums, such as the Soumaya Museum, and a great scene of restaurants and cafes.

Bosque de chapultepec

Top 10 Attractions
Polanco - Chapultepec

  1. Chapultepec Forest and Lake
  2. National Museum of Anthropology
  3. Museum of Modern Art
  4. Soumaya Museum
  5. Presidente Masaryk Avenue
  6. Lincoln Park
  7. Polanquito - Bars and Restaurants Zone
  8. Art Galleries in Polanco
  9. Antara Fashion Hall
  10. Church of San Agustin

Mexico City | What to do and see in CDMX Coyoacán - Mexico City

When you visit Coyoacán you will find a place full of history, charm and legends. From the time of Hernán Cortés until today, visitors from all over the world have been captivated by the beauty of the place.

Coyoacán was a refuge for artists; Octavio Paz used to walk through these streets and here is the birthplace of Frida Kahlo and the Museo Casa de León Trotsky.

The center of Coyoacán is marked by the Jardín Hidalgo, in what was once the atrium of the former convent and the parish of San Juan Bautista.

There is always a relaxed atmosphere, a meeting place for coffees, meals and gatherings on the terraces of the restaurants, in the market of antojitos or in one of the most traditional cantinas of the city.

Fuente de los Coyotes Coyoacan Ciudad de Mexico

Top 10 Attractions
in Coyoacán

  1. Casa Azul - Frida Kahlo Museum
  2. Downtown Coyoacan - Plaza Centenario and Hidalgo
  3. Mexican Artisan Market
  4. Walk through the Plaza de la Conchita and surrounding area.
  5. Walk along Francisco Sosa Avenue
  6. National Museum of Popular Cultures
  7. Leon Trotsky House Museum
  8. National Museum of the Interventions - Former Convent of Churubusco
  9. Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum
  10. Parroquia de San Juan Bautista

🇲🇽 Xochimilco - Mexico City

Xochimilco is chinampas, trajineras, museums, flower and plant markets, parishes, parks and forests.

The canals of Xochimilco and the traditional chinampas cultivation system are World Cultural Heritage.

More than 200 colorful trajineras depart from its ten piers to travel along the canals, whose routes reach the chinampas or the Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls).

Along the way, visitors can eat, celebrate with family or friends, sing with a mariachi band, or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery. There are few things in Mexico City as traditional as this.

Trajineras Embarcaderos Xochimilco Ciudad de Mexico

Top 8 Attractions
In Xochimilco

  • The Trajineras of Xochimilco
  • The Island of Dolls
  • Flower Markets
  • Pulquerías
  • Agricultural greenhouses.
  • Lake Xochimilco, Xaltocan, Caltongo, del Toro
  • La Chinampa interactiva.
  • National Museum of the ajolote.

Mexico City | What to do and see in CDMX San Ángel | Ciudad Universitaria - Mexico City

San Angel was born around the Ex-Convento del Carmen. Narrow cobblestone streets. Beautiful colonial style mansions with large gardens and delicate railings.

Tree-lined squares ideal for a moment of rest. Flower markets. An idyllic place that attracted Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, where they built their homes.

Today San Angel is one of the favorite places for locals and tourists on weekends.

While the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico - heir to the oldest university in New Spain - has been declared a World Heritage Site, for being an "exemplary monumental complex of 20th century modernism".

Campus Central Unam Universidad Autonoma de Mexico

Top 10 Attractions
in San Ángel & Ciudad Universitaria

  1. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo House and Studio Museum
  2. Carrillo Gil Museum
  3. El Carmen Museum
  4. Casa Del Risco Museum - Cultural Center
  5. Parque de la Bombilla
  6. Soumaya Museum Plaza Loreto
  7. Central Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
  8. Universum Science Museum
  9. University Museum of Contemporary Art
  10. IB-UNAM Botanical Garden

🇲🇽 Basílica de Guadalupe - Mexico City

The Basilica of Guadalupe is one of the main holy places of Catholicism.

it is the second most visited temple in the world after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy, it receives 40 million visitors each year, including pilgrims and tourists.

Every day thousands of people go up the Calzada de Guadalupe on pilgrimage.

The Virgin appeared to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin on the Tepeyac Hill, where Tonantzin was worshipped before.

BASILICA DE GUADALUPE LA VILLA CERRO DEL TEPEYAC CIUDAD DE MEXICO CITY
BASILICA DE GUADALUPE LA VILLA CERRO DEL TEPEYAC CIUDAD DE MEXICO CITY

Nowadays, the Villa de Guadalupe is a complex of religious precincts that includes:

The Basilica itself, the Indian Chapel, the Cerrito Chapel, the Tepeyac Cemetery, the Pocito Chapel, the Temple and former convent of the Capuchinas, the Expiatory Temple to Christ the King, the Basilica Museum, the Baptistery and the Plaza Mariana.

The Basilica is of modern construction. It was designed to house 10,000 faithful and to allow from any point to admire the famous and mysterious cloth with the image of the Virgin, which today continues to intrigue the world.

Mexico City | What to do and see in CDMX Poniente | Santa Fe - Mexico City

Santa Fe is one of the most exclusive areas of the city.

Large corporations, luxury hotels, modern avant-garde apartment towers, excellent restaurants and large shopping malls with luxury brands, leisure spaces and everything you could want or need are located here.

Thousands of people come from all over Mexico to do their business in Santa Fe, spend a weekend shopping, stroll through the most exclusive side of Mexico City, or participate in one of the macro-events organized there.

If you want to combine shopping, fine dining, spas, day and night entertainment for you and your family, this is your ideal destination.

PARQUE LA MEXICANA CIUDAD DE MEXICO
Ex Convento Desierto de los Leones Ciudad de Mexico

The Desierto de los Leones is one of the best preserved forests in the country.

In the center of this magnificent National Park is located the shell of what was once a convent dedicated to meditation, to a close encounter with God and His creation: the ex-convent of Nuestra Señora del Carmen de los Montes de Santa Fe (better known as the ex-convent of Desierto de Los Leones).

A magnificent 17th century building transformed into a tourist center with a wide variety of cultural activities.. It is the ideal place to spend a weekend enjoying the outdoors and the colors of the forest.

Archaeological Sites in Mexico City

Zona Arqueologica Cerro de la Estrella CDMX

Cerro de la Estrella

Iztapalapa, CDMX

Zona Arqueologica Cuicuilco CDMX

Cuicuilco

Tlalpan, CDMX

Zona Arqueologica Mixcoac CDMX

Mixcoac

Benito Juárez, CDMX

Zona Arqueologica Templo Mayor CDMX

Templo Mayor

Cuauhtémoc, CDMX

Zona Arqueologica Tlatelolco CDMX

Tlatelolco

Cuauhtémoc, CDMX

Where Mexico City is located

Distance from Mexico City to other cities

City
Distance in Km | Miles
Time in Hours
Toluca EDOMEX
63 Km | 39 Mi
1 Hora
Cuernavaca Morelos
87 Km | 54 Mi
1 hora 20 minutos
Pachuca Hidalgo
91 km | 57 Mi
1 Hora 25 Minutos
Puebla City
135 km | 84 Mi
2 Horas
Ciudad de Querétaro
208 km | 129 Mi
2 Horas 40 Minutos

Distance from Mexico City to Magical Towns

City
Distance in Km | Miles
Time in Hours
Tepotzotlán EDOMEX
40 Km | 25 Mi
20 minutos
Teotihuacán EDOMEX
48 km | 30 Mi
50 Minutos
Metepec EDOMEX
60 km | 38 Mi
1 Hora
V. del Carbón EDOMEX
66 km | 41 Mi
1 Hora 30 Minutos
Zempoala Hidalgo
83 km | 51 Mi
1 Hora 10 Minutos

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