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Mexico CityMexico

This cultural metropolis offers dramatic murals, ancient ruins and classical architecture. 

Mexico City was founded by the Aztecs as Tenochtitlan in 1325. It was later conquered and rebuilt by the Spanish. Today, the city of 20 million people is a busy metropolis set against a mountainous backdrop. It enjoys a mixture of European and indigenous culture, boasting Aztec ruins, classical European architecture, a strong arts scene and spicy street food.

Stroll down Mexico City’s version of the Champs-Elysées, Paseo de la Reforma, which includes the golden statue of The Angel of Independence. This avenue connects the the National Palace with the Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec), a hilltop estate that overlooks the city. See the opulent rooms of the former tenants, Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico and his consort Carlota, and get your camera ready to take a photo of the spectacular view of the city from their bedroom. The castle also houses the National Museum of History. This facility includes collections of weapons, costumes and other items that document Mexico’s history from the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century to the Mexican Revolution in 1910, and beyond.

The Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) is Mexico City’s premier arts institution. Explore the four-level palace, with its grand marble facade, high ceilings and art deco interior. The upper levels include large works by many famous Mexican muralists. The best-known work is Diego Rivera’s controversial Man at the Crossroads, which was rejected by its original commissioners at New York City’s Rockefeller Center because of its communist message. At night, watch a performance in the palace’s theater, where international companies stage opera, ballet and classical music.

Discover the city’s ancient history at the Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología). See reconstructed temples, tombs and sculptures from Maya, Aztec and other civilizations. Not far from the city center is the Teotihuacan Ruins, the remains of a city built in 100 B.C. This site includes temples, murals and the world’s third-largest pyramid.

Mexico City is located in the Valley of Mexico, in the center of the country. The underground metro system is efficient and extends across the city. The city’s Historic Center is easily explored on foot, or by cycling using the city’s public bike rental program.

Where to stay in Mexico City

Polanco which includes a church or cathedral, heritage architecture and a garden

Polanco

4.5/5Wonderful!(39 area reviews)

Travelers choose Polanco for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Polanco Station or Auditorio Station and check out top sights like Auditorio Nacional.

Polanco
Coyoacan showing signage

Coyoacan

4.5/5Wonderful!(28 area reviews)

Noted for its museums and shopping, there's plenty to explore in Coyoacan. Top attractions like Estadio Azteca and Centro Comercial Perisur are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Xotepingo Station or La Virgen Station to see more of the city.

Coyoacan
Downtown Mexico City showing city views and a city as well as a large group of people

Downtown Mexico City

Travelers choose Downtown Mexico City for its interesting museums. Hop aboard the metro at Garibaldi Station or Guerrero Station and check out top sights like Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Downtown Mexico City
La Condesa featuring café lifestyle

La Condesa

Consider a visit to Chapultepec Park and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in La Condesa. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Patriotism Station or Chilpancingo Station.

La Condesa
Santa Fe which includes a city and modern architecture

Santa Fe

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

Santa Fe is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Expo Santa Fe Mexico and Ciudad de los Ninos while you're in town.

Santa Fe
Xochimilco which includes a house, boating and a river or creek

Xochimilco

Xochimilco is well-liked for its museums and parks. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Xochimilco Ecological Park and Plant Market and Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Xochimilco Station or Francisco Goitia Station to get around.

Xochimilco

Top Hotels in Mexico City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
3.5 out of 5
Puerto Mexico No. 80, Col. Penon de Los Banos, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is CA $104 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25

Located in Venustiano Carranza, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Sports Palace Dome and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Foro Sol. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and Zocalo ...

4/5Very Good! (4,752 reviews)

"Fue una muy buna estadia, limpio, atancion, general muy bueno"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2020

Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
4 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 80, Col. Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is CA $92 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Located in Reforma, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reforma 222, The Angel of Independence Monument and Torre Latinoamericana. Palacio de Bellas ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,002 reviews)

"Good location, friendly staff. Building is starting to show its age, but do not let that affect an overall great stay in CDMX"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2020

Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Camino Real Polanco Mexico
Camino Real Polanco Mexico
4 out of 5
Mariano Escobedo 700, Col Anzures, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is CA $128 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25

This family-friendly Mexico City hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Museo de Arte Moderno, Tamayo Museum of Contemporary ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,559 reviews)

"Every space in the hotel is well sanitized and you feel safe around"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2020

Camino Real Polanco Mexico

Popular places to visit in Mexico City

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
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Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

4.5/5(169 reviews)

Mexico’s patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe, is believed to have appeared on the site of this church, making it an important pilgrimage site for many Catholics.

Zocalo
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Zocalo

4.5/5(332 reviews)

This is the heart of Mexico City with wide-ranging architecture, cultural events and a lively arts scene.

Paseo de la Reforma
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Paseo de la Reforma

4.5/5(141 reviews)

Like the Champs Elysées in Paris, this famous wide avenue provides a distinctive elegance to the historic plan of this huge global city.

The Angel of Independence Monument
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The Angel of Independence Monument

4.5/5(213 reviews)

Gaze upon this tall and majestic structure that symbolizes for the whole nation’s citizens the country’s long struggle for independence.

Chapultepec Park
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Chapultepec Park

4.5/5(236 reviews)

Visit Chapultepec Castle, explore the National Museum or take the kids to the amusement center and children’s museum in this sprawling city park.

Estadio Azteca
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Estadio Azteca

4.5/5(43 reviews)

See one of the world’s largest and most famous soccer stadiums, the host to two historic FIFA World Cup championships.

Top things to do in Mexico City

Guadalupe Shrine & Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour
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Guadalupe Shrine & Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour

CA $87
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
2x1:Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine, Xochimilco & Frida Kahlo
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2x1:Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine, Xochimilco & Frida Kahlo

CA $118
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Teotihuacan pyramid on Your Own Self-Guided Tour
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Teotihuacan pyramid on Your Own Self-Guided Tour

CA $42
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco & Guadalupe Shrine
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Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco & Guadalupe Shrine

CA $54
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour
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Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour

CA $80
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Volcano Mountain Hike Tour with optional Small Group
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Volcano Mountain Hike Tour with optional Small Group

CA $72
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Mexico City

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
307
5 - Excellent 54.43262411347518%
4 - Good
222
4 - Good 39.361702127659576%
3 - Okay
28
3 - Okay 4.964539007092198%
2 - Disappointing
4
2 - Disappointing 0.7092198581560284%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 0.5319148936170213%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 30, 2020

Only stay at the airport for one night.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

Art, architecture, culture, history suite great

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

I look forward to going back.

5/5 - Excellent

Liz

Mar 22, 2020

We loved this city. The food, architecture and people were all fantastic. We look forward to our return.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

Best city to visit as a tourist, but dirty and polluted.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

Go rent a entire space there are amazing homes in Mexico City.

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