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Mexico City
Travel Guide

Metropolitan Cathedral featuring a city and heritage architecture

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

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 $103 per night from May 30 to May 30
Located in Venustiano Carranza, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Sports Palace Dome and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Foro Sol. Zocalo and Metropolitan ...
4/5Very Good! (4,617 reviews)
"Easy walking to airport!"

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

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 $85 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Reforma, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reforma 222, The Angel of Independence Monument, and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Zocalo and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,836 reviews)
"I love it it's close to everything"

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Galeria Plaza Reforma
Galeria Plaza Reforma
4 out of 5
Hamburgo 195 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is CA $73 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 4
Located in Reforma, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and The Angel of Independence Monument. U.S. Embassy and Glorieta de Insurgentes ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,237 reviews)
"Everything was great"

Reviewed on May 15, 2021

Galeria Plaza Reforma
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Encantadora Casa en Cuernavaca
Encantadora Casa en Cuernavaca
Cuernavaca, MOR
The price is CA $150 per night from May 18 to May 18
Set in Cuernavaca, this family-friendly vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of El Tepozteco National Park and Pyramid, Ex Hacienda de Temixco Parque Acuatico, ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
bien
"bien"

Reviewed on Apr. 6, 2021

Encantadora Casa en Cuernavaca
Vista Pradera
Vista Pradera
Cuernavaca, MOR
The price is CA $150 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in La Pradera, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Earliest 16th Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl, Calvario Church, and Photographic ...
Vista Pradera
Cabañas El Guarani
Cabañas El Guarani
2.5 out of 5
Calle del Refugio no. 11, Colonia del Carmen, Tepoztlan, MOR
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Earliest 16th Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl and 3.1 mi (5 km) from El Tepozteco ...
3.5/5Good! (13 reviews)
Beautiful, out-of-the-way place near Tepoztlán
"this small hotel -- a set of cabañas or cottages, really -- is lovely for a very quiet rest. There's a temazcal (a type of sweat lodge or sauna), lots of space for walking, and a great view. The only drawback is that it is a bit hard to find. I was glad we had a good cell phone with GPS capacity. ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 15, 2018

Cabañas El Guarani
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Mexico City

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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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