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.

Known for

Museum, Historical Building and Cathedral

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Where to stay in Mexico City

Polanco
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Polanco

Museum, Dining, Café

4.5/5 (23 Ratings)

Visit the most diverse section of Mexico City for sophisticated shopping, dining, accommodations and sightseeing.

Downtown Mexico City
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Downtown Mexico City

Known for Museum, Cathedral, Architecture

Discover the historic central plaza, scenic park and lovely architecture of this busy central district.

Santa Fe
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Santa Fe

Shopping, Skyscraper, Dining

5/5 (4 Ratings)

Mexico City’s urban redevelopment jewel is this shining neighborhood on the southwest side that was once considered a dump.

La Condesa
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La Condesa

Known for Live Music, Theatre, Dining

Enjoy 20th-century history in these two sections of Mexico City, with interesting art and architecture reflecting European influences.

Coyoacan
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Coyoacan

Museum, Shopping, Café

4.5/5 (22 Ratings)

One of the most popular Mexico City neighborhoods is this quiet colonial space southwest of the historical center.

Xochimilco
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Xochimilco

Known for Natural Park, Historical Building, Museum

A piece of pre-Hispanic life in Mexico remains in the canals and gardens of this UNESCO heritage site just south of modern Mexico City.

Top Hotels in Mexico City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
3.5 out of 5
Puerto Mexico No. 80, Col. Penon de Los Banos, Mexico City, CDMX
CA $117
per night
Oct 12 - Oct 13
3.9/5Good! (7,059 reviews)

"Convenient. A real service hotel with a taste of luxury unusual for an airport location"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2019

Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
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Camino Real Polanco Mexico
4 out of 5
Mariano Escobedo 700, Col Anzures, Mexico City, CDMX
CA $147
per night
Oct 11 - Oct 12
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,144 reviews)

"Very interesting architecture and art throughout the building made it very pleasant to return back. The hotel has a very quiet central courtyard, making it a welcome relief when you arrive from the noisy city outside."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 7, 2019

Camino Real Polanco Mexico
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Barceló México Reforma
4.5 out of 5
Paseo de la Reforma, 1, Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico City, CDMX
CA $130
per night
Sep 27 - Sep 28
4.3/5Excellent! (3,200 reviews)

"The Hotel was in the perfect zone for our needs. The rooms we're modern, and very clean, The staff was great. The only area that needs improvement would be the restaurant room service, unfortunately the food was terrible and the wait was long. They also need to have more towels, rooms were cleaned ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2019

Barceló México Reforma

Popular things to do in Mexico City

Zocalo
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Zocalo

4.5/5 (277 Ratings)

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

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

4.5/5 (144 Ratings)

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.

Chapultepec Park
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Chapultepec Park

4.5/5 (184 Ratings)

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

The Angel of Independence Monument
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The Angel of Independence Monument

4.5/5 (167 Ratings)

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

Estadio Azteca
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Estadio Azteca

4/5 (34 Ratings)

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

Palacio de Bellas Artes
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Palacio de Bellas Artes

4.5/5 (171 Ratings)

Mexico City’s historic arts center showcases art nouveau architecture, murals, and performances of ballet, opera and classical music.

Top activities in Mexico City

2-in-1 Combo: Teotihuacan Pyramids, Xochimilco Canals & Frida Kahlo Museum
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2-in-1 Combo: Teotihuacan Pyramids, Xochimilco Canals & Frida Kahlo Museum

CA $115

Embark on a 2-day journey through Mexico City, accompanied by an expert guide. Explore the archaeological site of Teotihuacán, visit Guadalupe Shrine and the Frida Kahlo Museum, and take a boat ride on a trajinera on the UNESCO-listed Xochimilco canals.

Turibus Hop-on Hop-off City Tour
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Turibus Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

CA $11

Live and discover Mexico City using the Official Sightseeing Tour in the City, Turibus has four circuits that you can use with only ticket. You can Hop-On Hop-Off in every stop as many times as you wish, visit Museums, shopping centers and exclusive areas.

Early Access to Teotihuacan Tour with a Private Archeologist
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Early Access to Teotihuacan Tour with a Private Archeologist

CA $52

Be there as the gates open up for the day at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan and explore some of Mexico's rich and vibrant history. Top your experience off by sampling some unique local liquors at a nearby shop.

Mexican Night Out: Lucha Libre, Local Bars & Mariachi Music
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Mexican Night Out: Lucha Libre, Local Bars & Mariachi Music

CA $78

Ready to get up close and personal with one of Mexico’s most popular sports. It’s going to get exciting! Lucha libre (aka Mexican wrestling), is the second-most watched sport in Mexico and hands down one of the most exciting things you can do in Mexico City.

Teotihuacan pyramid on Your Own Self-Guided Tour
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Teotihuacan pyramid on Your Own Self-Guided Tour

CA $23

See the grand pyramids of Teotihuacan with an early-morning visit that shows you the famed “City of the Gods” ahead of the tourist crowds. This tour offers an easy ride from Mexico City and the chance to explore one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the Americas.

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

CA $70

Departure to visit two impressive ceremonial centers, Teotihuacan (Prehispanic) and the Shrine of Guadalupe (contemporary), witch outline the majority religious development of the Mexican people.

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Where to Take the Best Tequila Tours in Mexico
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Where to Take the Best Tequila Tours in Mexico

Bring out the salt and lime and plan a Mexican getaway for National Tequila Day!

Making the most of Mexico City
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Making the most of Mexico City

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Warmth and fun in Mexico City

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