Top attractions in Mexico City
Highlights of Mexico City
Mexico City, commonly known as D.F. (Distrito Federal) is the largest city in the world by population. Blending Hispanic and indigenous culture, the entire city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are some of the cultural treasures to seek out.
1. Teotihuacan Pyramids
This staggering City of the Gods, constructed by the Toltecs, was built over the course of 300 years starting in 100 BC. Prepare to feel small as you tour its monumental pyramids.
2. Frida Kahlo Museum
Mexico's iconically-eyebrowed artist has her own museum in D.F., in the house where she was born and where she died. Its cobalt blue walls and tranquil courtyards are truly lovely.
3. Lucha Libre
Forget WWE - if you've ever wanted to see a wrestling match, this is it. Lucha Libre is a form of wrestling peculiar to Hispanic countries, distinguished by its colorful masks.
Puebla is one of the oldest inhabited places in the whole country. The Tonanzintla Church and Cholula Pyramid, framed by the Sierra Norte mountains, is unforgettable.
5. Guadalupe Shrine
This basilica was built in the 1600s, on the spot where Our Lady of Guadalupe is said to have appeared to St. Juan Diego. In the 1970s, a new basilica was constructed alongside.
6. Zona Rosa
Mexico City's "Pink Zone" is home to gay and Korean communities among many others. As you walk its bohemian streets, you can see some of Mexico's most European-looking architecture.
Planning Your Visit
How long should I stay in Mexico City?
10-14 days is enough to get the most out of this truly amazing city.
How walkable is Mexico City?
It's huge, so you will be relying on public transport a lot. In certain non-tourist areas, it's advised to avoid walking around at night.
When should I go to Mexico City?
Mexico City thrives in the summer, but it is probably best to visit from November onwards if you are averse to extreme heat.
Anything else I should know?
In Mexico, tipping is common in places you may not have expected - for example, at gas stations and supermarkets. If in doubt, check out what locals are doing.
Good to know
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What people are saying about Mexico City
This experience was amazing! Doing the hot air balloons over the Teotihuacan Temples was such a fun and relaxing experience with great pictures. I’m glad this tour involved flying over and also walking through the archaeology zones. The hot air balloon company, Sky Air Balloons, I think is one of the best companies for doing this activity. They give you a free locker for your backpack before the hot air balloon, free coffee and sweet bread, and then after the ride they had a large buffet breakfast that was delicious. It was a very long day though, and there were a few stops along the way I didn’t expect like a underground cave restaurant and another restaurant/Aztec museum. Each had a quick informative tour about the Aztec culture, agave plant, and day of the dead history as well as some free mezcal, tequila, cactus juice, honey water tastings. Overall it was a very fun day and worth the trip!
A wonderful tour, a great guide! So many new things - a quick, but informative and charming walk through Coyoácan; must not skip the Frida Museum - fabulous and very moving; a beautiful ride on a trajinera in Xochimilco - with delicious food and drink; a great stop at the impressive UNAM campus; and a bonus photo opportunity at Frida's & Diego's studios. Our guide, Miriam, was kind and knowledgeable and our driver expertly navigated the busy streets while we were treated to an in-van viewing of the movie Frida. We loved every minute - an affordable way to see a lot of key spots in one go!
We stopped by Tlatelolco, was not included in the description. It was a very nice surprise. Thank you Leonardo. I wish they would have given us time to buy souvenirs in Teotihuacan ( at least 15 minutes would have been nice, no support for the local vendors)
Well worth it. Our guide was really smart and we are now friends. She told us all sorts of other tours to go on. And on several she said, " just take an Uber there, no need for tour". This food tour is a must do.
It was such a great experience. I didn't like the fact our driver was speechless. He did not talk at all. He did not have clue where we were or talked about the sight seeing places. Terrible tour guide.