The sprawling metropolitan area has clawed its way up several bucket lists thanks to its world-class museums, grand plazas, monumental churches, historic buildings, lush parks and explosive culinary scene. However, impressive street art will instantly pique your interest, particularly downtown, where several murals beautify the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Mexico City is the best place to go museum hopping, thanks to over 150 museums with artefacts about the city’s history. Mexico City was founded in the 14th Century by the Aztecs and is one of Mexico’s oldest and most fascinating destinations. Here is a guide to help you plan your vacation to Mexico City.
What to see in Mexico City
Mexico City is a trove of symbolic attractions that should pique your interest whether you are in town for a few days or an extended period. With so much ground to cover in the history-clad city, we have compiled a list of must-see attractions.
Check out Zócalo
Zócalo is the beating heart of Mexico City’s rich history thanks to numerous attractions such as the Templo Mayor, Plaza de la Constitución, and Palacio Nacional. It was the original site for an Aztec Temple before being destroyed in 1521 to make room for a La Catedral Metropolitana. However, the area was rediscovered in the 1970s and is home to several artefacts. If you want to get to the bottom of Mexico City’s rich history, Zócalo is the best starting point.
Visit Chapultepec Park
Sprawling over 1,695 acres in the heart of the city, Chapultepec Park is a nature trove and a great outdoor experience you can’t afford to miss on your visit to the town. The park has a zoo, nine museums, and La Feria amusement park. The park attracts many global travellers thanks to its unique museum collection, notably the Museum of Anthropology, with many itching to see the impressive catalogue of sculptures, jewels and ancient artefacts from Mexican civilizations. Admission to the museum is about $4.
Take part in the Day of the Dead
Every 1st and 2nd of November, there are mass celebrations across Mexico in honour of the dead. It is not a sorrowful experience but rather a vibrant festival to celebrate the legacies of those who passed on. During the two fun-filled days, you will see sugar-coated skulls, Pan de Muerto (baked goods), and candy treats whether you go in the city. There are also several parades of people in elaborate and colourful costumes. In addition, the festival is a great way to get in touch with the cultural heritage of the locals.
Check out Frida Kahlo’s House
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (her husband) are Mexico’s most prominent names in the art industry. Frida Kahlo passed on in 1954 and was most known for her endearing portraits. Their home (the Casa Azul) has become an attraction for many art enthusiasts looking to get a feel of what their lives were like and an excellent opportunity to see a variety of artwork. Admission here is about $13.
Where to stay in Mexico City
Mexico City has a vibrant hospitality industry to cater to its robust travel sector. There are countless hotels and affordable hostels. Here are some recommendations;
Nightlife in Mexico City
After enjoying the countless attractions and local cuisines, experiencing Mexico City’s nightlife becomes the only box left to tick. The city has an enthralling party scene which attracts a select group of party animals from all over the globe. So, whether you seek a memorable evening of craft cocktails or want to dance until sunrise, Mexico City will cater to all your cravings. Here are some of the best nightlife spots in Mexico City; Hanky Panky Cocktail Bar, Parker & Lenox, Licoreria Limantour, and La Clandestina.
Whether a history buff or an outdoor enthusiast, Mexico City has what it takes to cater to your needs. Thanks to our guide, you know where to find fun in the City of Palaces.