Mexico City, the capital of the country, is truly fascinating… there is no better word to describe it. It seduces us with its art, its architecture, its history, its traditional neighborhoods, its spicy food and its renowned characters such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. In this article we will briefly tell you what to do in Mexico City , a city that surprises and falls in love with.
Historic center, where the life of the Federal District converges
If this is the first time you arrive in the capital of Mexico, you should know that there are thousands of things to do … you can stay for months, or even a year and you will not know it completely. Therefore, we recommend that if you have a few days to focus on the historic center of the city.
There you will find the Plaza de la Constitución (known as El Zócalo), the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the museums in colonial houses and the area of the Templo Mayor.
A few minutes away is Plaza Garibaldi, ideal to enjoy tequila, chili and mariachis. The Plaza de la República and its Monument to the Revolution, the Bosque de Chapultepec with its castle-art museum, the Museum of Anthropology, the Autonomous University … we have told you, Mexico has so much to do that it would be good to put together a detailed itinerary .
Unmissable attractions in Mexico City
In the previous lines we have given you a general “screenshot” of what you can do in Mexico, but it is not enough. We then detail the sites that you do or do have to visit during your stay in one of the most important capitals in Latin America:
1. Chapultepec Forest
It has an area of 678 hectares and is divided into three sections, the most visited being the one that houses the National Museum of Anthropology. This emblematic building (old castle) houses treasures of all times and also allows you to enjoy a panoramic view of the city or beautiful walks in its surroundings.
2. Plaza de la Constitución or “El Zócalo”
If you want to know what Mexican and Aztec life is like, this site is perfect. Located in the center of Tenochtitlán, it is the heart of the city and houses the Metropolitan Cathedral, built on the Templo Mayor.
But also, in the surroundings we can discover colonial architectural jewels, businesses of all kinds and even a kind of “museum” in the subway station below. Don’t miss the tour that includes the bell towers!
Another of the highlights of “El zócalo” (don’t ask anyone about the Plaza de la Constitución because they won’t know where it is) is the National Palace, which was erected on top of the remains of the Aztec emperor Moctezuma’s chambers. Take the opportunity to admire Diego Rivera’s murals painted between 1929 and 1951.
3. Frida Kahlo Museum
Saying that you have been to Mexico City and not having visited the “Blue House” is almost the same as going to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower or San Francisco and not going through the Golden Gate. The most representative and world-known Mexican artist lived and died in this house.
You will be able to know Frida’s most intimate spaces : the bedroom and the study where she painted, as well as some of her own works, including Viva la vida , Portrait of my father Wilhem Kahlo and Frida and the cesarean section .
4. Basilica of Guadalupe
The patron saint of Mexico not only has a basilica in Mexico City, but is venerated throughout the country. In this temple you can visit a museum opened in 1941 that houses a large collection of religious art and the cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe. You can also admire works by renowned artists (such as Miguel Cabrera or Juan Correa).
5. Alameda Central
In the vicinity of the Palace of Fine Arts, it is the oldest promenade in the city and it bears its name due to the amount of poplars that were planted there (which were later replaced by ash and willow trees). The park has very beautiful monuments, fountains, sculptures and trails that are worth enjoying.
6. Anahuacalli Museum
In the Coyoacán delegation and designed by Diego Rivera, it is a museum that houses a huge collection of pre-Columbian pieces collected by himself from 1920. In this space where plays, dance, music and painting are also carried out, it is expressed the Mexican essence through its Aztec past. The design imitates a teocalli or “house of the gods” and for its construction volcanic stone was used as it was done centuries ago.
Of course Mexico City has thousands of other things to do. The Templo Mayor Museum, the Carmen market, the Saturday bazaar, Plaza Garibaldi and the National University (UNAM) can be fantastic plans on your tour.