20 BEST Things To Do In Mexico City [2024 Travel Guide]

George Alvarez
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George Alvarez
Last Updated:
January 1, 2024
Looking for the best things to do in Mexico City? Boasting a variety of awesome museums, temple ruins, and delicious cuisine, you're in for a great time!
Things to do in Mexico City

The giant capital of Mexico is both an enthralling and intimidating destination at the same time.

Trust me ... I've experienced it!

As one of the largest cities in the world; almost 9 million people live here, which means it’s a very big place to explore indeed!

In fact, up to 17.6 international visitors passed through Mexico City International Airport in a year alone.

Given its size, you’ll find a large amount of things to see and do here, which range from Aztec pyramids and giant parks to cultural museums and beyond.

It’s also home to a fantastic culture too, which is best explored through its regional foods as well as by meeting locals.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll look at everything you need to know about Mexico City

As well as covering the very best things to see and do, we’ll also explore where to stay, the best time to visit as well as offering any more top tips I've picked up on from years living in and exploring Mexico.

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Getting to Know Mexico City

Why Visit Mexico City

view of Mexico City

When it comes to learning about the true, authentic culture of Mexico, then this city easily ranks as one of the best in the country. 

There are many museums here dedicated to covering the history of the country, from its ancient beginnings up until the more recent centuries.

And what the city lacks in its weather and climate, it more than makes up for with its attractions! 

Some of the very best to see here include the Xochimilco Canal, as well as the area around the Zócalo - the main square of the capital.

The delicious food is another big reason why many travellers come here (and often return too!), since it’s full of authentic dishes and regional delicacies. 

Here you’ll find plenty of top restaurants serving exquisite Mexican cuisine, and you’ll also discover the local holes being of great quality too.

Last but not least, the other great reason to come here is to head into the surrounding regions of Mexico City. 

You can take many awesome day trips (we’ll explore these later in this guide), which range from mesmerising pyramids to incredible natural sceneries.

How to get to Mexico City

Mexico City airport

Mexico City is located in the heart of Mexico, within the same-named state of La Ciudad de México. 

Given its size and importance (not only to Mexico but to all of Latin America), getting here is very easy with several options, which we’ll now take a look at.


Mexico City’s international airport has two large terminals that welcome flights in from all around the world. 

This means you’ll easily be able to find direct flights from the Americas and Europe, often being quite cheap too if you book them in advance (or get a lucky last minute deal). 

Once you land at the airport you can then either take a taxi or the metro to get into the city centre.

If you’re elsewhere in Mexico, then you’re in luck since pretty much all airports have direct flights heading to the capital. 

Some of the most popular routes include from Cancún, Cabo San Lucas, and Monterrey, however you’ll also find that the smaller towns and airports have routes here too. 

I recommend using SkyScanner to compare all possible flight routes.


As already mentioned, Mexico City is located smack bang in the middle of the country. 

The roads here are mostly of good quality too, meaning pretty much all highways lead here without too much hassle. 

Therefore using the bus is a great way of arriving into the capital if you’re already in the country. You can compare different providers and routes here on BusBud.

There are four main stations; one in the north, south, east and west areas of the city. 

Unsurprisingly, these each correspond to the particular area of Mexico of which these routes run to and from. For example, when coming from Oaxaca by bus you’ll most likely arrive into the South station.

Buses are the cheapest way of travelling, so it’ll be the best option for those who are sticking to a budget and looking to travel cheaply!

The prices are still worth comparing with flights though, as sometimes you can find a good deal similar to the cost of the bus (and also as some routes can be tirelessly long on wheels). 

Getting around Mexico City 

getting around Mexico City bus

There are several different ways of getting around, however I’ll be one of the first to say that the Metro is by far the best way!

Many claim it’s unsafe, however in my experience it was one of the best I’ve used in Latin America. 

There’s restricted areas just for children and women, and you’ll also see security guards loitering around. 

This of course doesn’t mean you can let your guard down and leave your bag somewhere unattended, however it's still a place you can travel safely in.

Using Uber or Taxis is the other main option, however you should only travel with registered cabs (they have their name, photo and company printed out on the taxi). 

If hailing from the street, then make sure to agree a rate before you get in, as taxi drivers have been known to try and take advantage of unsuspecting travellers!

Where to Stay in Mexico City?

where to stay in Mexico City

Mexico City truly is a giant place as I’ve already mentioned, so it’s pretty normal to feel overwhelmed when coming here for the first time. 

There are several areas which are best for a stay in when coming to the capital:

  • The Historic Centre is great for those who love culture, as there are many attractions nearby as well as a range of accommodation options for all budgets.
  • Roma and Condesa are two neighbourhoods that are the most hip in all of Mexico City. You’ll find a vibrant and youthful scene here, close to many great restaurants and nightlife options.
  • Polanco is by far the most exclusive area of the city, and is best for those who prioritise a more residential and safe area. Also perfect for those with families too!

For those who are looking to keep costs low, then I recommend staying at the Hotel San Francisco, which is perfectly situated close to Alameda Central Park and Garibaldi Plaza. 

A great choice for a mid-range accommodation option is Best Western Majestic, which is located right on the Zócalo in the heart of the city. 

If you’re looking for a more all-inclusive experience, then you’ll want to stay in the Zocalo Central. Also located above the main plaza, here you’ll have an on-site restaurant as well as a fitness and wellness centre.

For some tips on how to keep accommodation costs lost, check out our guide on how to get cheap hotels!

20 Best Things to do in Mexico City

Below we’ll now look at the best things you can do in Mexico City, which also includes some awesome day trips into the surrounding regions.

1. Explore the Zócalo

the Zócalo in Mexico City

Starting off our comprehensive list of things to do in Mexico City, I have the Zócalo.

The main square of the capital; this bustling area is the living heart of the city, and is the perfect first stop on any itinerary. 

Here you’ll see a giant Mexican flag flown from high above, which is a great photo opportunity in itself. 

This square is usually heaving both day and night, so you’ll see street performers here and even local food stands at certain times. 

The very best thing about the Zócalo though has to be the buildings that line it. 

Given it’s one of the most important areas of Mexico City, here is where we’ll find the beautiful National Palace where the current president of Mexico resides. 

There’s also the imposing Metropolitan Cathedral with its giant 25 bells (we’ll cover this one in more detail later in this guide). 

Other worthwhile sites to see include the Templo Mayor Museum as well as the Monument to the Mexican National Identity. 

Located in the heart of the city, this is the best place to stay near, and will serve as a great point of reference when exploring other areas of Mexico City.

I recommend joining this inexpensive guided walking tour where you’ll see the very best highlights of the Zócalo.

2. Visit Soumaya Museum

Fascinating Soumaya Museum, Mexico City

This eccentrically shaped building looks like something you’d find in Dubai, not Mexico City! 

Founded in 1994 by Carlos Slim, The Soumaya Museum houses many important exhibits and sculptures, and for me is one of the best museums to explore if you're wanting to learn about Mexican culture. 

It’s known best for its collection of pre-Hispanic coins, which is the largest of its kind on earth.

You’ll also find many paintings here from some of the most notable artists in recent centuries, including that of Salvador Deli, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin. 

With over 66,000 artefacts and pieces of art, it's one of the most visited art museums in all of Mexico. 

It’s not just the museums that are worth the visit though, since the exterior is also great for a photo opportunity with its slick, silver, snake-like texture.

Visiting this place is one of the top things to do in Mexico City so don't leave it off your itinerary! 

The Soumaya Museum is located within the district of Miguel Hidalgo, just a few blocks north of the upscale neighbourhood of Polanco.

It’s open from 10:30am until 6:30pm all days of the week.

This private tour is the best way to experience the Soumaya Museum, where your professional art guide will show you all of the highlights.

3. Try the Ancient Drink of Pulque

Those travelling to or around Mexico will no doubt already know of (and have kicked back) the different types of Tequila and Mezcal that are brewed here. 

There is however another drink, which despite coming from the same agave plant, is much less known about. 

Pulque is an alcoholic beverage that has been consumed for thousands of years throughout central Mexico, which has a white, milk-like appearance. 

It’s made from fermented sap which gives it its own unique taste, and is well-known for its healing properties which can help everything from improving digestion to lowering cholesterol levels. 

It has an alcohol content of between 2-6%, so there’s no need to worry about crawling back to your accommodation after knocking back a few of these... 

Pulque is best tried in one of the original Pulqueria establishments, however these can be hard to find nowadays since they’ve declined in popularity, with drinkers instead heading to more current and trendy venues. 

Thankfully in Mexico City, there are still a few of these awesome venues left such as Pulquería La Hija De Los Apaches, which is located within the district of La Romita.

4. Head on a Day Trip to Teotihuacán

Ancient pyramids in Teotihuacán

Nothing shouts Mexico more than its ancient Aztec and Mayan temples, which are found throughout this incredible Latin American nation.

However the pyramids of Teotihuacán are perhaps the most spectacular of all, and are also by far the most visited too. 

First constructed somewhere around 250 CE, this ancient site was the overall largest and most populated in all of the pre-Columbian Americas (which stretched from current-day Mexico down to Central Bolivia). 

At its peak, it was believed to house as many as 125,000 people in its multi-layered houses, which ranked Teotihuacán as one of the largest cities in the world during its era.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is by far one of the best day trips you can take, where you can explore all of the mysterious structures and ruins found here. I recommend this highly rated day tour which includes transport and your entry ticket.

The Pyramid of the Sun is by far the most notable and famous, however there’s also other great ones here too such as the Pyramid of the Moon as well as The Avenue of the Dead. 

Mexico is home to plenty of historical sites but this place has to be one of the most impressive! 

Teotihuacán is just a couple of hours away from Mexico City, and you can take the bus from the North Terminal which departs hourly. 

It’s open all days of the week, from 9:00am until 5:00pm.

5. Get Serenaded by Mariachi Bands in Plaza Garibaldi

Mariachi Band in Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico City

Mariachi Music is a way of life in many parts of this country. 

From its roots in the mountainous region of Jalisco, this style of music is now found pretty all over Mexico, and is still thriving today.

Plaza Garibaldi is the place to come for Mariachi music in Mexico City, where you'll see bands loitering around just waiting for a chance to serenade.

When here, be sure to pay them a small fee, and then sit back and enjoy their sweet, sweet songs. 

Whilst the Mariachi Bands are usually here all day, I recommend coming along in the evening when things start to get moving. The atmosphere will also be better too.

There’s also a few nice restaurants that line the plaza such as Guadalajara de Noche and Cantina San Luis, where you can enjoy some classic Mexican dishes whilst enjoying some of the best Mariachi performances you can find in the city. 

If you're looking for unique things to do in Mexico City then make sure you pay this area a visit! 

Plaza Garibaldi is located within the small neighbourhood of Lagunilla, which is just 10 blocks north-west of the Zócalo (around a 15 minute walk).

6. Try Mexican Foods in La Merced Market

Mexican Tamales

There’s an absolute tonne of different markets to be explored in the Mexican capital, which are each worth their own visit when coming here. 

However La Merced Market has to rank as one of the overall best, and has been around as early as the 13th Century. 

This is the very best market to come for food, and here you’ll find pretty much anything and everything from classics like Tacos del Pastor and Tamales, to more local and regional ingredients like cactus and pápalo leaves. 

You’ll also discover some pretty unorthodox foods here that’ll probably roll some stomachs too, such as dried ants and mosquito eggs (which were staples during the Mesoamerican times, however some locals still enjoy them to this day). 

It’s a really busy market (especially on weekends), so be sure to leave all valuables at home and to keep your phone and wallet in your front pockets to avoid them being stolen. 

La Merced Market is located around 8 blocks south-east of the main Zócalo, which you can walk to in around 15 minutes.

It’s open all days of the week, from 5:30am until 6:00pm.

7. Wander around Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec Castle

Known as the breathing lungs of Mexico City, this giant park is one of the biggest man-made green spaces in the entirety of the Western Hemisphere. 

With over 680 hectares of forest, lakes and walkways, it’s the perfect place to escape the never ending bustle of the capital. 

Some of the best things to do here include rowing on a kayak across Lake Chapultepec, as well as exploring the botanical gardens. 

At the top of the hill you’ll find Chapultepec Castle, which once was home to monarchs, but is now a National Museum of History that boasts some pretty neat views over Mexico City.

Nature enthusiasts will also need to head to this park at least once, as when walking around you can spot as many as 60 different bird species. This includes the Black-backed Oriole as well as the Berylline Hummingbird. 

If you're wondering what to do in Mexico City then I'd definitely recommend spending some time in this park! 

Chapultepec Park borders the two popular districts of Polanco and Condesa, which are the main entry points. 

I highly recommend this fun guided bike tour of Chapultepec Park where you’ll ride past the most important sites whilst your tour guide teaches you all about this picturesque park.

Whilst you could walk here from the Zócalo (it will take an hour), it’s best to use the metro with the closest stops being Auditorio, Constituyentes and Chapultepec.

It’s open Tuesday until Sunday, from 5:00am until 6:00pm.

8. Visit the Palacio de Bellas Artes

Palacio de Bellas Artes

This beautiful building is by far one of the most visited sites in Mexico City, and for good reason too. 

Inaugurated in 1934, the Palacio de Bellas Artes is known for its picturesque white marble design, with even the exterior worth spending some time to look at from the outside. 

Once you’re done marvelling, you can then head inside where you’ll find an extensive range of murals, including the famous Man at the Crossroads. 

As well as this, you’ll also be able to see murals from both more ancient and contemporary times.

On the top floor you’ll be able to visit the architectural museum, which showcases some of the best models and designs of Mexico City’s most notorious buildings and landmarks. 

The Palacio de Bellas Artes is located on the north-east corner of Alameda Central Park, which is a 10 minute walk west from the main Zócalo. 

It’s open from 11:00am until 5:00pm, Tuesday through to Sunday.

You can also join this walking tour where you’ll have included visits to other important buildings such as the National Museum of Arts as well as the Postal Palace Mexico.

9. Party in the Zona Rosa

When it comes to nightlife, Mexico City has one of the widest range of venues in the country that can cater for pretty much all music tastes.

Whilst there’s also other good districts, it’s the Zona Rosa that's the clear winner for us. 

Also known as Reforma, here you’ll find many lively bars to kick things off, with Hanky Panky and Xaman Bar being two of the very best. 

Boomers Grill & Bar is another good option, which is also a great place to get the grub in before downing the pints. 

After the bars, you’ll then find a range of clubs such as Versailles 64 (which is the overall best for dancing and for its extensive drink menu), and many great LGBT options too such as the popular Hibrido Bar

You can read this comprehensive guide to nightlife in the Zona Rosa for more venues.

The Zona Rosa can offer a good night out any day of the week, since Mexico City really is one of those cities that never sleeps. 

However Friday and Saturday night will remain the very best nights out, where you’ll find things heaving into the wee hours of the following morning.

For those looking for things to do in Mexico City at night, make sure you leave some time free to party! 

10. Explore the town of Tepoztlán

Tepozteco Archaeological Site

There’s something about visiting an authentic Mexican town which makes for such a memorable experience. 

Perhaps it’s seeing the locals go about their daily life, or the colonial architecture and narrow streets that gives it a more homely feel. 

Regardless of what it is, you’ll want to visit the town of Tepoztlán, which is located in the bordering state of Morelos. 

Known as being the birthplace of the Quetzalcoatl (an ancient bird that has its roots in the Aztec culture), the main thing to see here is the Tepozteco Archaeological Site, which features a pyramid on top of a mountain that overlooks Tepoztlán. 

Other cool things to see and do include a visit to the Ex-Convento Dominico de La Natividad, which features many stunning murals and frescoes, as well as to the Museo Carlos Pellicer

This all-inclusive day tour is a perfect way to explore this town and nearby Cuernavaca, which includes entry to all major sites.

It’s best to head here on the weekends, when the weekly artisan market pops up as it's the perfect place to haggle for authentic Mexican souvenirs.

Tepoztlán is located some 83 km south of Mexico City, with the bus taking just over an hour to get to.

11. Make a stop at the Frida Kahlo Museum

Frida Kahlo Museum

This is by far one of the best things to do when in Mexico City! 

The former residence of Frida Kahlo, this house has since been converted into a museum where you can learn about the life and legacy of this amazing woman. 

It’s best known for its bright blue facade, which makes the Frida Kahlo Museum a great photo opportunity spot. 

Inside you’ll find numerous anecdotes, her best works as well as paintings from Diego Rivera (who was her husband and also lived with her here). 

Perhaps one of the most interesting things was that, despite her notoriety as a female activist who promoted women’s rights all over Mexico, she still very much stayed true to her roots - as she was born in this house, lived and also later died here too. 

The Frida Kahlo Museum is located within the hip district of Coyoacán, just a block away from the La Fragata Park. If coming from the Zócalo, then you’ll want to take the metro and get off at the Centenario Stop. 

The museum is open from Tuesday until Sunday, from the hours of 10:00am until 6:00pm.

12. Get your Mexican Fix on an Authentic Food Tour

Whenever travelling somewhere new, tasting the local cuisine is always a must. 

Not only will you learn about new flavours and foods, however you may just find that you'll fall in love with a new dish too! 

A food tour is the absolute best way to do this, since you’ll have a knowledgeable local show you around the main markets, sampling the very best cuisine (as well as lesser known treats). 

This awesome food tour run by Sabores Mexico is one of the very best you can head with, where you’ll enter the infamous San Juan Market to sample and pick different spices and ingredients. 

You’ll also be able to try various Mexican classics that are prepared right then and there, including Tacos del Pastor as well as Tlacoyos

It also includes certain alcoholic drinks too, so rest assured you’ll be trying some good Mexican beers and Tequilas too!

13. Head on a boat through the Canals of Xochimilco

trajinera boats in Xochimilco

Located in the south of Mexico City, we’ll find this unique attraction that is quickly growing into one of the most popular things to do in the capital. 

Xochimilco is essentially a network of intertwining canals that was once part of a huge lake, which was since drained by the Spanish during their colonial rule. 

Still these canals are operational, you can ride a traditional trajinera boat through them for a relaxing day out - something that’s usually quite hard to have in the never ending bustle of Mexico City! 

I recommend heading with this tour, where they will also prepare some traditional Mexican snacks for you on-board for the ultimate, authentic experience. 

Whilst navigating these waterways, it’s also worth stopping off at the Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls). 

This creepy island is known for having dolls strung up everywhere, and also has a dark past which you can learn about.

Xochimilco is located roughly 23 km south of the historic centre, and the best way to get here is to first take the metro to the Tasqueña stop, and then the light train to the very last station. 

Boat rides are available through the canals from 9:00am until 6:00pm, all days of the week.

You can also join this tour where you’ll not only ride in an authentic trajinera boat (as well as have the option of local food being prepared for you), you’ll also have an included tour of the UNAM campus which is known for its famous sculptures and murals.

14. Visit the Lesser-known Tula Ruins

Tula Ruins near Mexico City

Central Mexico was once dominated by the various Mesoamerican cultures such as the Aztecs, and today I can see this important part of history through its many ancient ruins and archaeological sites. 

Tula Ruins is a much lesser-known site, which is located in the nearby state of Hidalgo. 

These ruins were an important site of the Toltec culture which once ruled these parts, who rose to prominence during the same time as the decline of Teotihuacán. 

It was thought that Tula was first occupied around 400 BCE, reaching its peak between the 10th and 12th centuries.

Here you’ll find giant human statues (each as high as 4 metres), as well as the main pyramid of Quetzalcoatl. 

It’s a really nice site to visit given it has a very different feel, which is perfect for travellers who have already visited different ruins and want to change things up.

This guided tour is the perfect way to explore these ruins, which includes hotel pick-up and drop-off.

The Tula Ruins are located within the town of Tula de Allende, which is roughly 96 km north of Mexico City (around an hour and a half drive).

15. Learn at the Museo Nacional de Antropología

Stone of the Sun in Museo Nacional de Antropología

An absolute must for history buffs, and I also recommend anyone else to come here during their stay in the capital. 

The Museo Nacional de Antropología is the most visited museum in all of Mexico, and is also the most complete with its comprehensive collection of pre-Columbian artefacts and findings from this region. 

The Aztec Sun Stone is one of the most important findings here, with this giant stone found buried underneath the Zócalo. 

The Xochipilli Statue is another which was known as the God of Flowers, that was discovered at the base of the Popocatépetl Volcano. 

If you're wondering what to see in Mexico City then I'd recommend spending some time here, as you'll get to learn all about the country's history and culture.

The Museo Nacional de Antropología is actually found within the Chapultepec Park, in the northern section near the entrance from Polanco. 

I recommend heading with this awesome tour, which also includes a visit to the Chapultepec Castle too!

It’s open from 9:00am until 5:00pm from Tuesday until Saturday, although I recommend coming as early as possible since it can get quite crowded later in the day.

16. Climb the Torre Latinoamericana

Torre Latinoamericana in Mexico City

If you’re after some stunning panoramic views of Mexico City, then it doesn’t get any better than those from the top of the Torre Latinoamericana

First constructed in 1956, this skyscraper is 44 stories high, and you’ll be able to take an elevator right up to the observation deck (not really climbing I know, but there are stairs if you’re that motivated!). 

There’s also a really nice bar on the 41st floor too, so you can enjoy some swanky cocktails or a few cold ones whilst taking in the impressive skyline. 

As Mexico City is a heavily polluted city, you may need a bit of luck (or strategic planning) when coming so you can get the clearest views. 

The Torre Latinoamericana is located just a block east of the Alameda Central Park, and you can easily walk here from the main Zócalo in just 10 minutes. 

You can head up to the observation deck every day of the week, from 10:00am until 9:00pm (although I recommend coming in the evening for the most memorable views).

There are plenty of Mexico City attractions for you to visit, but make sure you allow some time to admire the epic views from this place.

17. Marvel at the Metropolitan Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City

What was once a small ancient church, has since been constructed into the largest cathedral in the entirety of the Americas! 

The Metropolitan Cathedral was gradually built over two centuries, and was finally finished in 1813. 

Whilst you’ll find different architectural styles in its design, it’s the gothic styling that is most prominent, which can be found in the exterior of the church. 

The cathedral is also home to 25 bells, with the largest (called Santa Maria de Guadalupe) weighing in at a mammoth 13,000 kilograms! 

It’s worth walking around inside too, where you’ll be able to marvel at the Altar of the Kings, along with Renaissance Art and small chapels coming at you from all angles. 

The Metropolitan Cathedral is located at the north end of the Zócalo, and is quite easy to spot with its imposing dual towers. 

It’s open for viewing pleasures Monday until Sunday, from 9:00am until 5:30pm (although Sundays will of course be more busy).

You can also head with this city walking tour, where you’ll get to explore the National Palace as well as Chapultepec Park.

18. Get Educated at the National Museum of the Revolution

National Museum of the Revolutio

Many will already have heard of the Monument to the Revolution, a large temple-like structure that celebrates the Mexican revolution. 

However beneath this landmark, there is also the National Museum of the Revolution which is very much worth the visit. 

Having opened its doors in 1986, you can head here to learn more about life in Mexico between the years of 1867-1917, which included the struggle for freedom and democracy. 

There are three major exhibition rooms to be explored, each with a large array of artefacts, recordings, documents, photos and maps that give us a better insight into these times. 

The National Museum of the Revolution is located close to the National Museum of San Carlos in the neighbourhood of San Rafael

The best way to get here is by metro, where the closest stop is Revolución. 

It’s open from Tuesday until Sunday, from 9:00am until 5:00pm.

19. Explore the Templo Mayor Ruins

Before its modern-day name of Mexico City, this area was once known as Tenochtitlan, which was the capital of the Aztec Empire. 

Despite being semi-destroyed in 1521 during the Spanish conquest, the Templo Mayor still has many of its ruins in-tact to this day.

Walking around the site you can see the residence hall, which was where the priests and politicians would study. 

It also once had a large pyramid with two shrines dedicated to Huitzilopochtli and Tlaloc; the gods of war and rain, respectively. 

Here you can also see the ball field (similar to that which is found in Chichén Itzá) where they would play many different ball games barefoot with a heavy ball. 

The Templo Mayor is conveniently located next to the Zócalo, so it’s worth visiting this place along with other key sites such as the Metropolitan Cathedral (which also has pyramid remains related to Templo Mayor buried underneath) as well as the National Palace. 

Given this attraction can get busy at certain times of the day, it’s best to pre-book your ticket online and save yourself the hassle.

It’s open from Tuesday until Sunday, from 9:00am until 5:00pm.

20. Get up and close with the Angel of Independence

Angel of Independence in Mexico City

Built on September 16th 1910 (the same date that marks the celebration of Mexican Independence), the Angel of Independence is a very famous landmark that celebrates the country’s victory when they became an independent nation. 

The base of the statue features four bronze walls, with each symbolising war, justice, law and peace.

At the very top you can find Nike, the Greek goddess of Victory, which completes the 45 metre high landmark. 

Those who visit will be glad to know that you can actually climb to the top of the tower to see the statue up close, as well as to get some awesome views over the surrounding district. 

The only complication is that it requires a special permit which can be obtained from the Cuauhtémoc borough. 

It’s not such a difficult process though, and once done you can then climb the circular staircase to the very top. 

The views from the top are a must see in Mexico City so we'd definitely recommend grabbing yourself a permit if you have the time! 

The Angel of Independence is located within the district of Cuauhtémoc, roughly 7 blocks east of Chapultepec Park. 

When coming from the Zócalo, you can take the metro and get off at Insurgentes.

Mexico City Travel Tips & FAQ

When is a good time to visit Mexico City?

Sitting up at an altitude of 2240 metres, Mexico City has a cooler climate than that found along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

This city is also located right in the centre of Mexico, and has both a dry and a wet season. 

The dry season starts in November and runs through until late April. 

Average temperatures range from 57-66°F, with highs of up to 79°F and lows of down to 44°F. Rainfall varies between just 0-0.5 inches each month. 

This is the preferred time for a visit for travellers, since rainfall levels are at their lowest. 

Whilst Christmas will be more expensive, you can find cheaper months for a visit such as February and March.

The wet season commences around May, and lasts until October. 

Average temperatures rise to between 62-67°F, which makes walking around the day more comfortable. Highs can reach up to 80°F, with lows of 52°F. Rainfall levels also rise up to 1.5-5 inches each month. 

Aside from the heavier rains, this period is good since there’ll be less tourists around, and also as it’ll be less chilly come the evening and nighttime. Just make sure you include include a rain jacket on your Mexico packing list

I recommend looking up the climate on WeatherSpark before coming to Mexico City.

How long should you spend in Mexico City?

Most travellers often come here for just a couple of days before catching a flight out, however this is really pushing it if trying to see the very best of this awesome capital. 

At a minimum, you’ll want to spend 5 days here, which is enough to see the top sights and also the Teotihuacán Ruins. 

If possible, a full week would be better, where you can get to know the city on a more intimate level including some of its lesser known gems, as well as some trips into nearby regions too.

As there are so many things to do in Mexico City, you really don't want to rush your time here!

What is a good budget for Mexico City?

For travellers who are looking to keep things relatively cheap, then a budget of $20-25 is a good starting point. 

With this amount you’ll be able to stay within a well located hostel in either the Historic Centre or Roma, and eat meals from an inexpensive restaurant. You’ll also be getting around mostly by metro or local bus, with a little leftover for an attraction or drinks at night.

Those who want more comfort and a deluxe experience, will be spending anywhere from $30-40+. 

You’ll be upgrading to a private room, and also able to eat out at some nicer restaurants too. With this budget you’ll be able to get around by taxi for most trips, and can afford more expensive trips like that of a guided day tour to Teotihuacán.

It’s important to remember that these budgets are only for accommodation and food costs, with just a little left over for an attraction or taxi ride. 

It doesn’t account for flights, travel insurance, tours or buses between destinations.

Mexico is one of the cheapest places to visit in North America, but its capital city is known to be more expensive than other areas of the country. Just keep that in mind when planning your trip!

Can you just book a tour for Mexico City?

Whilst it would be ideal to have so much time in Mexico City to explore everything, this isn’t always the case. 

This is where a tour would come in really handy, where you can see the top sights within a short space of time. 

This private city tour is a great way to do just this, where you’ll visit the Zócalo, Basilica of Guadalupe, the pyramids of Teotihuacán and much more. 

You’ll have all transport and logistics provided for you, as well as a professional guide who will teach you interesting facts along the way. 

Where to go after Mexico City?

As you can see there are plenty of awesome things to see in Mexico City! 

Having now lived it up within the bustle of the capital, you may be wondering where is best to head next.

And it can be quite a hard one to decide, given there are worthy destinations in all directions from here! 

I recommend heading next to Guadalajara, which is the vibrant capital of the Jalisco region. 

Here you can explore colonial architecture, rural towns and also visit the birthplace of Tequila.

I recommend heading on this popular tour, where you’ll explore one of the best Tequila distilleries in Mexico, learning about how the spirit is made as well as being able to explore the beautiful, bright-blue agave fields.

If you don't mind traveling a bit further afar, then Puerto Escondido and Puerto Vallarta are two great options for a beach escape! 

Here are some other Mexico travel guides to help you plan your trip:

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