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Mexico City
Travel Guide

Museo Nacional de Antropologia showing art and interior views

Find out what makes Mexico’s capital city pulse by exploring its lively neighborhoods, expansive parks, museums and ancient ruins.

Although most of the world knows it as Mexico City, this high-energy metropolis, home to millions, is officially known as Ciudad de Mexico (or CDMX). Over the past two centuries it was known as DF, Distrito Federal. Sprawling across the Valley of Mexico, Ciudad de Mexico is the Mexican capital city’s broader district, encompassing one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world by population. Explore the 16 different delegaciones (boroughs), from the colonial landmarks of Centro Histórico to the ancient Aztec canals of Xochimilco and the immense urban park of Chapultepec.

Delve into revitalized neighborhoods brimming with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and nightclubs and stumble across former colonial towns like San Angel, Coyoacán and Tlalpan, standing like islands amid the modern developments. Pick a couple of delegaciones and get to know the distinctive neighborhoods in each. Centro Histórico is a great place to discover the city’s historic heart. Wander this elegant colonial area and look for landmarks such as the Plaza de la Constitucion or Zócalo as it is also known, the Palacio Nacional (National Palace) and the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts).

Visit Chapultepec Park to find the city’s zoo, the former imperial palace, a collection of museums and an amusement park. Learn about the city’s pre-Hispanic heritage at Templo Mayor, the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán Museum and the Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology). Hear live mariachi music at Plaza Garibaldi.

While in Ciudad de Mexico, take the opportunity to see some of the most notable Catholic buildings in the Americas, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral or Basilica of Guadalupe. Coyoacán is a historic arts district that was home to painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Look for La Casa Azul (The Blue House), Kahlo’s childhood home and where she spent much of her life. It’s now the Museo Frida Kahlo. Head to Estadio Azteca to watch a soccer match in one of the world’s biggest stadiums and Arena Mexico to experience the excitement of a traditional lucha libre wrestling match.

Torre Mayor is a sky-scraping tower that offers views across the sprawling city to the distant mountains. Explore outside the city to see Teotihuacán, a network of ancient Nahuatl pyramids and temples.

Ciudad de Mexico is in the center of Mexico. Travel between delegaciones on the city’s comprehensive public transit network or by taxi. Fly into Benito Juarez International Airport or catch a Greyhound bus from the United States.

Where to stay in Mexico City

Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
4 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 80, Col. Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is £59 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Located in Reforma, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reforma 222, The Angel of Independence Monument and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Zocalo and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,864 reviews)
"Very close to attractions and it felt safe"

Reviewed on 8 Jun 2021

Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
3.5 out of 5
Puerto Mexico No. 80, Col. Penon de Los Banos, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is £84 per night from 9 Jul to 9 Jul
Located in Venustiano Carranza, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Sports Palace Dome and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Foro Sol. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez ...
4/5Very Good! (4,648 reviews)
"Convenient"

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2021

Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
Galeria Plaza Reforma
Galeria Plaza Reforma
4 out of 5
Hamburgo 195 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is £62 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Reforma, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Angel of Independence Monument and U.S. Embassy. Reforma 222 and Torre Mayor are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,244 reviews)
"I am very happy with the Hotel, great location and everything to feel great at a competitive price."

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2021

Galeria Plaza Reforma
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villas Amatlan Eco Village Retired From People
Villas Amatlan Eco Village Retired From People
2 out of 5
Carrada Hutzil 7, 62525 Amatlán, México, Amatlan, MOR
The price is £64 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Situated in Amatlan, this campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Earliest 16th Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl and within 6 miles (10 km) of El Tepozteco ...
Villas Amatlan Eco Village Retired From People
Vista Pradera
Vista Pradera
La Pradera, 101, Cuernavaca, MOR
The price is £135 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Located in La Pradera, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Earliest 16th Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl, Calvario Church and Photographic ...
Vista Pradera
Holiday Comfort House
Holiday Comfort House
13 Otoño, Tres de Mayo, MOR
Located in Lomas de Trujillo, this holiday home is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Ex Hacienda de Temixco Parque Acuatico and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Tabachines Golf Club. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Renovación
"Está un tanto descuidada, las imágenes no se parecen a lo real, los sillones muy desgastados, al igual que las ventanas y otras cosas. Sufrimos por no haber agua caliente, el calentador de agua se apagaba constantemente."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2019

Holiday Comfort House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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