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Mexico City
Travel Guide

This cultural metropolis offers dramatic murals, ancient ruins and classical architecture. 

Mexico City was founded by the Aztecs as Tenochtitlan in 1325. It was later conquered and rebuilt by the Spanish. Today, the city of 20 million people is a busy metropolis set against a mountainous backdrop. It enjoys a mixture of European and indigenous culture, boasting Aztec ruins, classical European architecture, a strong arts scene and spicy street food.

Stroll down Mexico City’s version of the Champs-Elysées, Paseo de la Reforma, which includes the golden statue of The Angel of Independence. This avenue connects the the National Palace with the Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec), a hilltop estate that overlooks the city. See the opulent rooms of the former tenants, Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico and his consort Carlota, and get your camera ready to take a photo of the spectacular view of the city from their bedroom. The castle also houses the National Museum of History. This facility includes collections of weapons, costumes and other items that document Mexico’s history from the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century to the Mexican Revolution in 1910, and beyond.

The Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) is Mexico City’s premier arts institution. Explore the four-level palace, with its grand marble facade, high ceilings and art deco interior. The upper levels include large works by many famous Mexican muralists. The best-known work is Diego Rivera’s controversial Man at the Crossroads, which was rejected by its original commissioners at New York City’s Rockefeller Center because of its communist message. At night, watch a performance in the palace’s theater, where international companies stage opera, ballet and classical music.

Discover the city’s ancient history at the Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología). See reconstructed temples, tombs and sculptures from Maya, Aztec and other civilizations. Not far from the city center is the Teotihuacan Ruins, the remains of a city built in 100 B.C. This site includes temples, murals and the world’s third-largest pyramid.

Mexico City is located in the Valley of Mexico, in the center of the country. The underground metro system is efficient and extends across the city. The city’s Historic Center is easily explored on foot, or by cycling using the city’s public bike rental program.

Where to stay in Mexico City

Top Hotels in Mexico City

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 NT$2,028 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (4,546 reviews)

"Excellent service all staf are very nice and polite."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/25

Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
Camino Real Polanco Mexico
Camino Real Polanco Mexico
4 out of 5
Mariano Escobedo 700, Col Anzures, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,631 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29

This family-friendly Mexico City hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Museo de Arte Moderno, Tamayo Museum of Contemporary ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,588 reviews)

"Great hotel with the best location in Polanco. The hotel was impecable, huge rooms and the service couldn’t be better. Would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/17

Camino Real Polanco Mexico
Barceló México Reforma
Barceló México Reforma
4.5 out of 5
Paseo de la Reforma, 1, Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico City, CDMX
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,951 per night from Mar 13 to Mar 14

Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Teatro Metropólitan, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Reforma 222. Zocalo and U.S. Embassy are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,143 reviews)

"If you have to leave the safety of your own home during Covid, as we did, I can't imagine a better place to go than Barcelo. From the moment we arrived and for the two days we had to stay, we were made to feel welcome and safe. Our needs for security and hygiene were met and exceeded. The rooms were ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/19

Barceló México 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.

Vacation Rentals in Mexico City

Stadía Suites Mexico City Santa Fe
Stadía Suites Mexico City Santa Fe
4 out of 5
Juan Salvador Agraz # 60, Colonia Lomas de Santa Fe, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,350 per night from Mar 19 to Mar 20

This family-friendly Mexico City aparthotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Centro Santa Fe, Ciudad de los Ninos, and Expo Santa Fe ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (372 reviews)

"Ample space and cleanliness are the staple pf the property."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/22

Stadía Suites Mexico City Santa Fe
Suites Rio Elba
Suites Rio Elba
3.5 out of 5
Calle Rio Elba No 31, Col Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$909 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Reforma, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and Chapultepec Park. The Angel of Independence Monument and U.S. ...

4/5Very Good! (264 reviews)
Not a bad value or location. Street food!

"If you want cheap, you have it. Like the customer service people for this web site. Typical cheap hotel: Not as nice as picture implies, no sign on building or doorway (just the address - look for Krispy Kreme next door), damage to cabinets, towels that good hotels would discard (noticeably frayed, ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/17

Suites Rio Elba
Armonik Suites
Armonik Suites
3 out of 5
Rio Nazas 168, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,282 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Reforma, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and The Angel of Independence Monument. Chapultepec Park and Monument ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (128 reviews)

"The area super convenient, the suites are well equipped, specially the kitchen, I went to Mexico for medical reasons instead of vacation and been able to cook was really good, the housekeeper was always very polite and very helpful, I only wish the coffee wasn’t so small and a bit pricey, other than ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/6

Armonik Suites
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.

Popular places to visit in Mexico City

Reviews of Mexico City

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4/5 - Good

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May 31, 2020

Gran Ciudad para visitar

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 11, 2020

It is a nice city, very well connected, safe green areas everywhere. Affordable prices for good food eating whether take away or in restaurants. Rich in culture and hisotry

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 31, 2020

Love Mexico City. I've been there quite a few times. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to learn about the origins of civilization in our continent.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 30, 2020

Love the city

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 27, 2020

Excellent place to get to know Mexico in all its splendor

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 25, 2020

Mexico City is great city with a lot of things to do. Come and experience this vibrant city filled with amazing food and things to do.

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