Mexico City

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Palacio de Bellas Artes showing heritage architecture, night scenes and a park

Experience the infectious energy, superb culinary scene, intriguing museums and top-rate cultural and historic sights of Mexico’s sprawling, cosmopolitan capital.

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.

Experience the infectious energy, superb culinary scene, intriguing museums and top-rate cultural and historic sights of Mexico’s sprawling, cosmopolitan capital.

Mexico City is a dynamic urban center with an exciting restaurant scene, compelling historic sites and outstanding cultural attractions. One of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City buzzes with the movement of over 8 million residents. Admire the striking architecture of the city’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit fascinating museums, wander through distinctive neighborhoods and sample the city’s acclaimed cuisine.

Walk around the Zócalo, officially known as the Plaza de la Constitución, the city’s bustling main square and the heart of the Centro Histórico. One of the largest city squares in the world, the Zócalo has been a center for public gatherings for centuries. Look inside the imposing Metropolitan Cathedral on the north side of the square. This church dates back to the 16th century.

Visit the fascinating Templo Mayor, an ancient Aztec temple, and the adjoining Museo del Templo Mayor, which displays over 7,000 artifacts recovered from the site. Tour Museo Frida Kahlo, home of celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The museum features collections of Kahlo’s work, along with some of her personal items such as clothing and photos.

See one of the world’s most impressive archaeological collections at the Museo Nacional de Antropología. Each area of the museum features artifacts from a different geographic region or culture, including pre-Columbian artifacts dating as far back as 100 B.C.

Experience Condesa’s chic nightlife scene, browse hip boutiques in Roma or dine on posh patios in upscale Polanco. Shop for local cheeses, artisanal breads and fresh produce at Mercado de San Juan, which specializes in gourmet food items not found elsewhere in the city.

Wonderful dining options for every budget can be found in Mexico City, ranging from street stalls to world-renowned fine dining restaurants. Don’t leave without trying huarache, fried corn tortillas covered with meat, cheese, beans, potatoes, cream and salsa, a dish that originated in Mexico City.

The weather in Mexico City is generally pleasant throughout the year, with temperatures averaging around 55-75 F (13-24 C). Get around using the city’s affordable metro and bus systems.

Take your time discovering the eclectic appeal of Mexico’s captivating capital city.

Where to stay in Mexico City

Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
4 out of 5
Puerto Mexico No. 80, Col. Penon de Los Banos, Mexico City, 15520
The price is NT$2,337 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
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izZzleep Aeropuerto Terminal 1
izZzleep Aeropuerto Terminal 1
3 out of 5
Mexico City Airport, Terminal 1, 2nd Fl, Av Capitan Carlos Leon s/n, Mexico City, CDMX, 15620
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NH Collection Mexico City Airport T2
NH Collection Mexico City Airport T2
4 out of 5
Capitan Carlos Leon Sn T2 Piso 6, Mexico City, 15620
The price is NT$3,545 per night from Jul 23 to Jul 24
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4/5 Very Good! (1,628 reviews)
"Great, friendly service and help with baggage ... at all hours of the day and night. Check-In & out was easy. Perfect location for an early morning flight through Terminal 2."

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NH Collection Mexico City Airport T2
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.
Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
4 out of 5
Puerto Mexico No. 80, Col. Penon de Los Banos, Mexico City, 15520
The price is NT$2,337 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly hotel in Mexico City. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the clean rooms in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (4,526 reviews)
"excelente opción frente al aeropuerto, al acceso es un valor agregado."

Reviewed on 2022/6/22

Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
Galeria Plaza Reforma
Galeria Plaza Reforma
4 out of 5
Hamburgo 195 Col Juarez, Mexico City, 06600
The price is NT$2,584 per night from Jul 14 to Jul 15
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Galeria Plaza Reforma
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, 06000
The price is NT$3,683 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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Zocalo Central Mexico City
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