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The Top 10 Things to Do in Mexico City

Article by GVI


Posted: March 9, 2023

Mexico City is a vibrant powerhouse of culture, art, architecture and history. It is impossible to describe all that one could experience in such a huge city, but the following are some of the best activities to take part in on your trip to Mexico City.

Explore the Historic Centre of Mexico City

The historic centre of Mexico City is home to some of the country’s most admired monuments, and many of its oldest buildings. You can explore the National Palace (Palacio Nacional), or visit the enormous plaza known as the Zocalo (more officially known as Plaza de la Constitucion). The Zocalo is home to the Metropolitan Cathedral, among other important sites. If you’re looking for culture, music and great food, check out the nearby Plaza Garibaldi or La Merced. The vicinity of Alameda Central has outdoor crafts markets, some of Mexico City’s largest nightclubs and numerous beautiful parks.

The historic centre of Mexico City is also home to some of the city’s most iconic museums, such as the National Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Modern Art. There are also many smaller, lesser-known museums, such as the Museum of Popular Art and the Museum of the City. Whether you’re looking for culture, history, or just a great time, the historic centre of Mexico City has something for everyone.

Visit the National Museum of Anthropology

The National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) is one of the most popular destinations for tourists who come to Mexico City. This museum houses more than 75,000 artifacts from early pre-Hispanic cultures such as the Olmecs and the Aztecs. There are also collections from the Mayan and Mixtec cultures. The museum also features many interactive exhibits and a library that is open to all visitors.

The museum is located in the heart of Mexico City and is easily accessible by public transportation. It is open every day from 9am to 5pm and admission is free. Visitors can explore the museum at their own pace and take advantage of the audio guides and interactive displays. The museum also offers guided tours for those who want to learn more about the history and culture of Mexico.

Take a Tour of the Palacio de Bellas Artes

The Palacio de Bellas Artes is an architectural wonder. Inside, you’ll find breathtaking murals by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Visitors will be able to take in incredible sculptures, theatre performances and a permanent exhibit featuring works from all over Latin America. There is also a movie theatre, plus cafes and shops.

Wander Through Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec Park is located in the heart of the city and it is home to many attractions including an aquarium, an amusement park and an artificial lake, which can be rented for boat rides all year round. The park allows visitors to have a great day out as they take a walk through centuries-old trees, indulge in amusement rides, and enjoy beautiful gardens.

Scenic view at Basilica of Guadalupe with Mexico city skyline at sunset, Mexico

Enjoy the Street Food Scene

Street food is one of the best things that a traveller can experience while traveling through Mexico. Each region has its own array of different snacks from tacos to quesadillas. Mexico City itself is home to a vibrant scene that features many stands throughout the city selling traditional dishes like tamales and elote (corn on the cob). Don’t forget to try some agua fresca and freshly made fruit juices!

Take in a Show at Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris

Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris is one of Mexico’s most notable theatres. Here you can take in world-class performances from some of the country’s best musicians and dancers. In addition, there is often live theatre performances, and even comedy nights featuring some of Mexico’s most popular comedians.

Shop at the La Ciudadela Market

La Ciudadela Market has a vast array of goods ranging from traditional Mexican handicrafts to modern fashions. Everything from organic food to handmade furniture is available at a great discount! You can even pick up some Mexican ball caps or ask local locals for recommendations on other interesting goods.

Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum

The Frida Kahlo Museum (formerly known as “Casa Azul”) is located in Coyoacan, south of Mexico City. The museum houses many of Frida Kahlo’s sketches and paintings as well as personal items such as her jewellery, clothing and other artifacts. You can also stroll through the beautiful gardens around the house where Frida spent much of her time when not creating artwork.

Enjoy an Evening at Plaza Garibaldi

Plaza Garibaldi is a lively outdoor plaza full of music and entertainment. This plaza is home to mariachi bands, which make up much of the popular mariachi music that has become so iconic in Mexico City. Don’t miss out on trying some delicious street food at one of the nearby food stands or grab yourself a drink at one of plaza’s many bars and pubs.

Take a Day Trip to Xochimilco

No trip to Mexico City would be complete without a visit to Xochimilco, a nearby district where visitors can take a ride along one of the canals in one of the traditional trajineras or gondola-style boats. Along your journey you’ll spot dozens of chinampas (floating gardens) as well as cheerful graphic decorations like wooden dolls on many of the boats. You can enjoy traditional Mexican dishes and drinks as you take in this tranquil experience.

Spend Some Time in Coyoacan

Coyoacan is one of Mexico City’s most distinctive neighbourhoods. It has long been famous for its vintage shops, art galleries, and cafes, but now it also has plenty of modern restaurants, bars and nightclubs. In addition, you can visit Frida Kahlo’s former home, now a museum dedicated to her life and work, as well as some of Mexico City’s top art galleries. Coyoacan will leave you mesmerised with its unique beauty and atmosphere.

Mexico City has a wide variety of activities that cater to different interests, ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether it’s exploring the colonial architecture of Coyoacan, trying out delicious street foods or admiring inspiring works at Palacio de Bellas Artes, this dynamic city has an abundance of options to keep you engaged and entertained.

Want a truly rewarding experience while in Mexico? Join one of GVI’s volunteer programs and help protect the marine life in Puerto Morelos! Dive into conservation efforts, collect data, and learn about the importance of preserving the region’s stunning biodiversity. This is your chance to learn new skills, make a difference, and explore one of Mexico’s most beautiful coastal towns.

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