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Mexico City
Travel Guide

Museo Nacional de Antropologia featuring interior views and art

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

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 $82 per night from May 15 to May 16
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. Zocalo and Metropolitan ...
4/5Very Good! (4,579 reviews)
"Excellent location and good service"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 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 $60 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Reforma, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and The Angel of Independence Monument. U.S. Embassy and Glorieta de Insurgentes ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,236 reviews)
"Great, staff, great location, great stay!!!"

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Galeria Plaza Reforma
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
4 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 80, Col. Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is $65 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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! (1,838 reviews)
"The location was nice But basics like coffee machine cups and glasses were not provided"

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Fiesta Americana - 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.
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 $51 per night from May 7 to May 8
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! (373 reviews)
"Ample space and cleanliness are the staple pf the property."

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Stadía Suites Mexico City Santa Fe
Suites Perisur Apartamentos Amueblados
Suites Perisur Apartamentos Amueblados
4 out of 5
Calle Alba No. 15, Col. Insurgentes Cuicuilco, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is $71 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Coyoacan, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cuicuilco Archaeological Zone and Centro Comercial Perisur. Fuentes Brotantes de Tlalpan National ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (411 reviews)
"Excellent stay, restful and pleasant. Thank you for a nice week"

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Suites Perisur Apartamentos Amueblados
Armonik Suites
Armonik Suites
3 out of 5
Rio Nazas 168, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is $44 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Located in Reforma, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and The Angel of Independence Monument. Chapultepec Park and Monument to ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (130 reviews)
"It was comfortable and modern, located so close to many places and things I like to see in Mexico City."

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

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.

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May 31, 2020

Gran Ciudad para visitar

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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

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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.

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Mar 30, 2020

Love the city

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Mar 27, 2020

Excellent place to get to know Mexico in all its splendor

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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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