The capital of Mexico is the largest city in North America by population and one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Follow the footsteps of the Aztecs, see where Frida Kahlo lived and painted, and experience centuries-old traditions during Day of the Dead.
Check out a list of the best things to see and do in this exciting city.
This stunning building, boasting immense murals by world-famous Mexican artists, is considered the cultural centre of Mexico City. It is home to famed El Hombre en el Cruce de Caminos (Man at the Crossroads) by Diego Rivera, originally commissioned for New York’s Rockefeller Center.
The art nouveau and art deco-style palace hosts cultural events in the national theatre. On the top floor, you'll find the National Museum of Architecture, which showcases the work and lives of famous Mexican architects. Admission is free on Sundays.
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Where to stay:
In Mexico City we recommend you to book 4* Hotel Gillow. This top rated 4-star hotel was founded in 1875 and it is located in the heart of the historic centre and just 300 m away from the Metropolitan Cathedral. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant with room service. The rooms are spacious and come with a flat-screen TV. All rooms also have a private bathroom equipped with a bath or jacuzzi. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Hotel Gillow is 500 m from Bellas Artes. Mexico City International Airport is 5 km from the property.
In Toluca we encourage you to stay at 4* Fiesta Inn Toluca Centro hotel with very good reviews. This 4-star hotel is located 450 m from Toluca’s cathedral and the Industry and Science Museum. It offers a fitness centre and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. The Fiesta Inn Toluca Centro’s restaurant serves traditional Mexican food. There is also a lobby bar. Toluca’s business district is around 10 minutes’ drive from the Fiesta Inn. You can drive to Toluca Airport in 20 minutes.
What to do:
With its art, gastronomy and unique culture, Mexico City is an exciting destination. Popular activities include exploring the cultural institutions like the National Palace presidential residence and the Palace of Fine Arts.
Admire the mural paintings by Diego Rivera in the Secretariat of Public Education (Secretaria de Educacion Publica)
If you get the chance, take in a performance in the theatre of Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Be sure to stroll the Central University City Campus, a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s famous for its 20th century architecture.
You can also visit Chapultepec Forest (Bosque de Chapultepec). Centred on a rock formation called Chapultepec Hill, it was a sacred place for Aztecs. Enjoy the view from the top of the hill, at a height of 2,325 meters (7,628 ft) above sea level. In the middle of the park there is the Chapultepec Castle.
From October 31st to November 2nd, you can take part in Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). During this cross-cultural festival, the Mexican people celebrate their loved ones who have passed on. Residents walk along the streets with skull-painted faces. The families visit the graves of their departed loved ones and enjoy a picnic in the cemetery. Gravesites are decorated with flowers and adorned with offerings of food, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages.
Check out Diego Rivera’s massive tiled fountain, called Fuente de Tláloc.
Discover the esoteric market, known as Mercado de Sonora.
Take a day trip to the fascinating ancient ruins of Teotihuacan, one of many UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mexico City region.
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