Created by Alejandra Larade.
Would you like to visit a metropolis bursting with hundreds of options for things to do and to visit?
Mexico City is a fantastic option that offers you an array of places, settings, shows, museums, nightspots, cafes, bars, restaurants, culture, history, and many more things that will captivate you. You will want to extend your stay or come back for more, as it is impossible to explore it all in one visit. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the best of this amazing city.
Exploring the city
There are some guided tours that can help you make the best of your visit, or if you prefer to explore it on your own, you can check the stop points of these tours.
There are several options with this private tour company. The main one is a hop on – hop off- in downtown, where you have 19 locations that you can explore at your leisure. This is a great option if you don’t know how to move around in the city, and gives you the flexibility of allotting you the time you want at each stop. Another of their tours is South Circuit, which will guide you from downtown to the Colonial area of Coyoacan and some other interesting areas.
Located in the South of the city, here you can rent a colorful trajinera (wooden boat) to take you over the canals and gardens. You can also hire a Mariachi band to go with you and sing some traditional songs along your trip.
Visit some of the great Museums
There are over 150 museums to visit in Mexico City. You would need months to visit all of them, so here is a highlight of a few that you can enjoy:
Natural Museum of Anthropology
This is the largest of its kind in the world and depicts the history, archeology and ethnography of Mexico, and anthropology from around the world. It houses archeological artifacts from ancient cultures in Mexico, like Aztec, Olmec, Maya, Mixteca and others.
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Located at the Alameda, in downtown, it’s a majestic piece of architecture built with white marble in the early 20th century. It has some huge and amazing murals from renowned Mexican painters as Diego Rivera, Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo and others. It still holds some exhibitions, dancing performances and concerts.
Museo del Templo Mayor
Created after the discovery of archeological ruins of Tenochtitlan and artifacts. This museum is located downtown and gives you a glimpse of the rituals, way of life, culture, agriculture, flora and fauna of the Mexicas who lived in the area in the 15th and early 16th centuries.
Construction of this palace start in the 16th century, and after some partial demolitions, the last renovation took place in the early 20th century. It has some important murals designed by Diego Rivera, narrating some of the history of Mexico. A great importance of this building is the main balcony, as it’s where many presidents commemorate Independence Day. It has an exhibition that showcases the celebration of the 200 years of independence of Mexico, open since 2010.
Take advantage of some of the best restaurants
In this huge metropolis you can enjoy a great dining experience from a big selection of cuisines, as it has more than two thousand restaurants for you to choose from. You can find specific food from different states in Mexico such as: Oaxaca, Yucatan, Puebla and Guerrero, along with cuisines from many countries. Here are a couple suggestions:
Mexican traditional cuisine, with different locations. Here you can try some traditional enchiladas (soft tacos dipped in mole sauce), and chiles en nogada (poblano peppers with almond cream).
De Mar a Mar
Amazing seafood dishes prepared for you to enjoy, from ceviches, broths, chowders, etc. and friendly and helpful staff.