Mexico City Attractions

The Top Ten things to do in Mexico City are mostly clustered in the downtown area that runs from the Historic Center to Chapultepec Park. But, to really see the best sights in the capital of Mexico you will want to make a couple of side trips to the south and north of the city, an easy thing to do because of the Federal District's comprehensive (and inexpensive) public transportation system.

Make sure that your visit includes samples of Mexico's rich past and present: Aztec, Spanish, 19th century Independence, 20th century Revolution, and 21st century contemporary life.

My #1 Pick: El Zócalo. Formally known as Plaza de la Constitucion, the enormous public square called El Zócalo is the heart and soul of Mexico City. It's the place where the Aztecs built their most important temples and Hernando Cortes created the seat of Spanish power. Today, El Zócalo is the location of the country's most important celebrations and protests.

The Museo del Templo Mayor - #2 on the Top Ten list - is a splendid complex of both excavated Aztec temples and world-class museum displays of the important artifacts found there.

Chapultepec Park, which ranks #6 place of the Best Sights in Mexico City, is akin to New York's Central Park. Chapultepec's broad green expanse is the lungs of this city of 25 million people and its most popular weekend entertainment destination. Among its attractions are a castle, museums, lakes, and playgrounds.

Zócalo / Plaza de la Constitución

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16 de Septiembre y 5 de Mayo
Centro Histórico

The Main Square... read more

Museo del Templo Mayor

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Seminario 8
Centro Histórico

Archaeological Artifacts and more... read more

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Catedral Metropolitana

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Donceles 95
The zócalo, on Cinco de Mayo, Centro Histórico

Three centuries in the making... read more

Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Avenida Juárez y Eje Lázaro Cárdenas
Centro Histórico

Mexico's Center for the Performing Arts... read more

Chapultepec Park

An outdoor experience that houses innumerable and infinitely interesting indoor spaces... read more

Anthropology Museum (Museo de Antropologia)

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Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Ghandi
Colonia Polanco Chapultepec

All of the pre-hispanic cultures under one roof...
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Museo Frida Kahlo

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Londres 247, between Calles Allende and Abasolo
Colonia del Carmen

Frida Kahlo's home, the Casa Azul in Coyoacán, is one museum everyone must see when visiting Mexico City... read more

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Xochimilco

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Avenida México Xochimilco
(Xochimilco)

Aztec Canals & Artificial Islets... read more

Basilica de Guadalupe

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Calzada de los Misterios y Paseo Zumárraga
Gustavo A. Madero

Shroud of Miracles... read more

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Mirador de la Torre Latinoamericana

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Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas esquina Francisco I. Madero
Colonia Centro

A Panoramic View of the City... read more

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Parque Hundido

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Avenida Insurgentes Sur
Insurgentes Mixcoac

A Peaceful Place... read more

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Torre Latinoamericana

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Eje Central 2
Centro Historico

Mexican skyscraper... read more

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Bosque Nacional del Desierto de los Leones

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Carretera México-Toluca, Km 25.5

A Beautiful Forest... read more

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Templo Mayor

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Seminario y Moneda

The Main Building of Tenochtitlán... read more

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Lago del Bosque de Chapultepec

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Avenida Paseo de la Reforma s/n
Primera Sección del Bosque de Chapultepec

A City Lake For Recreational Activities... read more

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Mercado El Chopo

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Just outside of the Buenavista Metro station.
Buenavista

Alternative, and underground market... read more

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Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones

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Camino al Desierto de los Leones
Cuajimalpa

A Pine Forest & A Convent... read more

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Plaza Garibaldi

Plaza Garibaldi 12, Col. Garibaldi

The epicenter for Mariachi music... read more

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Museo Antiguo Palacio del Arzobispado

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Colonia Centro

The remains of the Tezcatlipoca temple... read more
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