Mexico City Top 5 Things To Do

El Zócalo and Cathedral Metropolitan in the Historic Center Mexico City
Last updated Jul 15, 2024
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Top 5 Things to Do in Mexico City

Has someone inspired and encouraged you to visit a place, city, or country? Which place were you inspired to visit?

Well, for me that place is Mexico City!

And, I wouldn't want to miss the Day of the Dead.

Explore the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun.

At Chapultepec Castle, you can get a vibe of Romeo and Juliet at the outdoor balconies and staircase.

And, visit the Blue House of Frida Kahlo.

If you like learning about culture and traditions and are planning to travel to Mexico City. I recommend going during the Day of the Dead to experience the traditions.

Mexico City

 Jennifer stands on the Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacán Mexico City

Hey! In the picture above, I stand on the Pyramid of the Sun. In the background is the Pyramid of the Moon.

I can see, feel, and climb the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.

Since my experience, it has changed, and climbing the pyramids is not allowed. So check for any updates.

I visited Mexico City on the 1st and 2nd of November so I could experience the Day of the Dead traditions.

Mexico City 5 Things to Do Infographic

5 things to do

Things To Do In Mexico City

1 Teotihuacán

Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacán Mexico City

My friend encouraged me to travel to Mexico City and visit Teotihuacán. There, you will find the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.

As you can see in the picture, the pyramid in the foreground is the Pyramid of the Sun. Then in the background, you can glimpse the Pyramid of the Moon.

You walk along the Avenue of the Dead through the archaeological zone of Teotihuacán. Before encountering the Pyramid of the Sun, you veer off to the right.

And, you visit the cultural museum. Inside, you find artefacts and large maps of the archaeological site.

You can peer through a large window. Standing there towering over the building is a pyramid. You see the Pyramid of the Sun.

Read more about my experience visiting the pyramids at Teotihuacán.

Climbing the Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacán Mexico City

On the way back, I visited the Basilica de Guadalupe.

Mexico City Basilica de Guadalupe
Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City
Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City

2 Bosque de Chapultepec

In the park of Chapultepec, you can visit Chapultepec Castle. Inside, it houses the Museum of Mexican History. You walk around the castle's terrace. Then, peer into the imperial rooms

You look down Paseo de la Reforma. See the cityscape being changed by the towers. And, you see the Altar A la Patria

Nearby, you can wander around the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. You gaze at the artefacts of the Aztecs, the pre-Hispanic people. And, seeing the Sun Stone face-to-face amazes you.

You could also visit the National Museum of Arts and the Chapultepec Zoo.

You can read my post about visiting Chapultepec Castle and Romeo and Juliet.

Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

3 Day of the Dead Mexico City

You can experience the Day of the Dead by visiting Mexico City on the first and second of November.

In the Historic Center, you walk around to see the Ofrenda, the altars of offerings. You'll find them on the streets, and in buildings like hotels.

Since Spectre has been released. Search to see if a Parade for the Day of the Dead.is being held in Mexico City.

A tour into the Milpa Alta area takes you to small towns decorated for the Day of the Dead.

Day of the Dead Cemeteries

In the first town, San Pedtro Atocpan you’ll see churches and cemeteries. They have altars with offerings and graves decorated. Stop for lunch to taste a dish with Mole sauce. Find out more details about the Day of the Dead at San Pedtro Atocpan.

You'll see the sunset in the cemetery of the second town. You can read about my experience at the cemetery during the Day of the Dead at San Antonio Tecomitl.

At night you'll see the cemetery at San Andres Mixquic. Imagine the graves are decorated and lit up by candles. Walk through the street lined with market stalls. Then, you sit for a meal in one of the restaurants. You can read my post about my experience at night during the Day of the Dead at the church in San Andres Mixquic.

La Catrina Day of the Dead Mixquic at night Mexico City
Day of the Dead Mixquic at night Mexico City

4 Centro Histórico

You'll find catching the train into the Centro Histórico an adventure in itself. When a train pulls up at the platform, the carriage is jam-packed.

And, you need to find a way to get on the train with it packed. Because, if you wait the next one is packed, too. Get off the train at the platform that takes you up to Zócalo.

The photography for my friend's album, "It's Like This" was created in the Zócalo.

Then, you walk around the Historical Center.

If you go at the same time as the Day of the Dead. Then, you can see the Ofrendas in the Historic Center, too.

Places you can include on your visit:

  • Zócalo
  • Cathedral Metropolitan Mexico City
  • National Palace
  • Templo Mayor
  • Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México
  • Post Office
  • Tolsa Square
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes
Cathedral Metropolitan Mexico City
Day of the Dead in the Historic Center

5 Frida Kahlo Museo ~ Casa Azul

Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away. ~ Frida Kahlo

 Frida Kahlo Museo

Visiting Frida Kahlo's Blue House

I walked around Frida Kahlo's blue house where she was born, lived, and died. And, I saw how her blue house contrasts with the white paint of the walls and ceilings on the inside. Then, I saw splashes of yellow and green paint and wood for furnishings.

Her blue house is now the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán. And, her bed with a mirror at the top sits near three doorways. Nearby, an urn with her ashes sits on a dresser, And, I saw her belongings like paintings, paint materials, clothes, jewelry, artefacts, and furnishings in the house and outdoors.

My daughter and I went during the Day of the Dead. And, I saw outside in the patios and gardens with an altar decorated with offerings.

My daughter and I stood in a long queue to get inside at the entrance. It was approximately a 90-minute wait before she and I bought our tickets. And, there was an extra charge to take photos. Therefore, I didn't pay extra for photos because my daughter and I knew it would be busy inside.

Now, you are unable to buy tickets in person at the entrance. Buy your tickets in advance and allow time to arrive at least fifteen minutes before your allocated time. Because you don't want to make all the effort of getting there then miss out.

Getting Around Mexico City

In the distance, my daughter and I saw a market within walking distance. So I walked into this market.

Make sure you know some Spanish if you are catching the train. So that, you can buy tickets and can work out which platform to catch the train. Because the person I encountered at the ticket counter did not speak English. I found it took some time to find a lady who spoke English and could help me. I am grateful to the lady who bought my daughter and me tickets and showed us the way to the platform.

On the way home, my daughter and I went to the train station. However, the ticket queue was up the steps out of the station. So she and I walked back to the Blue House because we had seen a dedicated taxi rank outside it. And,  she and I caught a taxi there. Plus, the taxi driver spoke English.

So, you'll find it easier to visit with an English-speaking tour. If you speak limited Spanish.

At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can. ~ Frida Kahlo

Private Tour to the Frida Kahlo Museum - Best For Friday Kahlo Blue House Lovers

The ticket includes Frida Kahlo Museum ticket, "Casa Azul".

And, access to Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum

Individual photography permit (no flash). Videos and selfie sticks.are not to be used in the museum.

Excludes private transportation

Check for updates due to any restrictions.

Optional upgrades

Check Details Frida Kahlo Blue House Tour

Tips for Visiting Mexico City

  1. Learn Spanish for travel. For instance, I needed to be able to speak Spanish to buy tickets at the train station. I am grateful to find a lady who bought our tickets and directed us to the correct platform to catch the train.
  2. Catch official taxis at taxi ranks only. I am grateful to have found taxi drivers who speak English at the official taxi ranks.
  3. Ask the taxi driver how much the fare will cost upfront. So that, you make sure you have the cash in Mexican Pesos to pay for the ride. I had to show the taxi driver that I had enough cash so that they would take us to our destination.
  4. Plan and Book tours with English-speaking guides especially if you are not fluent in Spanish. Check that you have an English-speaking guide because we booked an English-speaking tour and were on a tour with a Spanish-speaking guide. So, it caused some confusion.
  5. Don't say you are lost.
  6. If you are unsure what someone has said. Say you do not understand, and say it in English.
  7. You'll see W.C signs for toilets. Carry coins for these toilets. And, I used toilets at hotels and shopping centers. On the Day of the Dead tour out of the city, the toilets were at people's homes so I needed coins to pay for the toilets.
  8. Carry toilet paper and disinfectant wipes.
  9. Hydrate with bottled water.
  10. Take some snacks on a day tour.
  11. The children collect lollies at the cemeteries on the Day of the Dead, so you could take some lollies in wrappers.

Find Things to do in Mexico City in my posts

You can find other things to do in Mexico City by reading my posts:

Experience the Day of the Dead at a cemetery, in churches, and in a cemetery in another town.

Immerse yourself in a night cemetery experience of the Day of the Dead.

Visit the Chapultepec Castle on the hill, where they filmed scenes of Romeo and Juliet in Mexico City.

Go on a walking tour of the Historic Centre in Mexico Center to see if you recognize scenes from Spectre.

Visit the Chapultepec Castle on the hill, where they filmed scenes of Romeo and Juliet in Mexico City.

Immerse yourself in a day trip from Mexico City to Teotihuacán.

You can find activities to do and get into the Christmas Spirit in Mexico City.

What would you like to experience in Mexico City? Share your thoughts with me!

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28 Comments

  1. I would love to visit Mexico City – hopefully someday. If I do, I’ll add all of these things to do to my itinerary! Thanks for sharing.

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    • You’re welcome, Pam. Hope you get to visit Mexico City.

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  2. In all my times I’ve visited Mexico, I have never been to Mexico City. Would love to visit and check out all your recommendations on the top things to do…especially the Frida Kahlo Museum.

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    • Hope you get to travel to Mexico City, kmf.

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  3. Great list of things to do in Mexico City! I’d love to visit Frida Kahlo’s house. We learned about her last year for homeschool. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • You’re welcome Charlene. Hope you get to visit Frida Kahlo’s blue house.

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  4. I only got to Mexico City once and I was just passing thorough on my way to Oaxaca. I would love to go back especially to eat tacos a la pastor.

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    • Hope you get to visit Mexico City, Alison. And,eat tacos a la pastor.

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  5. Caza Axul looks beautiful! I’d love to go anywhere in Mexico City, especially Day of the Dead.

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    • Thank you, Alexis.

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  6. You have taught me so much about Mexico City! I can not wait to see it. It was not really on my radar before.

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    • Thank you and you’re welcome, Tricia. Enjoy discovering Mexico City.

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  7. I want to experience it all. I would especially like to be there during the day of the dead!

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    • Thank you, Lisa.

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  8. I never had the desire to go until you started to share about your trip. It looks so cool and very different from other places I have been to.

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    • Thank you Heather. Hope you get to travel to Mexico City.

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  9. You! You have inspired me to make the trip to Mexico City some day! Teotihuacán sounds pretty awesome. As do the rest of the places you highlighted.

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    • Thank you Lee Anne. Hope you get to see the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.

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  10. I’ve never been to Mexico City, but myate husband raved about it. I trend toward beaches rather than large cities, but hopefully I’ll get there someday…perhaps on a layover.
    This is a wealth of information!

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    • Thank you Suz. I can see why your late husband was intrigued about Mexico City. Hope you get to do a layover.

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  11. Great suggestions for places to visit in Mexico City. I appreciate your list of travel tips as well. It can be scary if you veer from common sense tips.

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    • Thank you Kendra. Knowing about local tips is wise.

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    • Thanks for your information especially to know little Spanish, so someone who travel to Mexico can prepare before going to Mexico.

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      • You’re welcome, Iwan. Yes, it’s good to be prepared.

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  12. I would love to take my family to Day of the Dead in Mexico City. What an experience that would be!

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    • Yes, it’s unique. Hope you get to take your family to experience the Day of the Dead in Mexico City.

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  13. Excellent recommendations for Mexico City tourist attractions. Your collection of travel suggestions is also quite helpful. Thanks for the tips as well

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    • Thank you for reading. You’re welcome!

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