Things to Do at Mexico City
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Has someone inspired and encouraged you to visit a place, city, or country?
Which place were you inspired to visit?
Well, for me that was Mexico City.
Activities to Do
Hey! In the picture above, I stand on top of the Pyramid of the Sun. In the background is the Pyramid of the Moon.
You can see, feel, and climb the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. My experience is pre-pandemic. Since the pandemic, it's not allowed to climb the pyramids, therefore check for updates.
Visit Mexico City on the 1st and 2nd of November. And, you can experience the Day of the Dead traditions.
5 things to do
Things To Do In 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 you encounter the Pyramid of the Sun, you veer off to the right.
And, you visit the cultural museum. Inside, you find artifacts 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.
On the way back, you can visit the Basilica de Guadalupe.
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 artifacts 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.
3 Day of the Dead Mexico City
You can experience the Day of the Dead by visiting on the first and second days 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. Make sure you check 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. Learn more about San Pedtro Atocpan.
You'll see the sunset in the cemetery of the second town. You can read about my experience 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. Read my post about San Andres Mixquic here.
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:
- Cathedral Metropolitan Mexico City
- National Palace
- Templo Mayor
- Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México
- Post Office
- Tolsa Square
- Palacio de Bellas Artes
Mexico City Tours
5 Frida Kahlo Museo ~ Casa Azul
Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away. ~ Frida Kahlo
Visiting Frida Kahlo's Blue House
You can walk around Frida Kahlo's blue house where she was born, lived, and died. Her blue house contrasts with the white paint of the walls and ceilings on the inside, then you'll see splashes of yellow and green paint and wood for furnishings.
Her blue house is now the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán. Her bed with a mirror at the top sits near three doorways. Nearby, an urn with her ashes sits on a dresser, And, you can see her belongings like paintings, paint materials, clothes, jewelry, artifacts, and furnishings in the house and outdoors.
We went during the Day of the Dead. And, outside in the patios and gardens was an altar decorated with offerings.
We stood in a long queue to get inside at the entrance. I think it was something like a 90-minute wait before we bought out tickets. And, there's an extra charge to take photos. Therefore, we didn't end up paying extra for photos because we knew it would be busy inside.
Now, you are not able to buy tickets in person at the entrance. Make sure you buy your tickets in advance and allow time for getting there 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, you can see a market that is within walking distance. We went for a walk in 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 we encountered at the ticket counter did not speak English. And, it took some time to find someone who could speak English and could help us. We are grateful to the lady who bought our tickets and showed us the way to the platform.
On the way home, we went to the train station, and the queue for tickets was up the steps out of the station. So we walked back to the Blue House. We had seen outside the Blue House, that there was a dedicated taxi rank. And, we 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
Frida Kahlo Museum with Early Museum Option Ticket
The ticket includes Frida Kahlo Museum Ticket, you can choose between a standard ticket or one with the first access option.
And, the exclusions are no transport and no guide.
Arrive at least 15 before your allocated timeslot. Because the ticket is only valid for the timeslot selected.
There is an extra charge for photos with no flash. Videos and selfie sticks.are not to be used in the museum.
Check for updates due to COVID restrictions.
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Tips for Visiting Mexico City
- Learn Spanish for travel. For instance, we needed to be able to speak Spanish to buy tickets at the train station. We are grateful to find a lady who bought our tickets and directed us to the correct platform.
- Catch official taxis at taxi ranks only. We are grateful to have found taxi drivers who spoke English at the official taxi ranks.
- 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 we had enough cash so that they would take us to our destination.
- 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.
- Don't say you are lost.
- If you are unsure what someone has said. Say you do not understand, and say it in English.
- You'll see W.C signs for toilets. Carry coins for these toilets. And, we used toilets at hotels and shopping centres.
- Carry toilet paper and disinfectant wipes.
- Hydrate with water.
Mexico City Travel
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Chapultepec Castle Mexico City
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I would love to take my family to Day of the Dead in Mexico City. What an experience that would be!
Yes, it’s unique. Hope you get to take your family to experience the Day of the Dead in Mexico City.
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.
Thank you Kendra. Knowing about local tips is wise.
Thanks for your information especially to know little Spanish, so someone who travel to Mexico can prepare before going to Mexico.
You’re welcome, Iwan. Yes, it’s good to be prepared.
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!
Thank you Suz. I can see why your late husband was intrigued about Mexico City. Hope you get to do a layover.
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.
Thank you Lee Anne. Hope you get to see the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.
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.
Thank you Heather. Hope you get to travel to Mexico City.
I want to experience it all. I would especially like to be there during the day of the dead!
Thank you, Lisa.
You have taught me so much about Mexico City! I can not wait to see it. It was not really on my radar before.
Thank you and you’re welcome, Tricia. Enjoy discovering Mexico City.
Caza Axul looks beautiful! I’d love to go anywhere in Mexico City, especially Day of the Dead.
Thank you, Alexis.
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.
Hope you get to visit Mexico City, Alison. And,eat tacos a la pastor.
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!
You’re welcome Charlene. Hope you get to visit Frida Kahlo’s blue house.
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.
Hope you get to travel to Mexico City, kmf.
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.
You’re welcome, Pam. Hope you get to visit Mexico City.