Things to do in Mexico City
Mexico City is the largest city in Mexico, and the most populated in North America. Beating New York City by almost 4 million people. There’s hundreds of blocks of unique neighborhoods to explore, so you’ll never be short of things to do in Mexico City.
Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and has a lot of great history, cultural centers, government buildings, and financial areas. The GDP of Mexico City is more than five times entire countries like Costa Rica and is about the same as Peru, proving how economically generating this urban mecca truly is. It is the wealthiest city in Latin America and the 8th richest in the world, judging by its $390 billion GDP.
Oldest capital city in all the Americas
Mexico City was founded by indigenous people, making it the oldest capital city in all the Americas. It was originally built by the Aztecs in 1325. And some of the oldest humans remains ever discovered were in the Mexico City area, at 12,7000 years old.
The history of Mexico City
The city was originally built on an island in the middle of what was Lake Texcoco. Today, Lake Texcoco has dried up and no longer exists. But because of the soft clay and over-extraction of groundwater, the city is sinking.
It’s been reported that the city has sunk 30 feet, or nine meters, in some areas. Mexico City sits in the valley of Mexico at an elevation of 7,350 ft. (2,240 meters). There are high mountains surrounding, as well as volcanoes, making the city prone to flooding.
Year-round travel destination
The temperatures never drop below 37 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees celsius). Or get hotter than 93 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius). Making it a lovely place to travel year-round. A visit to this massive urban haven should be on every traveler’s list.
8 things to do in Mexico City
1) Explore the Bosque de Chapultepec & Castillo de Chapultepec
In the center of the city is one of the largest city parks in the Western Hemisphere, Bosque de Chapultepec. It even has a zoo inside and is a beautiful escape from the skyscrapers and buildings.
Inside the park is Castillo de Chapultepec. Which once used to house the presidents. But now it’s a museum where you can learn about the rich cultural past of Mexico City.
2) Museo Nacional de la Antropologia
This museum, the National Museum of Anthropology, is also located inside Bosque de Chapultepec. Even if you are not a museum fan, this is one not to be missed. It contains thousands of years of history. And is the biggest museum in the country of Mexico. It also has garden exhibits and an awe-inspiring reconstruction of an Aztec temple.
3) Experience Luca Libre
Experiencing the Lucha Libre is the ultimate Mexican tradition. And great entertainment for all ages. But what is it? In short, it’s a wrestling show where you cheer on your favourite masked wrestler.
4) Visit the Xochimilco Canals
The Xochimilco Canals are south of the city, but worth the day trip to ride the boats on the canals. The boats, called trajineras, are flat bottomed. And hand-decorated and painted with Aztec-inspired art. This unique boat ride takes you down the canals and UNESCO World Heritage Floating Gardens (chinampas). Where you can expect tequila tastings.
Look out for the floating taco vendors along the way.
5) Explore the site of Teotihuacán
Teotihuacán is the ancient pyramids of Mesoamerica. Which was the original ancient site in the Valley of Mexico that started Mexico City. These jaw-dropping ruins are an incredible sight to experience. Where it was predicted to have 125,000 residents of multi-ethnicities around 1000 AD.
6) Shop Mercado Coyoacan
This marketplace is probably the most iconic and authentic market area in Mexico City. From local fruits and foods, to beautiful textiles and even handcrafted items. You are sure to find some souvenirs and interesting things to browse. This is a great experience to get a taste of the local culture. The market is tight alleyways with a lot of people. So be prepared to experience a tight and often crowded space.
7) Enjoy Some Mezcal
Tequila is the commonly known alcohol of choice in Mexico, but mezcal is its smoky relative. There are so tour options for tasting experiences and distillery tours, from knowledgeable master mezcaliers. Experiencing the unique flavors of mezcal is a must when visiting Mexico City.
8) Go To The Top Of Torre Latinoamerica
Much like a visit to the top of the Empire State Building, visiting the top of Torre Latinoamerica is a must too! This 44-story skyscraper towers above the city and defines the skyline. It has an observation deck on the top. And a restaurant and bar on the 2nd to top floor. The views are incredible and worth the journey for the 360 view of Mexico City.
These are just a few of the recommended things to do in Mexico City. But because this city is so large, there’s so much more to explore.
We recommend staying at least five days to try to get the full experience, but even a week in the city wouldn’t be enough. From nightlife to more museums. Not to mention the cathedrals and ruins. There’s so much activity, history, and culture. Mexico City is truly a traveller’s paradise.
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