Top Attractions in Mexico City
Top Attractions in Mexico City
Being one of the largest and the most populated cities in the world, Mexico city, rising 2000 feet above the sea level, is a metropolis of superlatives. With the second-highest number of museums in the world and the oldest forest in the Americas, this chaotic jumble of complexities unfolds a destination that can be overwhelming as well as enchanting to even the most traveled tourists. From the canals of Xochimilco to the thrilling adventures at the Six Flags Mexico to the history-drenched National Anthropology Museum and the Zocalo, Mexico caters to all the interests of a traveler. Being one of the liveliest cities on earth, you can travel back in time as you reach the top of the pyramids, experience the cultural scene at one of its neighborhoods and savor the best cuisine in the continent at one of its luxurious dining houses, all in the same day. Enchanting the visitors with its bygone-era charm, preserved cultural roots and colonial era edifices combined with lip-smacking cuisine, this Mexican capital promises you an unforgettable trip.
Situated atop the Chapultepec hill, this 18th-century historic castle has been a witness of the eternal history of Mexico. A significant landmark of the native Aztecs who inhabited the ancient city, the Chapultepec Castle served as the residence of the President of Mexico until 1939, and then became the National Museum of History. Derived from the Nahuatl word, "Chapoltepēc", which means "at the grasshopper's hill", the castle houses a vast collection of artefacts and objects that reflect the ancient Mexican cultures and portraits of key historical personnel, José María Morelos and Miguel Hidalgo. Relive the important moments of Mexican history right here at the castle, which has played an integral part in the religious, recreational and historic formation of the city from the Pre-Hispanic times.
Historical sites, cobblestone streets, abundant food options and magnificent water fountains greet you when you explore the original foundation of the city. A place where history blends with culture, Centro Histórico, centered around Zocalo plaza and extending in all directions, is the perfect place to start your journey to discover the capital city of Mexico. Correlating with the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, stumble upon the 16th-century buildings, the archaeological site of Templo Mayor or witness the spontaneous dance and musical performances of the Aztecs at this historical site. Numerous cozy cafés and Mexican diners invite you to try the scrumptious delicacies, while an array of stores and traditional markets make for a great place to pick-up souvenirs.
A magical place to delve deep into the history of the city, Zocalo or commonly known as Plaza de la Constitución is a vital part of a Mexico's history and identity. The beating pulse of the city, this neighborhood marks the area where the city of Mexico was founded with an iconic eagle and serpent structure and is one of the largest squares in the world. Surrounded by the great structures of the city including the presidential palace, the metropolitan cathedral and government offices, the plaza was the focal point of public gatherings since the time of the Aztecs. Visit El Zocalo at the time of sunset and witness the Mexican soldier's march to take down the country flag or hum to the tunes of the drums by the Aztecs dancers performing near the cathedral.
Museo Nacional de Antropología
Tracing the rich and fascinating history of the country, Museo Nacional de Antropología is one of the World’s most comprehensive and elaborate museums dedicated to the fields of natural history and anthropology. Be swept back in time as you encounter the artefacts and relics from the ancient Mayan civilization at one of the 12 exhibition halls on the ground floor or know how the descendants of native Mexico live in the present day at the halls on upper levels. Spanning across 20 acres, this national museum and one of the most visited ones in the country.
Six Flags México
Feel the surge of adrenaline as you explore one of the best theme parks in the world. Ride through some of the largest and fastest roller coasters in the country including Boomerang, Triple Tower, Batman - The Ride and Superman - The Last Escape, to name a few. Nestled in Thlaplan forest, this amusement park spoils you with over 48 attractions that caters to the energy levels of all ages. Discover the themed villages, swim with the friendly dolphins or watch your little ones enjoy the softer rides; this park ensures a magical experience.
Pirámide del Sol
Commonly known as the "Pyramid of the Sun", this is believed to be one of the largest structures in Mesoamerica. Built in 200 CE, the Pirámide del Sol is the third biggest pyramid in the world and is situated right in between the Pyramid of the Moon and La Ciudadela. The pyramid hides a whirlwind of stories and theories made by archaeologists made over the years that try to unravel the enigma of this magnificent structure. The peak of the pyramid is a 260-step tall climb through a stairway, where each set of 52 steps signify an era or each sun that is explained through the myth of Five Soles. The pyramid exemplifies the intricate architecture of its time and commemorates a deity of the Teotihuacan society. An enormous edifice resonating with mysteries of the past, be prepared to be perplexed.
Head to La Ciudadela, the traditional handicrafts market of the city for a delightful shopping experience. Dating back to 200 years, this handicrafts market is a perfect place to pick up typical Mexican costumes, folkloric art, decoratives and more as souvenirs at affordable prices. Browse through the stalls and learn more about the different regions of the country through Mexican handwork.
Built in 1966, Estadio Azteca is one of the world’s largest stadiums used for football and has a renowned international history. Apart from being one of the only two stadiums in the world that has hosted two men’s World Cup finals, it is also the 6th largest stadium in the world with regard to seating capacity. Tour the stadium to learn more about its vast history that spans over 400 years.
Basílica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe
Officially known as Insigne y Nacional Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe, this is a 16th century revered Catholic church devoted to the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico. A significant site in Christendom, the church is responsible for uniting pre-Hispanic Indian mysticism with Catholic beliefs. Explore the religious art treasured in the restored rooms, the cloak of Saint Juan Diego as you discover the site where Virgin Mary of Guadalupe allegedly appeared in the 16th century. A center for fervent religious activities, it is known to be the second most visited church in the world.
Museo Palacio de Bellas Artes
An artist's retreat, Museo Palacio de Bellas Artes was the first cultural space showcasing the art objects for contemplation. Strongly influenced by the indegenous culture, it is Mexico’s biggest and most famous performance hall. The art museum features a permanent collection of 17 murals crafted by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and other national artists that were executed between 1928 and 1963. To promote the national artistic wealth and culture, this magnificent space displays the living Meso-American sculpture, a Mexican stamp and more.