Mexico City – The Ultimate Travel Guide

by deertraveler

Capital of one of the most colorful countries in the world. One of the biggest cities with a population that overpassed the number of inhabitants of some countries (22 million people!) If you are planning to visit this city, you need to know that time management is a key to enjoy, see and experience the amazing places, flavours and traditions. In this post we will give you tips on what to see, eat and visit in Mexico City in 10 days.

Public transportation

Even if there are a lot of ways of transportation, we recommend you to use the subway or the metrobus, not just because it's the fastest way, but also because it's the safest.
If you come from an other continent, then the Mexican subway will be a big cultural shock, but it will be a great experience 😊 You have to pay 5 pesos for one ride (20 cent). You can also use the Metrobus, which is maybe less crowded, but it costs 6 pesos.

Mexican subway is one of the easiest transport systems in the world, but it’s huge: there are 12 lines! Every line has a different color, and every station has a little pictogram that has relation with the name of the station, the zone or some historical or cultural event. This way you can easily remember the stations even if you don’t speak Spanish.

Note: some of the museums are free for students and teachers, but sometimes they just accept Mexican students cards. This also depends on the people in the ticket office, so it’s not written on any of the webpages.

 

 

The square in front of the Revolution Monument

1. day

We think that the best way to start exploring a city is visiting the downtown, old town, center. But in case of Mexico City it's so big, and it has so much things to see and explore, that we needed to divide the activities in the old town for two days.

Officially known as Plaza de la Constitución, El Zócalo is the main public square and one of the most recognisable places in Mexico City.

Templo Mayor

  • Opening times: Tue − Sun: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $70 pesos. Free for students and teachers of Mexican institutions and free on Sunday.
  • Time spent: At least 3 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:05 – 00:20 min.
  • Public transport: Line 2 - Blue; Stations: Zocalo  and Allende 

The Templo Mayor is the main temple of Tenochtitlán, the capital city of the Mexica People (Aztecs). It’s a great example of the Aztec architecture. The museum is huge and you can find a big art collection and a bunch of tools used by the Aztecs, apart from the ruins of the temple that was the most important in whole Mesoamerica. The museum is also divided in different rooms dedicated to different Gods or relevant topics for the research about the the Mexica culture.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City

  • Opening times: Everyday: 08:00 – 20:00
  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Time spent: At least 30 minutes
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:00 – 00:05 min.
  • Public transport: Line 2 - Blue; Station: Zocalo 

This amazing place is in the heart of Mexico City. The church is one of the most iconic ones in the city. On the top of the two towers you can find the biggest bells in the world made of stone. It’s Latin America’s largest and oldest cathedral. It was built from 1573 until 1813 and almost all the stone of the Templo Mayor was built into the construction. You can take a guided tour at night, but it’s just offered in Spanish (at the time this article is being written).

 

 

The amazing sight of the Cathedral

In the past an amazing tour allowed you to explore the roof of the Cathedral, but since the earthquake of the 19/08/17 it is not possible anymore. Although they told us that the tour will be available again after the security check and renovation of the towers.

Monument of Revolution

  • Opening times: Mon − Thu: 12:00 – 20:00; Fri & Sat: 12:00 – 22:00; Sun: 10:00 – 20:00 / Last Saturday of the month: 06:00 – 22:00
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $90 pesos. Students of Mexican institutions: $60 pesos Just to the oriel: $60 pesos
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:05 – 00:20 min.
  • Public transport: Line 2 - Blue; Station: Revolucion

The Monument of Revolution is also one of the most amazing museums in the city. The structure was designed originally more than 100 years ago to be the Dome of the government palace of the president Porfirio Diaz. After the revolution started in 1910, it was abandoned for almost 30 years and it was converted into a monument that is also a memorial for all the victims of the revolution. Nowadays you can find art and history expositions related to the revolution.

The monument of Revolution in a sunny morning

The top of the monument is an amazing view point from where you can watch the whole city with its skyscrapers. It’s definitely a perfect photo spot from the base but also from the top! If you want to take a sunrise photo, you can go on the last Saturday of the month and you can enter at 6 am to say good morning to the city from the top.

Sight from the Dome of the Revolution monument

 

2. day

 

The second day is dedicated to the museums located in Zocalo. The CDMX (Ciudad de Mexico) is a paradise for museum lovers also, so let's see the most emblematic ones!

MUNAL

  • Opening times: Tue − Sun: 10:00 – 17:30; Mon: Closed
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $65 pesos; Students and teachers of Mexican institutions, and people younger than 13 years: Free entrance; Sunday: Free entrance. Photo permission fee: $5 pesos
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:05 – 00:20 min.
  • Public transport: Line 2 - Blue; Station: Bellas Artes  / Line 8 - Green; Station: Bellas Artes 

The Munal is the Mexican national art museum. This museum was founded in 1982 and it contains the most important artworks of Mexican painters from the 16th century to the middle of the 20th century. The museum has also interesting temporary exhibitions of masterpieces from all over the world.

The museum is incredibly beautiful by the inside, and the collection is stunning because you can watch how the Mexican art evolves from the times of the New Spain to the modern Mexico.

It's Dante’s favorite museum in the city because of the collection of Jose Maria Velasco's artwork, one of the most incredible Mexican artists. On Sundays you can find an amazing market outside of the museum and performances of Aztec dance groups.

Zsuzsi and the amazing welcome stairs of the MUNAL

Bellas Artes

  • Opening times: Tue − Sun: 10:00 – 18:00; Mon: Closed
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $60 pesos; Students and teachers of Mexican institutions, and people younger than 13 years: Free entrance; Sunday: Free entrance.
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:05 – 00:20 min.
  • Public transport: Line 2 - Blue; Station: Bellas Artes  / Line 8 - Green; Station: Bellas Artes 

The palace of fine arts is a cultural center, where you can find different exhibitions and cultural events, theater and ballet. The center is hosting the most important events of music, literature. It’s also the official opera house of Mexico City, here you can enjoy some classic operas and theater plays, but also some Mexican shows like the folkloric ballet of Amalia Hernandez. The folkloric ballet is an amazing world-famous dance show that is a great representation of all the traditional Mexican dances. The building is mainly made in Neoclassic and Art Nouveau style and the interior is Art Deco, and it's famous of its murals made by Diego Rivera.

Bellas Artes from the Sears building

Postal Palace

  • Opening times: Mon − Fri: 08:00 – 19:30; Sat: 10:00 − 16:00; Sun: 10:00 − 14:00
  • Entrance fee: Free entrance
  • Time spent: At least 30 min
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:00 – 00:05 min.
  • Public transport: Line 2 - Blue; Station: Bellas Artes  / Line 8 - Green; Station: Bellas Artes 

The Postal Palace is also called as the main post office of Mexico City. It’s very photogenic, although it’s not possible to take photos on weekdays, because it’s considered as a federal zone. The original building was built in 1907 but it was damaged in a big earthquake in the 1985 and then finally restored in the 1990s. The architecture of the building is very eclectic, but it’s highly impressive.

Postal Palace of Mexico City

Latin-American Tower

  • Opening times: Everyday: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Entrance fee: Adult ticket: $110 pesos; Children ticket: $70 pesos
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:10 – 00:25 min.
  • Public transport: Line 2 - Blue; Station: Bellas Artes  / Line 8 - Green; Station: Bellas Artes 

Or in Spanish: Torre Latinoamericana. It’s one of the most iconic buildings in the city, and you can also have the most amazing view from the top of the tower. The skyscraper is 181 m high and it was the tallest building of Mexico and Latin-America when it was constructed in 1966. On the last 3 floors the visitors can go to an exhibition about the tower itself. The 41st floor is a fancy restaurant and cafeteria and you can observe the city from the observation tower on the 44st floor. But if you prefer you can also buy some popcorn or candies and just enjoy the view and the sunset behind the buildings of Mexico City.

Mexico city at night, from the top of the Latin-American Tower

Casa de los Azulejos

  • Opening times: Every day: 07:00 – 01:00
  • Price range: $$$
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:05 – 00:15 min.
  • Public transport: Line 2 - Blue; Station: Bellas Artes  / Line 8 - Green; Station: Bellas Artes 
  • Address: Av Francisco I. Madero Num. 4

"La casa de los azulejos" or "The tile house" in English, is a nice restaurant nowadays, but in the past, it was property of the Count of Orizaba. The legend says that one of his wealthy sons dedicated his time to parties and he just threw the money away. His behavior was so bad that his father told him - Son, like that you won't arrive far, and you won't build a tile house - (In Spanish, this phrase has rhythm, like a little poem) The words of his father really changed the mind of this young man, who totally changed his behavior. He got more responsible and mature, and at the end he renovated the house and covered the walls with tile from Puebla.

At the wall of the Casa de los Azulejos

 

3. day

 

Coyoacan is one of the most beautiful districts of Mexico City. It’s the district of hippies, artists, hipsters, and musicians. You can find street art at every corner. The streets and houses are colorful, and there are a bunch of galleries also. The main square is a bit far from the subway station "Coyoacan", so you have to take a taxi or just go by walking.

Frida Kahlo Museo

  • Opening times: Tue: 10:00 – 17:30; Wed: 11:00 – 17:30; Thu – Sun: 10:00 – 17:30; Mon: Closed
  • Entrance fee: General fee during week: $230 pesos; General fee during weekend: $250 pesos; General fee for mexicans during week: $100 pesos; General fee for mexicans during weekend: $130 pesos.
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:30 min – 03:00 hours.
  • Public transport: Line 3 - Light green; Station: Coyoacan

If you want to explore the world of the Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, you definitely have to visit her house in the heart of Coyoacán, where she was born and where she died. You can watch her painting tools, her wheelchair, her beautiful clothes and some of her paintings. The garden is magical as well, because it’s full of creative flower creations.

The Frida Kahlo Museum or the Blue House (Casa Azul) is one of the most popular attractions in Mexico City. If you want to skip the line, there are going to be different companies offering tours for the people who are waiting in the line. You can take a tour for the same price (about 200 pesos), that allows you to be in the Blue House and then it takes you by bus to the Museum Anahuacalli, which is the house of Frida Kahlo’s husband and Mexican painter, Diego Rivera.

If you just want to visit the Blue House, be prepared for one of the largest queues in your life! The museum is so crowded that you can even spent 3 hours in the queue. You can also purchase tickets online, but you still have to stand in the line a bit.

The beautiful garden of the Blue House

Museum Anahuacalli

  • Opening times: Tue – Sun: 11:00 – 17:30; Mon: Closed
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $90 pesos; General fee for mexicans: $70 pesos;
  • Time spent: At least 1 hour
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:10 min – 00:20 min.
  • Public transport: Line 3 - Light green; Station: Coyoacan

The museum is a pyramid, constructed of volcanic stones, it was the last project of Diego Rivera painter, muralist and husband of Frida Kahlo. He also collected more than 50, 000 pre-Hispanic art pieces during his life. He was a big fan and defender of Mexican culture and in the collection you can find items from every indigenous culture of the country.

It’s also part of a tour in which the Blue House is also included.

 

The Anahuacalli

Fontaine and main square of Coyoacan

  • Time spent: At least 1 hour
  • Public transport: Line 3 - Light green; Station: Coyoacan

This place is a must if you want to take good photos, get lost in the little park and eat delicious desserts.

The fountain located in the middle of the park is the symbol of Coyoacan. It’s sculpture with two coyotes surrounded by a symmetric dance of water is the most beautiful spot here.

You can also find a lot of souvenir shops, but we don’t recommend you to buy there, because here is very expensive and you can find the same things in other parts of the city.

The fountain of Coyotes is one of the most beautiful spots in Coyoacan

Cineteca Nacional

  • Opening times: Everyday: 11:00 – 23:00
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $50 pesos per ticket; Student fee: $30 pesos;
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:05 min – 00:10 min.
  • Public transport: Line 3 - Light green; Station: Coyoacan

The Mexican National Cinema is also located in Coyoacan, here you can watch a bunch of movies also in English, with Spanish subtitles or with English subtitles. The tickets are very cheap, and the popcorn is tasty and affordable. If you love movies, you can find a lot of stores with posters and souvenirs for cinema fans. It’s a very romantic place, perfect for a Friday night or a date.

4. day

 

Paseo de la Reforma

  • Time spent: At least 1 hour
  • Public transport: Line 1 - Pink, Station: Chapultepec  ; Line 7 - Orange, Station: Auditorio 

Paseo de la Reforma is one of the main avenues in Mexico City, it's considered as one of the most modern and beautiful streets because of its skyscrapers. Some of the most important business centers in Mexico are located here as well. You can spot some amazing buildings like the “Mayor Tower” that is the most tough and strongest building in the world! If you are an urban photographer, this part of the city is perfect for you.

Monumento de la Independencia

  • Time spent: At least 20 min. or depending on your photos
  • Public transport: Line 1 - Pink, Station: Sevilla  ; Line 1 - Pink, Station: Insurgentes 

The Monument of Independence was inaugurated by the president Porfirio Diaz in 1910 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican independence. It's a symbol of the city, almost all the celebrations are organised here. The “Winged victory” statue on the top gives the popular name to the monument known as The Angel of Independence.

The Monument of Independence from below

Chapultepec park

  • Opening times: Tue – Sun: 08:00 – 17:00
  • Entrance fee: Free entrance
  • Time spent: At least 4 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:00 min – 00:05 min.
  • Public transport: Line 1 - Pink, Station: Chapultepec 

Chapultepec is a great forest located in the heart of Mexico City and the main lung of the same. It was a sacred place for the Aztecs, a start for the vice regal Mexico and place of a lot of remarkable historic events for the country, like the independence, the north American intervention, the reign of Maximilian of Habsburg and the revolution. It is a huge place divided in three sections and inside you can find three big lakes where you can row in a little boat, the second biggest and most visited zoo in Mexico, that runs a lot of programs for saving and keep endangered mexican endemic species, the Castle of Chapultepec that is the only castle in the continent and a big variety of museums that goes from science and technology to art and history. This place is a must in your visit to Mexico City, and because all the things that you can visit inside, for sure you will need to spend two or three days to be able to watch and visit everything. We will write about all this place separately because they have different opening times and entrance fee.

Lake of Chapultepec

  • Opening times: Tue – Sun: 09:00 – 16:30
  • Entrance fee: From $60 to $100 pesos per hour depending on the people in the boat (2 is the cheapest)
  • Time spent: At least 1 hour
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:10 min – 00:20 min.
  • Chapultepec section: First section

The lovely lake of Chapultepec is a very attractive place if you have 1 free hour, you can rent boat and enjoy the sunshine while floating on the water (that is green because of the algae). There are two types of boats, rowing boats and paddle boats, but you can also rent kayaks and also swan shaped boats. You can spot some fishes, ducks and herons, local species that have been there since a long time.

Note. If you want to feed the ducks, remember not to give them cookies or chips, because it's bad for them. Give them seeds like rice, oats, corn or grapes cut in half.

The lake of Chapultepec, full of life and love

Natural History Museum

  • Opening times: Tue – Sun: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $20 pesos; Students: $10 pesos; Tuesday: free entrance
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:10 min – 00:20 min.
  • Chapultepec section: Second section

This amazing museum was the first public museum founded for the people in the whole continent. It was founded by the king Charles IV from Spain. The museum is divided in rooms with a giant colored balloon shape. The exposition starts with the creation of the universe. You can learn a lot about the stars, the evolution and the animals.  You can even see a giant dinosaur skeleton inside!

 

5. day

 

Chapultepec Castle - Castillo de Chapultepec

  • Opening times: Tue – Sun: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $70 pesos; Students: free entrance
  • Time spent: At least 3 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:10 min – 00:15 min.
  • Chapultepec section: First section

We decided to visit the Chapultepec castle on our 5. day in Mexico City. The meaning of the name in Nahuatl is “at the grasshopper’s hill”. It’s in the middle of the Chapultepec park and it’s surrounded by a big forest. The construction started in 1785 and it was the house of the General Archive of the Kingdom of New Spain. After the Mexican War of Independence, it was empty and after 1833 it became the Military Academy. Also, in 1847 the Hero Children died here during the Mexican-American War, while they were defending the castle. The castle was the residence of Maximilian I. and Carlota during the II. Mexican Empire, and they renovated the castle in neoclassical style. From 1882, the presidency of Porfirio Diaz it was the residence of the presidents. From 1939 the National Museum of History is also in the castle. In 1944 the president moved out and the Chapultepec Museum was established.

The garden of the castle

Modern Art Museum - Museo de Arte Moderno

  • Opening times: Tue – Sun: 10:15 – 17:30
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $65 pesos; Students: free entrance; Sunday: free entrance
  • Time spent: At least 2hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:05 min – 00:10 min.
  • Chapultepec section: First sectio

This museum has the greatest collection of Mexican art of the 20th and 21tst century. It was founded in 1964 and its collection contains a lot of painting of Frida Kahlo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Juan O’Gorman, Diego Rivera, Remedios Varo and much more. The museum has also a very lovely garden.

 

6. day

 

The Chapultepec Park is full of attractions to visit, so you can’t finish it in one day. On our 6. day we were heading back to the park.

 

National Museum of Anthropology

  • Opening times: Tue – Sun: 09:00 – 19:00
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $51 pesos; Students: free entrance; Tuesday: free entrance
  • Time spent: At least 3 hours and a half
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:10 min – 00:15 min.
  • Chapultepec section: First section

This one is the most important museum in Mexico, it's located next to the first lake. A massive statue of Tlaloc, ( Aztec God of the rain and the water) welcomes you at the entrance. This museum is enormous and it takes long to see everything. There are antique stones, instruments and information about all the prehispanic Mexican cultures divided in rooms. The exhibitions present the migration processes that populated America, and the development of the cultures, their start and their fall. On the second floor you can find exhibitions about the traditions of indigenous cultures in Mexico.

Representations of Quetzalcoatl and Tlaloc in the Anthropology Museum

Monument of the 2. World war

  • Time spent: At least 20 min or depending on your photos.
  • Chapultepec section: First section

Did you know that Mexico also participated in the II. World War? The 201 squad of the Mexican army participated in the attacks against Japanese forces in the last years of the war. This place is a monument in honor of the soldiers who died. The stone arc has the names of these Mexican soldiers.

 

Baths of Moctezuma

  • Opening times: Tue – Sun: 05:00 – 19:00
  • Entrance fee: Free entrance
  • Time spent: At least 1 hour
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:10 min – 00:15 min.
  • Chapultepec section: First sectio

This place was the space were the Aztec king Moctezuma and Netzahualcoyotl planed the future of the great Tenochtitlan, wrote poems and leave some sealed rocks that nobody knows what they mean. The pools and baths were supplied with water with of one of the first hydraulic systems.

 

7. day

 

House of Luis Barragan

  • Opening times: Tue – Sun: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $400 pesos; Mexicans: $300 pesos; International students: $200 pesos; Mexican students: $150 pesos Note. All the visits need to be booked in internet with anticipate time.
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:00 min – 00:05 min.
  • Public transport: Line 8 - Orange, Station: Constituteyentes 

This house was the living place of Luis Barragan Morfin after the II. World War. He was a famous Mexican artist and architect who was friend of Frida Kahlo and other important artists. The house is the only individual property in Latin-America that has the status of patrimony of humanity given by the UNESCO. The house is famous of its unique, colorful and modern architecture.

 

 La Ciudadela

  • Opening times: Every day: 10:00 – 19:00
  • Price range: $$$ to $$$
  • Time spent: At least 1 hour
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:00 – 00:05 min.
  • Public transport: Line 1 - Pink, Station: Balderas ; Line 3 - Light green, Station: Balderas 

This colorful market is located next to the center, here you can find every imaginable Mexican craft, the prices are different at each store, so you can find all the souvenirs you were dreaming about.  Cool shirts, amazing handcrafts, interesting toys and beautiful dresses are waiting for you at every corner.

Basilica de Guadalupe

  • Opening times: Everyday: 08:00 – 20:00
  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Time spent: At least 30 minutes
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:00 – 00:05 min.
  • Public transport: Line 6 - Red; Station: Basilic 

This incredible church was made in honor of the virgin of Guadalupe, the story says that she appeared in front of Juan Diego, an Amerindian who was coming back home after working. She asked him to build a temple in her honor. When he went to tell the story to the priests of the church they just ignore him. After trying to convince them several times, the virgin appeared again in front of him and told him to bring his coat in front of the priests. When he was there, a lot of roses fell out of the coat and an image of the virgin of Guadalupe appeared on it. Nowadays, this same coat is inside of the church where a lot of devoted people come every day to ask her for miracles and say thanks for the good things in their lifes. This temple counts even more visitors every day, then the Vatican.

Buenavista

  • Opening times: Everyday: 07:00 – 23:00
  • Price range: $$$ to $$$
  • Time spent: At least 1 hour
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:00 min – 00:05 min.
  • Public transport: Line B - White, Station: Buenavista 

This huge mall is connected with the Buenavista train station as well, one of the fewest passenger trains in Mexico. This place is full of stores, banks, restaurants and a huge cinema. This is the biggest shopping mall of Mexico City, so if you want to buy something or just take a look at the stores, this is a good option for you.

UNAM - CU

  • Opening times: Everyday: 07:00 – 22:00
  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:00 – 00:05 min.
  • Public transport: Line 3 - Light green; Station: Universidad 

The "Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México" or UNAM is the oldest university in Mexico. Sincece more than 100 years this institution has been preparing a lot of students in fields like medicine, laws, science, arts and civics. CU or "Ciudad Universitaria" is the main faculty, and the buildings and museums that you can find here are amazingly beautiful. This place is so impressive that it's also considered as a World Heritage place by the UNESCO. Definetely a must if you are interested in the academic development in Mexico.

8. day

 

Biblioteca Vasconcelos

  • Opening times: Everyday: 08:30 – 19:30
  • Entrance fee: Free entrance
  • Time spent: At least 1 hour
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:10 min – 00:15 min.
  • Public transport: Line B - White, Station: Buenavista 

This beautiful library is one of the most modern and beautiful buildings in the city, it has a great collection of books, an auditorium, 4 floors and a beautiful garden. This place is an amazing photo spot because of it's interior and the hanging skeleton in the main hall. It's also a perfect place to chill with a good book or to take part in a free art course or workshop.

The skeleton of a whale hangs in the middle of the incredible Vasconcelos library

Kiosco Morisco

  • Time spent: At least 1 hour but it depends on your photos
  • Public transport: Line B - White, Station: Buenavista 

The Kiosco Morisco is located in the Alameda, although it was relocated a lot of times. Originally it was designed by José Ramón Ibarrola, a Mexican engineer, and it was supposed to represent Mexico at the international exposition in New Orleans in 1984 and then at San Louis in 1904. The Kiosco was relocated to the Santa María in 1910 by Porfirio Diaz. The construction is full of Chinese and Islamic patterns, that’s why a lot of people believe that it was a gift of an Asian country. The Kiosco is always full of people, because a lot of events, dancing courses, meetings are organized here.

This colorful place is perfect for taking photographs <3

9. day

 

Xochimilco

  • Opening times: Everyday: 07:00 – 23:00
  • Price range: $$$
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:00 min – 00:05 min.
  • Public transport: Line 2 - Blue, Station: Taxqueña 

Xochimilco is a beautiful, colorful attraction for travelers interested in adventures, music and a big amount of Mexican culture. Xochimilco is also part of the World Heritage Site since 1987 and its deserved: you can float down on the canals on the colorfully painted traditional boats called “trajinera”. The artificial islands are created by the Aztecs and they are called “chinampas”. The islands are also connected to a lot of ghost stories and legends, like the story of the Island of dolls (as it’s Mexico, so don’t be surprised). While travelling by boat, you’ll meet a bunch of other boats, each of them has their own names, and they are either full of visitors or musicians, or they sell candies, drinks, flower crowns, plants, souvenirs, etc.

Zsuzsi, the best sailor in Xochimilco!

Important travel tip:

If you prefer to go when there are less tourists, you may have to pay more, but the canals will be less crowded of ships. Although we would suggest you to go on the weekend, when it’s full of visitors, because you can easily find other people with whom you can share the boat and the price of course. (you must pay an almost fix price per boat, which you can share with as many other travelers as you want to). Also, we think that the crowd just makes the experience crazier, as all the boat trip is about partying, singing, music and happiness.

Every little boat in Xochimilco has a female name, maybe you can find yours!

10. day

 

Teotihuacan

  • Opening times: Everyday: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Entrance fee: General fee: $70 pesos
  • Time spent: At least 4 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:15 min – 00:30 min.
  • Public transport: Omnibus

The best way to finish your trip to Mexico City is to have an amazing and also spiritual experience at the pyramids of Teotihuacan. We would say also spiritual, because if you think about all the mystery and history that collides in this place, you might wonder about the magic of life and dead. The Pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan is situated 40 km northeast of Mexico-City. The city may have been created around 100 B. C. and lasted until 7th or 8th century A. C. Teotihuacan is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage site and it's the most visited archeological site in Mexico.

 

This city was inhabited by the “Teotihuacan people”, but the archeologist are still not sure, who those people were. When the Aztecs came to the territory of today’s Mexico, they already found the city empty. The name of the city means” city of the Gods” in Nahuatl, the name was given by the Aztecs when they already found it empty before their arrival to the valley of Mexico. This ancient city was the most important city in Latin-America before the Aztec and the Toltec Empire. This big cosmopolitan city was inhabited not just by the Teotihuacan people, but also other cultures like Mayans and other cultures from the center and south of Mexico. A great cultural center full of pacific tribes who were trading and living together. The people who was living here just overused the resources. The water, the threes and the big flora and fauna was superseded by a big desert that just gets a bit green during rainy season.

The sight from the top of the Moon Pyramid

The Pyramid of the Sun is the tallest one, it’s difficult to climb to the top, but it’s worth it! We don’t recommend the climbing to pregnant women or people with heart problems, because the steps are really big and you have to climb a lot. The view is amazing, you can watch the whole ancient city and the other pyramid from there. The Street of the Dead leads to the Pyramid of the Moon, which is smaller, but the steps are still big. The panoramic view of the archeological site is also wonderful from above.

The amazing Sun Pyramid rising at the end of the Road of the Dead

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Where to eat?

A guide to vegetarian friendly places

 

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The most famous plates from Mexican cuisine like like tacos, tortas, tlayudas, burritos or pozole are not vegetarian or vegan friendly at all, but that doesn't mean that they are no vegetarian options. The Mexican cuisine is a heritage, that you can also enjoy if you don't eat meat. There're restaurants that offer vegan and vegetarian versions of Mexican food, but you can also find international cuisine in the city.

Tortas Canada

  • Opening times: Mon − Sat: 08:00 – 22:00; Sun: 09:00 – 21:00
  • Price range: $$$
  • Time spent: At least 30 minutes
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:00 – 00:05 min.
  • Public transport: Line 2 - Blue; Station: Bellas Artes  Zocalo  / Line 8 - Green; Station: Bellas Artes 
  • Address: 5 de Mayo Num. 47

If you come from Spain, maybe you think that we are talking about a cake bakery. But no! In Mexico a "torta" is a kind of sandwich made with a big and round bread. You can find them in a lot of variations, even in vegetarian and vegan versions. This place is amazing not just because you can choose from 30 sorts of tortas, but also because they sell organic juices, fresh water and smoothies made of a lot of fruits and vegetables. For an affordable price you can get a torta and a fresh water for less than 3.50 €! (More or less 70 pesos) Mexico City is a paradise for cheap food, and also for vegetarians and vegans. Even if a lot of food has meat, almost every place has the veggie option in their menus.

Foodie tip for vegetarians: look for "quesadilla" - just with cheese or with some vegetables, mushrooms or "nopales" (leaves of cactus) inside, or "enchiladas", but you have to make it clear that you want it without meat. You can also ask for quacamole with the well known nachos, which is called "tostada" in Mexico. You can find a lot of people selling cooked corn and fruits on the street. If you are bored of Mexican food, you can always find Italian, Indian, etc. restaurants in Mexico City with a lot of vegetarian options.

Salon Sol

  • Opening times: Every day: 12:00 – 03:00
  • Price range: $$$
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:05 – 00:15 min.
  • Public transport: Line 2 - Blue; Station: Bellas Artes  / Line 8 - Green; Station: Bellas Artes 
  • Address: Juarez Num. 38

This colorful bar is in front of the Hemicycle to Juarez, it’s open every day and the personal is always very kind and helpful! After a long day it's the perfect place for taking a break, making friends and taking some beers, cocktails and tequila! And of course you should dance until the sunrise.

Falafelito

  • Opening times: Every day: 11:00 – 23:00
  • Price range: $$$;
  • Time spent: At least 1 hour
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:05 – 00:15 min.
  • Public transport: Line 3 - Light green; Station: Coyoacan
  • Address: Aguayo Street Num. 6

Coyoacan is a paradise for vegans or vegetarians, because you can find a lot of opportunities to eat in this district. If you like falafel, you can eat in the little restaurant called “Falafelito”, which is 5 min by walking from the main square of Coyoacán. The portions are big for a very good price, and they include also a drink, organic chips and hummus as side dish. It’s a great place to eat healthy and on a budget.

La Gruta Restaurant

  • Opening times: Every day: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Price range: $$$;
  • Time spent: At least 2 hours
  • Waiting to enter time: 00:15 – 00:60 min.
  • Public transport: Omnibus
  • Address: Archeological site, Av. del Puente

Have you ever ate inside of a cave? Maybe the idea sounds strange, but this restaurant is really amazing. It is a giant cave that has been a restaurant since 100 years! It has a great menu with authentic Mexican food, but there is just one vegetarian option (quesadillas).  The sight is amazing and during the Day of the Dead the place is full of candles. Just be careful, because this is the only really expensive option in this article. We recommend you to go to eat there earlier, because in the evening it gets full with all the visitors of the Teotihuacan pyramids. After eating you can go to explore Teotihuacan.

You can find traditional Mexican food in La Gruta Restaurant in Teotihuacan

Where to stay in Mexico City?

You can find a very various types of accommodation in Mexico City. From very budget friendly to very luxurious ones.

AIRBNB:

If you're travelling with a group and you want to share the costs of an apartment, this is the best option for you. On airbnb you can also find great options if you're travelling solo or as a couple, and you feel more comfortable in room or flat just for yourself. The rooms and flats are rented by private people. Click here  and get a discount for your booking with airbnb!

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2 comments

Backpackingcouple December 23, 2018 - 8:45 pm

Mexico City absolutely blew us away! It was love at first sight, such an impressive and massive city. Really enjoyed reading your post!

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deertraveler January 3, 2019 - 11:21 am

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in the city 🙂 and thank you, we are happy that you liked the post:)

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