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Our Top 5 Must-See Mexico City Attractions

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Pia V.

Last updated : May 21, 20247 min read

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Vibrant. Colorful. Unmissable. Defying definitions and expectations alike, Mexico's capital city offers something interesting to see around each and every corner. With a population of over 8 million people, the city is constantly on the move and at first, the local pace of life can make you feel dizzy. Beneath its brash exterior though, this metropolis wows visitors with amazing architecture, colorful art, delicious cuisine, and above all - its warm and welcoming people.

 

With so much to see, where do you start? Huge cities like these can feel intimidating to a visitor, so why not take the edge off by exploring Mexico City with a local guide? To help you get inspired, here are the top 5 attractions you simply must include in your Mexico City itinerary.  

 

Museo Nacional de Antropología

 

Museo Nacional de Antropología, or the National Museum of Anthropology, is Mexico's largest museum. It is also the most visited museum in the country, and it's easy to see why. The museum was first established in 1964, and today it is home to an awe-inspiring collection of some 600,000 artifacts dating back to Mexico's pre-Columbian past. Highlights of the collection include the Aztec Sun Stone (weighing around 24 tons), and figurines from the ancient Olmec civilization. 

 

As a contrast to the ancient artifacts housed inside, the building itself is bold and modern. It was designed by Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Jorge Campuzano, and Rafael Mijares Alcérreca, and stretches across almost 8 hectares. The museum offers fascinating insight into Mexico's rich history, but make sure you have enough time to take it all in - again, the museum and its collection is huge. To help make sense of it all, we strongly recommend booking a private tour with one of our professional guides.

 

Basílica de Guadalupe

 

The Basílica de Guadalupe, or Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is said to be the third most visited pilgrimage site in the world. An estimated 20 million people visit this beautiful church every year, so don't be surprised if it's crowded! After the Vatican, this is the most important Catholic shrine in the world, as well as being the national shrine of Mexico

 

Legend has it that this is where the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, and his cloak is still housed here to this day. There are, in fact, two basilicas here. The original was completed in 1709, while the new one was built during the 1970s. Each of them offers stunning and unique architecture to marvel at, so take your time and explore both.

 

Bosque de Chapultepec

 

Bosque de Chapultepec is a large park that is often referred to as the "Lungs of Mexico City." Indeed, the trees of Bosque de Chapultepec (bosque is Spanish for forest) serve a very important purpose, as they help replenish oxygen to the notoriously polluted city. Besides literally providing breathable air to local residents, the park is also a very popular recreational area. You could easily spend a whole afternoon just enjoying the great outdoors, with plenty of walking trails crisscrossing the park area. The central lake is a popular spot for enjoying leisurely boat rides. 

 

When you feel like spending some time indoors, there are also plenty of attractions to visit in the park area. The most famous is Castillo de Chapultepec, an 18th century palace built on a hilltop and surrounded by meticulously landscaped gardens. The castle is also home to the National Museum of History.

 

Coyoacan

 

Mexico City is made up of some 350 neighborhoods or ‘colonias’, each with its own unique character. If you only have time to focus on one specific area, Coyoacan should be your top choice. This charming borough has been beautifully preserved throughout the years, and many of its narrow streets and lively plazas date all the way back to the 16th century. Coyoacan is a great location for enjoying some local color - literally, as the area features many stunning murals painted on the walls. You can also pick up some local souvenirs from Coyoacan Market and enjoy delicious local cuisine, from tacos to churros. 

 

If you are an art aficionado, Coyoacan is also home to the famous Frida Kahlo Museum and the Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli Museum. Coyoacan is where this iconic couple spent much of their lives, and many people travel to the area precisely to experience the neighborhood which Frida Kahlo once called home.

 

Zocalo

 

Zocalo is a large central plaza - in fact, it is said to be one of the largest town squares in the world. This lively square, which is also known as Plaza de la Constitución, is surrounded by buildings both beautiful and important, including the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, and the Templo Mayor Museum - dedicated to the Aztec civilization. 

 

The square itself also offers plenty of interesting sights and activities, from concerts to military parades and even ice skating. This being Mexico City, the square often gets crowded, but that's just all part of the fun. In fact, Zocalo is said to be able to hold more than 100,000 people at a time. If you still need convincing to visit this historical and political hub, you might be interested to know that Zocalo was also where the Day of the Dead-themed opening scene of the James Bond movie Spectre was filmed.

 

Conclusion

These top 5 attractions offer just a small taste of everything Mexico City has to offer. You could easily spend a week (or maybe three!) in this metropolis and still have much to explore for your next visit. Whether it's the Aztec ruins, the Kahlo paintings, or the spicy tamales that draw you in, Mexico's bustling capital definitely has a way of leaving you wanting more. 

 

If you are keen to explore everything Mexico City has to offer, get in touch with our local guides. Private guided tours will introduce you to all the major landmarks, as well as revealing hidden gems and local favorites waiting beyond the beaten track. The best part? Our tours are fully customizable, so the tour will focus on the themes and areas that interest you the most. Though Mexico City might initially feel intimidating, there's so much beauty just waiting to be discovered amidst the hustle and bustle. You just have to know where to look - or have someone in the know to show you the way. 

Mexico City Tour Guide - Oskar enrique M.

Oskar enrique M.

5.00 / 5
(22 reviews)
Mexico

I have been a volunteer local guide since 2018, during that time I have met people from all around the world which taught me a lot to interact with all kinds of people as well as to show my city in an authentic and interesting way. I like taking people to places that show the other Mexico city's face, a closer perspective to how its inhabitants live it day by day. History and photography are my other two great passions                                                                                                                                 

Mexico City Tour Guide - Jazmín C.

Jazmín C.

5.00 / 5
(4 reviews)
Mexico

Born and raised in the vibrant heart of Mexico City, I've always been captivated by the ancient wonders and rich cultural tapestry that our country has to offer. My journey led me to study archaeology and become a certified tourist guide, driven by a passion for uncovering the hidden stories of pre-Colonial art and worldviews. In 2018, I proudly earned my Master's Degree in Mesoamerican Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). It was during this time that my love and passion for Mexico and its ancient cultures inspired me to create unforgettable archaeological and adventure tours in the Riviera Maya and Mexico City. My mission is clear - I aim to ignite interest and awareness about Mexico's rich historical, cultural, and natural heritage. That's why, with a commitment to preserving our heritage, my friends and I started our own project. In our project, we're on a mission to share the magic of Mexico with travelers who crave more than just a typical tourist experience. Our tours, led by passionate experts, promise to immerse you in the captivating history, art, and natural beauty of Mexico. Whether you're a history buff, art enthusiast, or nature lover, we have a unique adventure waiting for you. Join me for an unforgettable journey that transcends traditional tourism. Let's explore ancient wonders, create lasting memories, and support sustainable tourism. Book your adventure today and be a part of preserving Mexico's roots for generations to come. Come, let's make history together with us: Where the tourist becomes a traveler"!                                                                                                                                 

Mexico City Tour Guide - Hilary D.

Hilary D.

5.00 / 5
(3 reviews)
Mexico

Hello! My name is Hilary I have a degree in Tourism and I am certified as a tour guide by the Ministry of Tourism in Mexico, I have done this for 4 years. To make friends and show my country's best places is what I love. Support and help and be there for my tourists, that is my passion! I propose the most visited places in the city, those are wonderful places but I'd enjoy if you take off the beaten path, let me know your preferences, We could create together the perfect tour for you. I understand you are in Mexico probably just for once in your life so let's do together a truly unforgettable experience. Welcome to Mexico.                                                                                                                                 

Mexico City Tour Guide - Alex V.

Alex V.

Mexico

Hi guys, it's Alex here! ✌️ For over 5 years, I and my colleagues have been organizing tours to some of the most incredible places in and around Mexico City. As a team of local guides, we aim to help travelers discover our beautiful city and its surroundings in the most interactive, authentic, and fun way. In our tours, we strive to do things differently: avoid tourist traps, go off-the-beaten paths, interact with locals, learn about their traditions, and connect with their core values. So, if you want wanna discover Mexico from a local perspective, and get to know its history, culture, gastronomy, and nature, consider hiring us as your guides. Be sure, we will make your experience in Mexico City unforgettable!                                                                                                                                  

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