Templo Mayor, © Can Stock / javarman
Visit Mexico City – Zócalo
Most people who visit Mexico City start at the Zócalo. The Zócalo is the main downtown public square and is also known as the Plaza de la Constitucion. On the Zocalo you will find the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace. Neither charges an admission fee. The central square and catholic church were built over top of native Aztec buildings. In 1978 the Templo Mayor archaeological site was discovered on the northeast edge of the Zócalo. The Templo Mayor contains a museum and many discoveries of Aztec civilization. The Merchant’s Portals is on the west side of the square. Mexico City Hall is on the south side of the Zócalo.
Metropolitan Cathedral, Zocalo, © Can Stock / lucidwaters
Visit Mexico City Museums
From the Zócalo it’s only a short walk to the Fine Arts Palace where you can see performances by the Ballet Folklorico de México. Also visit the National Museum of Art, City Theater, Alameda Park & the Monument to Benito Juarez, Plaza Garibaldi and the Diego Rivera Mural Museum.
Fine Arts Museum, Palacio de Bellas Artes, © Can Stock / javarman
Visit Mexico City – Chapultepec Park
Drive down Paseo de la Reforma past the Independence Angel on your way to Chapultapec Park. Chapultapec Park includes the National Museum of Anthropology, the reconstructed Hochob temple, the Spanish built Chapultepec Castle, Chapultepec Lake and a zoo. The families of Mexico City head to Chapultepec Park for their outings.
Besides the National Museum of Anthropology, other museums in the park include the Museum of Modern Art, the Museo Tamayo with works of Picasso & Warhol, the Natural History Museum, the Papalote Museo del Nino and the Auditoria Nacional for art and culture.
Benito Juarez Monument, © Can Stock / lucidwaters
Mexico City – See the Sights
- Xochimilco Ecological Park and Plant Market in Xochimilco. Take a boat ride (trajineras) through the floating gardens (chinampas) and listen to a mariachi band.
- Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe – representing the patron saint of Mexico. One of the most popular churches in Mexico City.
- University of Mexico, including the Central Library (UNAM Biblioteca Central) with its gigantic mural covering the building.
- Tezozómoc park
- Aztec Stadium – seating for more than 100,000. Try an Aztec Stadium Tour or watch a game.
- Plaza Garibaldi – enjoy a mariachi band. Try a Garibaldi Night tour.
- Plaza de Toros – the largest bull fight arena in the world.
Aztec Sun Stone, © Can Stock / lucidwaters
Visit Mexico City – Hotels
- Hotel Zocalo Central
- Hilton Mexico City Reforma
- Domingo Santo Hotel Boutique