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Arena México

See the excitement and theater of Mexico’s lucha libre at this arena hosting high-flying masked wrestlers.

For a unique Mexican cultural treat, visit Arena México to watch masked wrestlers in lucha libra bouts. These freestyle wrestlers or luchadores perform not only skillful wrestling holds, but also entertaining aerial acrobatics as they fling themselves off the ropes of the ring onto their opponents.

Although wrestling existed in Mexico in the late 1800s, it really started to become popular when Salvador Gonzalez Lutteroth revamped an earlier arena in 1929 after seeing a wrestling match in Texas. When American wrestlers were brought to Mexico to compete, the sport attracted attention. As you watch the moves of the Mexican luchadores, note how wrestling has evolved differently in the U.S. and Mexico over the past 80 years.

Today’s Arena México was built in 1956 specifically for ringed sports of wrestling and boxing. Mexico City hosted the boxing events of the 1968 Olympics in this venue. Find a good seat in the arena, which has a capacity for 16,500 wrestling fans. Watch individual matches or tag teams of duos or trios performing feats of athleticism, choreography and performance art.

As you experience the excitement of the crowd, realize why the arena is known as the Cathedral of Lucha Libre Mexicana because of its importance to the sport. Some of the men competing here have even had religious nicknames, such as the Mystic, the Saint and Holy, while others have a darker mystique, such as the Black Shadow and the Blue Demon.

These characters are portrayed effectively by the colorful costumes worn by the luchadores. The most important element is the mask, demonstrating a link to ancient Aztec tradition. A wrestler often maintains this persona outside the ring. See one of the popular stars participating in a TV interview and wearing his mask while dressed in a business suit. Purchase souvenir masks on the street near the arena.

Arena México is about 1.5 miles (2.3 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City’s historical center in the Doctores neighborhood. Access the official website for the schedule of events during your visit. Then come to the cathedral to be swept into the fascinating world of lucha libra.

Popular Activities at Arena Mexico

Would you like to make your stop at Arena Mexico even more special? Remember to try out a few of these things to do:

Turiluchas by Turibus wrestling show is just one of the best activities available here.

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Barceló México Reforma ¥8,487
Barceló México Reforma

Barceló México Reforma

Paseo de la Reforma, 1, Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico City, CDMX
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Teatro Metropólitan, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Reforma 222. Zocalo and U.S. Embassy are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hidalgo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Juarez Station is 8 minutes.

    Fiesta Americana - Reforma ¥8,010
    Fiesta Americana - Reforma

    Fiesta Americana - Reforma

    Paseo De La Reforma 80, Col. Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Reforma, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reforma 222, The Angel of Independence Monument, and Torre Latinoamericana. Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zocalo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Juarez Station is 10 minutes by foot and Revolution Station is 12 minutes.

      Hotel El Ejecutivo by Reforma Avenue ¥5,311
      Hotel El Ejecutivo by Reforma Avenue

      Hotel El Ejecutivo by Reforma Avenue

      Viena 8 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma, Cuauhtemoc Monument, and Teatro Diego Rivera. Biblioteca Benjamin Franklin and Cristobal Colon Monument are also within 10 minutes. Cuauhtemoc Station is 11 minutes by foot and Balderas Station is 14 minutes.

        Sevilla Palace Hotel ¥6,745
        Sevilla Palace Hotel

        Sevilla Palace Hotel

        Avenida Paseo de La Reforma 105, Mexico City, CDMX
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Reforma, this hotel is steps from Cristobal Colon Monument and Paseo de la Reforma. Teatro Diego Rivera and Cuauhtemoc Monument are also within 10 minutes. Juarez Station is 11 minutes by foot and Revolution Station is 12 minutes.

          Galeria Plaza Reforma ¥8,958
          Galeria Plaza Reforma

          Galeria Plaza Reforma

          Hamburgo 195 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Reforma, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and The Angel of Independence Monument. U.S. Embassy and Diana the Huntress Fountain are also within 10 minutes. Sevilla Station is 6 minutes by foot and Insurgentes Station is 10 minutes.

            ibis México Alameda ¥3,107
            ibis México Alameda

            ibis México Alameda

            Balderas No 49, Colonia Centro, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Ciudadela, Paseo de la Reforma, and Alameda Central. Cristobal Colon Monument and Teatro Diego Rivera are also within 15 minutes. Juarez Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hidalgo Station is 7 minutes.

              Capital O El Senador ¥1,490
              Capital O El Senador

              Capital O El Senador

              Dr. Erazo No. 33, Col. Doctores, Mexico City, CDMX
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cuauhtemoc, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arena Mexico and Mercado de Artesanías La Cuidadela. Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zocalo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Doctores Station is 7 minutes by foot and Nine Heroes Station is 8 minutes.

                Emporio Reforma ¥7,615
                Emporio Reforma

                Emporio Reforma

                Avenida Paseo De La Reforma 124, Atenas 77 Col, Mexico City, CDMX
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Reforma, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Senate of the Republic, Museo de Cera, and Reforma 222. Monument to the Revolution and U.S. Embassy are also within 15 minutes. Cuauhtemoc Station is 12 minutes by foot and Juarez Station is 13 minutes.