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Mexico City
Travel Guide

This cultural metropolis offers dramatic murals, ancient ruins and classical architecture. 

Mexico City was founded by the Aztecs as Tenochtitlan in 1325. It was later conquered and rebuilt by the Spanish. Today, the city of 20 million people is a busy metropolis set against a mountainous backdrop. It enjoys a mixture of European and indigenous culture, boasting Aztec ruins, classical European architecture, a strong arts scene and spicy street food.

Stroll down Mexico City’s version of the Champs-Elysées, Paseo de la Reforma, which includes the golden statue of The Angel of Independence. This avenue connects the the National Palace with the Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec), a hilltop estate that overlooks the city. See the opulent rooms of the former tenants, Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico and his consort Carlota, and get your camera ready to take a photo of the spectacular view of the city from their bedroom. The castle also houses the National Museum of History. This facility includes collections of weapons, costumes and other items that document Mexico’s history from the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century to the Mexican Revolution in 1910, and beyond.

The Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) is Mexico City’s premier arts institution. Explore the four-level palace, with its grand marble facade, high ceilings and art deco interior. The upper levels include large works by many famous Mexican muralists. The best-known work is Diego Rivera’s controversial Man at the Crossroads, which was rejected by its original commissioners at New York City’s Rockefeller Center because of its communist message. At night, watch a performance in the palace’s theater, where international companies stage opera, ballet and classical music.

Discover the city’s ancient history at the Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología). See reconstructed temples, tombs and sculptures from Maya, Aztec and other civilizations. Not far from the city center is the Teotihuacan Ruins, the remains of a city built in 100 B.C. This site includes temples, murals and the world’s third-largest pyramid.

Mexico City is located in the Valley of Mexico, in the center of the country. The underground metro system is efficient and extends across the city. The city’s Historic Center is easily explored on foot, or by cycling using the city’s public bike rental program.

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Where to stay in Mexico City

Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
3.5 out of 5
Puerto Mexico No. 80, Col. Penon de Los Banos, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥7,896 per night from May 8 to May 9

Located in Venustiano Carranza, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Sports Palace Dome and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Foro Sol. Zocalo and Metropolitan ...

4/5Very Good! (4,583 reviews)

"Very good hotel for the price. Comfortable beds, clean and good sized room. Controlling the shower temperature can be tricky, and bathroom amenities could be improved. Housekeeping kept knocking and yelling “housekeeping” to every room very loudly early in the morning, so she became my wakeup alarm ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

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Camino Real Polanco Mexico
Camino Real Polanco Mexico
4 out of 5
Mariano Escobedo 700, Col Anzures, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥9,350 per night from Apr 30 to May 1

This family-friendly Mexico City hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Museo de Arte Moderno, Tamayo Museum of Contemporary ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,574 reviews)

"Old but best hotel. Personnel are at your service and the upgrade of the facilities gives a refreshed feeling. Super clean. Overall excellent"…"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

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Galeria Plaza Reforma
Galeria Plaza Reforma
4 out of 5
Hamburgo 195 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥6,583 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

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 Glorieta de Insurgentes ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,240 reviews)

"Great experience overall. Staff was always courteous, and location is perfect. Will definitely be staying here again."…"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Galeria Plaza Reforma
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Stadía Suites Mexico City Santa Fe
Stadía Suites Mexico City Santa Fe
4 out of 5
Juan Salvador Agraz # 60, Colonia Lomas de Santa Fe, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥5,493 per night from May 1 to May 2

This family-friendly Mexico City aparthotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Centro Santa Fe, Ciudad de los Ninos, and Expo Santa Fe ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (373 reviews)

"Ample space and cleanliness are the staple pf the property."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Stadía Suites Mexico City Santa Fe
Armonik Suites
Armonik Suites
3 out of 5
Rio Nazas 168, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥5,217 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

Located in Reforma, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and The Angel of Independence Monument. Chapultepec Park and Monument to ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (129 reviews)

"It was comfortable and modern, located so close to many places and things I like to see in Mexico City."…"

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Armonik Suites
Suites Rio Elba
Suites Rio Elba
3.5 out of 5
Calle Rio Elba No 31, Col Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥3,699 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Reforma, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and Chapultepec Park. The Angel of Independence Monument and U.S. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (270 reviews)

"Warm friendly! Easy walk to food, restaurants and the excitement of the city"…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2021

Suites Rio Elba
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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