Things to do in
Mexico City

The great Mexican metropolis — home to Frida Kahlo, tacos al pastor, and many a UNESCO-listed treasure.

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Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco Day Tour

1. Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco Day Tour

Take in the three most culturally and historically important sites in the Mexico City area on a full-day tour. First, visit the archeological site of Teotihuacan and marvel at some of the most impressive pyramids in the world. See the Sun and Moon pyramids, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and the Dead's Avenue. Next, you’ll head to Mexico’s most important Catholic pilgrimage site, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This shrine was built to commemorate the reported appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant. The third and final stop of the tour is Tlatelolco, where it is said that the past, present, and future of Mexico meet. The Plaza de las Tres Culturas is named after the three periods of Mexican history represented by structures from the pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and the independent mestizo nation.

Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

2. Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

Leave Mexico City behind and discover the cultures that founded it. Choose your closest pickup spot and explore the greater State of Mexico, and learn incredible facts about the cities and sacred sites that thrived before Spanish influence. In San Juan Teotihuacán and the surrounding area's churches and basilicas, feel transported to ancient times. Start your tour briefly visiting the Plaza of the Three Cultures, where you will see the Church of Santiago de Tlatelolco. Appreciate the ruins of a pre-Hispanic city, and visit the memorial in honor of the student movement of 1968. Continue to the Basilica of Guadalupe to see the ancient and modern Basilica. Experience the relic, sheltered since 1531, considered a gift of the Virgin Mary towards the Indigenous Mexican people. Finish in the State of Mexico at the majestic site of Teotihuacán. Climb the pyramid of the Sun and the Moon, explore the archaeological zone, and learn about the transcendental history of this magnificent pre-Hispanic city. Visit a craft center that sells one of the oldest Mexican drinks, known as Pulque. You'll have a free hour to try the typical foods of Teotihuacán in the nearby Jaguar Restaurant.

Teotihuacán: GetYourGuide Exclusive Early Access & Tastings

3. Teotihuacán: GetYourGuide Exclusive Early Access & Tastings

On this GetYourGuide Exclusive experience, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the 'City of the Gods'. Beat the crowds and learn about the history as well as the latest discoveries from your expert guide. Finish by sampling some local products. Visit Teotihuacan in the early morning, arriving at this famous archaeological site just as it begins to open its doors for the day. See the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and the different buildings, plazas, and murals that make up this important pre-Hispanic city. Complete your tour with a stop at an obsidian workshop run by a Teotihuacan family. Enjoy tastings of liquors made from cactus, as well as tequila, mezcal, and pulque.

Mexico City: Full-Day Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour

4. Mexico City: Full-Day Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour

Discover the best option to visit Mexico City in one day at your own pace and without stress, being able to hop on or off at the times that you want with the same ticket all day. You can choose between 4 different routes, such as the Historical Center Route that has 19 stops. With this route you can discover the history, architecture, culture, and of course authentic Mexican cuisine. The Polanco Route on the other hand is perfect to enjoy shopping and the most avant-garde architecture in the city throughout its 7 stops. The South Route has a total of 18 stops, and will take you to visit the most bohemian neighborhoods of the city, complete with a touch of architecture and archeology. With the final Basilica Route, you will encounter 5 stops during the tour, with this tour offering a religious excellence. With a duration of 3 hours, each route will allow you to take a trip through the pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern times in the great capital of Mexico.

Xochimilco & Coyoacan Tour with Frida Kahlo Museum Option

5. Xochimilco & Coyoacan Tour with Frida Kahlo Museum Option

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour full of color and traditions on this sightseeing trip around some of Mexico City’s most enchanting neighborhoods. Departing from Downtown Mexico City, head south, passing the most important sites of the modern city. Stop off at a local cooperative shop that helps the Mexican local artisans. The next stop is University City, where you can admire the many murals at the Rectory, and wander around the main campus' Central Library. The campus also includes an impressive volcano-shaped, 63,000-seat Olympic Stadium. Upon arrival at the Xochimilco canals, enjoy a scenic cruise along the waterway - one of the last traces of the Aztec era - on a traditional punt or pre-Hispanic boat. Next, visit the colonial district of Coyoacan and admire the rambling 16th-century houses of Francisco Sosa Street. Continue along narrow cobblestone streets to the Zocalo (Main Square), where you will find the impressive mansion of the Conquistador, Hernando Cortes, and the Church of Saint John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista). Explore the Frida Kahlo Museum (if option is selected). Housed in the striking cobalt blue house where she was born and returned for the last years of her life, the Casa Azul. See a large assortment of pre-Hispanic artifacts, Mexican folk art, and indigenous jewelry from her personal collection.

From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon in Teotihuacan

6. From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon in Teotihuacan

Take in the views of the hot air balloons flying alongside you, the beautiful landscape, and the magnificent Teotihuacan pyramids.  See the highest part of the pyramids of the sun and the moon. Your pilot will find the perfect time to share a bottle of sparkling wine, a traditional toast which has been a part of every balloon flight since 1783.  Once you're back down on solid ground, enjoy touring the streets of Teotihuacan. In Globopuerto you will receive a personalized flight certificate and a delicious traditional breakfast in a panoramic restaurant. After your breakfast, it will be time to visit the Archaeological Zone. Go up to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun and see the whole valley of Teotihuacan from above, or take a walk through the site to reach the top of the Pyramid of the Moon.

Mexico City: Torre Latino Observation Deck

7. Mexico City: Torre Latino Observation Deck

Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of Mexico City with this attraction ticket. On the main deck of the Mirador Torre Latino, see the Mexican capital in a different light. Learn more about the city and tower's history with included admission to the Museo de la Ciudad y de la Torre. Take a tour to the top of this 182-meter skyscraper covered with glass and aluminum, with a terrace on its 44th floor. Go in the morning and watch the sun rise, or go up in the afternoon to watch the sun set over one of Earth's largest cities. After the dizzy heights of the tower lookout, enjoy access to the Museo de la Ciudad y de la Torre on the 38th floor. Learn about the history of the site of the tower, a symbol of Mexico City in popular culture. See how the monuments of Mexico City have changed over time.

From Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine Day Tour

8. From Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine Day Tour

Visit the legendary Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, known as a Basilica de Guadalupe, and the Pyramids of Teotihuacan on this full-day excursion from Mexico City, available as either a private or a small-group tour. Your first stop will be in the Tlatelolco neighborhood of Mexico City and its main square, La Plaza de la Tres Culturas, which is symbolic of Mexico’s unique cultural heritage. Continue on to the Guadalupe Shrine, located in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, close to the spot where Our Lady of Guadalupe is said to have appeared to an indigenous Mexican. Mexico's largest religious sanctuary, the Shrine houses the venerated image of the Virgin of Guadalupe and has been a pilgrimage site since the 16th century. See the old basilica, which was completed in 1709, and visit the new church, built between 1974 and 1976, after the old church began to sink into the ground. Experience one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Mexico as you tour the impressive atrium and interior of the new basilica, which now houses the Shrine. After lunch (not included in the tour price), you’ll head to the great Teotihuacan Pyramids to explore the mystical site with a guide. See the Temples of Quetzalpapalotl, the Temple of the Feathered Shells, the impressive Pyramid of the Moon, and the Pyramid of the Sun, located along the long Avenue of the Dead. Admire the colorful murals and see the Mesoamerican artifacts in the Archaeological Museum as you learn more about this ancient civilization.

Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, Xochimilco & Coyoacan:Full-Day Tour

9. Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, Xochimilco & Coyoacan:Full-Day Tour

Float along the tranquil waterways of Xochimilco, in a colorful boat called a Trajinera, sipping on a drink and eating regional snacks prepared on the "restaurant boats" dotting the waterways. Listen to the sounds of the mariachis permeate through the air as you sail past the beautiful floating gardens, and then continue your tour to the neighborhood of Coyoacán, favored by some of Mexico's most famous artists and writers. Stroll its tree-lined cobbled streets, admiring the stucco and tile facades of its beautiful colonial houses. Next, make your way to the Frida Kahlo Museum which is the former house of famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Gain insight into the life of this iconic painter and her famous husband, Diego Rivera and stroll through the picturesque garden, which, with its Mesoamerican pyramid, is also a sight to behold. The last stop of the tour is to the campus of the Central University, home to the Olympic Stadium from 1968 and adorned with murals by a number of Mexican artists.

Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Guided Visit

10. Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Guided Visit

Enter the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City almost a half century after it was established, and discover why it remains the flagship enclosure safeguarding the legacy of the Mexican indigenous people. Standing as a symbol of identity and a mentor to generations seeking to dig into their cultural roots, the museum is the most popular in Mexico, attracting some 2 million visitors per year. Get insights into the various exhibits and their significance from your guide. Look at objects excavated from archaeological sites, covering vast territories in what is now modern-day Mexico. Learn about the various cultures that created them. Visit rooms where small objects, such as spear points are on display. These were used by early hunters on the continent more than 10,000 years ago. See simple clay pieces used in daily life and as symbolic articles in religious ceremonies. Admire impressive objects such as the Stone of the Sun (Aztec calendar stone). Your guide will explain the meaning of these valuable contributions to Mexico, as well as the ways historians have been challenged to re-think the development of the Mesoamerican people including Mayan, Aztec and Zapotec cultures. Enjoy some free time to explore the museum on your own after the guided tour. 

Frequently asked questions about Mexico City

What top attractions are a must-see in Mexico City?

Planning Your Visit

  • How long should I stay in Mexico City?

    10-14 days is enough to get the most out of this truly amazing city.

  • How walkable is Mexico City?

    It's huge, so you will be relying on public transport a lot. In certain non-tourist areas, it's advised to avoid walking around at night.

  • When should I go to Mexico City?

    Mexico City thrives in the summer, but it is probably best to visit from November onwards if you are averse to extreme heat.

  • Anything else I should know?

    In Mexico, tipping is common in places you may not have expected - for example, at gas stations and supermarkets. If in doubt, check out what locals are doing.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-06:00)
  • Country Code
    +52
  • Best time to visit
    Year-round

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What people are saying about Mexico City

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 6,151 reviews

Our guide was great, super knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. Teotihuacan is incredible, definitely worth the time and money. Early access is the way to go in my opinion because you miss major crowds. The food stop for lunch after was really good too. Bring lots of water and be prepared for a lot of stair climbing

I opted for the visit in Spanish and the guide Emmanuel is fantastic!!!! Erudite, motivated and very lively! I recommend! Muchas gracias Emanuel por su motivation y su erudición!

Taxco is a magical place to visit. If you have an extra day in CDMX, book the trip. It will be a long day, but worth it.

Excellent trip! Highly recommend it, the team were incredibly well organised. It is an amazing experience.

Early morning tour is the best thing we chose. You need to get up early, but worth it.