It’s said that while Manhattan was still inhabited by buffalo, Mexico City already had its own university – this is false, seeing as buffalo never roamed the NYC island. But other than that, this saying has a point: this capital has been a cultural center for centuries and remains so to this day – which is apparent in its amazing culture and architecture.
Sometimes when visiting a gorgeous destination, you’re on a bit of a time crunch which makes it hard to choose which things to do and see – that’s where we come in! Here’s a little list of great things to do in Mexico City if you only have 48 hours. So, are you ready to explore the wonderful metropolis? Great, Let’s do this!
Since Mexico City is one of few cities whose physical size is almost as big as its personality – it can be a tad overwhelming to know where to start, but no need to worry because we’ve got your back. Spend some time getting to know the city, all while seeing some truly beautiful sights!
Here’s the answer to all your navigation questions: Turibus offers hop-on-hop-off sightseeing buses which run all day on five exciting routes, giving you a chance to admire the majestic Catedral Metropolitana and equally impressive Palacio Nacional by el Zocalo, gaze at the Angel of Independence and learn about the city. Pretty sweet.
After having spent a day walking around town, wouldn’t it be nice to spend a night doing just that as well? Whether your feet are tired or feeling fresh as a daisy, starting your night with some belly fuel is never a bad idea: try Por Siempre Vegana for some mouthwatering tacos or munch on a burger, extra everything, from Pan D’Monium.
So, what next? Depending on how you feel, you could go dance the night away at Mama Rumba (yes, there will be salsa) or catch a classic movie at Cineteca Nacional – either way you’ll most likely have the most splendid of times.
Here it is, your only full day in Mexico City, so you might as well make the most of it! There are so many things to do and see, but we’ve narrowed it down a bit for you – try to keep up!
Rise and shine, early bird! A refreshing morning run in Chapultepec Park – or bike ride, should you be so inclined – is an excellent way to start your morning, because not only will you get the juices flowing, but you’ll also see more of the gorgeous city!
Chapultepec is home to the National Auditorium and Museo de Arte Moderno, and after your run, it’s time to go and have a delicious breakfast bowl and smoothie at Mora Mora. You can thank us later!
Whether you’re on the hunt for a new bag or pretty much anything else, the markets in Mexico City are well worth a visit – and they’ll look fantastic on your Instagram feed.
Stroll around the traditional La Lagunilla, find anything artisan at La Ciudadela and channel your inner witch at Mercado de Sonora, which specializes in magic and the occult.
While on the move, you’d better not miss one of Mexico City’s finest – the street food. Try savory tacos, tasty tortas, spicy tamales, or colorful tlacoyos, and for those with a sweet tooth, there are mouthwatering churros. Just bear in mind with the savory dishes – Mexican food can be really, really hot.
Although you’ve technically been bathing in culture from the second your soles first touched Mexican soil; there are some places so special that they need some extra attention – and some extra photo taking, too.
Entering the Blue House is like stepping into the personal universe of one of Latin America’s most celebrated artists. At this museum, you’ll see both art and personal items once belonging to the fascinating Frida Kahlo. Go on a guided tour or just get to know the home that Frida always came back to on your own.
The ruins of the once great Main Temple are quite impressive themselves. Built by the Mexican people, it was dedicated to both the God of War and the God of Rain and Agriculture.
The museum on site gives its visitors an insight into what life was like before the Spanish arrived in the area: you’ll find artifacts relating to both agriculture and sacrifice, but don’t worry, the days of human sacrifice are long gone.
Visiting Xochimilco is like being born again: the colors – oh the colors! The word vibrant doesn’t even do it justice. You can float around on walled canals surrounded by beautiful gardens, with boats painted in the brightest of colors and artificial islands filled to the brim with flowers and ornamental plants. And all this in the heart of the big city! Quite the oasis, wouldn’t you agree?
On this last day, let’s get out of the city for a while before it’s time to head home. Don’t be sad though; you can go back whenever you want – Mexico City isn’t going anywhere.
Only a short bus ride away from Mexico City you’ll find the Teotihuacan Pyramids, a place of great significance to the Maya people, where members of the upper class married and where men became gods.
The Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon majestically stand — surrounded by smaller pyramids — overlooking the remnants of a momentous city.
Pro Tip – Get there as early as possible, in order to avoid a large number of people who also want to visit this memorable sight.
Should you have an hour or two to spare before starting the journey to your next destination, it’s definitely worth spending that time seeking out some of the art that lines the streets of Mexico City.
The colorful and unique pieces can be found almost anywhere, but both La Roma and Avenida Reforma are especially good neighborhoods for spotting the paintings. Just remember to clear some room on your phone for photos of this breathtaking art!
..that this is a city where cash is still widely used, so always have some change on you.
..that the water from the tap is not fit for consumption unless otherwise stated. No one wants to spend the whole trip bedridden, right?
..that Mexico City isn’t as hot as you might expect, so bring a sweater or two, just in case.
..the metro is by far the best way to get around: it’s quick, easy and as safe as any subway or tube.
So, that’s Mexico City for you! A couple of days go by so quickly; you’ll probably be left with a desire to explore more of the city; if you do, make sure to tell us all about it!
Is this historical capital on your bucket list? Tell us more in the comments section!