Mexico City

About Mexico City

Mexico City is the densely populated, high-altitude capital of Mexico. It's known for its Templo Mayor a 13th-century Aztec temple, the baroque Catedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistadors, and the Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of these are situated in and around the Plaza de la Constitución, the massive main square also known as the Zócalo. Sprawling Chapultepec Park is home to the city zoo, Museum of Modern Art, and National Museum of Anthropology, which highlights the traditions of the Mayans and the Aztecs. An opulent art nouveau/art deco theater, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, offers performances by esteemed companies, including the Ballet Folklórico de México. In the bohemian Coyoacán neighborhood, artist Frida Kahlo’s former home and the studio have been preserved as the Frida Kahlo Museum. The upscale Polanco district features designer boutiques and chic restaurants serving everything from traditional dishes such as chicken mole to inventive takes on ceviches and tacos.
Palacio de Bellas Artes

Palacio de Bellas Artes is also known as the Cathedral of Art in Mexico and a prominent cultural center in Mexico City. It has hosted notable events in music, dance, theatre, opera, and literature in Mexico and has held important exhibitions of painting, sculpture, and photography. The exterior of the building is primarily Art Nouveau and Neoclassical and the interior is primarily Art Deco. The building is best known for its murals by Diego Rivera, Siqueiros, and the many exhibitions and theatrical performances its hosts, including the Ballet Folklórico de México.
Pyramid of the Sun

Pyramid of the Sun is the largest building in Teotihuacan, and one of the largest in Mesoamerica. It is believed to have been constructed about 200 AD. The ancient Teotihuacanos finished their pyramid with lime plaster imported from surrounding areas, on which they painted brilliantly colored murals. A unique historical artifact discovered near the foot of the pyramid at the end of the nineteenth century was the Teotihuacan Ocelot.
Chapultepec Castle

Chapultepec Castle is located on top of Chapultepec Hill in Mexico City's Chapultepec Park at a height of 2,325 meters above sea level. The name Chapultepec is the Nahuatl word chapoltepēc which means at the grasshopper's hill. The site of the hill was a sacred place for Aztecs, and the buildings atop it have served several purposes during its history, including that of Military Academy, Imperial residence, Presidential residence, observatory, and since 1940, the National Museum of History.
Museo Soumaya

Museo Soumaya is a private museum in Mexico City and a non-profit cultural institution with two museum buildings in Mexico City which are Plaza Carso and Plaza Loreto. It has over 66,000 works from 30 centuries of art including sculptures from Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica, 19th- and 20th-century Mexican art, and an extensive repertoire of works by European old masters and masters of modern western art such as Auguste Rodin, Salvador Dalí, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Tintoretto.
Casa de los Azulejos

Casa de los Azulejos or House of Tiles is an 18th-century Baroque palace in Mexico City, built by the Count of the Valle de Orizaba family. The building is distinguished by its facade, which is covered on three sides by the blue and white tile of Puebla state. Its windows, balconies, and doors are framed in carved stone and French porcelain crowns on the Callejón de la Condesa and Madero Street facades. It was bought by the Sanborns brothers and serves as their flagship restaurant.
Ciudadela Market

Ciudadela Market is a traditional style Mexican market that specializes in the sale of Mexican handcrafts and folk art, located in the southwest corner of the historic center of Mexico City. It is home to over 350 vendors from 22 states of Mexico with vendors selling to Mexican and foreign tourists. You can buy a wide range of products such as clothes, alebrijes, furniture, jewelry, glass, textiles, ceramics, hammocks, tile-framed mirrors, silverware, cartonería, rugs, trays from Olinalá, sombreros and musical instruments.
Huntress Diana Fountain

Huntress Diana Fountain is a monumental fountain of Diana located in the roundabout at Paseo de la Reforma and Río Misisipí and Sevilla streets, on the border of the Colonia Cuauhtémoc and Colonia Juárez neighborhoods of Mexico City. Nearby landmarks named after the fountain include the Cine Diana and the skyscrapers Corporativo Reforma Diana and Torre Diana.

Zócalo or Plaza del Zócalo is the common name of the main square in central Mexico City. Prior to the colonial period, it was the main ceremonial center in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. The plaza used to be known simply as the Main Square or Arms Square, and today its formal name is Plaza de la Constitución. It has been a gathering place for Mexicans since Aztec times, having been the site of Mexican ceremonies, the swearing-in of viceroys, royal proclamations, military parades, Independence ceremonies, and modern religious events such as the festivals of Holy Week and Corpus Christi.
National Palace

National Palace is the seat of the federal executive in Mexico. It is located on Mexico City's main square, the Plaza de la Constitución. This site has been a palace for the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec Empire, and much of the current palace's building materials are from the original one that belonged to the 16th-century leader Moctezuma II.
Historic Center of Mexico City

The historic Center of Mexico City is home to historic landmarks dating from as far back as the Aztec era, Centro Historico is the city's beating heart. Centered around the massive Zócalo plaza, the area draws tourists to museums and iconic buildings like the art nouveau Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Street vendors and basic taquerías exist in harmony with high-end restaurants along the bustling, pedestrian-only Calle Madero.
Best Time To Visit Mexico City

The best time to visit Mexico City is from March to May when the weather is pleasant.

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