Mexico City's must-sees

¡ Bienvenidos in Mexico City!

When Hernán Cortés first lived the splendid city of Mexico City, he described it as Athens from America. Born of a pre-Hispanic civilization rich in history, legend is that the town's place was chosen during a meeting with an eagle perched on a cactus, sign of the ideal location according to the oracles. While Mexico lost its aztec footprint following conquistadors, it did not bequeath its legacy to the earth. Teotihuacán, Temple Mayor, the places of large typical invoices do not miss! This past is so rich that it has given birth to one of the most beautiful archeological museums in the world: The Museo Nacional De Antropología. Capital of a fascinating country enjoying a mysterious history, Mexico is part of the cultural heritage of humanity. Beautiful invitation to travel, Mexico will accompany you in a beautiful adventure full of majestic discoveries.

Basílica de Guadalupe

Every year, more than 15 million visitors come to this place of worship. This makes it one of the most visited in the world after Saint Peter's Basilica of Rome. Built in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, also known as the Black Virgin by its color of skin, the multiple buildings hold an incredible treasure: the cape of the Indian on which the Virgin left his image. Canonized in 2002, this native called Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin would have had a Virgin appearance. The mission entrusted it with a mission: building a place of worship in his honor. To prove his words, Juan Diego was the present of the Virgin of Roses in the dry season and a magnificent portrait of her inside his cape. The latter relic still keeps many mysteries and produces many questions in the scientific world.

Museo Frida Kahlo

Nicknamed the blue house because of its color, the Frida Kahlo Museum is the former home of the famous Mexican artist. Many objects ranging from the mirror used to carry out its self-portrait to its cots are presented. Its art is also enhanced thanks to some of the most famous paintings of artists: «The Two Fridas», «Viva la Vida», «Frida there», etc. Some of the works of his companion Diego Rivera, a painter known worldwide for his wall paintings, are also present. But another rich collection of pre-Hispanic art is another cultural asset to this museum: over 54,000 pieces are presented there! This dive in the intimacy of the artist is fascinating and unavoidable so much as Frida Kahlo scored artistically and personally the history of Art.

Jardines of Xochimilco

This place is one of the few vestiges of the past that survived the Spanish conquest. Indeed, it is one of the only lakes not being dried up by conquistadors in search of gold. Because in the past, Mexico City was a great lake where Aztecs loved to grow vegetables through ingenious floating gardens. Named chinampas, these channels are now traversed by multiple colored boats, the trajinas. What is worth it is the beautiful nickname of «Mexican Venice». With its quiet atmosphere during the beautiful days, this place is an opportunity to relax away from the tumult of the city center. Beware, a ride will cost $ 350 per hour per barrel and not per person! Don't let yourself be got!

Teotihuacán

This is one of Mexico's most remarkable sites: Teotihuacán. Meaning «where men turn into gods», we still do not know who the builders of this incredible place are. At its historic peak, the city was the largest mesoamerican city and could accommodate more than 200,000 inhabitants. After mysteriously being abandoned, Teotihuacán was rehabilitated by the Aztecs who thought that this colossal city was the creation of giants. " The place of the gods "was then chosen to become one of the focal points of their territories. With one of the largest streets in the world, you will take time to join the pyramid of the Sun and the pyramid of the Moon under a sun of lead! Today, only a tiny part of the site was searched. There are many other discoveries!

Museo Nacional De Antropología

Built in the 1960 s, this young museum is nevertheless one of the most important in the world thanks to its archeological collections. You will need more than one day to enjoy the artifacts in the 25 total galleries. You can contemplate the most beautiful Mexican coins, including the famous Stone du Soleil 4 meters in diameter and 24 tons, often shortened on the name «Aztec calendar». Thanks to some reconstructions, like a Maya grave, immersion in the museum is total! Between anthropological and ethnological sections, each ancient civilization has its history history. Don't miss the Mexica, the Meso-América and the Maya room!

Templo Mayor

Once this place was the heart of Aztec territory, but conquistador Cortés erased all traces of that past glory. Nowadays archeologists find more and more information about this mythical place of the past. Elargi several times over the centuries, the first temple Mayor was built in 1375. At every enlargement of the building, thousands of soldiers were sacrificed near Huizilopochtli Temple, a divinity associated with the rites of war and death. Indeed, it was not uncommon to use sacrifices in this place because, according to the religious conception of the aztecs: the sun must be fed by blood. Adjacent to Templo Mayor: the museum. It is remarkably well realized and allows a playful approach to Aztec lifestyle.

El Zócalo

The Zócalo, or Plaza de la Constitución, is the third largest place in the world. It lies in the center of the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlán and is framed by the sublime metropolitan cathedral of Mexico City (America's largest cathedral), the government palace and the largest permanent market in Mexico City! Still on the move, this place is the center of multiple meetings: street salesmen, social and cultural events etc. It is sure that you will notice a spectacular Mexican flag hanging to a mast of at least 50 meters. These monumental flags are placed at strategic points by the government in order to promote Mexico's patriotism and national symbols. In short, a gangway on this square is a total immersion in Mexican culture!

Palacio De Bellas Artes

The museum alone is a jewel to contemplate. Although its architectural style, especially its domes, looks like many other creations of Art Nouveau, its interior is one of the best illustrations of Art Deco. With its Carrara marble and its impressive spaces, the exhibited works have a magnificent design. You can admire the works of Rivera, including Carnaval de la Vida Mexicana, Orozco, Siqueiros, Gonzales Camarena, and many works by talented artists. Every day at 10:30 a. m., you can witness the descent of the magnificent glass theater curtain. To realize this glass treasure, no less than 1 million pieces of colored glasses had to be assembled! Impressive!

Lucha Free

The free Mexican lucha is truly unique in the world! It's a kind of Mexican catch where wrestlers wear masks and clash with amazing acrobatics. As an integral part of popular culture, this combat sport is in no way violent. He's more like a show where every blow is choreographed. The catchy catchers are usually true local celebrities but have a kind of anonymity in their private lives thanks to their identities protected by their masks. We can only advise you to go to Arena Mexico. This is where you can attend the best games. Always choose places at the bottom of the arena, they are more expensive but have a better view of the fighting.

To be read next:

Book your trip !

transport
  • Rent a car
  • Taxi
accommodation
  • Book a hotel
  • Holydays rental
Stays
  • Travel on demand
On the spot
  • Book a table
  • Find an activity
Review