Things to do for Budget Travelers in Mexico City 

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    Palacio de Bellas Artes

    33 reviews

    Diego Rivera is without a doubt the most famous muralist in Mexican history and the Palaciao de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is the most famous and celebrated cultural centre in the Mexican capital. This building is nothing short of stunning from the outside, but when you move to the interior of the building, you will also be able ...

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    15 reviews

    Coyoacan is one of the most charming neighbourhoods in all of Mexico City, and it is perfectly possible to spend a whole afternoon walking around the streets, looking at the beautiful buildings, and taking in the atmosphere. A walk through the streets of this area will take you to the birthplace of Frida Kahlo, the stunning Templo de San Jacinto, ...

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    Biblioteca Central de la UNAM

    2 reviews

    UNAM is Mexico's most important university. This is an iconic library, designed and decorated by the most important artists on Mexico's history.

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    José Vasconcelos Library

    2 reviews

    This library is one of my preferred places for opening my laptop and getting some work done. But beyond being a great work location, it’s also an incredibly impressive building that is worth a visit. The building is considered to be one of the most advanced constructions of the 21stcentury and cost a staggering $98 million to build. Designed by ...

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    Paseo por el Centro Histórico

    2 reviews

    All you need to know about Mexican history.

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    Monumento a la Independencia

    16 reviews

    The Angel of Independence, or El Angel, is one of the most striking and iconic fixtures that you can see on the cityscape of the Federal District. Built in 1910, this structure was created to commemorate the centennial of the Mexican War of Independence, which began in the year 1810.Visitors can climb to the top of the tower completely free ...

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    Chapultepec Zoo

    4 reviews

    Located within Chapultepec Park, entry to this zoo is complete free of charge, seven days of week. If you are short on cash and are struggling to find a family friendly activity, this is 100% the place for you. From polar bears to penguins, lions to meerkats, Chapultepec zoo is home to an incredible range of animals from all over ...

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    Palacio Nacional

    5 reviews

    Come here to gaze upon Diego Rivera's incredible murals. These intricate massive paintings show the history of Mexico (both the good and the bad). A highlight of Mexico City that also happens to be free. Getting a guide is recommended as there is so much going on in the murals context helps put it into perspective.

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    Mercado Coyoacan

    10 reviews

    I liked this place almost as much as the Xochimilco market. It's smaller, but very lively, especially the food stalls. The center of the food area is taken over by this giant seafood tostada operation (and a few competitors) that is pretty amazing. The whole place is just very colorful and tidy, and a manageable size.

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    3 reviews

    I categorized this as a farmers market, but it's really just a standard neighborhood everything market--but a lot bigger and livelier than others in Mexico City (though not as huge as the famous markets closer to the center). Tons of fresh produce and moles (spice pastes), and then of course great food vendors too, all in a big old bustling ...

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    Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

    19 reviews

    The Basilica of Guadalupe is one of the most cherished places for the Roman Catholic faithful in Mexico. The small little original Basilica is there, but the later iteration of it ( I believe the third) is next to it, where you can go inside and see the picture of Guadalupe in her Golden Frame. Many devout Mexican Catholics get ...

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    Museo del Templo Mayor

    6 reviews

    Great to check out & say you've been here but the Museum of Archeology offers a more expansive selection of exhibits.

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    24 reviews

    great place to relax eating and drinking in a private boat! You will go through a Canal , a lot of fun!

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    Museo Nacional de Antropología

    43 reviews

    One of my favorite museums anywhere. You could spend days here and still not see everything. Endless galleries of Aztec and Mayan artwork, sculptures, jewelry, and artifacts.

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    El Zócalo

    33 reviews

    As the center of the city, this is a busy area with locals and tourists. There are a lot of performers, native Indians doing traditional dances, clowns, children juggling, and other interesting sights. A lot of vendors sprawl across the grounds selling goods and handmade items. Food vendors, taxis, and a lot of action. A great place for photography, exploring ...

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    Castillo de Chapultepec

    13 reviews

    FANTASTIC!! I would love getting back to this place.

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    Museo Frida Kahlo

    14 reviews

    The museum is located in a beautiful colonial home. Even if you don't care much for the artist, it is well worth the visit to get to see what these old houses looked like and how people lived.

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    Centro Histórico

    10 reviews

    Outstanding and encompasses all of Mexico's diverse history from its indigenous origins to its political present. Gorgeous examples of both Baroque and Art Deco architecture, wonderful art museums, and traditional restaurants.

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    Monumento a la Revolución

    9 reviews

    Beautiful building. You can go up through a glass elevator for scenic views.

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    Torre Latinoamericana

    9 reviews

    Especially during the sunset time, you get to see some beauty.

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