Going to Mexico City, Mexico
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Going to Mexico City for four days in late January...any tips?
Trip Plan Details
- Basílica de Nuestra Señora de GuadalupePlaza de las Americas, Mexico City, MEX 54092 Mexicorecommended Basílica de Nuestra Señora de GuadalupePossibly the most important Catholic church in the country, la Basilica de Guadalupe is a massive series of structures and plazas that pilgrims literally crawl to once a year to demonstrate their ... read moredevotion, arriving with bloody palms and knees. Fortunately it's a much less gruesome scene the other 364 days of the year, and should be a must-see on any visit to Mexico City.Recommended for:recommended Basílica de Nuestra Señora de GuadalupeThis basilica sits on one of the most revered sites in the country--the place where the vision of the Virgen de Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint, is said to have been first seen. The basilica itself ... read moreisn't particularly notable but seeing the thousands of pilgrims who make their way here--many on their knees from miles away--is a moving experience. If you happen to be in Mexico City on or around December 12th, the Virgen's feast day, definitely come here. Not only does the daily number of pilgrims rise into the hundreds of thousands but there are all sorts of festivities involving food, music, and fireworks.
- Museo Nacional de Antropologíaav. Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Gandhi, Mexico City, Mexicorecommended Museo Nacional de AntropologíaOne 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.Recommended for:recommended Museo Nacional de AntropologíaThis is a vast and amazing museum, housing many of Mexico's anthropological treasures. Exhibits range from pre-Hispanic civiliations to Mexico's current day indigenous cultures, with piece upon piece ... read morefrom each era. The displays are very well presented and have Spanish and English signage too. One tip--consider picking just a couple eras/regions to visit and call it a day...the museum in its entirety is just too large to take in in one visit.
recommended CoyoacanCoyoacan is colonial-style neighborhood with a boho-hipster vibe. It's located a few kilometers south of downtown--easy to get to by metro/bus and cab. It's a neat place to poke around, step into a ... read morefew cafes and bars, watch the street performers in the central plaza, and just take in the place.Recommended for:Local Culture
- TeotihuacanSan Juan Teotihuacan, State of Mexico, Mexicorecommended TeotihuacanThis archaeological site is a huge and impressive site, home to two of the largest pyamids in Latin America: Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. At it's peak, around 450 AD, it was one of the ... read morelargest cities ever built in Mesoamerica, with over 200,000 inhabitants. Today, it is a popular day trip from Mexico City, just 30 miles away. Get here right at opening (7am Tues-Sun) to see most of the site before the mid-day heat sets in and to avoid the crush of tourists that arrive around 11am. Sundays are especially crowded--try visiting on a weekday instead. Admission is around $5.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Palacio de Bellas ArtesAvenida Juárez y Eje Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico City, DIF 06000 Mexicorecommended Palacio de Bellas ArtesThis gorgeous neoclassical building is considered one of the most important cultural centers of the country--it has hosted (and still hosts) some of the biggest names in music, dance, theater, and ... read moreliterature. Check out the schedule of events while you're in town to enjoy a show and a look inside; or, if you're an architectural buff, stop by for tour. Be sure to keep an eye out for the murals by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, and Jose Clemente Orozco. (Rivera's second 'Man at the Crossroads' is here--the first was commissioned for the Rockefeller Center in NYC but destroyed because of its anti-capitalist theme).
- Museo de Arte ModernoAvenida Hidalgo 1, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexicorecommended Museo de Arte ModernoI'm a sucker for modern art museums but this one is really spectacular, with a great collection of art by 20th century and contemporary Mexican artists. Works by Rivera, Kahlo, Siqueiros, Orozco, and ... read moreTamayo are just some of the beauties you'll see. Definitely an easy place to while away an afternoon....